December 11, 2018
Dear Parents/ Guardians,
I hope you all have been practicing your positive affirmations. The students seem to really enjoy this! I have had students practice praising themselves in all sorts of fun ways when interacting with them.
Last week I kept myself very busy with the several groups that I am currently facilitating. The existing groups are the friendly falcons with the 3rd and 4th grade boys. There are two friendly falcon groups; one taking place on Monday and one on Thursday. The friendly falcons focus on building new friendships and the skills they will need to do so. There are also 3 different girls groups being run with 2nd grade, 5th grade, and 8th grade that are each personalized to the group at hand. I also have the pleasure of getting to co-facilitate a group with Mrs. Schreiber, the speech-language pathologist with students in 1st through 8th grade that focuses on improving social skills. Lunch bunch takes place on Wednesdays during their lunch periods.
If you have a student in one or maybe even multiple groups of mine ask them what kinds of fun we have been getting into. Also, my groups are always changing. I will typically run a group for about 8 weeks and then start another one up. So hopefully I can work with every student in a closer setting to better get to know them.
December Career Presentation
The 7th and 8th graders welcomed their December career speaker, Anita Ciccarelli, last Friday. Mrs. Ciccarelli is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at CommQuest in Massillon. She is the mother of Giuliana Ciccarelli and also the 7th and 8th grade girls volleyball coach here at St. Francis de Sales.
Mrs. Ciccarelli educated our falcons on all the different places one may see a nurse and the different levels of nurses at each setting. She broadened their knowledge about the many areas of nursing. The students learned the difference between the different levels of nursing in healthcare and what type of education each level needed. Mrs. Ciccarelli even educated them about the salary that a nurse would make at each level of nursing. They expanded their knowledge about the academics and practical experience that goes into becoming a nurse. There was an interactive discussion about the pros and cons of nursing that helped the students better understand the daily tasks of being a nurse. Mrs. Ciccarelli shared much of her own personal experience and her journey that has led her to her current position. Check out how intrigued our falcons were to hear Mrs. Ciccarelli’s presentation in the pictures below.
The students truly do enjoy these career presentations. The goal of these career presentations is for students to think more in depth about what they want to do as they prepare for their futures. Career presentations can broaden their perspectives beyond classic, familiar jobs and give students a personal view of an array of occupations. They also can learn what skills and education are required for the industries and fields they have interest in and potential aptitude for. They also have the opportunity to ask questions. When students start honing their skills and aspirations at an early age, their career path can transition from a bumpy road to an easy cruise.
If you or anyone you know are interested in presenting your career to our falcons please contact me.
St. Francis de Sales