Counselor's Corner

February 2014

What is Happening in the World of Counseling This Month?

Coffee with the Counselor: "Parenting with Love and Logic"

Thursday, Feb. 27th, 10:30-11:30am

Pine Forest Elementary, Humble, TX

Attention PFE Parents:

Interested in learning practical ideas for raising responsible children who feel great about themselves? Then join us for this fabulous chat with the counselor!

In their book, Parenting with Love and Logic, Foster Cline, M.D and Jim Fay, Ph.D. state, “As parents, you have only a few years to prepare your children for a world that requires responsibility and maturity for survival. Responsibility is like anything else – it has to be learned through practice. Effective parenting centers on love: love that is not permissive, love that doesn’t tolerate disrespect, but also love that is powerful enough to allow kids to make mistakes and permit them to live with the consequences of those mistakes.”

Parenting workshop provided by the generous funds awarded to PFE from the Humble ISD Education Foundation.

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Awesome Teachers!

Why Try in Life?

The Why Try guidance curriculum is based on three principals: opportunity, freedom, and self-respect. This fabulous program helps students to answer the question, "Why try in life?"

All teachers help to reinforce the Why Try guidance curriculum by using specific vocabulary from the units. In addition to this expected practice on our campus, these wonderful teachers volunteered to conduct Why Try lessons in their classrooms on an ongoing basis in order to reinforce the concepts taught to all students within my guidance lessons:

  • Tara Broussard (1st)
  • Stephanie Dye (3rd)
  • Jennifer Wanka (5th)

Data will be collected to review the impact of this program. This initiative with the teachers was made possible by a grant awarded to me in May 2013 from The Humble ISD Education Foundation!

February's Guidance Topics

Why Try Curriculum:

  • Making Healthy Choices
  • Recognizing emotions and taking responsibility for behavior
  • Academic Potential


Panther P.A.L.s

The awesome group of fourth grade students have been busy helping so many people on our campus:

  • teachers
  • mentoring students
  • front office helpers

More information on this fabulous group of students may be found on my webpage at:

Panther P.A.L.s.

No Place for Hate® Crew

A group of Panther P.A.L.s were randomly selected to participate in this special committee! The No Place for Hate® Crew met on several occasions to plan activities for our "Be the Change" week in January.

This wonderful group of students also performed skits that were played each morning on our PFE News!

The students will continue to meet and plan additional activities to help highlight respectful behaviors towards others. We hope to once again have the honor of being named a No Place for Hate® school.

Parenting Corner

Feeling Puzzled? Looking for ideas to help you at home?

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Counselor's Lending Library:

Parenting Resources

Referrals to See the Counselor

Would you like to request for your child to visit with Ms. Vandenbrook for some counseling?

All students have access to the counselor through whole group guidance. Individual students may self-refer to the counselor using individual counselor passes. Teachers and staff may also refer individual students to the counselor. In addition to guidance lessons, some students visit with the counselor in small group counseling sessions.

Referrals to the Counselor

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The Great Kindness Challenge!

Pine Forest Elementary students and staff participated in

"The Great Kindness Challenge"!

This was a week dedicated to performing millions of acts of

kindness on campuses nationwide!

PFE students and staff are working together to help create a bully-free, safe and caring school environment by showing kindness towards others!

Check out our "Kindness Banner/Quilt" that the students have started!

Texas School Counselor Conference

On Monday, February 10th, I had the privilege of presenting with our district counseling personnel: Lesa Pritchard, Director of Student Support Services and Matt Smith, Coordinator of Affective Education for Humble ISD, at the Texas School Counselor Conference on "Putting it All Together: Behavior & Academic Supports and Making Connections".

I had such a fabulous time making connections with so many elementary counselors and learning new techniques to use at PFE with our students!