|Lettie Marshall Dent|
As the school counselor, my goal is to work with children to help them have the best learning and social experience at Lettie Dent and to help them build skills that they can use throughout their lives. I believe that working with parents and teachers as a team is the best way to achieve this. I meet with students individually, in small groups, and in their classrooms. I have been updating this page throughout the year to keep you up to date on what the children are learning so that you can reinforce the ideas and lessons at home. Also, I have also included some parenting tips and resources.
What have we been up to?
v The parents of kindergarten students may have heard their children talk about “I-Care Cat,” a puppet I take into their classrooms to teach the students. They have been learning “I-Care” rules. Throughout April and May, they will be learning the last two “I-Care” rules, which are “We care about each other’s feelings” and “We are responsible for what we say and do.” Reading books with your child is an excellent way to reinforce what they are learning.
v In first and second grades, we have been continuing with our character education lessons. The six pillars of character are the foundation of the program and they are respect, responsibility, caring, trustworthiness, fairness and good citizenship. The students will be learning about responsibility and citizenship in May.
v In third, fourth, and fifth grades, we have been working on the Steps to Respect program, which is a bullying prevention program. The focus of the lessons are on making and keeping friends, treating everyone with respect, and how to recognize, refuse, and report bullying. We have also spent some time learning about diversity, learning about our similarities and differences, and treating everyone fairly and respectfully, regardless of our differences.
IMPORTANT DATES to remember for 5th grade students getting ready to go to Margaret Brent Middle School:
Wednesday, May 8th ~ the 6th grade counselor will visit Dent to speak with the 5th grade students at 9:30 a.m.
Monday, May 20th ~ 5th grade students will take a field trip to tour Margaret Brent Middle School at 9:45 a.m.
Wednesday, May 22nd ~ 6th grade Parent Night at Margaret Brent Middle School at 6:00 p.m. A flyer will be sent home with further information.
v The lunch bunch groups that will be running throughout April and May are for “self-esteem,” “positive behavior,” “divorce,” and “social skills.” Please remember that different groups start at different times of the year, so if you signed your child up for a group, it may not have started yet.
You can have a great impact on your child’s success in school. Here are some ways that you can help your child and work with his/her teacher to make your child’s school experience enjoyable and less stressful (for both you and your child!):
v One of the most important things for children is having a routine. Having a set study time and bed time is important to their success and being organized. Routines may help children feel more secure because they know what to expect at certain times.
v Have your child set a certain place for doing homework. Make sure that it is a place with good lighting and a solid place to write (such as a desk or table.) Make sure the TV is off and if possible, is an area with few distractions. Remember that homework is your child’s responsibility. However, you can help quiz your child and be available to answer questions.
v Read with your child. Children can get their own library cards at the community library. If reading isn’t your child’s favorite activity, try to find books that relate to their interests. There is a children’s librarian at the Charlotte Hall Library that may be able to help you select books that your child will enjoy!
v Help your child stay organized.
v Encourage and praise your child often.
v There is an Evening Counseling Center (ECC) serviced by St. Mary’s County Public Schools located at Leonardtown High School in the Guidance Office. The center provides counseling services by appointment to all students and parents of students enrolled in St. Mary’s County Public School. The ECC provides counseling, social skills training, helps families design their own behavior management programs, serve as liaisons with community agencies, as well as provide other interventions. The ECC is open Tuesday evenings from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Leonardtown High School. To make an appointment, please contact: Gary O’Neill, School Psychologist at (301) 475-0200 ext. 115 or Alissa Douglas, School Counselor, at (301) 475-0200 ext. 113.
v We have a Parent Lending Library available to us that includes many books on a wide variety of topics. If you are interested in taking a look at the list of books, please call me at (301) 472-4500 ext. 3.
v It is never too early to start saving for your child’s college education. The state of Maryland has a couple of different plans that make it possible to lock in today’s tuition costs for your child’s future college education years down the road. Plans can vary depending on your family’s budget so it is best to contact the number or website below to discuss the available options. You may receive further information from the following website: www.collegesavingsmd.org or by calling 1-888-4MD-GRAD.
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