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What Does It Mean For A Parent To Be Involved?

Click on this link for a helpful article from the Bossier Parent Center on how to get involved at school.

Why Elementary School Counselors

Click here for a helpful article from the American School Counselor's Association on the role of school counselors at the Elementary level.


Counseling Program

Your Kindergarten or First Grade Student will come to Counseling with their whole class each week. This is a time to have a breather from academics and focus on social and emotional development. This is done through story, song, role play, puppetry and center activity.

Lessons cover getting to know each other, school behavior and motivation, as well as character eduction. Of course, kids don't think of it as coming to counseling. Just ask what they did with Mrs. Goens each week in Social Skills Class.

As School Counselor, I am on the Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) team. As the name states our goal is to support positive behavior. We work to create a school environment where good behavior is more effective for students and teachers than problem behavior. We do this through our Rodes expectations, teaching and practice of appropriate behavior, reinforcement of good behavior and intervening when problem behavior occurs.

As School Counselor, I also follow individual children, as needed, to encourage successful school behavior. I monitor daily behavior reports and teach small group lessons on self-control, motivation, healthy expression of feelings and much more. I am available to conference with parents to address school  behavior and to provide consistent expectations to our children.

Another of my duties as School Counselor is to monitor attendance and tardies. I encourage you to have your child at school every day unless they are sick. Your child misses important academic work and many fun social times when they are not at school. Please refer to the Rodes Student Handbook for complete attendance policies.

I am here to support your child in his or her academic, emotional and social growth. I look forward to meeting and getting to know each child. I anticipate a successful school year. Please know my door is open and I welcome your suggestions, comments and questions as we work together to provide for each child.

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This month in  Social Skills both Kindergarten and First Grade classes are doing centers related to jobs they could have when they grow up. This follows two weeks of lessons on Community Helpers. I hope you are enjoying the illustrations the children made of themselves that are hanging in our hallways. You will see plenty of hardworking police, teachers, vets, and more. The centers include, puzzles, books and dolls, dress up, doll house, duplo blocks, wooden blocks with workers, cars and trucks, and sand trays with miniatures. Play is an important way for children to find out about the world and to try on roles they may have as adults. Chidlren are also practicing social skills of negotiation in sharing and taking turns.

 As always, children are also cashing in the tickets they have earned for following the expectations.

Rodes Clothes Closet

Rodes Clothes Closet is now open.

  • We are accepting donations of new and gently used uniforms.
  • We are providing uniforms for Rodes students as needed.

Call 549-5966 to request help with school uniforms.

Recommended Books

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn and Oh My Baby, Little One by Kathi Appelt. Two books to help parents and children part and come back together for the school and work day.

Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes.

Will I Have a Friend? by Miriam Cohen

Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! by Nancy L. Carlson

Hughes, Chrissy (318) 549-5980 Counselor

Rodes Expectations

Respect all.

Obey adults.

Do your best.

Everyone walks.

Soft voices.

Our students recite these expectations every morning after the pledge. The first weeks of school, teachers spend time teaching each of these behaviors in the classroom and in the halls, cafeteria, playground, and everywhere the class travels. Students are given time to practice and to role play just what it looks and feels like to follow or to break the expectations. Students are given reminders as needed and then recognized and praised for good behavior.

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Students who follow the Rodes Expectations for the month earn the priviledge of attending the Rodes Wrangler Round Up. In September, four students from Haughton High School came. They read to the students and led a cheer. They encouraged the students to do their best every day. We had 229 students or 39% of our Kindergarten and First Graders in attendance. A treat was provided by Simple Church.

In October, Teresa Smith, from Haughton First Baptist led the Wrangler Round Up Assembly.

Bro. Mike Schultz, from Eastwood Baptist Church, came in November and read a story he wrote about being a good friend.

Pastor Jeff Manuel, from Central Assembly of God, had a visual lesson for the children about putting first things first. See the photos of the jar of sand and the ping pong balls.

Retired PE Teacher, Sandra Hooper, read the students a book about good health and then led the students in rhythm stick activities.

This spring the children are earning snow cones for the Wrangler Round Up. The dates are March 23, April 20 and May 3.

We are proud of our students who are helping make Rodes a great school by always following the expectations and listening to their teachers.

Ten Ways to Communicate with Your Child's Teacher

  1. Meet your child's teacher early in the school year. Don't wait for a problem to occur before you actually call, write, or meet.
  2. Ask teachers about their goals, rules, and limits, and how often you can expect to hear from them.
  3. Tell teachers about your child's special talents, likes, dislikes, strengths, and weaknesses. Always tell the teacher about any major changes in your child's life.
  4. Get involved at school. Volunteer in the classroom or for special events.
  5. Make sure the school knows your schedule and knows how to reach you.
  6. Let teachers know the good things your child says about them.
  7. Ask questions when you have concerns and stay informed aobut what's going on at school.
  8. When requesting a meeting, state your general topic so the teacher can prepare.
  9. Avoid automatically taking sides, whether the teacher's or your child's. Try to stay objective and state your observations only.
  10. Stay calm! Never accuse or attack. Share what you would like to see happen. Be specific and ask for details.

Remember, your child learns by watching you. Be a role model and demonstrate good communication skills. You'll be glad you did!