Journaling can be a great way to help children process thoughts and emotions related to all sorts of challenges and even positive life events.
Click on the file below to see information about integrating communication, consistency and control into your family's daily routine.
Call 911 in an emergency situation.
Call 311, a simple to remember quick dial phone number available to all Boone County residents and visitors to call when you need law enforcement for routine, non-emergency complaints. This number is answered by the same highly trained staff that answers 911 calls, but dialing 311 lets them know that you aren't calling with an emergency. This is an important distinction that allows 911 operators to prioritize calls and ensure they are able to respond to in-progress emergency calls first.This service can be called from any mobile, pay phone, or other land line from anywhere within the Boone County limits. Please help us keep 911 lines open for emergency calls by using our 311 non-emergency law enforcement number to report incidents in which the immediate presence of a law enforcement officer is not required
Boone County 311 Non-Emergency Law Enforcement ... Boone County Sheriff's Department(573) 875-1111; Columbia Police Department(573) 874-7652 ...
Call United Way 211 If you need help - for anything from daycare to rental assistance to counseling to vocational training - your local 2-1-1 is here. Dial 2-1-1* to speak to a trained professional 24 hours a day, seven days a week. TTY (1-866-385-6525) and multilingual services are also available. If you are using a cell phone dial 800.427.4626. Your phone call is confidential and free.Get more information at www.211helps.org.
MUPC Hospital at 3 Hospital Drive and phone number (573)-884-1300. They can assess in crisis; suicide/homicide ideation with or without a plan; and acute mental health needs. You will most likely enter their assessment unit process through the Emergency Room.
CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia at 1201 International Drive offers behavioral health treatment for adolescents and offers assessments at no cost. Call 855-623-7016 toll free or 573-615-2001.
Burrell Behavioral Health has an access center at 3401 Berrywood Dr. and phone number (573)777-8455 that can assess during crisis, suicide/homicide ideation, or for any behavioral or mental health needs during the following times: Monday-Friday 8am -4pm. Their after-hours crisis line is: 800-395-2132. They offer comprehensive wraparound services as well.
Compass Health Network and their NAVIG8 Adolescent (Substance Abuse) Treatment Program is at 3501 Berrywood Dr. They offer assessments and include a comprehensive wraparound service for recovery.
FACE (Family Access Center of Excellence) FACE of Boone County will continue to receive new referrals and provide services to youth and families wanting support in connecting to community resources. Our services are being provided remotely at this time, as our physical office is closed. They can provide a thorough assessment free of charge for youth and their families with social, emotional, or behavioral health needs. They can provide choices of services and ongoing case management for Boone County families with children ages 0-19 years.
CMCA (Central Missouri Community Action) has a multitude of resources from transportation assistance, help with housing and utilities, assistance with health insurance coverage, and more. Begin connecting at http://showmeaction.org.
VAC (Voluntary Action Center) at 403A Vandiver Dr and phone number 573-874-2273. They offer family assistance, seasonal programs, social service information and more. Check www.vacmo.org for more information. As of Thursday March 19 VAC is providing services by appointment only.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Missouri Crisis Line: (573) 445-5035 or 888-761-4357 (V/TTY) or Text HAND to 839863
A Way With Words and Numbers (A University of Missouri service that has had tutors in our school all year!) has put in place for the next few weeks (potentially months) to help ensure that students have access to tutoring services at home. The program will be providing free tutoring services to any CPS elementary student who may need help with homework, need additional reading and math support, or just someone to read with them and provide structured educational time. Parents can sign up their students for 30 minute time slots using this link: https://awwwn.appointlet.com/s/tutoring-session.
Sessions will begin March 19th, and will continue until at least April 13th. Session times are between 9 AM and 6 PM Monday through Friday. Only Site Coordinators and Assistant Site Coordinators (about 15 of the leaders in the program) will be doing this online tutoring. They are all well trained and background checked with the passion to support students' learning!
Students will be coming home with a letter to parents and students, along with a counselor packet that provides various resources for families and activities for them to use at home. This letter and packet is also available here:
Here are a few resources that I have either found or been given that I thought you might find helpful, including some simple things to remember and practice. I will also tweet various resources and sites that may be helpful from @RBSmith23.
Students will be coming home with a counselor packet that provides various resources for families and activities for them to use at home. This packet is also available here:
Child Mind Institute
Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
National Association of School Psychologists
Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource
Coping with Stress During an Infectious Disease Outbreak
A Coronavirus social story:
This is an amazing book for kids about anxiety. Our kids are amazing and can do amazing things with the right information and right tools. Being able to understand the feelings and physical symptoms associated with anxiety are important. Being able to recognize what is happening and gain power by implementing a variety of skills can help to turn anxiety around. Hey Warrior by Karen Young
Rock Bridge Elementary & Rock Bridge High School work together to provide students with mentors
Rock Bridge Elementary School offers a mentoring program called Bridging Bears 2 Bruins. This program is designed to enhance your child’s social, academic and personal development. Children in this program spend supervised and structured time at school with a student from Rock Bridge High School.
Bridging Bears 2 Bruins meets for 30 minutes at Rock Bridge Elementary during regular school hours. Student mentors from Rock Bridge High School are participating as a part of their Introduction to the Teaching Profession course which they are enrolled in at the RBHS Career Center.
What students have learned so far this year...
Over the past few weeks at school, your child participated in a classroom presentation and discussion about the prevention of sexual and physical abuse of children. During this lesson we talk about safe, unsafe and unwanted touches and watch a video where characters stay safe by using the Touching Rule: No one should touch your private body parts except to keep you healthy and the Ways to Stay Safe, known as the “3 R’s”. These are rules that we establish early in the school year and reinforce throughout:
1. RECOGNIZE: Is it safe? Is it unwanted?
2. REFUSE: Say words that mean no.
3. REPORT: Tell a trusted adult
Within this lesson, private body parts are defined as the areas covered by a swimsuit. We also practiced asking an adult for help, telling an adult about an unsafe situation and being assertive to get out of unsafe situations. Additionally, the class will list possible trusted adults a child can tell, including parents, baby-sitter, aunt, grandparent, teacher, adult friend, or neighbor.
To reinforce this lesson, it is important to keep talking with your child about unsafe or unwanted situations and how to handle them. These can feel like difficult conversations to have. To help make them easier, you can use the stories from these classroom lessons as a comfortable way to talk to your child about unsafe or abusive situations and how to hand them. These videos are available online, along with a guide to help you talk about the video with your child, in the Families section of SecondStep.org.
Make sure to go online to join SecondStep.org with the activation key needed for each grade level lesson:
Kindergarten: CPUK FAMI LYGK
Grade 1: CPU1 FAMI LYG1
Grade 2: CPU2 FAMI LYG2
Grade 3: CPU3 FAMI LYG3
Grade 4: CPU4 FAMI LYG4
Grade 5: CPU5 FAMI LYG5
You may use these as a guide to talking about the video with your child, and other helpful tips about teaching your child touching-safety rules.
If you have any questions about this lesson or would like more information about how to reinforce this lesson at home, please feel free to contact me.
For more details on curriculum and the role of the counselor in your school, please scroll below. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please let me know.
Self-Concept and the Growth Mindset
We talked about the importance of trying new things and understanding that challenging ourselves helps our brains grow, even when we make mistakes. If you're not making mistakes, then you're probably not challenging yourself. Making mistakes is an opportunity for us to learn!
Coping & Guided Imagery
We've talked about resiliency by learning different coping strategies to help us with our emotions. It's important for us to try different strategies so that we know which ones work for us. We then must practice them so we will be prepared to utilize those skills when they are needed. When we are already in the red zone (angry, mad, yelling, etc.), we cannot think very clearly and it's difficult to put a strategy into action. If we practice these skills, they will be more likely to use them when their emotions are high. For example: If a student knows that sitting by themselves (safe seat, etc.) helps them calm down when their emotions are escalating, they will instinctively remove themselves from a situation and implement this strategy when necessary.
Students have identified similarities and differences, while recognizing and demonstrating respect towards all. We are all different from one another in a variety of ways: what we look like, how we learn, our interests, our strengths, etc. This diversity makes our school so much more interesting than if we were all the same. When we get to know someone who is different than we are, we give ourselves an opportunity to learn. In the upper grade levels we defined the following words: Diversity, Acceptance, Judgmental, and Empathy. In all grades, we talked about the importance of empathy when dealing with one another, including those who may be different than us.
Students have learned these key characteristics of being a cooperative person:
The 3 R's
Students learn to Recognize, Refuse, Report whenever they see or experience bullying or unsafe situations.
Recognize = a situation is unsafe or if someone's body or feelings have been hurt, it keeps happening and they are unable to make it stop.
Refuse = use words that mean "no" or "stop".
Report = tell a trusted adult.
We've also talked about the importance of being a bystander. Whenever a student sees an unsafe situation or witnesses bullying happening to another student, they have multiple choices to consider:
Refuse the bully, by standing up for the person who is being bullied. In the case of an unsafe situation, walk away or say no.
Report the situation or behavior to a trusted adult.
Support the person being bullied by making them feel included, welcome and safe.
Students initially learned to apply the 3 Ways to Stay Safe to help them be safe in all situations, not just bullying. Ask them about the "3 R's"! Younger (and older) students may even sing you the song about it!
Students have also learned about the "Never-Never Rules" as a part of our Second Step curriculum. These 8 rules will help keep them safe.
I hope that you and your families are having a great school year. I wanted to take a moment to inform new families and remind those returning of our comprehensive school counseling program here at Rock Bridge Elementary. In Columbia Public Schools, school counselors provide 30 minute push in lessons with the classroom teacher. Students have “Counselor” lessons approximately twice per month in their classrooms with me leading the lesson and the homeroom teacher supplementing the lesson with his/her expertise on each unique classroom and its specific needs. In addition to classroom lessons, I also provide services like group and individual counseling, crisis counseling and lunch groups with the children.
As a school counselor in Missouri, I structure my day within the framework of the Missouri Comprehensive Guidance Program. The program provides four basic services: Guidance Curriculum (K-5 biweekly presentations as mentioned above), Individual Planning (assessment, guidance etc.), Responsive Services (small groups, individual counseling, crisis counseling, etc.), and System Support (in-services, parent, faculty, and building support).
The curriculum is divided into three areas: Personal and Social Development, Academic Development, and Career Development. The Missouri Comprehensive Guidance Program, the district curriculum, and other materials will be used for classroom presentations with students.
This year we are excited to have Jeanine Davison in our building on Mondays from 12:00-2:55 to assist with our counseling needs. Jeanine brings great experience providing counseling assistance to multiple schools throughout the CPS district. I am looking forward to having a great year and hope to meet many of you during the 2019-20 school year. If I can be of assistance to you, please contact me at 573-214-3290 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr. Ryan Smith M.Ed.
Rock Bridge Elementary