Counselor Corner

Kalan Hoskins, School Counselor, Fox Road Elementary

APRIL 2016

1st Grade Guidance Updates

First Grade are using the Positive Action curriculum this year in guidance. A positive action means to do or cause good things to happen. The guidance lessons this month for 1st grade are:

Lesson #98: The Blame Game- to introduce the positive action of telling yourself the truth by refusing to blame others and accepting responsibility for your actions.

Word of the Week: Courage- Having the determination to do the right thing even when others don't; the strength to follow your conscience rather than the crowd.

Lesson #103: Grow My Strengths- to introduce the positive action of telling yourself the truth by recognizing your strengths and weaknesses

Word of the Week: Self-Responsibility- to answer for your actions.

Lesson #113: How to Get Healthier, Smarter, Nicer- to introduce Unit 6- Improving Yourself Continually Using Social and Emotional Positive Actions.

Word of the Week: Self-Improvement- to make yourself better by taking positive actions.

I will also be using additional animated books and songs in Guidance:

Our April stories are:

* Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns About Courage

* Howard B. Wigglebottom Listens to His Heart

* Howard B. Wigglebottom Blends in Like Chameleons

You can view the stories, listen to the songs, play interactive games, and print out coloring sheets of Howard at:

This month, we are also excited to welcome back Kelly Harvell, our own former Graduation Coach, who is a volunteer with SAFE Child. She will be presenting a lesson to all first graders called Funny Tummy Feelings. Funny Tummy Feelings includes discussions about pleasant and unpleasant Funny Tummy Feelings or emotions; the differences between “good” and “not-so-good” secrets; how to identify and select special people in each child’s life that he or she can talk to and trust; when to say “no” and how to say “no” effectively.

1st Grade April 2016 Guidance Schedule

Demick: 4/4/16, *4/11/16, 4/18/16, 4/25/16

Waller: 4/5/16, *4/11/16, 4/19/16, 4/26/16

Wahl: 4/6/16, *4/13/16, 4/20/16, 4/27/16

Hall: 4/7/16, *4/15/16, 4/21/16, 4/28/16

Turnau: 4/8/16, *4/15/16, 4/22/16, 4/29/16

*indicates dates of Funny Tummy Feelings lesson presented by SAFE Child.

3rd Grade Guidance Updates

In April, third graders will be exploring careers! We will be visiting the computer lab and working in the Paws in Jobland program by the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC). Paws in Jobland is a program that allows the student the freedom to browse through occupations that interest them. Learning and self-exploration are self-paced. A witty dog called Paws gives a tour of Jobland and introduces students to four main sections.

The four sections of the program are:

1- Jobland- the main section of the program. There are 20 clusters/areas in Jobland. Each area contains a number of jobs. There are five or six photographs illustrating each job, and each has a soundtrack/written commentary describing how that job is done.

2- Job Finder- uses a simple process to match students' interests with the Jobland areas. The students answer a series of questions. Once all the questions have been answered, the program highlights the areas of Jobland that contain jobs that might interest the student.

3- The Quiz- is a fun way of consolidating what has been learned while using the program.

4- ABC Search- is an alphabetical listing to give students easy access to all of the job listings and information.

Students will write their top three jobs on the worksheet provided and two reasons for each choice. (Ex: Airplane Pilot because you can visit other countries and wear a uniform.) Students will compare their lists with a partner, discussing why they like their jobs, and see if there are any similarities in their choices. Ask your child for this worksheet and talk to them about their top 3 career choices. For more, check out this Paws in Jobland Activity Book:

3rd Grade April 2016 Guidance Schedule

T. Davis: 4/8/16

Gibbs: 4/4/16

Peterson: 4/11/16

Rhoads: 4/29/16

Geiger: 4/8/16

Gayton: 4/22/16

5th Grade Guidance Updates

April is All About Middle School month! This month, students are registering for courses, attending open houses, and our guidance lesson this month is all about middle school! In guidance this month, students will be able to share their feelings about going to middle school and will get advice from middle schoolers (via a video) on making a successful transition. We will also practice combination locks and complete a Middle School Scavenger Hunt!

In addition to a monthly guidance lesson, students going to one of our top four receiving schools will be invited to hear more about the school they will be attending next year. We will have the 6th grade counselor and also a few middle school friends visit our school to share what life is like in middle school and all of the fun adventures that await our fifth graders! See the schedule below.

5th Grade April 2016 Guidance Schedule

Damroth: 4/28/16

Jordan: 4/18/16

LeFevre: 4/6/16

Schott: 4/29/16

In addition, we will have our top four receiving middle schools visit us at Fox Road this month. 5th graders that are slated to attend those schools will be invited to participate.

April 7th, 1:00-2:00- Wake Forest Middle in Media Center & Rolesville Middle in the Computer Lab

April 12th, 1:00-2:00- Wakefield Middle in Media Center & East Millbrook in the Computer Lab

Middle School Info

The middle school registration process has begun! Students are registering with Mrs. Hoskins individually through Power School for their 6th grade elective classes. A confirmation page will be printed and sent home with the green sheets (unless you have already signed this during parent conferences) this month. The portal will close in Power School on April 22nd. Please send the signed elective confirmation form along with the green middle school course recommendation form back no later than April 22nd. The class that returns 100% of their forms back the fastest will win a class treat!

Middle School Open Houses

Centennial Campus Middle: Thu. April 14, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Durant Road Middle: Thu. April 14 (Track 1 & 3), Thu. April 28 (Track 2 & 4) 9:15-11:00 a.m.

East Millbrook Middle: April 28th, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

East Wake Middle: Sat. May 21, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Rolesville Middle: Tue. March 22 (Tracks 3 & 4), Thu. April 14 (Tracks 1 & 2), 6:30 p.m.

Wake Forest Middle: Thu. April 21, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Wakefield Middle: Thu. April 14, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

West Millbrook Middle: Thu. April 14th 9:45-11:30 a.m. or 6:00-7:20 p.m.

If your school is not listed above, please contact your middle school for more info.

Changing Your Middle School

The Magnet Application period, Calendar Option, and Early Transfer periods have all ended. On May 2-16, parents may apply for a hardship transfer. Application materials will be available starting on May 2. Please note that school system transportation is not provided for voluntary transfer students. Parents/Guardians are required to provide their students transportation to and from school.

Special Events

Student Ambassador Club sponsored "Pasta for Pennies" last month. Fox Road exceeded our goal and raised $2,032.15! Way to go! All money collected benefited the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The top class in K-2 was Ms. Turnau's class and the top class in grades 3-5 was Ms. Gayton's class. They earned a class Pasta Party catered by Olive Garden and will enjoy that this month!

Fox Road welcomed the NED show last month. The NED Show is a character education program that centers around three important messages that have life long relevance: Never give up, Encourage others and Do your best. During the assembly, students enjoyed storytelling, magic, humor and yo-yo tricks. See a picture from the assembly below.

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Our last Parent Academy class of the year for parents at Fox Road will be on April 18th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. and the topic is on "Preparing Students for EOG Testing." We hope to see all of our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade parents at this important workshop! The workshop is presented in English and in Spanish. There is tutoring and homework helped provided for children ages 4-13.

NC Med Asssist is hosting a free over-the-counter medicine giveaway on Friday, April 22nd from 9am-2pm at Saint Augustine University's Emory Gymnasium at 1315 Oakwood Ave in Raleigh. Items include cough, cold, and flu medication, vitamins, band-aids, and pain and allergy relief. No ID or insurance required.

Wake-Raleigh Salvation Army will be hosting a free healthcare day from 9am-3pm on Saturday, April 9th. Families may receive health screenings and information free of charge. The center is located at 1863 Capital Blvd in Raleigh.

Small Group Counseling

New small groups are forming for the fourth quarter! Small groups will include: Attendance Club, Building Resiliency, Upstanders, Respect Club, and more! Letters will be going home to parents of students invited to participate in our last round of small groups this year!


Congratulations to Paw La, a 5th grader from Ms. Jordan's class. She is Fox Road's 2016 Spotlight on Student and was recognized and awarded a plaque at the Wake County Board of Education meeting on March 22nd.
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Parents, if you have any lightly used clothing your kids don't use anymore, please consider donating it to Fox Road so that we may continue to keep our spare clothes closet up to date for kids. We are especially in need of boys pants sizes 7-10, but all clothes are welcome. Clothing items that don't end up being used by Fox Road will be passed on to Note in the Pocket, a nonprofit dedicating to providing clothes for children in need in Raleigh. Thank you!

Kalan Hoskins

Mrs. Hoskins has a Master’s degree in Counseling and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from East Carolina University. She furthered her training and education by becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. She began working as a school counselor in 2001, and has worked in Wake county as a school counselor since 2004. She is married and a mother of three children: a son, age 1, and two girls, ages 5 and 9. She lives in Wake Forest. Her role at Fox Road is the Interim School Counselor. She is the counselor for 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades this year.