Welcome To

Double Churches Elementary
School Counseling

An online resource to help wildcats achieve academic, career and social/emotional success

Georgia student health survey image
Click the following link to complete the Georgia Student Health Survey for all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade wildcats.

https://gshs.gadoe.org/Pages/elementary.aspx 

You can also use the following QR code to access the survey.



DCE school counseling program VISION STATEMENT:
DCES wildcats will feel known and valued as they gain academic and social-emotional skills to help them achieve success in their careers.

DCE school counseling program MISSION STATEMENT:
To implement a comprehensive counseling program for PK – 5th grade students that is designed to help all develop educational and social emotional strengths, as well as career knowledge, in order to become responsible and productive citizens

As an employee of the Muscogee County School District, my school counseling work is guided by the Georgia Department of Education's elementary curriculum standards, as well as the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Mindsets and Behaviors for Student Success and Georgia School Counselor Association (GSCA) guidelines. Information regarding MCSD School Counseling Services, ASCA, and GSCA can be found at the following links:

MCSD
https://muscogee.k12.ga.us/​​​
​​​https://muscogee.k12.ga.us/c/Divisions/StudentServices/SchoolCounselingServices​​​

ASCA
www.schoolcounselor.org​​​

GSCA
www.gaschoolcounselor.org​​​
  • Columbus, Georgia, United States
  • 1213 Double Churches Road
INFORMED CONSENT FOR SCHOOL COUNSELING SERVICES image
School counseling services are aimed at the more effective education and socialization of students within the school community. These services are not intended as a substitute for psychological counseling, diagnosis, or medication when needed.

Confidentiality
In order to build trust with the child, the school counselor will keep information confidential with some possible exceptions. The school counselor is required by law to share information with others in certain circumstances:
*Presenting a serious danger to self or another person
*Evidence or disclosure of abuse or neglect
*Threats to school security
*Legal subpoena

The school counselor will make the child aware of these limits of confidentiality and will inform the child if/when it is necessary to share information with others. If you would like the counselor to share information with a third party, such as a community counselor, psychiatrist, social services worker, or pediatrician, you will need to sign an additional release of information form.

  •  3/4/2024 07:45 AM - 3/8/2024 02:15 PM

Celebrate literacy all week during Read Across America Week!

  •  4/1/2024 07:15 AM - 4/5/2024 02:15 PM
  • Online Event

Spring break is April 3rd - 7th.

  •  4/15/2024 07:45 AM - 4/26/2024 02:15 PM
  •   1213 Double Churches Road, Columbus, GA, USA

GMAS online assessments will be administered to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade learners according to the following schedule: Mon. 4/24/23 - ELA 1 Tues. 4/25/23 - ELA 2 Wed. 4/26/23 - ELA 3 Thurs. 4/27/23 - Math 1 Fri. 4/28/23 - Math 2 Mon. 5/1/23 - Science 1 & 2 for 5th grade only

  •  5/21/2024 02:15 PM
  • Online Event
  •  2/19/2024 07:45 AM
  • Online Event
  •  2/12/2024 07:45 AM - 2/16/2024 02:15 PM
  • Online Event
  •  1/22/2024 07:45 AM - 1/26/2024 02:15 PM
  • Online Event
  •  1/15/2024 07:45 AM
  • Online Event

No school for staff and students.

  •  12/21/2023 07:45 AM - 1/3/2024 02:15 PM
  • Online Event

Winter break is Dec. 21st - Jan. 3rd.

  •  11/20/2023 07:45 AM - 11/24/2023 02:15 PM
  • Online Event

Thanksgiving break Nov. 21st - 25th. No school for staff and students.

  •  11/10/2023 07:45 AM
  • Online Event

No school for staff and students.

  •  10/23/2023 07:45 AM - 10/27/2023 02:15 PM
  • Online Event

Mon. 10/24 - We are "red"y to be healthy. Kick off RRW by wearing something red. Tues. 10/25 – Sock it to bad habits! Wear crazy socks. Wed. 10/26 – Put a cap on drugs! Wear your favorite hat. Thurs. 10/27 - Orange you glad we don't bully? Wear something orange. Fri. 10/28 - Team up for healthy choices. Wear your favorite team colors or DCE spirit wear.

  •  10/9/2023 07:45 AM
  • Online Event

Teacher planning day - no school for students.

  •  10/6/2023 07:45 AM
  • Online Event

Virtual learning day for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. No school for PK, K, 1st, and 2nd grade students.

  •  9/4/2023 07:45 AM
  • Online Event

No school for staff and students.

  •  9/1/2023 07:45 AM
  •   1213 Double Churches Road, Columbus, GA, USA

College Colors Day is held annually nationwide. Sport your favorite college's colors on this day.

  •  8/8/2023 07:45 AM
  •   1213 Double Churches Road, Columbus, GA, USA

Tuesday, August 8, 2023 is the first official day of school for students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades.

  •  8/7/2023 07:45 AM
  •   1213 Double Churches Road, Columbus, GA, USA

Friday, August 5, 2022 is the first day of the new school year for students in Prekindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades.

  •  5/14/2022 10:00 AM - 5/14/2022 01:00 PM
  •   3000 Macon Road, Columbus, GA, USA

Free event for kids of all ages! Meet authors, listen to music and stories, do some arts and crafts!

  • $30.00
  •  4/30/2022 08:00 AM
  •   1000 Bay Avenue, Columbus, GA, USA

Teen Advisors and MCSD are hosting a 1 mile fun run and 5K for children and youth mental health awareness week. The 1 mile fun run starts at 8:00 am and the 5K starts at 8:30 am. The cost is $30 per runner now through May 7th and $35 on race day. Register online at https://www.teenadvisors.org/ta5k/

  •  3/26/2022 11:00 AM - 3/26/2022 02:00 PM
  •   2115 Wynnton Road, Columbus, GA, USA

Kingdom Life Ministries & Warming Hearts Ministry Clothing & Food Giveaway

  •  3/17/2022 04:00 PM
  •   5025 Steam Mill Road, Columbus, GA, USA

Parent Resource Center Event – March 17 The Parent Resource Center Event will be held at Shirley B. Winston Park, on March 17, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Parents can get information about: Adult Ed Resources Athletic Information Voting ID’s Military Support Employment Services Health and Wellness

  • $0.00
  •  3/14/2022 07:30 PM
  • Online Event

A webinar for teachers, parents, librarians, & anyone who reads with children.

  •  3/9/2022 11:30 AM
  • Online Event

MOVING UP – Pre-K to Kindergarten – March 9, 2022 Join our meeting on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to learn skills to help prepare your child for Kindergarten. There will be discussions on reading and math skills, sight words, and more. Click below to join the Zoom meeting: ZOOM: https://muscogee.zoom.us/j/83768670860

  •  3/8/2022 12:04 PM - 5/24/2022 03:00 PM
  • Online Event

Kindergarten Online Registration – Open Now Register Online: Please follow these steps: Go to our website: www.muscogee.k12.ga.us Click on “ONLINE APPLICATION” Next page, click on “NEW STUDENTS” Choose your language Fill out the application What you will need to register online: *Two proofs of residency: lease or mortgage and current utility bill *Student's birth certificate (NOTE: Student must be (5) years of age on or before September 1, 2022) *Student's social security card *Parent/legal guardian's state-issued photo I.D. (e.g. Driver's License, Passport, Military I.D.) *If readily available: *Immunization record and Ear, Eye, and Dental form QUESTIONS? Contact us: 706-748-2219

  •  3/8/2022 08:00 AM - 4/29/2022 03:00 PM
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Summer Learning Experience (SLE) 2022 Registration – March 8, 2022 The Summer Learning Experience is designed to engage students in a variety of literacy, mathematics, and enrichment learning activities through an interactive "summer camp" approach. Only students currently enrolled in the 2021-2022 school year will have the opportunity to sign up for the 2022 Summer Learning Experience. Registration for the Summer Learning Experience will be available until April 29. Registration options for the 2022 Summer Learning Experience are included in the online registration application. Please begin your student’s registration application for the 22-23 school year to make your decision for the Summer Learning Experience.

  •  3/8/2022 07:30 AM - 5/24/2022 03:00 PM
  • Online Event

Online Registration – Opens March 8, 2022 This year, we are excited to let you know that registration and verification will be done completely online, including most of the required signatures! The portal will allow you to access Online Registration as well as your verification paperwork which can be signed digitally. Online Registration is located under the “More” section. You must complete registration before your child can attend school . Please click here to Register: https://muscogee.k12.ga.us/c/Divisions/StudentServices/StudentRegistration/OnlineRegistration

  •  2/16/2022 08:30 AM - 2/17/2022 02:30 PM
  • Online Event
  •  6/1/2021 08:00 AM - 7/9/2021 12:00 PM
  •   1213 Double Churches Road, Columbus, GA, USA
  •  5/21/2021 02:30 PM
  • Online Event
  •  5/3/2021 08:00 AM - 5/11/2021 02:30 PM
  •   1213 Double Churches Road, Columbus, GA, USA
  •  2/15/2021 08:00 AM - 3/15/2021 05:00 PM
  • Online Event

Any child who is a resident of Muscogee county and turns 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2021 is eligible to enroll in the PreK program. Parents may apply for their student online at apps.muscogee.k12.ga.us/prek All applicants will be entered into a lottery system and parents will be notified of acceptance by March 26, 2021. Birth certificate, proof of address (1 lease/mortgage and 1 utility), and parent ID are required at registration.

  •  2/3/2021 12:00 PM
  • Online Event

Elementary Early Release Day - Students are dismissed at 12:00 pm

  •  1/25/2021 08:00 AM - 1/29/2021 02:30 PM
  • Online Event
  •  11/23/2020 08:00 AM - 11/27/2020 03:00 PM
  • Online Event
  •  11/13/2020 08:00 AM
  • Online Event

Let's celebrate kindness today! More details of how we will celebrate virtually and at DCE coming soon.

  •  11/13/2020 08:00 AM
  • Online Event

Quarter 2 progress reports will be available via Infinite Campus Parent Portal

  •  11/11/2020 08:00 AM
  • Online Event

Veterans' Day. No school for staff or students.

  •  10/20/2020 08:00 AM
  • Online Event

Report cards will be available online via your Infinite Campus Parent Portal

  •  10/12/2020 07:45 AM
  • Online Event

This is a teacher planning day. No school for students.

  •  9/21/2020 02:32 PM - 9/25/2020 02:30 PM
  • Online Event

Daily lessons are available each week. Check them out below!

  •  9/9/2020 08:00 AM
  • Online Event
  •  8/24/2020 08:00 AM - 8/28/2020 02:30 PM
  • Online Event

Join us for DCE's Virtual Spirit Week! Mon. 8/24 - Favorite Character Day Tues. 8/25 - Super Hero Day Wed. 8/26 - Wacky Wednesday Thurs. 8/27 - Team Colors Day Fri. 8/28 - DCE Spirit Day

  •  8/17/2020 08:00 AM
  • Online Event

The school year begins via distance learning through 09/09/2020. Sign in to your student's Canvas account to begin online instruction. More details about logging into Canvas can be found by copying and pasting the following link into a new browser: https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:63329062-9d41-4544-8d78-33f574f0f7a6

  •  8/10/2020 08:00 AM - 8/14/2020 03:00 PM
  •   1213 Double Churches Road, Columbus, GA, USA

Check your email and ConnectEd messages for details about the verification process based on your student(s)' grade level(s).

Fifth graders, this is your year! It's time to start thinking about middle school and beyond. I'll post information about middle school programs, including magnet testing dates, athletic and club opportunities here. Be sure to check back here regularly for any updates. Let your teacher or I know if you have any questions. Sad to see you go, but grateful to see you grow! Love, Mrs. Hall Go here for MCSD middle school magnet applications:  https://apps.muscogee.k12.ga.us/Magnet/Programs

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Back to School

Welcome back Wildcats! Check out the video links below with some back to school fun!

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What is Coronavirus?

Check out this video for students explaining more about Coronavirus:

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Health and safety tips for kids

Check out these videos with information about how to keep yourself healthy and safe this school year.

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What is a School Counselor?

Meet your school counselor, Lauren Hall, and learn a little about what a school counselor does.

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Ambition

The character word for the month of August is POSITIVE ATTITUDE. An attitude is a feeling or way of thinking that affects a person's behavior. A positive attitude a state of mind that envisions and expects favorable results Having a positive attitude takes optimism, but also ambition. Having hopes and determination to achieve a goal is ambition.

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PBIS standard: KINDNESS

Kindness is one of DCE's PBIS expectations. Check out these lessons focusing on kindness offered by CBS reporter Steve Hartman on the CBS evening news Facebook page. Lessons will be aired live on Facebook each day at 2:00 pm EST from March 23rd - 26th.

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PBIS standard RESPECT

Respect is giving attention and showing care to others. We show respect to our classmates by taking turns talking. We show respect to our teachers and parents by listening as they speak, and using manners to show that we care about them.

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PBIS standard PERSEVERANCE

Persevere is one of DCE's PBIS 3 standards. It means that you have the power to keep trying to do something in spite of difficulties. Listen as "After the Fall" by Dan Santat is read aloud. This story is a re-imagining of Humpty Dumpty's nursery rhyme and a lesson on perseverance.

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TOLERANCE

Tolerance is the ability to be patient with others. Listen to Cole as he explains how important it is to accept others differences, and even possible to be proud of and celebrate our "quirks".

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Tolerance

Listen as "The Ugly Dumpling" and "The Ugly Duckling" are read aloud. Then compare and contrast the two stories. How are they alike? How are they different? What does it mean to show tolerance to others?

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Tolerance

Tolerance is the consideration and respect for the individual differences, views, and beliefs of other people.

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Patience

Learning new things can be challenging for a lot of people. Patience is a character trait that can help us manage frustrations around us.

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Listening skills

Listen as we discuss the importance of good listening skills.

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Feeling words

We all have feelings. Sometimes, it's hard to put our feelings into words though. Listen to this song and story that tell us more about feeling words.

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Communication

Communication with others needs good listening skills and good expressive skills. Check out this quick lesson on identifying feelings and using an I message to talk to express how you feel to other people.

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Grow Happy

Feelings may come and go, but they can also be grown! Listen as "Grow Happy" by John Lasser is read aloud.

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Persevere with Piper

Perseverance is one of our school's PBIS standards. We've read about how Humpty Dumpty got back up again in our last lesson on perseverance. Let's take another look at how trying again is the only way to succeed while watching "Piper".

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Got worries?

Sometimes worries get in the way when we need to persevere. Check out this quick lesson for some ideas on how to handle worries:

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Worries I can and cannot control

We learned more about worries in yesterday's focused lesson. Today, we'll talk more about which worries to focus on and which ones to say goodbye to! Check out this video on worries you can and cannot control.

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Grief

Here we focus on one feeling - grief. With so much changing around us and school looking very different than we imagined, we may experience some grief and sadness. Here's a quick lesson for students in grades 3 - 5 on grief and some ways to cope with it.

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Diligence

The character word for the month of September is DILIGENCE, which means working hard in a steady and continuing manner and sticking with a project or plan. This is where it is helpful to learn problem solving skills. Some problems can be challenging. But they don't have to be the end of our story. With a problem solving/persevering attitude, we can turn our problems into new opportunities. Listen as turkey runs away from a problem, but learns some new skills along the way.

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Emotions

Let's talk about emotions, or feelings. We all have them and they change a lot. Knowing what they feel like, look like, and sound like can help us deal with them as we grow.

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Focus on feeling GRUMPY

We're focusing on different emotions, or feelings, all week. Today we're learning about feeling grumpy.

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Focus on feeling SAD

We're focusing on emotions this week. Today's let's talk about what it means to feel sad and what we can do to help ourselves until we feel better.

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Focus on feeling JEALOUS

This week we're learning about different emotions. Today let's learn more about what it means to feel jealous.

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Focus on feeling ANXIOUS

This week we are learning about different emotions. Today let's learn more about what it means to feel anxious or worried, and what we can do when we feel this way.

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Focus on feeling MAD

We're continuing to learn about emotions and today we will focus on anger. What does it mean to be angry? What does it feel like? What can you do about it?

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Focus on feeling SCARED

We've been learning about different emotions and today, we will focus on fear, or feeling scared. What makes you feel scared?

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Focus on feeling CONFIDENT

We've been learning about different emotions. Today let's focus on the feeling of confidence. What does it mean to feel confident? What makes you feel confident? Is too much confidence a bad thing?

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Focus on feeling COURAGE

Let's talk about courage. What is it? What does it look and feel like to you?

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Focus on feeling LOVE

Today let's talk about the feeling of love. What is love? What does it feel like? How do you show love to others?

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Mindfulness

Being mindful can be tricky. It is the ability to focus only on what is happening right NOW. Mindfulness helps us worry less, focus more, and enjoy what's happening around us as it happens. Let's practice together.

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Mindfulness continued

We continue learning about mindfulness with a new story.

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the ability to give all of our attention to something. It means we slow down in order to really pay attention to what is happening around us and what we are doing. Let's practice some mindfulness together today.

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Grounding

Grounding is a calming tool that helps when you're feeling anxious by bringing your mind's focus on the present. But you can use it anytime your mind being too full of thoughts, to help you feel more mindful and present.

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Grounding and Shielding for Mindfulness

Try some other strategies to help you focus on the present, or practice mindfulness.

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Personal Space Camp

Personal space is the area around your body that is needed to help you feel safe and comfortable around others. Let's practice giving ourselves and others personal space.

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Empathy

The character word for the month of October is empathy. Let's learn more!

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Empathy continued

We continue our discussion on empathy. Check out the read aloud below.

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More Empathy

Listen as our next story in the series discussion on empathy is read aloud. See below.

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Worries

Check out this quick read aloud on worries.

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Too Much

Have you ever loved something so much that you spent too much time doing it? Have you ever like a food so much that you ate too much? Listen as we learn about how too much is not always a good thing.

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The Present

This award winning short film is called "The Present". It reminds us how important it is to focus on the gifts we have and enjoy the people (and animals) around us in the present. Check it out!

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Arnie the Doughnut

Have you ever felt like you were "just" something? Arnie felt like he was "just" a doughnut until he met a friend who taught him that the possibilities are endless! Check out "Arnie the Doughnut", by Laurie Keller.

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Different

Different is good. But we don't always treat people and things that are different as though we value them. As kids, eating different foods can be scary. In the cafeteria, different foods can be the subject of teasing. Check out "Carla's Sandwich" and brainstorm your own ways that you can be different.

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Election Day is coming!

Listen as "The Night Before Election Day" by Natasha Wing is read aloud.

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Election Day and Voting

It's time for people who are 18 years and older to vote. What does voting mean? Check out this video to learn more about voting.

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Gratitude

Gratitude is an attitude of appreciation. Let's practice gratitude during the month of Thanksgiving and list the people, things, and opportunities we are most grateful for.

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My Gratitude Jar

Gratitude is an attitude, but it's also a practice. Practice gratitude today by making a list of all that you are thankful for. Listen as "My Gratitude Jar" by Kristin Wiens is read aloud. Try making your own gratitude jar.

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Thankfulness

Listen as Splat the Cat learns how to be thankful.

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Mindful Minute

Take a moment to practice your mindfulness, while also thinking about what you are grateful for.

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Veterans' Day is coming

Let's learn more about our veterans and how the USA celebrates them!

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Thankful

Listen as "Thankful" by Eileen Spinelli is read aloud.

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World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day is soon! Let's celebrate by doing as many acts of kindness as we can today.

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Problem Solving Skills

Thanksgiving is days away. We've discussed the importance of being thankful this holiday season. Let's talk some more about how to persevere. Persevere is one of DCE's PBIS standards. It means to keep trying. Problem solving skills can help us persevere. We use problem solving skills when we brainstorm different answers or look for new ways to solve our problems.

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Positive Problem Solving

Here are some positive problem solving tips:

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Prudy's Problem and How She Solved It

Listen as "Prudy's Problem and How She Solved It" by Carey Armstrong-Ellis is read aloud.

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Conflict Resolution

A conflict is a problem, often a disagreement between people. When we have conflicts, it's important to learn some ways to resolve them.

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Showing Respect - No Interrupting

Have you ever tried telling a story and someone kept interrupting you? How did you feel? Interrupting is when someone talks while someone else is talking. It's not a nice habit and can frustrate us all.

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Growth Mindset

Having a growth mindset starts with building confidence. Today, we focus on all that we CAN do. Listen as "The Koala Who Could" by Rachel bright is read aloud.

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Growth Mindset continued

We continue our discussion of growth mindset. Check out "Bubble Gum Brain" by Julia Cook.

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Grow, Brainy, Grow!

Let's listen to another story about how marvelous your brain is! Check out "Your Fantastic, Elastic Brain" by Dr. JoAnn Deak.

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The Power of YET!

We're finishing up our week's conversation on growth mindset by highlighting the power of the word YET.

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Giving

Tis the season to be giving! This time of year can be exciting for several reasons. We like to spend time with friends and family. We like to get presents. But it's also important to remember how much joy GIVING to others can bring them and ourselves.

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A Little Spot of Giving

Check out Diane Alber's "A Little Spot of Giving" and share it with your family. How can you give to others this year?

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Giving is Better Than Getting

Giving to others in even the smallest of ways can bring us joy, too. Check out this great story about the power of giving to others.

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Generosity

Generosity is another word for giving. Check out this read aloud about generosity:

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Generosity continued

Kindness (not money) makes the world go round. Generosity is an attitude of kindness and focuses on the needs of others. Listen to ways that some kids have shown generosity to those around them.

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Holidays Around the World - Christmas

Christmas is celebrated in some parts of the world each year on December 25th. Check out the video at the link to learn more about Christmas.

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Holidays Around the World - All About Hannukah!

There are lots of different holidays that people celebrate. Today we're going to learn more about Hannukah. Check out the video and story at the link.

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Holidays Around the World - All About Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa begins each year on December 26th. Check out the video and story at the link to learn more.

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Holidays Around the World - All About Diwali!

Diwali is also known as the Festival of Lights. Check out this video by National Geographic to learn more about Diwali is celebrated around the world.

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Diversity

We've learned about many different holidays this week and each highlights how interesting and diverse our world and its celebrations can be. Like our celebrations are different, so are we, and so are snowflakes. In fact, there are no 2 snowflakes that are exactly alike - each one is unique, just like us. Listen as a story about snowflakes is read aloud, then try making your own snowflakes using the coloring pages and templates attached.

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Holiday Fun

Enjoy a fun holiday story by Wendy Silvano, called Turkey Claus.

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S'more holiday fun

Hoping you have a wonderful holiday break. Stay safe and rest well!

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New Year's Resolutions

A resolution is another word for a goal, or something you would like to do. As we start the new year, it's a great time to set goals you would like to accomplish in 2022. Listen to Squirrel's New Year's Resolution read aloud and think about your own resolutions for 2021.

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What is a goal?

What is a goal and why are they so important? Keep clicking to learn more.

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SMART goals

Setting goals sounds easy enough, but making sure that they get done is a bit harder. Check out this information on how to set goals that are more likely to be finished.

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Setting Goals and Setting Worries Aside

Setting goals is the first step toward achieving them. But sometimes, worries can get in the way. Listen as Hector's Favorite Place by Jo Rooks is read aloud. We'll also learn some strategies to help worries step aside.

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Visualization

Visualization is a strategy that can improve your reading comprehension, but also help you accomplish your goals. Try it out!

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Positive self talk

You can be your own cheerleader by using positive self talk. Try it out!

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What is your word?

Listen as "One Word for Kids" by Dan Britton, Jimmy Page, and Jon Gordon is read aloud. Then come up with your ONE WORD to guide your goals for 2021.

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Internet Safety

Virtual learning means our time on the internet is increasing. Listen as internet safety tips are shared.

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Digital Footprints

The internet is a great tool to sue for learning, entertainment, and social connection. But it's also a tool that has to be used responsibly. Check out this video on the importance of protecting your digital footprint.

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Cyberbullying

Bullying can happen in a lot of settings, but especially on the internet and through the use of text messages and social media platforms. When bullying occurs like this, it's called cyberbullying. Let's learn more about cyberbullying.

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Internet Safety Rules for Kids

There is so much to do online, but a lot of rules to follow, too. Check out this video that simplifies internet safety rules for you to consider as you "surf" the internet.

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Monday Mindful Minute

It's the first of a new month and it's Monday. Let's take a minute to practice mindfulness and help the week and month start off on the right foot.

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Groundhog Day - When Things Don't Go According to Plan

Groundhog Day is celebrated each year on Feb. 2nd.

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Black History Month

February is Black History month. Let's celebrate diversity by learning more about some of our global community's people who are making a difference.

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Focus on Maya Angelou

Listen as a story about Maya Angelou is read aloud.

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Focus on Frederick Douglas

Listen to learn more about Frederick Douglas, a man known across the nation, but also a man with connections to Columbus, GA.

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Focus on Mae Jemison

Let's learn more about astronaut Mae Jemison.

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Focus on Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson is an amazing man! He endured mistreatment for years, and despite it all went on to become one of baseball's greatest players. Let's learn more!

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Focus on George Washington Carver

Let's learn more about one of America's greatest inventors - Dr. George Washington Carver.

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Focus on Ruby Bridges

Let's learn more about the Ruby Bridges. She was only a child when her name became well known, but she showed immense courage and paved the way for other kids.

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Focus on Katherine Johnson

Katherine Johnson is one of NASA's greatest human computers. Her work was vital to exploring space and the moon. Let's learn more about how she left her mark on the universe.

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Focus on Michelle Obama

Let's learn more about the United States' first 1st lady of color, Michelle Obama.

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Focus on Colin Powell

Colin Powell is one of the United States' most decorated soldiers. He served the USA in a lot of important and courageous ways. Let's learn more!

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Focus on The Buffalo Soldiers

The Buffalo Soldiers were a group of African American men who served bravely in the military and changed the course of history. Let's learn more!

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Focus on Hank Aaron

Hank Aaron was an amazing baseball player and advocate for equal rights for all players in the game. Let's learn more about the legacy he helped create.

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Focus on Simone Biles

Simone Biles is an extraordinary athlete and has made history. Let's learn more.

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Focus on Oprah Winfrey

Oprah is a change maker in may ways. Let's learn more.

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Focus on Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall made history as the first African American Supreme Court Justice. Let's learn more about his work!

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Focus on Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman was a famous "conductor" on the Underground Railroad. She helped usher more than 300 slaves to freedom.

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Focus on Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks stood up for civil rights when she stayed seated on the bus. Let's learn more about this brave woman's life and her efforts to peacefully change laws.

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When I Grow Up...

We begin our lessons on career exploration this month. Let's learn more!

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Career Exploration

Listen as "Career Day" by Anne Rockwell is read aloud.

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More about Careers

There are several career clusters, each with careers that have traits in common, to explore as you think about your future. Let's learn more!

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Focus on Career Clusters

Check out these videos that detail all 16 career clusters.

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Take a Career Quiz

Take this quick quiz to see what career clusters may fit your personality best.

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Mindful Minute

Take a moment this morning to set the tone of your week. Let's focus on the feeling of HOPE. Check out the video below. Grab your tissues just in case :)

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Career Interest Inventory

Check out the attached Career Interest Inventory and see which cluster of careers you may be well suited for.

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Focus on Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resource Career Cluster

Let's learn more about careers in this cluster.

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Focus on Architecture and Construction

Let's learn more about careers in this cluster!

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Focus on Arts, A/V Technology, & Communications

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Focus on Business Management and Administration Career Cluster

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Focus on Education and Training Career Cluster

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St. Patrick's Day fun!

Today is St. Patrick's Day! Wear your green and consider yourself lucky for many reasons. Write all the ways you're lucky down for a practice in gratitude. Listen as this story about luck is read aloud.

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Focus on the Finance Career Cluster

Let's learn more about careers in this cluster!

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Focus on Government and Public Administration Career Cluster

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Focus on Health Science Career Cluster

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Focus on Hospitality and Tourism Career Cluster

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Focus on Human Services Career Cluster

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Focus on Information Technology Career Cluster

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Focus on Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security Career Cluster

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Mindful Minute

We're back from Spring Break. I hope you had a restful break and are ready to finish out your school year with hope and enthusiasm.

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Focus on Manufacturing Career Cluster

Let's learn more about careers in this cluster!

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Focus on Marketing Career Cluster

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Focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Career Cluster

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Focus on Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Career Cluster

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Mindful Moment

Take a moment to practice mindfulness as you start this new week.

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PBIS standard - KINDNESS

Kindness is one of DCE's 3 PBIS behaviors. Listen as some other kids describe kindness.

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Test taking tips

The Georgia Milestones test is around the corner. Let's listen as some test taking tips are shared.

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Tips for Multiple Choice Tests

GMAS is coming in May. There are some great strategies to help you with multiple choice tests. Listen to hear more.

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GMAS test practice online

You can practice taking the GMAS online. See the link in the lesson.

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Character word of the month = Positive Attitude

We are focusing on having a positive attitude all month. Let's learn more about optimism.

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The Power of Positivity

Watch this episode of Brain Games and see the power of positivity.

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Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm is a feeling of excitement and interest in a goal. It's a large part of having a positive attitude.

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Enthusiasm with Clark the Shark

Listen as "Clark the Shark" by Bruce Hale is read aloud.

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Military Child Month

April is the month of the military child. Columbus, GA is very close to Fort Benning, so we have a lot of students whose parents serve in the United States Army nearby. Let's learn more about the branches of the U. S. Military and all the ways that many of our country can serve.

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Military Child Month

Listen to this song about the lives our military families lead.

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My Hero Mom

Dads and moms can serve in the U. S. Military. Listen as this story about a military mom is read aloud.

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A Deployment Story by Sesame Street

Watch as the Sesame Street friends discuss deployment.

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Hero Dad

Listen as "Hero Dad" by Melinda Hardin is read aloud.

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Georgia Milestones Begins TODAY!

Check out the video from our virtual GMAS pep rally!

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You are YOU-nique

Never forget that you are one of a kind and "you-nique". Listen and sing along!

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The Golden Rule

The golden rule is one that we all need to follow - treat others the way you want to be treated.

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The last day of school is near

The last day of school is May 24th. It's sad to say goodbye to our teachers and classmates, but also exciting to think about all that summer has in store.

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Making summer plan

Summer is only days away! What do you want to do to make your break an unbelievable one?

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The Night Before Summer Vacation

Summer vacation is coming soon!

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The wonders of summer

Summer is hot, but also a great time to enjoy some of your favorite things!

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Summer Days and Nights

Listen as this story of summer is read aloud.

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One hot summer day

Listen as a story of summer is read aloud.

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Summer Safety Tips

Summer is coming quickly. Make sure to keep yourself safe!

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Water Safety

Stay safe around water this summer!

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Beach Safety Tips

If you visit a lake or beach this summer, make sure to stay safe.

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Sun Safety for Kids

It's hot in the summer in the south. Make sure to stay safe in the sun this year!

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Heat Safety Tips

Summer days are long, sunny, and HOT. Stay cool this summer by following these heat safety tips.

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Last day of school!

Summer is practically here! Listen as "On the First Day of Summer Vacation" by Tish Rabe is read aloud.

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Check out the video guide for how to practice using the tools available on the GMAS at ​Georgia Experience Online​​​

Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) and Student Support Team (SST)

MTSS is a tiered approach to providing interventions for all students based on their individual language, learning, and behavior needs. Research based interventions are provided and progress monitoring data is collected to determine their efficacy along the way. SST is the team of teachers, staff, and parents that gather to discuss and develop a personalized learning plan (PLP) that supports student growth. For more information about MTSS/SST at DCE, contact Lauren Hall, SST Chair. Hall.Lauren.P@muscogee.k12.ga.us

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Section 504

Section 504 is a portion of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that affords accommodations for students with a documented disability. For more information about Section 504, contact Dr. Nichole Baugh, 504 Chair. Baugh.Nichole.K@muscogee.k12.ga.us

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Special Education and IEP

Students who qualify for special education services will have an individualized education plan, or IEP. For more information about special education services at DCE, contact Dr. Nichole Baugh. Baugh.Nichole.K@muscogee.k12.ga.us

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Hospital Homebound Services

Hospital Homebound services are offered to eligible students who are unable to attend school regularly due to a medical condition. For more information about MCSD Hospital Homebound Services, contact Lauren Hall, counselor. Hall.Lauren.P@muscogee.k12.ga.us

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Gifted Education Program

The gifted education program for elementary schools is housed at St. Elmo School. For more information about gifted services for students at DCE, contact Bethany Montgomery. Montgomery.Bethany.P@muscogee.k12.ga.us

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English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

English Language Learning is designed for students whose first and primary language is not English. The goal of the program is to provide language instruction that supports overall student learning and academic growth within the classroom setting. For more information about MCSD's ESOL program, contact Lauren Loughman. Loughman.Lauren.L@muscogee.k12.ga.us

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In 2022, Mrs. Crowell's 5th grade class wrote a song they titled, "New Generation" about the impact of Covid-19 on their education, friendships, and lives. 
The Great Kindness CHallenge - Day 1 imageThe Great Kindness CHallenge - Day 1 image
The Great Kindness Challenge is a nationwide celebration of kindness. We will be exercising our kindness muscles all week. Check out the GKC 2021 kickoff video and then get some ideas for your own ways to spread kindness on the checklist on this webpage.

The Great Kindness Challenge 2021 Kickoff​​​

Today, we are wearing our superhero shirts. Listen as Alicia Ortega's "Kindness is My Superpower" is read aloud.

Kindness is My Superpower by Alicia Ortega​​​

Our kindness quote for today is from Aesop. He said, "No act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted." What small acts of kindness can you show others this week? There are plenty of small acts of kindness on your checklists.
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It's day 2 of the Great Kindness Challenge. Today we are crazy for kindness and wearing crazy socks.

Our kind quote for today is from William Arthur Ward. He wrote, "A warm smile is the universal language of kindness."

Listen as "The Power of Your Smile" is discussed.

The Power of Your Smile

Here are 10 Facts About Smiling

Listen as Danielle Popov discusses the Power of the Smile smile at the TedX Youth Conference. 
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It's day 3 of the Great Kindness Challenge. Today we are celebrating the peace that kindness creates by wearing tie dye or bright colors.

Our kindness quote for today is from Mother Theresa who said, "A smile is the beginning of peace."

Check out Susan Verde's story about the power of kindness and peace.

I Am Peace by Susan Verde​​​​​​
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It's day 4 of the Great Kindness Challenge celebration at DCE! Has your week been better as you've practiced kindness?

Today, we celebrate kindness by wearing polka dots and noticing how easy kindness is to "spot" when you go looking for it.

The famous author Mark Twain wrote, "Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see."

See how many times you can spot kindness today.

Listen as "A Little Spot of Kindness" by Diane Alber is read aloud.

A Little Spot of Kindness by Diane Alber​​​
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It's our 5th and final day of the Great Kindness Challenge and we are officially a GKC school.

Today, we are celebrating kindness by teaming up for kindness and wearing our school shirts and/or blue and white.

Our kindness quote for today is from Dalai Lama who said, "Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible."

As you review your kindness checklist, think about how many ways your acts of kindness have helped others and how it has helped you, too. Those acts of kindness have the power to create a positive "ripple effect". How cool is it that you helped set such great things in motion?!

Learn more about the power of the ripple effect here.

Kids STEM - The Ripple Effect​​​

The Ripple Effect of Kindness - Paying it Forward​​​




DCE's Great Kindness Challenge Week 2021

DCE will be celebrating kindness Jan. 25th - 29th. Check out the schedule for our daily dress up themes, quotes, and journal writing ideas.

Acts of Kindness Checklist

Start spreading kindness using this checklist. Whether you are a traditional or virtual student, there are lots of acts of kindness here that you can do.

Great Kindness Challenge 2021 Toolkit for Parents and Teachers

Check out this GKC toolkit for ideas of how you can celebrate kindness in your home and/or classroom.

DCE's Great Kindness Challenge Seal

As of Jan. 29, 2021, DCE will have completed its 1st Great Kindness Challenge. Check out the seal we've earned.

DCE's Great Kindness Challenge Certificates

Once you've completed the GKC checklist you can get your own certificate. Just add your name and save and print!

Red Ribbon Week - Day 1 imageRed Ribbon Week - Day 1 image
Join us as we celebrate Red Ribbon Week 2020 at DCE!

The schedule for our week's celebrations is:

Mon. 10/26 - We are "red"y to be healthy. Kick off RRW by wearing something red.
Tues. 10/27 - (50th day of school) Blast into the Future - 2050 vision. Dress for your future.
Wed. 10/28 - Sock it to bad habits! Wear crazy socks.
Thurs. 10/29 - Orange you glad we don't bully? Wear something orange.
Fri. 10/30 - Team up for healthy choices - Wear your favorite team colors.

Take a look at this year's theme for the nationwide Red Ribbon Week celebration:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVVRF7oAlL4

We are focusing on the power of positive choices all week - healthy choices with our minds, bodies, and behaviors. Check out Kid President as he tells us more about choices:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdsCUExLE-Y&list=PLr8_5HYa7f2KyqbEfVC1Q9bdQZF5Lv21s&index=1

I discuss our plan for RRW at DCE this year, as well as the theme, pledge we'll make, and more in the following clip: ​https://youtu.be/eWnxx3_SL9Q​​​
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Today is the 50th day of school this year! This has been a very different year than most. We are wearing masks, washing more, and keeping our distance in common areas. But some things have stayed the same! We are still celebrating Red Ribbon Week!

Red Ribbon Week is a nationwide celebration that brings awareness to the power of our choices. Making healthy choices is so important as we grow and it impacts our future. 

For today's celebration, we are looking ahead to the year 2050. Consider making a time capsule now that documents your life for you to look back on in the future. Check out this quick video that tells us more about how to make our own time capsule:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsrrNxGrPfE​​​

In addition to dressing how you see yourself in the year 2050, take a moment to write something about the future. Your teachers will tell you more. Here are some writing ideas:

-It is the year 2050. What is going on in your world? What is your life like?

-Write a letter to your future self. What do you want to remember about your life right now? What do you hope you'll be doing in the year 2050 (that's 30 years from now). You can use your journal, Google docs, or even this website to write a letter to your future self : https://www.futureme.org/
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Today we are "socking it" to bad habits! Show us your crazy socks today and tell us a bit about how you are making healthy choices.

Healthy choices are decisions that you can make which make your body, brain, and relationships better. Some healthy choices can be getting enough sleep, eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, going outside to play, showing kindness in your friendships, and reading books. Check out this book about how to make healthy choices:
https://youtu.be/acGPedzQ4L4​​​

Use the blank red ribbon sheets delivered to your teacher to tell us more about the healthy choices you can make. Draw pictures, write words, and color your red ribbon to show us how you are focusing on positive and healthy activities.
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Today we celebrate Red Ribbon Week by discussing the importance of treating others with kindness. Having healthy relationships with our families, teachers, friends and classmates is very important to our own health and wellbeing.

October is national bully prevention month. Today we wear orange to support all of our wildcats and show our kindness, respect, and perseverance against bullying.

Check out this great story about bullying:

https://youtu.be/AxYSesFBpHk​​​
Red Ribbon Week - Day 5 - Team Up Against Bad Choices image
Today, we are wearing our favorite team colors to show that we will team up against bad choices.

What team are you supporting today? Double Churches Elementary Wildcats? Alabama Crimson Tide? Auburn Tigers? Georgia Bulldogs? Or maybe the Atlanta Braves?

No matter which team colors you are wearing today, you are part of the wildcat team. It is our job as a team to support each other as we make positive choices to be healthy with our minds, bodies, and relationships.

Being a team player means that you cooperate and put the goals and needs of the group ahead of your own wants. Being a good team player means that you listen, take turns sharing ideas, encourage each other, and do your best to include everyone on the team. Check out this quick clip and think about your own teams. Are you being a good team player?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZD3F1sikcM

Feel free to send a picture of yourself wearing your team colors today! You can email them to me at Hall.Lauren.P@muscogee.k12.ga.us, or you can upload them into a Google Doc and share them with Lauren Hall (E034534).

Can't wait to see you teammates! Happy Red Ribbon Week!
  •  9/4/2020 01:00 PM
  • Online Event

3rd grade students who have been invited may join this study skills group using the link below:

  •  8/28/2020 01:00 PM
  • Online Event

4th and 5th grade students who have been assigned as eS2S members should join our zoom meetings here by clicking on the following blue link:

Social Emotional Learning for the Socially DIstanced

Social Emotional Learning for the Socially DIstanced

Check out my current Donors Choose project which aims to provide social emotional resources for students that promote coping skills and character development.

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Make Room Boys! Inspiring Girls to Become Women in STEM

Make Room Boys! Inspiring Girls to Become Women in STEM

Check out this link to my current Donors Choose project which aims to provide female students access to literacy materials that show women in STEM careers.

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Lauren Preskitt Hall, Ed.S, NCC

School Counselor

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