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PeaceBuilders

PeaceBuilders is a science-based, research-validated violence prevention curriculum and professional development program for grades pre-K to 12. The PeaceBuilders Program supports the Holy Trinity Parish School Mission and Vision.  Its essence is a common language - six principles, taught, modeled and practiced. These same principles set behavioral expectations, reduce aggression, promote the students to do the next right thing and transform the climate and culture of any environment to one which is cooperative, productive, and academically successful.
The students have been introduced to and pledge to live out daily the 6 principles of the program - which are:
  •          PRAISE PEOPLE
  •          SEEK WISE PEOPLE
  •          RIGHT WRONGS
  •          GIVE UP PUT-DOWNS
  •          NOTICE HURTS
  •          HELP OTHERS.
PeaceBuilders was introduced at Holy Trinity Parish School as it is one of the programs utilized in the Archdiocese of Louisville. The objectives of this program are to reduce aggressive and unkind, bullying type behaviors and to promote and foster a culture of inclusion and Christ-centered living.  For more information on PeaceBuilders, check out their official website at:  www.peacebuilders.com.
In support of PeaceBuilders, you will notice "Good Samaritan Awards" posted on a bulletin board near the Library. These awards are similar to the “praise notes” that are part of the PeaceBuilders Program.  They come directly from the staff and faculty and seek to identify and reinforce acts of kindness and compassion and positive behaviors amongst the entire school community.
Our PeaceBuilders Pledge is posted in each classroom and the students recite it, along with the morning prayer and Pledge of Allegiance, each morning. If you would like a copy of the PeaceBuilders Pledge to post at your home, or if you have any questions about the program, please contact Ms. Probus. School Counselor at (502) 897-2785 or lprobus@ht-school.org.

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    Laura Probus 

    Counselor
    University of Louisville - Master of Science in Social Work
    University of Louisvlle - Bachelor of Science in Education -Counseling and Guidance
    2007
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  • Counselor's Corner Update: Happy Summer!

    Dear Holy Trinity Families,

    First and foremost, know of my continued thoughts and prayers, and please continue to reach out should I be of any assistance at lprobus@ht-school.org. It was so great to see most of you last week, even if for a short moment during a parade. It helped my heart! I want to wish you each a BLESSED summer. I am writing to share a short message for the HT Counselor Corner as we officially begin Summer.

    This school year has not ended as anyone wanted and we are going through some unprecedented and tough times. As you have most likely heard me say (many times), life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond! The world over, we are hoping that we will emerge from this tough time in life somehow changed for the better. With how difficult this has all been, that could be hard to imagine perhaps but I do believe that we will learn lessons about what really matters and how better to do what matters most. We are concerned (and challenged) to make the best use of this tough time and bizarre opportunity to reconsider our lives, our priorities, our work, our teaching perhaps? Basically, in the midst of all the bad, what is some good? I have talked to many teachers, students and parents and have been so impressed by their insights, so many of which are focusing on counting their blessings, not their troubles (many times after going through some sadness and frustration but finding light on the other side). I have to challenge myself to do this daily as well -- I’m learning to emphasize what I do have rather than what I don’t. That sounds so cliché but so much research does suggest that this helps. "Expressing thanks may be one of the simplest ways to feel better," according to the Harvard Mental Health Letter. "Gratitude helps people refocus on what they have instead of what they lack." I read recently that It’s always a good idea to count your blessings; it’s an even better idea to count them now in the midst of hardship and uncertainty. That makes sense! The research does indicate that doing so will lighten the burden and change your perspective. This is indeed a time of great trial but God is good. All the time. So my hope is that you find many blessings to count!

    My next thought is this, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others,” this was a tenet of Mahatma Gandhi. I do believe that putting our faith into action is imperative and our Holy Trinity Parish School Community is a wonderful example! Love of neighbor is the fundamental evidence of our Faith. Jesus clearly stated in John 13:13: "By this, all will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another." In times of crisis, our genuine love for others is the light to a world darkened by problems. Little acts of kindness can make a big difference so that is my next challenge – that the kiddos do at least one act of kindness daily 😊 (I will challenge myself to do the same). This small act of kindness could be a note of thanks to someone (maybe the awesome teachers 😊), cleaning their room for Mom and Dad, helping with other chores, playing with a smaller sibling, calling a grandparent, etc.

    I will share a story I read recently:
    A teacher brought balloons to school and asked the children to blow them all up and then each write their name on their balloons. They tossed all of the balloons in the hall while the teacher mixed them from one end to the other. The teacher then gave them 5 minutes to find their balloons with their name on it. The children ran around, looking frantically but as the time ran out – nobody found their own balloon. Then the teacher told them to take the balloon closest to them and give it to the person whose name was on it. In less than 2 minutes everyone had their own balloon. Finally, the teacher said, “Balloons are like happiness. No one will find it looking for theirs ONLY. Instead, if everyone cares about each other’s they will find theirs as quickly as possible.” Kindness can help spread happiness.

    I believe in the human spirit and that we will “get through this together.” I am hopeful that we will emerge united not only as a nation but globally, in overcoming this pandemic. Please continue to count your blessings and know of my thoughts and prayers. Wishing you all health, safety, and peace.

    “Remember the past with gratitude. Live the present with enthusiasm. Look forward to the future with confidence.” -St. John Paul II

    Please see a few resources below:
    Laura Probus, MSSW, C-SSW
    School Counselor

    Holy Trinity Parish School
    423 Cherrywood Rd.
    Louisville, KY 40207
    (502) 897-2785 ext. 150
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  • Counselor's Corner Update: Resilience

    Dear Holy Trinity Parents,
     
    I thought this week it could be helpful to focus on RESILIENCE. How do we build resilience?  Building resilience is the ability to adapt well to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or even significant sources of stress — it can help our children manage stress and feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. Some look at resilience as our ability to bounce back after we have struggled, faltered, or failed. It is being able to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, take a moment or two to collect ourselves, and then get back to the business of pursuing our goal (whatever that goal is – big or small). It involves optimism. However, being resilient does not mean that children won't experience difficulty or distress (unfortunately), but it can allow them tools to deal with these difficulties and adapt better.

    One of my favorite quotes is, "Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond."  Lately, I have been reminding myself of that quote more and more.  I cannot control the pandemic and all that is coming with that, much of which stinks (to put it bluntly), but what I can control is how I respond. I often remind kiddos that they are the “boss of their thoughts” – of course, we all are but sometimes we forget. Central to resilience are our beliefs and thoughts.

    I love Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and use it when working with kiddos often and feel it can be of benefit to use when trying to be more resilient. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy emphasizes that central to resilience are our beliefs because our thoughts influence the intensity of our feelings and of our actions, and how and what we think about unpleasant or difficult situations also greatly affects our core beliefs. Core beliefs that are irrational or unhelpful greatly contribute to anxiety and depression and affect our resiliency. So basically, how we respond to a situation (in all aspects) can be more important than what actually happened. This thinking process allows us to be more in control and I think it can be empowering.  Again, life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond. Practicing MINDFULNESS can help with all of this as well (helping to be more in the moment and not fret about what already happened or what may happen). 

    There are a number of resources on Mindfulness in links included in the Counseling Corner on the HT website.  If you want to learn more, there are so many resources on building resilience in kids.  Also, how CBT can play a role in helping to build resilience.  I have included a few links below for more information and feel free to reach out should you want more information or any assistance. 
     
    I will end with a short Scripture verse from Philippians 4:13: "I can do all things through him who strengthens me." Let us remember that!
     
    Please know of my continued thoughts and prayers and please reach out should I be of any help at all.
     
    Blessings,
    Laura Probus

    Resilience Website Resources:
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  • Counselor's Corner Update: Ms. Probus's Total Wellness Challenge

    As we enter another week of being healthy at home, I wanted to remind you of the wellness challenge for the students (after our focus last week was on taking care of yourself as parents). Check out the actual challenge posted on social media and the Counselor Corner webpage for students to complete if they want to do so. I have decided to include a few more resources here for you and your family, as well.  Again, please continue to reach out should I be of any assistance and know of my continued thoughts and prayers.  
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  • Counselor Update: COVID-19 Resources, Links, Videos, and Tips

    Dear Holy Trinity Students and Families,

    I hope your distance learning is going well to this point.  First and foremost I want you each to know that you and your families remain in my thoughts and prayers.  Also, please know that you can contact me via email with any questions and/or for additional resources and support (lprobus@ht-school.org).  
     
    Below are some videos, resources, and tips that may be useful to you for self-care and social-emotional needs. Please know this is by no means an exhaustive list – Thankfully there are so many great online resources during this time to offer additional insight, information and support.  Specifically, the Calmakids website and some of the Youtube videos are great mindfulness videos for calming, relieving stress/anxiety, and it can help give our mind a break from academic tasks.  I have also included other resources, as well.  These are simply resources to serve as a support. As I said, feel free to reach out should you need anything or if I can be of assistance.
     
    Helpful Resources for Students and Parents: 
    Helpful Resources More Geared towards 6th-8th Grade Students and Parents:
    Additional Resources:
    A Few Tips:
    • Pray, remember the power of prayer! They can even write prayers in their journal (I often tell kids that prayer is a conversation with God).  We can turn it over to God and allow that to hopefully allow us some peace
    • Get outside: ride your bike, play a sport, go for a walk/run- keep your blood flowing (a minimum of 15 minutes of exercise per day is great for the mind)
    • Work off energy: do mindfulness exercises (slow deep breaths in/out for one-two minutes) or get outside for some fresh air
    • Stay on top of schoolwork: pace yourself, make a checklist, stay focus, and work hard
    • Take time for yourself: do something YOU enjoy!
    • Find three things each day that you enjoyed- have a conversation with your family about three things they enjoyed as well
    • Keep a journal and write in it each day for two-three minutes on the events of the day
    • Share the love with others- spend two minutes sending an email, text, or note to someone to help brighten their day (maybe with parent help and permission stay connected with friends through facetime, etc.)
    If you need anything, feel free to reach out to me and I will do my best to help you. Keep up the good work.

    Blessings,
    Laura Probus, MSSW, C-SSW
    School Counselor
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  • Counselor Update: Practicing Parent Self-Care

    Dear Holy Trinity Parents,

    I say this often to others (and even myself) as a reminder and it seems apropos to share now. We hear it each time we get on the airplane. “In case of an emergency, put on your own mask first before assisting others.” At first, that sounds a bit selfish but upon further reflection, it makes so much sense. We truly cannot adequately (or for very long) care for others, if we don’t take care of ourselves first. To that end, I am simply reminding us all to do just that – in every aspect, physically, spiritually, socially, emotionally, mentally. I think it is so important that we step back and remember the importance of self-care. Next week, I plan to share a fun self-care challenge to our students as part of the weekly Counselor Corner but thought I should challenge you, the parents, of the importance of self-care first. You guys are amazing and we are in this together!

    I have read many recommendations on how to practice self-care (putting the oxygen mask on ourselves first) and love taking a holistic approach. There are many definitions of being holistic but most say that a holistic human being is someone who understands that their daily habits are the largest contribution to their lifespan and well-being. A holistic approach to body, mind, and soul can not only transform our health and well-being, but it can also benefit so many other aspects of our life -- relationships, help us be more patient, understanding, loving and generally help us to become more mindful and awake as a person in your day to day life. So how do we do that with the current situation of being #healthyathome? I would first say we do it creatively (and by carving out short intervals of time for YOU)! The past couple of weekly Counselor Corner posts on our HT Website have wonderful resources for kiddos on mindfulness and dealing with stress and many of those can help us all (no matter the age). Basically, find a piece of joy in as many of the small life moments as possible. Sometimes just BE. I think of a Scripture verse in Psalms: He says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” I have a picture in the School Counseling Office that reads, “Do one thing daily that makes you happy” – do that now! I do find it so important to me, and suspect it could help us all, to simply find a few minutes for reflection and gratitude daily as well (the small things, most especially now, are really the big things). For a few more specific tips – I have included an attachment to an article as well as video from a therapist on the importance of parents and caregivers to take care of themselves – put on their oxygen mask. With my office being in the fifth grade hallway, I miss hearing them end their school day with this Irish Blessing:
    May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind always be at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face,
    and rains fall soft upon your fields.
    And until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

    That is my prayer for each of you! Please continue to reach out at lprobus@ht-school.org, should I be of any support. Please know of my continued thoughts and prayers.

    Blessings,
    Laura Probus

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