Jennifer Connors, School Counselor for Grades 1 and 3
A little bit about myself-I graduated from SUNY Cortland in NY with a Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Education and was a first and second grade teacher for almost 9 years. While teaching, I realized my true passion was to become a school counselor. In 2014, I received my Master’s Degree in School Counseling from NC State. I am very excited to contribute to a school that incorporates Covey’s Habits, leadership, and character education into every aspect of the day. I will be working part-time with Mrs. Trueman on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and most Fridays. When I am not working with children I enjoy traveling to NY to see family, spending time with friends, and going to the beach.
Classroom Guidance Update
1st grade- I visited each classroom in September to introduce myself and played a game called "What's in the Bag?" to learn what the school counselor does and what she does NOT do. The 1st grade teachers felt that my "Big Rocks" this year will be centered around Character Education/The Habits, Emotion Management, Friendship, Problem Solving, and Tattling vs. Reporting. My monthly lessons will be developed based on these important topics.
3rd grade- I visited each classroom in September to introduce myself and we played Classroom Jeopardy to determine what a school counselor does and what she does NOT do. The 3rd grade teachers felt my "BIG Rocks" this year will be centered around Bully Prevention, Friendship, Problem solving, Character Education/Habits, and Skills for learning (test taking strategies). My monthly lessons will be developed based on these important topics.
September Classroom Guidance Schedule
Sept. 3- Almond & Hughes
Sept. 10- Landis & Weber
Sept. 15 - Norman & Coleman
Sept. 17- Falkner & Garrison
Sept. 24- Randle & Pleasants
Sept. 29-Christie & Lewis
Habit 1: Be Proactive
Responsibility, Respect, Courage, and Good Judgement
Small Group Counseling
I'm in the process of forming small groups. Small groups allow children to develop coping skills, a sense of belonging, and to realize that they are not alone in their concerns. Groups that may be offered this year include:
- Self Esteem
- School Success
- Anger Management
At the start of each school year we will talk with teachers, parents, and students to determine which groups are needed most for the school year. Groups typically run for 4-6 weeks and meet once a week for a 40 minute period. Times for groups are coordinated with classroom teachers to minimize time away from instruction.
Parent Education Night
Does your child come home talking about being "proactive" and "putting first things first"? If you'd like to learn more about the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and how your children are using these habits in their daily learning at AB Combs, please join us at the McKimmon Center next Tuesday. If you'd like to know more about the parent academy, please check out this video. We hope to see you there!
NCSU McKimmon Center
September 22, 2015
Lunch Bunch 3rd Grade
Where? The counselors room, Room 120
How? Students can write their name on a sign up sheet on the counselor's door--students can sign up once a quarter.
Backpack Buddies Update
With Combs’ help we were able to give 16 Combs children a backpack of food each week last year! We have a couple Combs families that could benefit from this program this school year & we want to help. So we have two options at Combs...
Option #1 would be to give food that is listed below. We have started our own little mini-backpack buddies program at Combs. We will have a cabinet of canned food that can help children and families in emergency food crisis. Last year with your help, we were able to fill 5 backpacks each week for the entire school year from our own pantry!
canned meats or meat stews
100% juice boxes
boxes shelf stable milk (always need!)
Option #2 would be to give $ to Interfaith to help sponsor families. You can sponsor a child for an entire year, a semester, or month. It cost only $350 to support a student for every meal during the weekend for the entire school year! For about $1 a day, a child can have access to nutritious food every weekend for an entire year.
Go to https://secure3.4agoodcause.com/food-shuttle/fundraisers/personal-page.aspx?pid=104
This money will be going directly to sponsor students at A.B. Combs!
Thank you from the bottom of our heart! It's really difficult to hear about a student who is upset about not having enough food at home...I can't even imagine how scary that must feel. We just want to help anyway that we can and know that you will too!