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  • Every month I will be posting a new list of National education and health awareness dates provided by the American School Counseling Association. At John Muir we do not cover all topics, but I would like to bring attention to a few each month, and provide some links or connections that you may not know about. In the classrooms my guidance lessons will continue to come from research supported curriculumns like Second Step, Mendez Foundation (Too Good for Violence), and Toolbox. However, as a school and a community there are needs that surpass what I cover in the classrooms.

    Please enjoy and contact me with any questions. 

    2017-2018 CALENDAR


  • October 2017

    Posted by Ashlee O'Neal on 10/2/2017 8:00:00 AM

    At John Muir Elementary, we are continuing to implement "Be the Change Month" during the month of October. Students have a daily kindness challenge and weekly collaborative competitions (where working together is key to success). In addition, I will be focusing her classroom lessons on empathy and kindness. I also utilizes research based bullying prevention curriculum for weekly classroom lessons all year, and leads a girls empowerment group to reduce relational aggression. This year, our school also hope to hold another parent night in which the topic of bullying will be discussed, and student council is working on putting up "Be the Change" signage throughout the school. Lastly, our school will also be participating in "The Great Kindness Challenge" in January. We want students to know that "being respectful" is not just a rule to follow, but it is also their right as a person to be respected.


    You're Braver Than You Believe | Winnie The Pooh  | Disney
    You're Braver Than You Believe | Winnie The Pooh | Disney

    "You are Braver, Stronger and Smarter Than You Think

    Have you ever felt like the whispers, giggles, note passing, and looks were directed at you or someone you care about? Imagine if all that attention was channeled into positive action. Disney is supporting Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center in hopes of inspiring social change among young people everywhere."



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  • September

    Posted by Ashlee O'Neal on 9/1/2017

    Hello parents, guardians and students

    This month I wanted to connect you with some resources regarding the following topics: 


    Children's Good Manners and Literacy Day

    Scholastic has combined both "Children's Good Manners Month" and "Literacy Day" in providing a list of books on the topic of manners. Here are a few books that you can borrow from the library or order that demonstrate the importance of good manners.  At School we use Toolbox, and we will be focusing on the following tools in September: Breathing Tool, Apology and Forgivness Tool, Personal Space Tool, and Using our Words Tool. 



    Library Card Sign-up:

    “This September, crime fighting DC Super Heroes, the Teen Titans, will team up with the American Library Association (ALA) to promote the value of a library card. As honorary chairs, DC’s Teen Titans will remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.” – American Library Association


    Some benefits to having a library card may include:

    • Discover & Go, free and discounted museums passes (only for Contra Costa County residents)
    • borrowing materials
    • use of library computers / computer reservations

    How do I get a Library Card: http://ccclib.ask.libraryh3lp.com/questions/20860

    Ecard: https://ccclib.org/ecard/ecard_en.html

     Antioch Library
    (925) 757-9224
    501 W. 18th Street
    Antioch, CA 94509 

    National Preparedness Month

    Preparing the family for an emergency is as simple as a conversation over dinner. Get started with tips from www.ready.gov 

    Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends


    Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community

    • Learn skills you need to help yourself and others until help can arrive.
    • Take Until Help Arrives training.
    • Check on your neighbors.
    • Talk with your Power Company about utility safety.                        
    • On National Prepareathon Day, Friday, September, 15, hold an event.

    Practice and Build Out Your Plans


    Hispanic Heritage Month September 15th- October 15th

    Hispanic Heritage
    This year at Muir we began the introduction to our Dual Immersion Program. The teachers will be doing various classroom activies such as making "papel picado" and students will be learning about “Hispanos Famosos” like Celia Cruz, Sonia Sotomayor, Ellen Ochoa, Jaime Escalante, and many more. To celebrate the dual immersion program, Hispanic Heritage Month, and to provide a connection for our families in the program there is a family picnic scheduled on September 15th at a local park.

    If you would like more information and resources on Hispanic heritage month please check out: https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/


    Grandparents Day September 10th

    More and more children are being raised or partially raised by grandparents. This enviornment has its own set of challenges, but also can be very rewarding. 

    "Do Something Grand Campaign, Generations United is urging all ages to participate in a series of activities that promote health for you, your grandparents, grandchild or grand friend"- http://www.gu.org/


    Child Passenger Safety week September 17-23

    "Every day in America, too many children ride in car seats that have been installed incorrectly, or are riding in the wrong car seats for their ages and sizes. Even worse, many other children ride while completely unbuckled. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), two out of three car seats are misused. To help combat this issue, NHTSA is sponsoring Child Passenger Safety Week from September 17-23, 2017, a campaign dedicated to helping parents and caregivers make sure their children ride as safely as possible - every trip, every time."- NHTSA.gov/TheRightSeat

    Tools, Tips and Resources: 


    National Backpack awareness Day September 20th

    If your child needs a school backpack, please contact myself (the school counselor), or the school office.

    Tips from the American Occupational Therapy Association

    Loading a Pack

    • A child’s backpack should weigh no more than about 10% of his or her body weight. This means a student weighing 100 pounds shouldn’t wear a loaded school backpack heavier than about 10 pounds.
    • Load heaviest items closest to the child’s back (the back of the pack).
    • Arrange books and materials so they won’t slide around in the backpack.
    • Check what your child carries to school and brings home. Make sure the items are necessary for the day’s activities.
    • If the backpack is too heavy or tightly packed, your child can hand carry a book or other item outside the pack.
    • If the backpack is too heavy on a regular basis, consider using a book bag on wheels if your child’s school allows it.

    Wearing a Pack

    • Distribute weight evenly by using both straps. Wearing a pack slung over one shoulder can cause a child to lean to one side, curving the spine and causing pain or discomfort.
    • Select a pack with well-padded shoulder straps. Shoulders and necks have many blood vessels and nerves that can cause pain and tingling in the neck, arms, and hands when too much pressure is applied.
    • Adjust the shoulder straps so that the pack fits snugly on the child’s back. A pack that hangs loosely from the back can pull the child backwards and strain muscles.
    • Wear the waist belt if the backpack has one. This helps distribute the pack’s weight more evenly.
    • The bottom of the pack should rest in the curve of the lower back. It should never rest more than four inches below the child’s waistline.
    • School backpacks come in different sizes for different ages. Choose the right size pack for your child as well as one with enough room for necessary school items.

    Orginal Document here


    International Day of Peace September 21st

    "The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace." -http://internationaldayofpeace.org/

    The 2017 U.N. Peace Day Theme:

    Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All

    This theme is based on the TOGETHER global campaign that promotes respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes in search of a better life.TOGETHER brings together the organizations of the United Nations System, the 193 member countries of the United Nations, the private sector, civil society, academic institutions and individual citizens in a global partnership in support of diversity, non-discrimination and acceptance of refugees and migrants.

    For more abut this campaign, go to: together.un.org




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