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The Key to Being a Good Friend

Friendship is the theme for the Guidance Class of the Grade 3 students this month. Students were given their own key to write on the characteristics of a good friend. Students then decorated their key.

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We then discuss how to be F.R.I.E.N.D.S:

F – Find something in Common
R – Respect other students (space, property, ideas)
I – Invite and include kids to participate
E – Empathy (Show YOU care)
N – Know when to support each other
D – Do the right thing (even if no one is looking)
S – Say you’re SORRY (everyone makes mistakes)

Here’s the compilation of their work =)

cof*Poster posted in the Guidance Office

Woohoo! Good job Grade 3 students! May you always remember the keys to being a good friend! =)

See you next month!



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Welcome Back Dragons!

It will be another year full of learning and experience! We are excited to meet all students as they enter a new grade level!

This year, the Guidance Department will continue with its Kindness Campaign. We have prepared the Bulletin Board for students to be more oriented with what we do.


Also, we have updated our Kindness Calendar for students, teachers, and staff to write kind notes to people in the community.


You may drop by anytime (Room 316B) or may send us an email:

  • Ms. Gabby (University Counselor) -
  • Ms. Gracie (Guidance Counselor) –

Again welcome back dear students! We know that this year will be an exciting and successful one! =)

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Spread Kindness Like Confetti

Hello again,

Spring has sprung! This month we launched our schoolwide Anti-Bullying Campaign. We were fortunate to have Ms. Karen Davila and Senator Sonny Angara visit CISM to share their wisdom with our community. Ms. Davila spoke to the EY/ES students about spreading kindness and being true to yourself, while Senator Angara discussed the Anti-bullying Law and how our MS/HS students can stand up for one another and prevent bullying before it starts.

We launched our Links of Kindness campaign, wherein we invited students, parents, teachers, and staff to write down what kindness means to them on colorful strips of paper that we subsequently connected. You can check out our Kindness Links in the main entrance hall — feel free to add your own!

Links of Kindness Links of Kindness 2

Other initiatives we launched include the Buddy Benches and our Anti-Bullying Slogan/Poster contests. In our guidance classes, we have been covering how to cultivate a kindness culture in our school. Students have been reflecting on “kindness heroes” in their lives and at school, and were given the chance to draw and give presentations about their kindness heroes to each other. They were also asked to work together and write kindness acrostic poems that they later presented to the whole class.


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Honesty, Kindness, and Safety

It seems the semester just flew by! This month, Early Years classes put the spotlight on the importance of honesty in our everyday interactions. We read stories and completed crafts that highlighted what being honest means to us and how it helps us handle different situations.

Elementary School classes learned about Random Acts of Kindness. We discussed the benefits of going out of your way to help someone, even if they can’t give you anything in return. We played Kindness Bingo and made paper chains to emphasize how doing kind acts connect us and help us relate to each other better.

Middle and High School classes focused on internet safety and how to properly conduct ourselves online. We discussed the pros and cons of different social media websites and educated ourselves on the various dangers that can arise with improper use. We wrote class manifestos that illustrated the ways we can keep ourselves safe when viewing, creating, and sharing things online.


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Bully-Free Starts With Me

Our guidance classes for National Bullying Prevention Month focused on cultivating kindness and empathy through taking initiative in everyday social interactions.

Early Years classes explored ways to build friendships and brainstormed characteristics of being a good friend, even when one’s beliefs and preferences differ from others’. We practiced sharing both stories and classroom materials with one another and reflected on the importance of showing kindness.

Elementary School classes took a closer look at bullying and how it plays out and affects others both inside and outside the classroom. We talked about seeing the situation from both sides — bullies and those being bullied — and the costs of being a bystander. We also explored social dynamics in the classroom and discussed how to avoid tattling and leaving people out.

Middle School classes explored safeguarding against bullying by building self-esteem. We discussed positive and negative self-talk and how to productively engage with thoughts that normally weigh us down. We did activities that helped us consider bullies’ motivations and what people being bullied would want bullies to know about them.

High School classes discussed how to resolve conflicts in relationships through honest, nonjudgmental communication and self-reflection. We talked about different strategies for expressing emotions without blaming, being aggressive, or inciting misunderstandings. We also discussed how to be more aware of our emotional tendencies and communicative styles to facilitate conflict resolution.









EY/ES students were given a paper heart and instructed to crumple it, then try to return it to its original state. We talked about how it’s difficult to restore trust and communication once it’s lost, and brainstormed how to use kind words to resolve conflicts.









Each class came up with their own interpretations of “empathy” and “being a bystander”.

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Spotlight on: Emotional Regulation

Our guidance class focus for this month has shifted from kindness and self-awareness to emotional regulation as a part of our anti-bullying campaign.

To capture students’ attention, every lesson began with the toothpaste activity. I took out a tube of toothpaste, passed it around the class, and asked each student to squeeze the toothpaste onto a plate. They reported that it was easy to do so. When I asked them to put it back exactly the way it had been before, the said that it was very difficult for them. I explained that it is a similar process when we say hurtful words in a moment of anger, and that we must practice self-control to think before we say something we might later regret.

Early Years classes focused on reading stories about anger and feeling left out, then brainstormed solutions to the stories as a class. Kindergarten classes analyzed picture scenarios of bullying in the playground and came up with solutions for each of the characters depicted. For third and fourth grade, we focused on creating a Wheel of Choice wherein each student got a slice of the circle and drew or wrote their preferred ways to calm themselves down. We assembled the wheel as a class and displayed them in the classrooms so that students can refer to them whenever they feel upset.

High school guidance classes have been focusing on the adolescent brain and how to navigate the structural and chemical changes that accompany adolescence. We have been learning basic aspects of neuroscience and how activity in the amygdala and prefrontal cortex influence our behavior.

Wheel of Choice

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Hello, everyone!

One of our new initiatives for this school year is the implementation of Guidance Corners in every classroom. These will be areas designated for calming activities, mindfulness techniques, and emotional regulation strategies that students can use throughout the day. Certain Guidance Classes throughout the year will give students the chance to make crafts and design activities that will be featured in their Guidance Corners — whether it’s filling a box with soothing toys and books that they choose themselves, or the whole class creating a Choice Wheel to use when they need to take a break. This activity will be launched in the first week of September.

This month, our Guidance Classes will be focused on Kindness and Anti-Bullying. Please check the blog again soon for photos and updates!