December. Is that possible? If you’re feeling exhausted, you’re not alone. There is no tired like school counselor tired… so please get some rest and take care of yourself during the holiday season.
National Impaired Driving Month
Keep students informed of the risk of impaired driving. Invite local law enforcement or someone from the drug court to talk to your students about this important topic.
You can also find resources at the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration.
National Safe Toys & Gifts Month
Remind families of safety issues involving holiday gifts and toy safety. Share these tips from Child & Family Services.org.
World Aids Day December 1
“World AIDS Day takes place on the 1st December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.”
Find nearby events here.
International Volunteer Day December 5
The United Nations encourages awareness of the important work of volunteers. Follow the hashtag #VolunteersActFirst to see their latest news. Find resources for the annual event on the International Volunteer Day site.
Checklist for Planning
- Holidays & major school events
- Grade level curriculum
- Individual meetings
- Small / lunch groups
- Team / IEP meetings
- District or building planning
- Professional development
- Advisory group tasks
- College prep information
- Reference your master calendar (see Start with the Big Rocks)
The checklist is a general guideline to get started on your monthly plan. It’s never too late to start planning, even if you find this article in the middle of the month, you can still get organized.
Have any tips for tackling December? Does your school do anything unique in the month of December? Leave comments below.