What is Counselor Mail and Why is it Important?
It has been almost two weeks since my last post. As much as I enjoy creating printables, there are two more important jobs that I tend to on a daily basis. One is that of a single mother, and the other is that of a school counselor. Now that school is in full swing, I am finding it somewhat difficult to create documents every week.
Today’s post is about something that I am super excited to implement in my school this year. School Counselor Mail! I bet you are wondering what counselor mail is and what’s so great about it. Well, by delivering mail to students I am letting them know that I appreciate them and it also helps me to get to know them better.
I can’t take complete credit for this idea. When researching ways to connect to my students, I came across this idea on the Elementary School Counseling website. Marissa explains how she delivers at least two pieces of mail to each of the 350 students at her school throughout the school year by delivering mail to one student per class per week.
Her dedication inspired me to do the same for my students. However, I have almost 800 students so my goal is to make sure every student has at least one piece of mail from me by the end of the school year. On the site you can download the template Marissa uses to deliver her mail. But I decided to go with something different.
Since I am delivering mail, why not create a postcard that makes students feel like they are really getting mail delivered to them? I might even consider sewing a messenger bag to complete the look. How cool would that be? The back of the postcard has space for writing a personalized message. I think handwriting the message gives it a more personal touch. I really do have my work cut out for me. But I am excited at how it will motivate the students while letting them know that good behavior doesn’t go unrecognized.
There are lines on the back of the postcard to write your message. If your handwriting is like mine, you need lines to write on. I am also thinking about getting a paw stamp to use as the postage since we are the Bobcats. I added my favorite Dr. Seuss quote down at the bottom for some added inspiration. The front of the postcard is a coloring page that allows students to add their own personal touch. You can even use colored paper or card-stock for an added postcard feel.
With a student population as big as the one at my school, it will take me the entire year to reach every student. But I am excited to see how the students react to getting School Counselor Mail every week.
Click here or on any of the pictures to get a free copy of the postcard I created.
Do you have creative ideas for connecting with your students? Share by leaving a comment!