The Counselor's Corner

Katie Trueman, School Counselor for Grades K, 2nd, 4th & 5th

October 2014

Classroom Guidance Update

Hi Parents! As a part of our school's comprehensive school counseling program, I will be delivering Classroom Guidance lessons to your children once a month. This is a way for me to teach the whole school and get to know our students better. I love Classroom Guidance! Your child may come home and share that they had a special friend in their classroom ;) I will teaching lessons on personal/social, career and academic development. I developed a Teacher Needs' Assessment and then teachers get to decide the "Big Rocks" for classroom guidance.


Kindergarten - I visited each classroom in September to introduce myself and explain what a school counselor does at school (help them with their feelings). The Kindergarten teachers felt that my "Big Rocks" this year will be centered around Character Education/The Habits, Friendship, Problem Solving and Tattling vs. Reporting. My monthly lessons will be developed based on these important topics.


In classroom guidance this year in Kindergarten, students will use The We Do Listen Foundation website, www.wedolisten.org. We will use animated books, songs, and games to help children learn how to listen, important life lessons, and how to feel good about themselves. Children who learn these skills will grow up better informed to solve conflicts and empowered to change the world. In October, students will study Howard Learns to Listen, in which good listening habits will be practiced. Students learn about being Proactive and being Responsible.



2nd Grade - I visited each classroom in September to introduce myself and played a game to learn what the school counselor does and what she does NOT do. The 2nd grade teachers felt that my "Big Rocks" this year will be centered around Emotion Management, Character Education/The Habits, Bullying Prevention, Problem Solving, and Friendship. My monthly lessons will be developed based on these important topics.


In October, I will introduce a Bullying Prevention lesson and students will learn to utilize the 3 R's (Recognize, Refuse, Report). I will read two bibliotherapy books to teach them how to recognize bullying, how to stand up to bullying behaviors and how to report the bullying behaviors to an adult.


4th Grade - I visited each classroom in September to introduce myself and played classroom Jeopardy to demonstrate what a school counselor does.

The 4th grade teachers felt that my "Big Rocks" this year will be centered around Peer Pressure / Cliques, Bullying Prevention, Self-Esteem, Conflict Management and Career Exploration & Development. My monthly lessons will be developed based on these important topics.


In October, I will teach about Bullying Prevention. Students will learn to utilize the 3 R's (Recognize, Refuse, Report). I will use a recent National News story to show how one Middle School football team showed Respect for a teammate. I will teach them how to recognize bullying, how to stand up to bullying behaviors and how to report the bullying behaviors to an adult.


5th Grade - I visited each classroom in September to introduce myself and explain what a school counselor's big rocks are at school. The 5th grade teachers felt that my "Big Rocks" this year will be centered around Middle School Transition, Bullying Prevention, Planning & Decision Making, Learning Styles/Academic Study Skills, and Career Exploration & Development. My monthly lessons will be developed based on these important topics.


In October, I will be headed to each 5th grade classroom to discuss Bullying Prevention. Students will learn to utilize the 3 R's (Recognize, Refuse, Report). I will use a recent National News story to show how one Middle School football team showed Respect for a teammate. I will teach them how to recognize bullying, how to stand up to bullying behaviors and how to report the bullying behaviors to an adult.

October Classroom Guidance Schedule

Oct 3 - Cullum & Vick

Oct 6 - Pattison

Oct 7 - Hathaway & Little

Oct 9 - Christie

Oct 10 - Gamble & Metkowski

Oct 13 - Phillips & Boatwright

Oct 14 - Ferrell & Carr

Oct 15 - Pinkney

Oct 16 - Ashby

Oct 20 - Horst & Abbot

Oct 21 - Pride & Smith

Oct 22 - Lower

Oct 24 - Hawley

Oct 27 - Charland & Ivester

Oct 28 - Amon

Oct 31 - Campbell

Leadership Connection

The Habits & Character Traits that will be taught in Classroom Guidance this month:

Habit 1: Be Proactive

Responsibility, Respect, Courage, & Good Judgment

Small Group Counseling

Small Groups

Coming soon....

I'm in the process of forming several small groups. Small groups allow children to develop coping skills, a sense of belonging and to realize that they are not alone in their concerns. Groups include:

  • Friendship
  • Self-Esteem
  • School Success
  • Anger Management
  • Girls' World
  • Leadership
  • Worry-free
  • Attendance
At the start of each school year we will talk with teachers, parents and students to determine which groups are needed most for the school year. Groups typically run for 4-6 weeks and meet once a week for a 40 minute period. Times for groups are coordinated with classroom teachers to minimize time away from instruction.

Special Announcements

Lunch & Learn for our 5th Grade Students Interested in the Wake Young Men / Women's Leadership Academy

AB Combs will host April Love, a representative from the Wake Young Women's Leadership Academy (Middle School) for a Lunch & Learn session (it is designed for 5th grade students). The goal is to inform potential students about the schools, their rigorous application process and share the deadlines for the application.


Wed, Oct 15th 12:00-12:50 in Mrs. Ferrell's classroom

Parents of 5th Graders - Mark Your Calendars!

Magnet and Early College Fair is Saturday, November 1, 9am - 12pm at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School


Each Magnet school will be represented in one setting! This is a great way to see all the Magnet Middle Schools and understand the magnet themes.

Lunch Bunch (grades 2-5)

What: What is lunch bunch? Lunch Bunch is an awesome time! Students can bring their lunch to the counselor's room to eat & make new friends.

When: Mondays - 5th Grade, Wednesdays - 2nd Grade, Fridays - 4th Grade

Where: The counselor’s room, Room 120

How: Students can write their name on a sign-up sheet on the counselor’s door - students can sign up once a quarter.

October - National Bullying Prevention Month

The End of Bullying Begins with Me: that’s the message during PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month in October. It’s a time when communities can unite nationwide to raise awareness of bullying prevention through events, activities, outreach, and education. Mark your calendar now and make plans to wear orange on Unity Day. That’s when scores of people around the country will join the movement to “Make it Orange and Make it End!” In 2011, Ellen DeGeneres promoted the cause on television by wearing orange and reminding millions of viewers about the importance of bullying prevention.


October 22nd– Unity Day in the US– Wear Orange!


Go to: www.pacer.org/bullying/ or www.stopbullying.gov for more information and tips to help stop bullying.

Backpack Buddies Update

Ab Combs loves our community partnership with InterFaith Food Shuttle. We officially have the "backpack buddies" program help families in our school receive food for the weekend. This program is truly amazing. The BackPack Buddies Program serves children who are food insecure, meaning they do not have "access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life." (Anderson, 1990). BackPack Buddies targets kids who access free & reduced-price lunches at school. Children are identified as "in need" by school counselors and site coordinators.

With Combs’ help we were able to give 16 Combs children a backpack of food each week last year! We have a couple Combs families that could benefit from this program this school year & we want to help. So we have two options at Combs...

Option #1---FOOD
Option #1 would be to give food that is listed below. We have started our own little mini-backpack buddies program at Combs. We will have a cabinet of canned food that can help children and families in emergency food crisis. Last year with your help, we were able to fill 5 backpacks each week for the entire school year from our own pantry!

We need:

canned vegetables
canned fruit
canned meats or meat stews
packaged noodles
100% juice boxes
boxes shelf stable milk (always need!)
healthy snacks
breakfast items
(we currently need ALL items)


Option #2---MONEY
Option #2 would be to give money directly to Interfaith to sponsor families. You can sponsor a child for an entire year, a semester, or month. It cost only $350 to support a student for every meal during the weekend for the entire school year! For about $1 a day, a child can have access to nutritious food every weekend for an entire year.
1 Year..........$350
1 Semester....$175
1 Month..........$39
Go to “Donate Now” http://foodshuttle.org/how-to-help/donate/ or make a check payable to “Inter-Faith Food Shuttle” & in the memo line write “Combs Backpack Buddies.”
If you would like to contribute, please send either the food, donate now http://foodshuttle.org/how-to-help/donate/

Thank you from the bottom of my heart! It's really difficult to hear about a student who is upset about not having enough food at home...I can't even imagine how scary that must feel. We just want to help anyway that we can and know that you will too!


Check out the video to understand how Interfaith Food Shuttle helps! (I'm featured on the video at 2:51 ;)

http://youtu.be/iFEpOGhr3e8

Welcome Back, Mrs. Hoskins!

Mrs. Hoskins, another school counselor at AB Combs, is coming back to work on October 20th! She has been on maternity leave and at home with her sweet baby boy born in July. We look forward to seeing her smiling face again soon!

Shout Out!

Safety Patrol - Safety Patrol members are ROCK STARS! They are being reminding other students to Be Proactive and THEY are Putting First Things First by showing up to their job duty prepared and responsible. Thank you!

About Me

My name is Katie Trueman and for as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a school counselor! I graduated from Marshall University (Huntington, WV) with a B.A. in Psychology. Then I pursued my dream to continue my education and received a M.A. in School Counseling. I began working at AB Combs in 2005. I think it's pretty great to be at a school that embeds Leadership, Character Education & The Habits into everything! I acquired my National Boards of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) for School Counseling in 2010. I feel honored (and blushing a bit) to be named the 2014 School Counselor of the Year for Wake County Public Schools! When I’m not working with children, I love hiking with my husband & two cute kids, experimenting with new recipes and exploring NC with my sweet family & friends.