Counselor's Corner

Jennifer Connors, School Counselor for Grades 1 and 3


Classroom Guidance Update

1st Grade

This month, first graders will learn the difference between Tattling vs. Reporting. I will introduce the topic by showing a video about the difference between the two. We will discuss that tattling means you are trying to get someone IN trouble and reporting is when you are trying to get help (emergency) for someone or yourself. We also read the story "Don't Squeal, Unless it's a Big Deal" and discussed the situations throughout the book. We will play a fun game to help reinforce the skills taught in this lesson. We have learned strategies to solve small "pebble" problems in the classroom setting and I will remind students to try to be a problem solver first by using their words to say, "I feel sad when...please.....". : )

Auto B Good ~ Character Education

Welcome to the Tullahoma Superspeedway! The Auto-B-Good series presents character traits that will captivate, entertain and educate students. This month's lesson is on TRUTHFULNESS and is called "Slippery Slope." "Slippery Slope" is the story of Maria "saving" EJ and Izzi from a landslide. The problem was, Maria caused the landslide. When all the cars treated Maria like a hero and awarded her a trip to the National 4X4 Championships, she found out how hard it can be, at times, to be truthful. If she said nothing she would get to do something she always dreamed of doing. If she told the truth she would lose that prize and she might lose the respect of her friends. The lesson was: Be accurate in everything you say...deception is a slippery slope. For more info about this series, check out their website at

3rd grade

The third grade teachers felt that my "Big Rocks" this year will be centered around Bullying Prevention, Problem Solving, Friendship, Skills for Learning, Character Education/The Habits. My monthly lessons will be developed based on these important topics.

This month third graders will be learning all about Careers! I will begin by reading the book "Which Shoes will you wear?" by Julia Cook. We will also be exploring some fun, interactive career websites! We will review the PAWS in Jobland website, but spend most of our time in Career Town on Virginia's Career View. We will also look at Pennsylvania's Career Zone and explore job families.

Virginia Career View

In the K-5 Section of Virginia Career View there is an interactive game called Career Town! Career Town has three levels with different games to learn about jobs on each level.

Paws in Jobland is a free, web-based program located on the College Foundation of North Carolina.

A dog named Paws gives students a tour through "Jobland." Students can explore careers with Paws by completing the "Job Finder" career interest inventory, exploring "Jobland," or using the "ABC Search." Students can also take a "Quiz" about the jobs in "Jobland." "Job Finder" is a 26-question career interest inventory.

May/June Classroom Guidance Schedule

May 3-Norman

May 6-Christie

May 10-Klager, Weber, Hughes

May 17-Landis

May 20-Falkner, Pleasants, Lewis

May 24-Randle, Levinson

June 1-Almond, Garrison, Coleman

Leadership Connection

The 7 Habits and Character Traits that will be taught in Classroom Guidance this month:

Covey Habits: Habit 1: Be Proactive Habit 4: Think Win, Win!

Character Trait: Truthfulness-Always tell the truth and show honesty.

Small Group Counseling

Small group counseling is offered to students to support and enhance the development of personal and social skills and to support and promote academic success. Small groups allow children to develop coping skills, a sense of belonging, and to realize that they are not alone in their concerns. Children may be referred to certain groups by teachers or parents.

Groups in Progress:

1st Grade-Friendship-Think Win-Win, Seek First to Understand-The purpose of this group is to focus on acknowledging and strengthening our friendship qualities we have to offer others, how to connect and communicate with others, building friendly behaviors and dealing with friendship problems.

1st Grade-Anger Squiggles-Be Proactive-The purpose of this group is to learn how to manage and deal with our angry feelings in an appropriate way. Anger is an extremely complex feeling with multiple and varied triggers and causes for the individual. Small group activities will focus on the basic self-control skills of anger management.

New Groups this month:

3rd Grade-Friendship-Think Win, Win! Seek First to Understand-The purpose of this group is to focus on acknowledging and strengthening our friendship qualities we have to offer others, how to connect and communicate with others, building friendly behaviors and dealing with friendship problems.

3rd Grade-All Stars-Be Proactive, Begin with the End in Mind, and Put First things first-This group has a sports theme and involves creatively "coaching" students. The skills "coached" include: effective listening & paying attention, positive self-concept, controlling impulses, organizational skills, setting & reaching goals, and successful communication. I have one more space available if you would like your child to participate.

Groups typically run for 4-6 weeks and meet once a week for a 35- 40 minute period. Times for groups are coordinated with classroom teachers to minimize time away from instruction.

Lunch Bunch 3rd Grade

What is lunch bunch? Lunch bunch is an amazing time! Students can bring their lunch to the counselor's room to eat and make new friends.

When? Fridays

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.



Don't forget about this great resource for Summer Camps! Summershine is an annual publication of Lifelong Learning that offers information to parents about camps, activities, day care, clinics, and track out programs for children in the Wake County area.

About Ms. Connors

Hello! My name is Jennifer Connors and I am thrilled to be part of the A.B Combs Community this year! I will be your child's counselor this school year! I will be working with our amazing full time counselor Mrs. Trueman who will be the counselor for K, 2, 4, and 5th grade. Each month I will send out an online newsletter to keep you updated on our comprehensive counseling program so you can reinforce it at home, if you want...WIN-WIN!

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. I am also thrilled to announce that over this holiday break I got engaged to a wonderful man, who I can't wait to call my husband!