Welcome Back Mustangs!

It has been a great summer, but I am excited to be back at Madison Elementary School to start working with the students again!  School starts next week and I have been planning exciting lessons for this school year.  We will be covering Bully Prevention, Study Skills, Character Education, Social Skills, Friendship Skills, and any other topics that arise throughout the school year. This year I will be leading more small group sessions as well!  Can you tell that I am excited about the upcoming year?

I hope that everyone has had a relaxing summer and is ready to start next week!  Let’s GO MUSTANGS!!



This month we will be focusing on the word “Trustworthiness.”

I will be doing several lessons on this topic during classroom guidance time with the students and I am very excited to hear what they have to say about this subject.  During your free time this month please discuss this topic with your child or children to see what they have been learning here at school.

Remember – good people are people you can trust.They are honest and they tell the truth. They are brave enough to do good things, even when people want them to make the wrong choice.  Trustworthy people keep their promises too!  If they say they’ll do something, they do it!

This will be our focus this month.  We will also be talking about the importance of being a trustworthy friend.  Keep up the great work MES students!


What a great Thanksgiving Food Drive!

Wow!!  The students and staff did a great job this year collecting food during our Thanksgiving Thoughtfulness Food Drive.  In addition to the food collected by our Madison Mustangs, we received donations from Victorious Believers Community Church, Christ Lutheran Church, Intercept Counseling Services, and the Ladysmith Ruritan Club.

We were able to help 21 families during this Thanksgiving Holiday.  Great job everyone and thank you again to our wonderful community helpers!


Teaching Children to Self Soothe Using our Five Senses to Cope

When problems or distressing situations cannot be prevented or avoided, children need concrete suggestions and ideas to soothe themselves and tolerate emotions or even discomfort.  This simple activity incorporates art, an intentional focus on the five senses of vision, hearing, smell, taste, and touch, and personal reflection.  Children are actively engaged in tolerating their own emotions and experiences.  Our own hands can help us cope.

Materials: paper and markers or crayons, scissors


Each child traces their own hand (or teacher can provide a larger cut out of a hand)

Each finger represents one of the five senses of vision, hearing, smell, taste and touch.

Children are instructed to think about each sense and what brings calmness, happiness or pleasure to them for that sense. Children can then draw or write that aspect on the corresponding finger.

These “soothing hands” can be posted in cubbies, on a notebook, kept in a desk for easy access, or even displayed in the classroom. Children should be encouraged to engage in one of the soothing activities when distressed in the future.


Vision: a beach scene, pictures of my family, mountains, flowers in bloom, fall leaves

Hearing: music, silence, ocean waves, humming a tune

Smell: flowers, certain foods, candles, berries, cinnamon or other spice

Taste: gun, chocolate, ice cream, fruits

Touch: a special blanket, pets, lotion, animals (pets)

**This information was shared at the VSCA Fall conference 2014**