Thursday, November 29, 2012

First P200 Club Winners!!!

We have had a terrific month of November recognizing students as members of the Principal's 200 Club! Last week, we had our first BINGO on the board and our lucky winners were chosen to have a Pizza Party with the Principal. This will be a special first P200 club party, because it will be the first and last with our Principal, Robyn Bishop, before she leaves for her new job in Salt Lake City. We are glad that she will be able to launch our party in style!

Look for the PTA newsletter to see the names of the winning students! Congratulations to all our winners!

Our board was cleared after the winning rows were placed and the board is filling up again quickly. Keep working hard and following our school rules for your chance to be in the Principal's 200 Club!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Red Ribbon Week Oct. 29th-Nov. 2nd

Red Ribbon Week is here! We are working hard at Coral Canyon to make sure that our school is a safe and friendly place for students to attend school. Each month we have our Steps to Respect curriculum in classrooms where we learn to prevent bullying by being respectful to our friends, inviting everyone to join in, and how to be powerful bystanders who can make a difference!

Each day this week, our PTA is helping us to celebrate our commitment to being drug and bully free! Students are invited to participate each day in the following ways:

  • Monday- Turn your back on Drugs! Students will wear their shirts backwards today and all students will have the opportunity to sign a drug-free pledge in the lunchroom. 
  • Tuesday- Red Ribbon Kickoff! Wear red to show you are Drug- and Bully-free! We will tie ribbons to our fence to show everyone that our school supports a bully and drug-free life.
  • Wednesday- Say Boo to Illegal Drugs! Happy Halloween! Students will wear orange and black today or a school spirit shirt
  • Thursday- Be the Change! Students will be given a caught being good coin at recess if they are spotted showing kindness, including others, playing fairly, etc. 
  • Friday- Team up to be bully and drug free! Students will wear their favorite team jersey and meet out on the field at 9:30 for our wrap-up activity!

Be sure to talk to your students about what it means to be bully- and drug-free! I'm sure they'll have some great things to share with you about our fun Red Ribbon week activities. Thanks to our Coral Canyon PTA! Red Ribbon Week rocks!!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Principal's 200 Club

We are so excited to announce our Principal's 200 Club here at Coral Canyon! This is a great program that rewards students for showing respectful behavior to teachers and fellow students or for standing as an example of great character for others.

Teachers are on the lookout for students who follow school rules and who show exemplary behavior and they will select model students to become members of the club. Students then report to the office to sign the Principal's Celebrity Book and place their names on a bulletin board outside of the office. The most exciting part is when a row fills up, either horizontally or vertically, then all the students in that row WIN A PRIZE!!  Prizes can be a Pizza Party with the Principal, Ice Cream with the Counselor, Gift Certificates or other wonderful mystery prizes!

Parents will be notified by email or by phone when their student "joins" the Club! This is a great chance for them to celebrate the great things happening at our school. We have the best students and we want to recognize them for their accomplishments!

New School Rules and Character Education Themes

Our school is embarking on a journey to improve the character and increase positive behavior of students here at Coral Canyon Elementary School! We are implementing a new initiative called PBIS or Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. This is a framework that guides the students mastery of school rules and character education lessons learned via Steps to Respect, our classroom bullying prevention program.

In order to make this easier for students, we have opted to revise our school rules to 4 concise and easy-to-remember rules that envelope other classroom rules or expected behaviors at Coral Canyon. 

The new school rules are:

Be Really Safe!
Be Respectful!
Be Responsible!
Be Ready to Learn!

We will also be focusing our character education at the school on monthly themes taken from Steps to Respect. These themes are:

October- Be a Friend, Not a Bully
November- Include Others
December- Friends Play Fair
January- Put Ups, Not Put Downs
February- Stand Up for the Truth (Assertiveness)
March- Bystander Power (Positive Peer Pressure)
April- Be an Example

We will start celebrating and reinforcing these rules and themes this month with our Principal's 200 Club. Click here to learn more about it!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Worry Stones

Another counselor in my district brought these great Worry Stones from to share at one of our district meetings. I loved them but Pinterest must be influencing me more than I realized because I immediately thought how easy it would be to make my own rather than fork out the $1 each plus shipping.

So I did.

Admittedly, they aren't as cute as the originals due to my decided lack of stampage. But I thought they turned out pretty well. :)

Here's what I needed...

Crayola Air Dry Clay (White)
Stamps (or Paper Clip)
Acrylic Paint
Sponge brush

Here's what I did...

1. I rolled several 1-inch clay balls and gently pressed them into the position they would be as in if I "worried" them. (That was one of the things I liked about the originals--that they felt somewhat molded to my hand.)
2. I used a paper clip to poke or draw designs. You can use stamps if you have them.
3. I let them air dry over night, then painted them with a wash made with water and acrylic paint.
4. I let them dry over the weekend since they were still a little bit squishy.
5. I sealed just the tops (painted area) with ModPodge using the sponge applicator and let dry again.

The whole process took a total of about 1 hour over the course of a week. And since I can make many, many more, these are turning out to be very cost effective as well. I think it would be great to have the students make their own to keep too. Can't wait to give them to my little Worry Warts and see if they help.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Meet the Counselor

Last year, I found a great idea for introducing myself to my students. It worked so well that I decided to do it again this year! The original idea came from Wanda P., a school counselor on the ASCAScene web forum. (If you aren't a member of ASCA, I recommend it just for the discussion forum alone. It's been a lifesaver at times.)

I use Mrs. Potato Head to introduce the various parts of my job as Elementary School Counselor. I bring her in a bag to each class and have the kids help me put her back together again. As I take out each part, we talk about how that part helps me do my job. I created a handout that outlines what we go over in class and serves as a coloring page that students can give their parents to let them know who I am and what I do, too!

Click here to download a copy of the Mrs. Potato Head handout and lesson plan.


Click here to download a copy of Mr. Potato Head handout and lesson plan.
The kids love Mrs. Potato Head and I leave her up all year in my office
to remind the students what we talked about in class. It's a great way to start the new school year!

Monday, May 14, 2012


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