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October 2022 - Positive Mindset

Welcome to our new monthly Counsellor Connections blog!

My name is Dusty Fraser and I have been the Student Advocacy Counsellor at North Star Elementary since 2011. This year I have the opportunity to work with our Kindergarten to grade 3 students. I provide individual, targeted and universal counseling services for our students at the school. When I'm not at school, I enjoy cooking, baking, crafting, snowboarding, and spending time outdoors with my daughter and husband!

And my name is Brady Green, I was temporarily replacing Dusty last year until she returned at the end of April 2022. Now I am back alongside Dusty working with the grade 4 and 5 students. I work with the students in a way that will fit their needs, I strive to make every student feel like my office is a safe place they can go to when they need it. A little bit about me: I have a fiancé and we have two corgis together, I love to play basketball and watch the NBA, and am extremely family oriented.   

This month we are focusing on fostering a positive mindset which will help us reduce stress and anxiety. At North Star Elementary that means teaching children to set goals, learn from our mistakes, spread kindness, and do our best every single day. We practice taking deep breaths and allowing ourselves to listen to our body.

Below is an activity about positive and negative mindsets. This is a great activity for you to do try with your child, it allows the opportunity to discuss your different feelings together.

Positive and Negative Mindset Activity

Here is a great breathing visual we use in our classrooms at North Star. Deep breathing is one of the most used, and most effective ways, to regulate your emotions day to day.

Breathing Techniques

A positive mindset doesn't always come easy, sometimes we need to learn how to improve our confidence and self-esteem making those positive thoughts come that much easier! Here is a video explaining what confidence is and how to build it!

Wellbeing for Children: Confidence and Self-Esteem

For more resources, check out the Positive Mindset page of the NLPS website.

If you would like me to connect with your child or your family, you can contact me at the school at 780-594-3232, or by email,

Or for parents of grade 4 or 5 students I can also be reached at the school number 780-594-3232, or  by email,

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