Owens Counseling Corner

Alief ISD

Greetings Jaguars!

This has been a very eventful school year! We left school for spring break and never thought we wouldn’t return. COVID 19 has changed how we live and learn. But regardless of the challenges, we have stayed the course and we are nearing the end of the school year. Despite all the challenges we faced, our community, staff, and students overcame obstacles and made this a successful year. Bravo to our 6th graders! We’re proud of your accomplishments and wish you all the best in your future endeavors in middle school. Remember: Once a Jaguar, Always a Jaguar! Until the next school year, the counseling department wishes everyone a safe, fun and relaxing summer.

End of Year Messages on Padlet

All Owens Jaguars (students, teachers, and staff) are invited to use this Padlet as a way to post good-bye messages and summer well wishes to your teachers, staff, and other students.

Click here to get started

Character Trait of the Month - Courtesy


Courtesy is showing respect and consideration for others.

Counseling Support for Students

Self-Care for Students

10 Stress-Less Activities for Students - Click here

Storyline Online

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.

Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers and educators worldwide.

Counseling Support for Teachers

Down Dog Yoga App

We believe that stressful times like the COVID-19 outbreak are precisely when people need wellness practices the most, and we are committed to doing our part to help out.

In response to the many school closures taking place, we have made all of our apps completely free until July 1st for all students and teachers (K-12 and college) so that they can have access to wellness at home through the end of the semester.

Down Dog Yoga App

Breathing Practices for Adults

Take a deep breath, expanding your belly. Pause. Exhale slowly to the count of five. Repeat four times. Congratulations. You’ve just calmed your nervous system. Controlled breathing, like what you just practiced, has been shown to reduce stress, increase alertness and boost your immune system. Consciously changing the way you breathe appears to send a signal to the brain to adjust the parasympathetic branch of the nervous system, which can slow heart rate and digestion and promote feelings of calm as well as the sympathetic system, which controls the release of stress hormones like cortisol.

For more breathing practices, please click on the link below.

Controlled Breathing Practices

Counseling Support for families

Working (and parenting) from home

Managing your workload from home and keeping little ones occupied is a challenging adjustment. When times get tough, restless, or a little bit boring, try our recommended mindful exercises and games for kids.

Working (and parenting) from home

16 Everyday Activities That Count as Learning

If you find yourself frustrated trying to keep up with the school packets, video chats, and virtual office hours, take a deep breath and a step back. Official school activities are important, but there are plenty of everyday activities that count as learning too. These kinds of activities have their limits (kids aren’t going to learn calculus from cooking dinner), but overall, you can feel good about kids furthering their learning through these at-home activities.

16 Everyday Activities That Count as Learning

Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media rates movies, TV shows, books, and more so parents can feel good about the entertainment choices they make for their kids. We offer the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based ratings and reviews. Our timely parenting advice supports families as they navigate the challenges and possibilities of raising kids in the digital age.

Communities in Schools Resources for Families

COVID-19 Electricity Relief Program

Assistance available to families:

Additional Resources: Food & Financial Assistance: https://www.unitedwayhouston.org/work/disaster/coronavirus/food-and-financial-assistance/

If additional support or question/concerns contact our Communities in School Project Manager, Mrs. Cokes at 713-635-9451

Crisis Resources

Emergency Situations

· You or someone you know is a danger to themselves or others

· Someone is a danger to you or others

· Other life related emergency concerns

Crisis Resources

· Emergency Number 911

· Mobile Crisis Outreach Team (MCOT) – 1.866.970.4770 https://www.theharriscenter.org/Portals/0/MCOT.pdf

· NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness – 1.800.950.6264

· Crisis Text Line: Text: NAMI to 741741

· Talk Line “When you just need to talk” – 281.240. (TALK) 8255 (available 24/7)

· Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD – 281.575.9512