Counselor’s Corner


Hello DVS Families and Staff!
Happy New Year! 2019 is sure to be a spectacular one!

With the new year brings a sense of being given a fresh start. It’s a time of new beginnings. We are encouraged to begin the new year with an optimistic outlook, and to create goals to work towards in the coming year. It is a time to reflect on the past year, and identify where we can make improvements, and begin good habits moving forward. This is a good time to talk with your children and discuss their goals for the new year. These may include: completing homework every evening, striving to be kind to others, or exercising regularly. We as humans are creatures of habit, and when we want to change our behavior we will be more successful if we make a habit of it. For instance, if it is difficult for your child to complete homework each night, strive to make it part of their evening routine. Just as we set aside a time for dinner each night, set aside a specific time to complete homework. Create an ‘after-school’ schedule together. Designate a specific area that is free from distractions, where homework can be completed. Make sure you are available during this time, if your child needs help with their homework. Most importantly, reinforce this good behavior! After homework is completed, reinforce your child by allowing access to electronics, or provide a snack for a job well done. Any positive modification of behavior habits should be praised, and your child will be more likely to continue these good habits. I hope each student creates at least one goal for the new year and family members will play a vital role in assisting our children in achieving those goals!

Take Care,
Ms. Potorski