Frequently Asked questions
What should I do if my child is being bullied?
First, talk with your child about the situation. Have they tried standing up for themselves? It is always better to empower children to solve their own problems before rescuing them. If the child has tried numerous times to advocate for themselves, or if the bullying is severe, then adult assistance is needed. Empower your child to tell an adult at school that they trust. They can also fill out a "Bully Report Form" and put it in our bully box in the main office. Or you can contact the child's teacher to let him or her know of the situation. Strategies you can encourage your child to try include (these are familiar strategies that we practice in classroom lessons):
How can I help with my child's homework (without doing it for them!)?
Begin with having a specific time and place where homework is
completed each night. Develop a schedule with your child so that he or she feels a part of the "homework plan." Allow your child to begin activities independently. Remember, homework is extra practice and is not used to introduce a new skill. Your child should be familiar with homework activities. After independent work time, allow your child to ask for help. Tired of the homework struggle? Try a behavior contract for completed work. Successfully attempting homework independently can be rewarded by extra TV time, family game night, or outside play time.
Will my child be embarrassed to leave the classroom with the school counselor?
No! Miss Mikesina believes in being highly visible throughout the school. Because of this, the counselor is seen as a normal part of the school atmosphere. Most of the time, kids beg to be picked up by the counselor.
What should I do if I dislike my child's teacher?
Ask the teacher to meet with you about your concerns. Remember, teachers are people too! Attack the problem and not the person. By working together, almost all teacher/parent/child conflicts can be solved. If you feel that you still have concerns, contact the counselor or an administrator. Remember, moving a child's class rarely solves the problem, so try other strategies first.