OHT Counselors' Corner

Oak Hills Terrace ES Counseling Newsletter for March, 2020

Spring Forward

If it's March, we must be gearing up for a time change! Remember to advance your timepieces by 1 hour on Sunday, March 8.

Spring Break

Students in Northside ISD will celebrate spring break from March 9-13. This is a great opportunity to grab some well-needed rest. It may also be time that allows you to reconnect and strengthen relationships by creating memories with your family.


If you're looking for free and not-so-expensive things to do in the San Antonio area, click on the link below. Enjoy your time, and remember to return on March 16 will a sense of "We Got This!"

Transition to Middle School: 5th to 6th

Course selection letters have been issued to all 5th grade students. These letters identify the courses that each student selected for the 2020-2021 school year.


It is important for parents to know that students may not be guaranteed their elective choices due to the number of requests, classroom caps, and scheduling conflicts due to enrollment in other classes such as supplemental STAAR intervention classes.


If students would like to change a specific course as listed on the letter, they are asked to submit all changes to the Neff Counseling Department via their letter by May 22, 2020. (if students are able to bring their SIGNED letter that indicates course changes by Friday, March 6, the Oak Hills Terrace counselors will deliver the paperwork to Neff MS).

Cyberbullying and Electronic Device Reminders

Clarissa Zamora, San Antonio Behavioral Healthcare Hospital, spoke to the PTA on February 11 concerning the inappropriate use of apps. Although many apps help individuals enjoy games or social media, some apps enable persons (especially young people) to enter worlds where dangerous folks lurk. Ms. Zamora reminds parents to:


1. talk to your kids about the importance of staying cyber-safe; keep cell phones (and other electronic devices), passwords, and personal information private;. protect everyone from online predators and bullies.


2. become familiar with networking sites; help children use privacy settings.


3. learn how to use your children's cell phones and have access to their email and other online accounts; set up and/or learn all of their passwords and screen names.


4. make sure that screen names don't reveal information about your children's real names, addresses, school, or ages.


5. remind your children to never say mean things (or send suggestive photos) to anyone online or through texting; and to never pass along mean things about others.


6. consider purchasing a monitoring system to track your children's online activity.

Helping Students Work Through Grief

Some families in our Oak Hills Terrace community may have experienced (or are currently experiencing) the loss of a person or an object they hold dear. Working through that hurt is the process of grieving. Counselors who are trained in bereavement tell us that we encounter several stages and feelings when grieving, among them: denial, disbelief, confusion, shock, sadness, anger, guilt, acceptance, and hope. If your child is grieving and you feel he or she would benefit from speaking to a counselor, please call us: Mrs. Solis @ 210.397.0576 and Mr. Koog @ 210.397.0575.


The Greater San Antonio community is fortunate to be able to access the Children's Bereavement Center of South Texas. This facility welcomes families who are experiencing grief by offering peer grief support groups for children and other family members. Services are also available for families who are anticipating the death of a loved one. For more information please contact the facility:



  • phone #: 210.736.4847
  • address: 205 West Olmos Dr. (approximately 1 mile NW of Trinity University)
Video: Helping Others Who Are Grieving

Our job is not always to cheer others up.

Northside Threads

Northisde ISD has opened a clothes closet: Tops, bottoms, underwear, socks, and jackets are "on the menu" at Northside Threads. If you would like to participate in this program, please call the counseling office (210.397.0575 or 210.397.0576). If you would like to donate items, please drop off your clothing at the district office on Evers Rd., at Student Services on Grissom Rd., the Athletic Center at the Ferris Complex on Hwy 1604, or at NAC on Culebra Rd.

Academic Night: Science and History (Feb 13)

Our Owls are OWLsome!

Guidance Lessons

A look at topics in March
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Guidance Books/Videos You can Use During March

We will reference these materials during the month. In addition, please help by reinforcing Kelso's Choices:


https://kelsoschoice.com/about/

OHT Twitter Access

Use this link to learn the latest using Twitter. You may also catch some PTA updates using @ohtpta

Dates to Remember

March


2 Dr. Seuss Dress-Up Week begins

3 Interim Assessments (Math-4)

3 Super Tuesday Voting

4 Interim Assessments (Math-5)

4 College Shirt day

5 Interim Assessments (Math-3)

6 Spring Fling party

9 Spring Break begins

16 Return from Spring Break

19 Online TELPAS Tutorials begin

20 PTA BinGlow Night (6:00-8:30)

23 STAAR Blitz begins (5th)

25 Pre-K Field Trip to Morgan's Wonderland (9:00-2:00)

25 2nd Grade Field Trip to Lego Land and San Pedro Park (9:00-1:45)

27 End of 3rd 9 Weeks

Department Stats

February


70 Guidance lessons


87 Responsive services (1-on-1)


24 Groups sessions


26 Parent consultations


16 Tier 3 (RTI) meetings

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