Hillside Counseling Newsletter February 2020

February 2020


Dear Parent/Guardian:

It is very rewarding interacting with all the Hillside Hawks each school day.  As you know, students can earn Star Student each month by demonstrating important character traits.  This month we are focusing on the character trait of Empathy.   Empathy is the understanding of or the ability to identify with another person's feelings or experiences.  Empathy helps students perceive and understand what others are feeling.  When we put ourselves in another person’s shoes, we are often more sensitive to what that person is experiencing and are less likely to tease or bully them. By explicitly teaching students to be more conscious of other people’s feelings, we can create a more accepting and respectful school community.  We will do a special lesson this month demonstrating to the Hawk’s how when students exclude their peers they show a lack of empathy, and how to change that!

On another note, as we move into midpoint of the school year it is important to look at how your child has been performing academically.  Reflecting on what progress has been made since the beginning of the school year is helpful in encouraging your child to grow in all areas.  Here are some ways to assess your child’s progress.

Pay attention to attitude towards school work and study habits.  Make sure your child is handing in assignments and preparing for quizzes/tests.  The midpoint of the school year is a good time to check in with your child’s teacher(s).  If your child is having difficulties, have a discussion about why.  Does he or she take school seriously?  How does he or she plan to improve?  Let your child know that you’re supportive-and that you believe he or she has the ability to succeed.

These same questions can be posed to teachers and counselors.  What specific skills are your child struggling to master?  Set goals with your child to help him or her be more engaged in the learning process.  Children, like adults, feel a sense of accomplishment when they attain a goal.  Set attainable and reasonable goals and remember the power of praise and support! 


Source:  Education World   


If you have any questions, concerns or would like more information, please feel free to contact your child’s counselor.

Warm Regards,


  Dr. Whalen 5TH grade & Mrs. Thomas 6th grade   

           Hillside School Counselors