Guest article by Molly Saum '17, Severn School Communications Office intern
I remember this time two years ago watching the College Counseling Alumni Panel in Roche Lecture Hall, nervous and anxious to start my college journey. Last week I watched the same event from a new perspective, now as an intern for the Severn Communications Office. This year’s panel shared meaningful advice with the class of 2019 to guide them into the future with reminders of everything Severn has given them. As I listened to the panelists, one quote in particular resonated with me, “The further away I get from Severn the more I appreciate it.”
The famous Rodgers and Hammerstein tune, "My Favorite Things," is a classic holiday song that reminds us of the little things that bring joy to our lives each day. And with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, exams, end of semester projects and more, it’s those little things that keep us going. At a time when everyone seems to be busier than they’d like, it’s important to slow down, gather as a community and celebrate what makes Severn School such a special place. Enjoy some of our favorite seasonal moments as we wave goodbye to 2018 and welcome the new year ahead!
Have you ever asked your child to clean their room or prepare for a test only to find that they seem to have completely ignored your request? As they mature, children and teens develop different executive functioning skills at different rates and may not be ready to take on a particular task without explicit support from an adult. What adults may perceive as laziness is more likely a deficit in one or more of these important life skills. During last week's parent forum hosted by our counseling office, Licensed Clinical Psychologist Dr. John Persampiere shared practical strategies to help families move their children toward independence in a variety of academic and social situations.
Throughout the year, Upper School counselor Ms. Sam Straub sends a newsletter titled One Small Thing to teachers with insights and strategies to help students thrive. Each newsletter addresses a different issue that our students may face on or off campus. Ms. Straub creates these as a supportive tool for teachers, but her tips can be useful outside of the classroom as well. For the second article in our One Small Thing series, Ms. Straub shares research-based suggestions to harness the power of gratitude and positive emotions.