COUNSELING CORNER

JANUARY 2018

What does an Elementary School Counselor do?

My name is Stacy Whisman. I enjoy working with children and helping them grow academically, socially, and emotionally. As the school counselor, I am available to help you with any problems that might interfere with your child's learning. These problems may be academic concerns, such as study skills, motivation, or lack of organization. These concerns could also be social, such as lack of friends, insecurity, or not getting along. Personal or family problems can also cause worry and anxiety. My main goal is for the students to feel secure and safe. Students need to feel that they are cared about at school on a day to day basis, and all of our staff works toward this goal. If there is any way that I can help your child, please feel free to call.


Once again this year students can refer themselves for counseling in a unique way. There is a QR code in every classroom for students to be able to scan to let me know they need to check in with me. Once I have received notification that they would like to chat, I reach out to their teacher to find a time that works best in their day. Here is a link to the google form: https://goo.gl/forms/l4u8bj0CDqbuwizx2

Classroom Guidance

Lessons are taught to each homeroom class 2 times each month. Guidance lessons are created using themes/ideas from Rachel's Challenge, Life Skills, and Portrait of a Graduate. Although theme will be consistent among grade levels, actual lessons will be age appropriate.


November Lesson Highlights:

  • I can be a Collaborative Worker.

    • Perseverance/ Goal Setting

    • Decision Making

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GCISD Elementary Counselors will be presenting Parenting Workshops!

We will be hosting four Parenting Workshops during the 2017-18 school year. Our first seminar focused on Bullying and was held at Grapevine Elementary School on Sept. 26. Our next workshop will be on January 25 at 6:00 PM @ Glen Hope Elementary School. The workshop will be presented by Alliance for Children and will focus on preventing, recognizing, and acting responsibly to child sexual abuse.

See flier below for more information.


PREVIOUS PARENTING WORKSHOPS:


Internet Safety

A presentation for parents discussing the apps and websites kids are using, how to identify warning signs of kids engaged in risky behavior online, and how to discuss appropriate online behavior with kids.

November 8, 2017 @ 5:30 Colleyville Elementary Cafeteria

Please Register to attend https://goo.gl/forms/mMhaQATvaounCYVr2


Skyward Family Access

Come and learn the ins and outs of how to navigate through Skyward Family Access.

November 16, 2017 @ 6:30 Grapevine Elementary School

https://goo.gl/forms/gqQhMEQXMQYSXTMF2


The PARENTING CENTER presents:

Making and Enforcing Rules on November 28th at 6:30 @ Timberline Elementary.

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Tiger Tree 2017- UPDATE

THANK YOU so much for all of the donations to the GRACE Christmas Cottage! In all we made 4+ deliveries that filled a full size car's back seat and trunk each time! OC Taylor Tigers have the most giving families. You all are AMAZING!



We will be collecting items to donate to the Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange (GRACE) Christmas Cottage. the paws have specific items to be purchased and returned to school to be donated to the cottage. This organization sets up a store in which parents who qualify are able to come and choose the toys and items for their children to receive for Christmas. They are given wrapping paper, tape, and bows along with Christmas cookies when they leave. OC Taylor PTA is partnering with our group to organize this collection and get the word out to all of our tigers to join in to help with this great project. Look for the Tiger Tree with paws after the Thanksgiving break! The directions on the paws say:



Tiger Tree Directions

1. Purchase the gift.

2. Bring the unwrapped gift to the school ASAP - no later

than Friday, Dec. 15th.

Donations of tape, ribbons, and rolls of wrapping paper are always welcome.

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TTT's 2nd ANNUAL TURKEY DRIVE... BENEFITTING GRACE

Friday, Nov. 17th 2017 at 7:30am

5300 Pool Road

Colleyville, TX

TTT, OC Taylor's version of student council made up of 4th and 5th grade representatives, is sponsoring our 2nd Annual Turkey Drive!

WHEN: On the morning Fri, Nov. 17, we will collect FROZEN turkeys which will be donated to GRACE.

LOOK for the parent volunteers and HUGE boxes by the bus loop side and at the front of the school. You will be able to drop off your turkey at the same time you drop off your child(ren).

COMPETITION for PARENTS' NIGHT OUT: whichever grade level donates the most turkeys will be invited to a free PARENTS' NIGHT OUT one evening in December where the students will watch a movie and enjoy popcorn. If you have multiple children, 1 turkey will count towards the grade levels of all your children.

We know our OC Taylor families are caring and giving, and this is another way to teach our children the value of being charitable.

PLEASE REMEMBER--THE TURKEYS MUST BE FROZEN!

Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness and giving spirit!
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RED RIBBON WEEK October 23-27 RESULTS

Congratulations to our Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest WINNERS!!!

2nd Grade:

1st Place: Emily Rodriguez

3rd Grade:

1st Place: Avery Hall

2nd Place: Kaylee Gluck

3rd Place: Megan Doan

4th Grade:

1st Place: Keegan O'Haugherty

2nd Place: Kelsie Richardson

3rd Place: Emma and Audrey Kirby

5th Grade:

1st Place: Jackson Williams and Caroline Critz

2nd Place: Sebastian Rain-Kiehn and Riley Richards

3rd Place: Halston Hammonds


ALL 1st PLACE POSTERS MOVED ON TO DISTRICT JUDGING... AND THE RESULTS WERE:

Emily Rodriguez place 3rd in the 2nd grade category. Avery Hall placed 3rd in the 3rd grade category. Keegan O'Haugherty placed 2nd in the 4th grade category.


CONGRATULATIONS TIGERS!

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Help for people affected by Harvey! "Coins for Creech"

OC Taylor's TTT (Student Council/Kindness Compassion Club) has our first project! After meeting with Ms. Epperson, TTT decided to start a coin drive... collecting money to donate to students and their families from the school she taught at last year in Katy, Texas, Creech Elementary. TTT is comprised of 4th and 5th grade students who have filled out an application and have been accepted into this Service Project oriented club. If you would like to help, please send your donation to the front office. There is a big plastic jug that says, "Coins for Creech." UPDATE! We collected $250 to donate to Creech Elementary. Way to Go TIGERS!