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Daily social/emotional activities 5/18-5/22
Pen pal letter template
Update on Week 9

Hi guys!!

Gosh, I sure miss you.

Please know that you are always in my thoughts, and although you may not be able to see me face to face, I am always here. You are never, ever, alone. If you need ANYTHING, or just want to hear my beautiful voice, feel free to call (825-3113) or email (kmayo@clintoncougars.com). I am even hip enough to video chatJ

This week I wanted to give you something different. Since we can’t see each other, I loved the idea of bringing back the lost art of writing letters. In your packet, you will find some fun materials for making a pen pal and writing to them. Hint: I always have an opening for a new pen palJ So, bust out some paper, get your good pens, and write someone a letter or draw them a picture. In this time, getting something heartfelt in the mail could be just the smile someone needs.

If you want to write to me, send your letter to Clinton School, P.O. Box 250, Clinton MT 59825. I will write back to any letter I receive.

Sending you my love, and the biggest of hugs.

Keep looking for the helpers!

Love,

Mrs. Mayo

 

Update on Week 8

Hello my friends!

I hope you are having a great week.

I wanted to send you some encouragement and remind you just how awesome you are.

There are things right now that are hard; learning from home, missing our friends and family, and navigating this new normal. But I want to remind you to give yourself grace during this time. We are all just doing the best we can, and I am proud of you. You are powerful, capable, and brave. Never forget that.

This week, take a deep breath, and think about some things you are grateful for. What are you doing WELL right now? What is something good that happened today? There is always good to be found if we just take the time to look. So this weeklook!

“Some say love

is in short supply.

But that’s not true,

and I’ll tell you why:

Give it away and you’ll find this,

The more you love,

The more there is.”

Brad Montague

Have a great week my friends. I miss you so much!!

Sending you all a BIG hug and a high five,

HMrs. Mayo

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Week 6: Lessons

Here are some resources for the week.

In the spirit of finding the good, here is a CO-VID19 Time Capsule activity that would be fun for you and your child to complete together!

Also, a great resource for taking care of yourself during this time.

Lastly, a video that touched my heart. We are all in this together:)

Have a great week!

 

 

Week 5

Hello my loves!

This week I want to talk about mindset. There are so many things that are hard, scary, and frustrating right now. We cannot help what is going on in the world right now, but we DO have control over ourselves and our mindset. I urge you to choose joy. Find the light. Actively look for the things that make you smile and fill your heart. There is so much we cannot control, but we can control the way we see the world.

Take the time to do the things you love and take care of you, whatever that looks like. Keep your eyes out for the good and the encouraging. Go out of your way to be kind and help others. BE the good.

Have a great week friends.

Know that you are loved, missed, and so important.

Choose joyH

 

Look for the helpers,

sMrs. Mayo

Week 4: Lessons

Week 4: Daily Mindfulness Activities for you and your child

Do one each day, or alternate days. Whichever works best:)

Week 4: April 13-17

Hello my loves!

 This week I want to talk a little about coping. Coping is how you take care of yourself and others when things are hard. Right now there are so many things that are uncertain. We don’t have a lot of answers and that can feel scary.

When things feel hard, or you feel angry, or uncertain, what do you to make yourself feel better? It can be anything from reading a book, to cuddling your dog, to talking to your parent or best friend. I want you to brainstorm the things you do to make you feel bestdo you go somewhere? What do you do? Is there something that calms you?

This is also a great opportunity to be there for someone else that may need you. Reach out, support each other, and send your love. Be the light in these uncertain times.

Keep checking your mail for a surprise J

In the meantime, look for the helpers. Or better yet, be one!

Big hug,

H Mrs. Mayo

A reminder for this week...go be the light.
Explaining the coronavirus to children:

Explaining the coronavirus can be challenging, even for adults!

Please use these resources to help you explain this complicated concept and reassure your children. I have links to some documents and websites, as well as some helpful videos. 

 I am always available as well:)

Social Emotional Lessons: Kindness and empathy

Hello friends!

Here are some lessons and ideas to integrate social emotional learning into your child's daily routine.

Since we would have been celebrating The Kindness Project this week, I wanted to stay with the theme of kindness and empathy. Kindness is a vital skill; it is powerful, healing, and strong. To me, there is nothing more important. Have fun:)

 

Kindergarten:

Read book: Superbuns! Kindness is her superpower by Diane Kredensor. You can also watch a read aloud of it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M62HYBoKBUo

Discussion: Why was Blossom scared of Fox? There are so many people that look and act different from us, sometimes they may even be unkind. But those are the opportunities where kindness may mean the most to them (Think The Grinch). Kindness fills buckets, and even the smallest acts can really help people. That is what makes kindness powerful...maybe even a superpower:) What acts of kindness can you do for people? Brainstorm people in your life you can help. Think of all the ways we can be kind, big or small.

Activity: Draw a way you can show kindness to someone. It can be at home, with family, with friends, at school, or to a stranger. How can you fill their bucket?

 

Grades 1-2:

Read book: Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed. You can also watch a read aloud of it here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVSrz-5ps7g 

Discussion: What made Mary's small act of kindness extraordinary? How did Mary's act of kindness change the world? When someone does something kind for you, it fills your bucket and makes you feel good; and in turn you want to make others feel good. Even the smalles kindness is powerful! Let's pass the kindness on! What can you do for others? Brainstorm some ideas, big and small.

Activity: Write a letter/card to a local nursing home or elderly person. Brighten their day!

 

Grade 3-4:

3rd: Read Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller. You can also watch a read aloud here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6NUJ2JZz50

Discussion: Have you ever felt like Tanisha? What do you think it means to be kind? Is it sometimes hard to be kind? The line in the story "Maybe I can only do small things. But my small things might join small things other people do. And together they can grow into something big." What does that mean? Brainstorm all the little ways you can be kind, and how those little things can mean something BIG to someone else.

4th: Read The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade by Justin Roberts. You can also watch a read aloud here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7n2KKShXmw

Discussion: Pay attention to the illustrations through the story; they tell a story on their own. Talk about the line "She'd seen how a whisper could make someone cower, like a bulldozer crushing through a field of wildflowers." What does that mean? Even the smallest hurt, can feel really big, as we don't know what people are going through. Think back to Billy in the story, and how it looks like his home is difficult. That's why making kind choices can be so powerful; we are all fragile and working through something. Showing empathy and compassion can be healing. Go to the line towards the end of the book "These moments that often get taken for granted-a wildflower appearing where nobody planted" Even the smallest acts of kindness, though they may seem unnoticed, mean something to people.

Activity: Find a smooth rock and decorate it with paint or marker. Write something kind, inspiring, or thoughtful. Leave it for someone to find and make their day.

Grades 5-8

Activity: Watch The Kindness Boomerang on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwAYpLVyeFU 

This is my favorite video and I show it every year; the kids will know it! :)

Discussion: What was your favorite part? Why do you think the video is called Kindness Boomerang?Why do you think the woman was crying? That is one of the most important parts of the video; the point is we don't know why she is crying. Just like we don't know exactly what people may be going through, but we do know that everyone is going through SOMETHING. That is why kindness is so powerful; even the smallest thing can mean so much to someone because they may be hurting. Think about this: the video takes place in 5 minutes, on one block, and started with one person. Look at how many days were changed? When we are actively kind, we really do have the power to change the world.

Activity: Do one thing today for someone else. It can be big or small, but do something. Write a card, do a chore without being asked, compliment someone, bake cookies for a neighbor, anything! Notice how it feels when you do that, and notice how the other person reacts. 

 

A Letter from Mrs. Mayo

To my sweet students:

First of all, I MISS YOU!

You, the students at Clinton, are my joy, my energy, my reassurance, and sometimes my exhaustionJ all wrapped into one. You are the reason I come to work every day. I miss your smiles, your laughter, your high-fives, and your stories. I miss eating lunch with you all, your hugs, and your excitement. I can’t wait to hear “Mrs. Mayo!” and see your sweet wave in the hallway.

I know there are a lot of uncertainties right now, and so much is up in the air. That feels scary and can be overwhelming. Right now, my heart hurts and I am worried. But during these times, there is also so much good to be found. In times of struggle, I also I see the most beauty from people. I see people helping, I see people caring, and I see people loving. Although The Kindness Project was cancelled last week, I can see it played out every day through all of this. In times of uncertainty, those times of worry and hurt, is when we have the incredible opportunity to make a difference. I see the genuine concern for others, the helpers, and the unity. And that, my friends, is what really counts. THAT is where the light comes in.

I look forward to the day when we can return to school and I can see your smiles. Until then, please know you are just as loved, cherished, missed, and important as you were that first day of school in September. We will continue our work, for you, every day. I am happy to help and answer questions as best I can. At this time, so much is unknown. But whatever happens, we will do our very best to get through it together.

To my parents:

Through this time, I will be updating my page on the Clinton School website with social emotional activities and resources. I sent a packet in your child's folder that has information on Zones and daily schedules. I am also available by email kmayo@clintoncougars.com and by phone 825-3113 Ext: 232 . I am happy to email or talk to your child if they need to hear a familiar voice or a smile. Please tell you child that I am thinking about them, and miss them so.

In the meantime, look for the helpersJ

Sending the biggest hug,

Mrs. Mayo

 

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers-so many caring people in the world.” Mr. Rogers

 

2019-2020 Counseling Program

YOU ARE A WORLD CHANGER!

 

 

September:     Be a WORLD CHANGER!

                      -Welcome back!

                     -Zones of Regulation

                     -Cougar Club

                           Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be kind!

 

October:      Change the world through teamwork!

                     -Good sportsmanship on teams and gym

                           * what does cooperation and leadership look like?

                           *why is sportsmanship so important?

                     -Qualities of a leader

 

November:    Change the world with gratitude!

                    -How can you live a life of gratitude?

                           *recognizing BIG and small things

                     -Appreciation and thankfulness

                           *how can we SHOW our appreciation?

 

December:      Change the world through our differences!

                        -Our differences UNITE us and make us stronger

                     -You are born for a purpose!

                           * the things that separate us actually teach us

 

JANUARY:  Show the world who YOU are!

                    -Your uniqueness is AMAZING!

                    -What makes you who you are? What sets you apart?

                    -Acknowledging and appreciating incredible YOU

 

FEBRUARY:  Change the world with friendship!

                    -Healthy relationships in our lives

                    -What are the qualities of a good friend?

                    -Relational aggression and bullying vs. mean

 

MARCH:      Make this world a little kinder!

                  -Kindness is POWERFUL!

                  -How can we show compassion and love to one another?

                      *There is always an opportunity to make a kind choice

                 -The Kindness Project 2020

 

APRIL:       Change the world with respect!

                   -What is respect? What does it look/feel like?

                   -How can we show respect?

                        *Our world, environment, town, school, family, peers

                        *Respecting yourself and your heart

 

MAY:       Change your future!

                  -What do you want your future to look like?

                  -What kind of career do you want to have?

                         *based on interests, skills, and values

                         *What type of education do you need for that career?

                  -Clinton Career Fair 2020

 

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Lil' bit of Mayo...

My name is Kailey Mayo and this is my 8th year as the K-8 School Counselor at Clinton. I adore our Clinton kiddos, families, and staff. What a wonderful place to work! 

I am born and raised in beautiful Missoula, MT. I attended Carroll College, and finished out my bachelors degree in Psychology from MSU-Billings. After, I received my Masters in Education-K-8 School Counseling from MSU-Billings. After 6 years in Billings, my husband and I moved back to my hometown, where I became a Clinton Cougar! I have three amazing babies; Hadley is 8 and in 3rd grade, Averie is 6 and in kindergarten, and Will is almost 3 years old. They keep me on my toes and make me smile every day. I am so lucky to be their mom:)

 


 

 


 

 

Growing up is a challenge for all students. My role at the school is to help your child develop skills and strategies to be successful in a variety of situations. Counseling is offered throughout the school year to help students work through normal developmental issues and enhance skills that are important in all areas of life. I focus on helping students feel good about themselves, develop positive relationships, learn problem solving techniques and decision making skills, and communicating in a positive and productive way.

Each month, we will be focusing on an Essential Monthly Concept. These concepts will be the outline for guidance lessons and classroom discussions. I always invite discussion at home about what these concepts are each month, what your child has learned about them, and what the concepts mean to them individually. 

 

I believe in the power of communication. You, as parents, are able to see issues and problems that others may not be aware of. I welcome the opportunity to talk to you about any challenges or difficulties your child may be having, as well as your personal concerns.  If your child has had a hard weekend, call me. If there are family issues, call me. If everything is going great, call me! Open lines of communication are vital! 

Feel free to call or email anytime. I work out at Clinton School EVERY DAY this year, and my office hours are 8:00 am-4:00 pm. I check my email daily, and that is the best way to reach me.

I look forward to working with you and your childJ

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The Buddy Bench!
Our K-2 Classes decorated The Buddy Bench last year during
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Kelso's Choice Wheel
Kelso's Choice Wheel
Kelso's Choices

We are proud to continue to use “Kelso’s Choice”, a Conflict Management Skills Program, geared towards students in Kindergarten through 4th grade at Clinton.

 

This conflict-management curriculum is based on the premise that every child is capable of becoming a peacemaker. Designed around Kelso the Frog, students are first taught to discriminate between “big” problems that must be shared with an adult, and “small” problems that they can resolve. After mastering this distinction this program offers nine options students can choose from to resolve minor conflicts on their own.

The program encourages students to try two choices from “Kelso’s Wheel.”

 

Each choice in itself helps to teach a life skill to the child. For example, if a child chooses to “Apologize”, we go over what apologizing looks like, sounds like, feels like, etc. If a child chooses to “Make a Deal”, we practice how to compromise and make a trade off in a positive way. Each choice is broken down so that children understand the meaning and function of the behavior they choose. Children are given a choice, so that they can make the best decision that fits them best. For example, some students may use a more assertive approach (“telling them to stop”), while others may select a less assertive choice (“ignore” or “walk away”).

 

The program is a powerful and timely tool to build vital life skills for the young people in today’s world. The program philosophy is simple: each child is smart enough and strong enough to resolve conflict.

 

 By using this program, we believe that our students will develop effective problem solving skills, and will help them to deal with conflict in a positive manner and make appropriate decisions. We encourage you to become familiar with the program and talk to your child about what they have learned. By working together, we can develop healthy life skills for our children to use at home and at school.