WES Counseling Corner

December 2020

School Counselors Information

Tracie Kroenert M.Ed

Professional School Counselor (grades: PK, 1, 3, & 5)

kroenertt@lisd.net

972-350-4855


Kristin King, M.Ed

Professional School Counselor (grades: KG, 2, & 4)

kingK@lisd.net

972-350-4851

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We made it through 2020! What a year it has been! We want to wish everyone a safe and restful holiday break and a happy holidays! Take time to recharge and safely spend time with your loved ones! Cherish the little things with your sweet families-snuggling and watching movies, baking cookies, driving to look at lights. And as always, we are here if you need anything!

WES Adopt An Angel

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to everyone that adopted an Angel from the WES and LISD Angel Tree!


For the WES Angel Tree, names are due to be adopted by November 30th and gifts are due December 11th. Please wrap gifts and put the code from the Signup Genius on the gift.


If we are full, please consider adopting from the LISD District Angel Tree at the link below ours! THANK YOU!

Book review

A Little Spot of Christmas by Diane Alber

This year is going to be the best Christmas EVER! Santa decided to send his favorite little Christmas SPOT down from the North Pole to help children get ready for Christmas. This SPOT is great at decorating Christmas trees, hanging lights and baking yummy cookies but soon discovers that Santa may not get a present this year! Join this little SPOT on a journey to give the gift of kindness, patience and gratitude this year as a "gift" to Santa.


Check out more this "Spot" story and more from Diane Alber at: https://dianealber.com/

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Stress Reliever-Belly Breathing

A "Santa Belly Breath" is a great way to calm down this holiday season.
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SECOND STEP SEL CURRICULUM

CHILD PROTECTION UNIT-WHAT'S COMING UP

Beginning in February, all WES classes will begin the Child Protection Unit. We will have a Coffee With Counselors coming up in January for a unit parent preview. Please be looking for that date in our upcoming newsletter. In this unit, students will learn the following specific skills to help him or her stay safe from dangerous or abusive situations:


• How to use the Ways to Stay Safe to recognize when something is unsafe, report anything unsafe to an adult, and refuse to participate.

• How to always ask a parent or the person in charge first before going somewhere, doing something, or accepting something from someone.

• How to recognize safe, unsafe, and unwanted touches, and how to use the Private Body Parts Rule to identify possible sexual abuse.

• How to refuse and report unsafe or unwanted touches and how to report possible sexual abuse to an adult.


If you do not want your child to participate in the Child Protection Unit lessons, please click on your child's grade below, complete the form, sign, and email/scan or return the bottom portion of the first letter to Mrs. Kroenert (grades 1, 3 and 5) or Mrs. King (grades KG, 2 and 4) before Feb. 5th. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Child Protection Unit Family Letters and Opt Out

PAWS IN JOBLAND

It's never too late to start thinking about college and career and LISD has a great (and fun) place for students to learn! Try Paws in Jobland!


How to access:


-LISD.NET

-Students

-Learning Hub (Class Link)

-Students use their school log in

-click on PAWS in Job Land (picture of dog paw)

-Access code: TX01804 (if needed)

WES Virtual Counseling Offices

Even though we can't see each other face-to-face yet, that doesn't mean we can't still be having fun and learning about our emotions, friendships, bullying, our health and so much more! Come on by for a virtual counseling visit in our virtual counseling offices. Click around and have fun and learn while you are there!


Mrs. Kroenert's Virtual Office: (PK, 1st, 3rd and 5th)

http://bit.ly/KroVirtCounRm


Mrs. King's Virtual Office: (KG, 2nd and 4th)

http://bit.ly/MsKingVOffice

Middle School Registration

Middle School Course Information and Registration information is coming! You will hear more in our January newsletter. However, if we see information from our feeder middle schools in a newsletter form, we will post it here as we get it. Please feel free to reach out to us or the middle school counselors for more information.

2021-2022 Transfers

2021-22 TRANSFER WINDOW

LISD allows families to request a transfer to a school of choice for the following school year. School to school transfers are not allowed during the year. The first opportunity to request a transfer for the 2021-2022 school year will be from Nov. 18 until Dec. 4 during our Early Fall Transfer Window. You can learn more at https://www.lisd.net/transfer.

Middle School Transfers and SIP

SIP is considered a feeder pattern transfer (as is Dual Language for our English speakers). All Wellington Students on a transfer for SIP will move automatically to McKamy (no paperwork needed) unless they respond to the SIP department survey they should have received, indicating they want to continue the program at Forestwood. The district will also put in a transfer for those kids to Forestwood and those parents also do not need to do any paperwork - LISD will take care of it for them. If a student is on a SIP transfer and they want to return to their zoned campus for middle school, they need to email Juana Duncan to cancel their transfer effective the end of the year. They should actually do that NOW if that is their plan so we can get them pathed for the right middle school before course requests open in January.

Ask an Expert Video Series!

In 2018, LISD launched Ask-an-Expert, a video series aimed at helping parents continue crucial conversations with their children at home. Throughout the year, our counselors share their expertise with you, touching on some of the most important issues our students face today.

Talk, listen, and keep the conversation going. #askLISD

https://www.lisd.net/askanexpert

Additional Food Resources through the North Texas Food Bank

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