Monday, May 5, 2014

Now It's Time to Say Goodbye...

Spring is a time for new beginnings.  We have welcomed many new families over the last few months and it has been a joy to be part of that transition in welcoming them into our community. The season also marks the last quarter when many families prepare to move on. This is can be an exciting and nerve wracking time as the uncertainty of the next destination becomes more real.  As the whole school counselor – I am available to help students and parents navigate these transitions.  On Thursday, 8 May 2014, I will be joining Ms. DiMatteo for the Elementary Principal’s Coffee Morning to talk about the transition from TIS.  Please also be on the lookout for Leavers’ Lunch dates for the Elementary and Secondary schools in your emails over the next couple of weeks.  There are also several articles posted on this blog related to transitions. Here is the link for more info:  Lastly, I am available by appointment to meet with you and your kids about any questions/concerns you have about your upcoming move. For appointments, please call the Main Office.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Bullying: What it Looks Like and How We Address it at TIS

Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of talking to our Elementary School about bullying - what it can look like at TIS and how to appropriately deal with it.  I was very impressed with the level of participation, interest, and reflection all of our students from Grades K - 5 displayed on this subject.  It goes to show that TIS fosters a kind, caring and safe environment for students to learn and play.  This peaceful environment can often make issues in the classroom and on the playground such as teasing, fighting, and name calling stand out.  As parents, it is important for you to know and understand the TIS policy on bullying and how to speak to your children about it at home.  We do take bullying seriously at TIS and this is clearly defined in our Elementary and Secondary Parent Handbooks (Elementary p. 16 and Secondary p.27). I encourage all parents to read through this and to contact me if you have any questions.

At TIS, bullying can look like:
  • Physical (hitting, fighting, etc.) or emotional (excluding students from groups, namecalling, threats, teasing, etc.)
  • Cyber bullying (mean e-mails, Facebook posts, or snap chats, etc.)
  • Includes one or more students.
  • Happens more than one time.
  • When a student (or group of students) mean to hurt another.
The students came up with these great solutions:
  • If someone is bothering you, walk away, ignore them, or ask them to stop.
  • Avoid the bully.
  • Speak to an adult when it feels like you cannot solve the problem on your own.
  • Talk to your friends.
For more information please feel free to have a look at these links:

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Common Sense Media: Explaining News to Our Kids

The media - primarily television and the internet - has been inundated with heavy news of war and natural disasters. The hostage tragedy in Kenya, war in Syria, and the more recent typhoon in the Philippines come to mind.  With the fast-paced transfer of information nowadays, it may seem very difficult to shield or protect our youngest students from these events.  Common Sense Media has great age-appropriate advice for parents and how to talk about the news with your kids.  

Key points:
  • For all kids: Reassure your children that they're safe. 
  • If they're under 7: keep the news away and reassure them. Negative news can be too graphic for children this age. If they do ask you about it, reassure them that they're safe and will be okay.  
  • For kids between ages of 8-12: consider your child's maturity and temperament.
  • For teens: check in. Teens will most likely have heard about the news on their own, but it is still important to check-in and be open to discussing the news with them so that they're aware they can come to you if they have any questions or concerns.
The full article with more detail and information can be found in this link: