Make Your Newsletters POP!

One of my favorite technology resources is the newsletter creator site smore.  Smore is a great site to make you newsletters POP and gather data at the same time.  It’s easy to use and the best part is that through the analytics you can see who is looking at your newsletter, what they are clicking on, and much more.  You can add events that will allow readers to RSVP through the newsletter!  You can add pictures, links, and so much more!  This year, in addition to my parent newsletters, I’ve gotten with the student services team at my school to put together a Whole Child newsletter for faculty and staff.  I’ve posted a sample of this newsletter and a previous parent newsletter at the end of this post.   This is just one of many new technologies that can make your School Counseling Program POP!

Whole Child Newsletter

Parent Newsletter

 

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Smile Files

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Found this idea on Pinterest and LOVED it!  I made these for all of our faculty and staff.  It was great way to lift everyone’s spirits up and make them feel appreciated.  It’s important as the School Counselor to keep everyone on a positive path.  I’ve updated a cover sheet so all you have to do is click and print HERE .  Little gestures like the “Smile File” are quick, cheap, and can help make your counseling program POP!!

Coffee with the Counselor

Coffee with the Counselor!

 

This idea is not new or original to me.  I’m sure there are MANY school counselor’s who do this same thing.  But if you are not one of them make it a priority to start this concept THIS year!  It is so nice to be able to have parents come in, get a cup of coffee, and a pastry and visit.  Often when parents come to see the School Counselor they are in crisis or have worries about their children.  It is great to have an opportunity to connect with your parents on a different level.  Each month I choose a theme that will be the launch pad for our conversation.  Some themes have included:  talking to your child about drugs, doing a family game night, how to make family dinner fun, and others.  In some instances I’ll invite special guests.  At the beginning of the year I’ve invited our Superintendent and in October our drug/alcohol educator to come talk about best practices in talking with our kids about healthy choices.  This is just another added touch to making your school counseling program POP!

Hospitality Counts: Parent Treat Bags!

Check out my parent treat bags!   I used these bags two years ago and the response was fabulous so I’m bringing them back for the 2017-2018 school year!  Every time a parent volunteers or come to see me about an issue they get to leave with these cute bags.  These bags are my way of saying thank you for caring enough about your child to come chat.  I have posted pictures of the goodies, the label, and the finished product.  The total for 12 bags was @$24.  I got the pack of bags in my school color of blue, ribbon, water, and candy from Wal Mart. I made the tags myself using construction paper and my printer.  Click here for a copy of the printable tags:  Parent Bag Tags  I AM NOT A CRAFTY PERSON!  If you don’t have an art bone in your body this craft is for you!!!  It’s the details and  little touches like this that make your counseling program POP!