Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Who is your Super Hero?

Character Counts Week and we are focusing on our theme:
Good Character is our Super Power! 
(Thanks for sharing the idea counselor friends!)
Today was dress like your super hero!  There are many we could choose from and it was kind of a challenge to get our little ones at school to understand the concept, especially when Halloween is around the corner.  We had kids dressed up so many ways.  Some dressed like their parents.  One little girl told me she was going to dress like another classmate because she follows class rules so well.  We had policemen and princesses.  Our staff decided it would be fun to dress up like our principal, since him and one of our janitors are the only males in the building! The kids kept saying, "Hi Mr. Jenness!" to all of us.  
So, who is your super hero?  
Who do you look up to?
Who do you see using their good character as a super power on a daily basis?

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Love Who You Are!

 One of my special guests, who comes to my class twice a week to share about alcohol prevention, shared with me after class today about what she had seen on Dancing With the Stars.  I had to go find it right away because it hits right home with Bully Prevention Awareness Month.  We visited about memories we had, both of being on the receiving end of mean behavior and also of making someone be on the receiving end of our mean behavior.  Bullying sticks with us either way.  I remember crying because of kids making fun of my last name, Hellinga.  You can about imagine what kids can say when you have "Hell" in your last name.  It hurt.  I think by the time I got to high school I had figured out some basic survival skills in dealing with mean comments if I heard them because I don't remember too much from those years as far as mean behavior.  

I often wonder about how I was to other people.  I wonder how many people remember me as a good friend or remember me as someone who teased or made fun of others.  I hope it is the good friend.