viernes, 26 de agosto de 2016

Counseling News Week August 29 - September 1

Boston University.jpgCOUNSELING NEWS:
Brock University
( Canada)
August 29, 2016
( Monday)
11:45 a.m.
Conference Room
Boston University
August 30, 2016
( Tuesday)
9:00 a.m.
Conference Room
Common App Training Session Part 2
August 31, 2016
( Wednesday)
11:45 a.m.
Conference Room

PSAT exam:
The school will administer the PSAT exam on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.
We are reminding students/parents to please make the payment of $25 for this exam in the finance office, the latest by September 2.

Seniors News:
Just a quick reminder for parents to make an appointment via email with Ms. Marilís, in case you haven’t done so, to discuss your child’s future college plans. Please do so before the September holiday.

jueves, 18 de agosto de 2016

Back-to-School Tips for Parents

Starting the new school year can be a time of great excitement… and anxiety. Help calm your child’s fears (and your own) with these teacher-approved tips.
Meet the new teacher.
For kids, one of the biggest back-to-school fears is “Will I like my new teacher?” Breaking the ice early on is one of the best ways to calm everyone’s fears. Take advantage of your school’s open house or back-to-school night. Some teachers welcome phone calls or e-mails — another great opportunity to get to know each other before the year begins.
If personal contact with the teacher isn’t possible, try locating the teacher’s picture on a school website or in a yearbook, so your child can put a name with a face. If your child’s teacher sends a welcome letter, be sure to read the letter together.
Tour the school.
If your school hosts an open house, be sure to go. Familiarizing your child with her environment will help her avoid a nervous stomach on the first day. Together you can meet her teacher, find her desk, or explore the playground.
With an older child, you might ask him to give you a tour of the school. This will help refresh his memory and yours.
Connect with friends.
A familiar friend can make all the difference when heading back to school. You might try calling parents from last year’s class and finding out which children are in your child’s class this year. Refresh these relationships before school starts by scheduling a play date or a school carpool.
Tool up.
Obtain the class supply list and take a special shopping trip with your child. Having the right tools will help him feel prepared. While keeping basic needs in mind, allow for a couple of splurges like a cool notebook or a favorite-colored pen. These simple pleasures make going back to school a lot more fun.
School supply lists also provide great insight into the schoolwork ahead. Get your child excited about upcoming projects by explaining how new supplies might be used. Let him practice using supplies that he’s not used before — such as colored pencils or a protractor — so he will be comfortable using them in class.
Avoid last-minute drilling.
When it’s almost time to stop playing, give a five-minute warning. Giving clear messages to your child is very important.
Chat about today’s events and tomorrow’s plans.
While it is important to support learning throughout the summer, don’t spend the last weeks of summer vacation reviewing last year’s curriculum. All kids need some down time before the rigors of school begin. For some kids, last-minute drills can heighten anxiety, reminding them of what they’ve forgotten instead of what they remember.
Ease into the routine.
Switching from a summer to a school schedule can be stressful to everyone in the household. Avoid first-day-of-school mayhem by practicing your routine a few days in advance. Set the alarm clock, go through your morning rituals, and get in the car or to the bus stop on time. Routines help children feel comfortable, and establishing a solid school routine will make the first day of school go much smoother.
Shared from

lunes, 8 de agosto de 2016

Dear Discovery School Families,

Welcome to a new school year here at Discovery School.This year holds many opportunities for learning and sharing experiences for all our Discovery community.  We share as a common goal to work together as a team to achieve what’s best for your children, our students.

I feel honored to be working with you as the Guidance and Career Counselor this year. I am married and have two small girls who are students in our school. This is my 24th year in education. I’ve worked abroad in countries including El Salvador and Germany. I am proud to be part of Discovery and believe in making a difference in children´s education and lives.  I am also a firm believer that every child has the ability to learn as long as he or she is exposed to a variety of teaching methods which instill in them a desire to learn and succeed in every task they engage in. I love to counsel and orient students in their education, especially in their university plans.

Throughout the year I look forward to meet all our new community members as well as our returning parents. Communication is the key for success this year; therefore, I invite all new families to make an appointment to see me to help you make this transition a smooth one. I would also like to meet with all seniors and their parents individually before the September holiday. You can contact me at to arrange a meeting.

To help us build a stronger bond between school and parents, we invite you to volunteer and share your knowledge and experience if you can in topics such as:
·         healthy habits
·         nutrition and fitness
·         setting short term and long term goals ( personal and academic)
·         motivational practices
·         physical and behavioral changes
·         acquiring study and organization skills

Please e-mail me if you are interested in speaking to our students and/or parents on the topics above mentioned.

My doors are open to each of the Discovery families. Please feel free to contact me at any time this school year. I look forward to a great 2016-2017 year.


Mrs. Marilís Zambrana Beckmann