From the School Counselor
Well here we are entering our fourth week in school. It feels nice to settle into new and different routines as we transition into Fall, one of my favorite seasons of the year.
Every Monday our students meet with their homeroom classroom for Coho Time. Coho Time is a dedicated period in our school schedule where we work together on all the lessons and activities devoted to ensuring our school is a positive and safe environment for everyone. Our goal is that all students feel connected and cared for. Some of the topics we will be working on and learning about throughout the year in Coho Time are; Community and Team Building, Empathy, Mindset, Mindfulness, Perseverance, Understanding our Feelings, Conflict Resolution, Kindness and our Anti Bullying Program. These lessons are planned by the Coho Committee and scheduled out for the entire school year.
The name COHO time reflects not only our mascot as the Sakai Salmon but is also an acronym that describes an attitude we want to nourish to create a positive learning community. COHO stands for:
C - Caring
O - Observers
H - Helping
O – Others
Everyone in the school participates in Coho Time. Every adult in the building is connected with a homeroom classroom as we work together on these lessons in a classroom meeting format. This is truly the entire community of Sakai working together on these positive initiatives.
Last week we introduced and held our first classroom COHO meeting. The focus in the early weeks is to build community, build relationships and build school connectedness. The COHO Lesson this week is more about the Four R’s that shape and guide our experience at Sakai: Reasonable, Respectful, Reliable and Responsible.
This past week I visited each classroom and described for students the counseling program at Sakai and how they can access me to check in. I also held two large student meetings for students who are new to the Bainbridge Island School District. I am so pleased to have students in the building and be able to spend time face to face.
Watch the newsletter for more information about what is going on in Coho Time and ask your student about their experience in Coho Time. Feel free to reach out to me anytime if you have questions about Coho Time or if you would like to check in about your student. I look forward to partnering with you to help your students have a successful school year at Sakai.
Sakai School Counselor