Guidance Counselor/Conflict Resolution Teacher:

mclaughlin_image.jpgMs. Amy McLaughlin-Risser

Guidance News:

As we embark on a new school year, we at Northside want to extend our support and assistance in making your child's school year a positive and rewarding one. This is possible when a strong partnership is created between the school and home. To have this positive impact, we welcome your questions and concerns as a way to increase communication and provide assistance whenever possible. Here's to a new year and a new Northside!

Organization is an important skill for both adults and children. There’s no better time than the New Year to evaluate those skills and strive to make any necessary changes. With the possible influx of new toys and clothing, help your child organize their belongings and eliminate clutter. By helping your child instead of doing this task for them, they’ll learn the necessary strategies and can have a sense of ownership and pride when the job is done. Once learned, these skills can be transferred to other areas of your child’s life including school thus increasing their success and positive feelings.

With the season of giving among us, now is a good time to help your child practice the healthy habit of thinking about others and giving back. Instead of spending hours crafting their perfect wish list, encourage your child to focus on the needs of others and ways they could help. Some ways that they could help could be donating old clothes and toys, making a card, or even volunteering. This focus can be placed locally as well as globally. There’s always someone in need including members of our community, service members, and even animal shelters. Helping your child master the positive quality of caring for others is a skill they can utilize for the rest of their lives.

Parent-teacher conferences are an important part of your child's education. This is an advantageous time for you to visit your child’s classroom, discuss their progress with the teacher, and set goals for the remainder of the school year. With limited time for each conference, it is recommended that parents/guardians come to the conference with any questions or concerns prepared in order to maximize the time allotted. Communication is an integral part in your child’s education, and this is a valuable opportunity to make sure this happens!