Counselor's Corner Newsletter

May 2016

May 2016 At-A-Glance


5/2-5/6 5th Grade CAASPP testing week

5/6 2nd Grade to the Cantor Museum

5/9-5/13 4th Grade CAASPP testing week

5/9 Kindergarten to the Academy of Sciences

5/11 6pm, Board Meeting at Crocker, West Staff to present at Board Meeting

5/12 5th Grade Musical Assembly, 10:30am in the MPR

6:30pm, 5th Grade Musical Performance in the MPR

5/15 HSF Fun Run

5/19 Multicultural Day

Kindergarten Round Up, 2-2:30pm in the Kindergarten Wing

5/20 Associated Parent Group Meeting, 8:45am

5/25 EARLY DISMISSAL Grades K-2, 1:15pm; Grades 3-5, 1:30pm


Open House at 6pm

5/27 Tech Challenge, 8:30-3pm in the MPR

5/30 NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day

5/31-6/3 4th Grade to Yosemite

5/31 Kindergarten Musical Performance, 10:30am in the MPR

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The Balloon

Have your heard your child talk about their balloon? Ask your child what it means to leak and empty the balloon.

More information about the balloon can be found on the Soul Shoppe website or in the video below.

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Soul Shoppe - Teachers Introduction to the Balloon

What's On My Bookshelf?

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Trouble Talk

Trouble Talk by Trudy Ludwig

Maya's friend Bailey loves to talk about everything and everyone. At first, Maya thinks Bailey is funny. But when Bailey's talk leads to harmful rumors and hurt feelings, Maya begins to think twice about their friendship.

In her fourth book for children, relational aggression expert Trudy Ludwig acquaints readers with the damaging consequences of "trouble talk"-talking to others about someone else's troubles in order to establish connection and gain attention.

Trouble Talk is recommended for upper elementary students.

As the school counselor, my role involves providing referrals to families that are seeking support for their child's social, emotional and behavioral concerns. All of these resources are listed on my website here. I have highlighted a few of the local community resources below.

Children's Health Council

The Children's Health Council in Palo Alto provides a wide array of services for children and their families.

Parent Education Classes

Parent Learning Center

Search by topic for articles (ADHD, worry, Autism, Behavior, Depression, Learning and School, etc.).

Parents Place

Parents Place in San Mateo offers a wide variety of services for the whole family- parent education workshops (the highly sensitive child, setting limits, positive discipline, etc.) child counseling, individual counseling and family counseling.

200 Channing Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301 • 650-688-3040

2001 Winward Way, Suite 200, San Mateo, CA 94404 • 650-931-1840


Children, youth and family support in San Carlos

610 Elm Street, Suite 212 • San Carlos, CA 94070
Phone (650) 591-9623

Helpful HCSD Links

Associated Parent Group

Hillsborough Recreation

Children's Workshop (after school care)

Choice Lunch (school lunch program)

Konstella (events, volunteer sign-up, classroom news)

West School Site Council

HCSD Calendar