WES Counseling Corner

January 2021

School Counselors Information

Tracie Kroenert M.Ed

Professional School Counselor (grades: PK, 1, 3, & 5)

kroenertt@lisd.net

972-350-4855


Kristin King, M.Ed

Professional School Counselor (grades: KG, 2, & 4)

kingK@lisd.net

972-350-4851

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We made it through 2020! What a year it has been! We want to wish everyone a safe and restful Happy New Year! I hope you and your family had an enjoyable, relaxing winter break. January is always one of our favorite months of the year. The building is buzzing with fresh ideas, goals, and plans for the spring semester. It is a time to reflect on the past year, think about all the exciting things that have occurred, and then look into the New Year to set goals for our students. As always, we are here to support you. Please don't hesitate to reach out.


Best regards to a healthy and prosperous New Year!

SECOND STEP SEL CURRICULUM

CHILD PROTECTION UNIT-WHAT'S COMING UP

Beginning in February, all WES classes will begin the Child Protection Unit. We will have a Coffee With Counselors coming up in January for a unit parent preview. Please be looking for that date in our upcoming newsletter. In this unit, students will learn the following specific skills to help him or her stay safe from dangerous or abusive situations:


• How to use the Ways to Stay Safe to recognize when something is unsafe, report anything unsafe to an adult, and refuse to participate.

• How to always ask a parent or the person in charge first before going somewhere, doing something, or accepting something from someone.

• How to recognize safe, unsafe, and unwanted touches, and how to use the Private Body Parts Rule to identify possible sexual abuse.

• How to refuse and report unsafe or unwanted touches and how to report possible sexual abuse to an adult.


If you do not want your child to participate in the Child Protection Unit lessons, please click on your child's grade below, complete the form, sign, and email/scan or return the bottom portion of the first letter to Mrs. Kroenert (grades 1, 3 and 5) or Mrs. King (grades KG, 2 and 4) before Feb. 5th. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Child Protection Unit Family Letters and Opt Out

KINDNESS AMBASSADOR APPLICATIONS

As mentioned in Mrs. Braun's Newsletter:


In 2018, students from all five Lewisville ISD high schools – Flower Mound, Hebron, Lewisville, Marcus and The Colony – were determined to make kindness normal. That's where it all began. Today, #LISDBeKind continues to play an important role in the district.

Want to be a Kindness Ambassador for our school? Applications are open now until Jan. 20 for students in grades 4-12. Kindness Ambassadors are students who are proven leaders and are known for their kindness and compassion for others. Apply today! https://bit.ly/38e2HHr

Middle School Registration

Middle School Course Information and Registration information is coming! You will hear more in our next newsletter or as we can update this one. However, if we get information from our feeder middle schools in a newsletter form, we will post it here as we get it. Please feel free to reach out to us or the middle school counselors for more information.

McKamy Parent WebEx Meeting January 12th

If your child will be attending McKamy MS next year, the parent registration information meeting is coming up very soon! Tuesday, January 12th from 6-7pm via WebEx. The information is below and the link for the information is HERE. If you have any questions, please feel free to let us know and we will do our best to get an answer for you!
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Shadow Ridge Middle School Information

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ForestWood MS Information

The counselors from FWMS will be sending a video/presentation to our 5th grade teachers the first week in February, concerning registration procedures/info.

This presentation will be shown in classes either Monday, Feb. 1st or Tuesday, Feb. 2.


Along with the presentation, a registration SMORE link will go out to the 5th grade teachers and the teachers will be getting that info to parents as soon as it arrives. This should also be the first week in February.


The SMORE will have the same FWMS registration presentation link students will see in class and other helpful resource links concerning 6th grade next year.

We know other schools have begun their registration process....but please remember that those schools are not transitioning to a STEM campus, which is exciting and new for everyone involved.


At this time, a “parent night” has not been planned, because the 6th grade presentation and SMORE link you will be getting, the first week in February, has all the information in it that would normally be shared on parent night. After reviewing that, if you still have questions, you are welcome to reach out to us or the FWMS Counselors for additional help and we are happy to do all we can to help you! :)


Finally, within the presentation/SMORE, there will be a form embedded for parents to submit questions that FWMS Counselors will address and update to a FAQ. They are sending everything at the end of this month.


We wanted to let you know not to worry....more info is coming very soon......

2021-2022 Transfers

2021-22 TRANSFER WINDOW

LISD allows families to request a transfer to a school of choice for the following school year. School to school transfers are not allowed during the year. The first opportunity to request a transfer for the 2021-2022 school year will be from Nov. 18 until Dec. 4 during our Early Fall Transfer Window. You can learn more at https://www.lisd.net/transfer.

Middle School Transfers and SIP

SIP is considered a feeder pattern transfer (as is Dual Language for our English speakers). All Wellington Students on a transfer for SIP will move automatically to McKamy (no paperwork needed) unless they respond to the SIP department survey they should have received, indicating they want to continue the program at Forestwood. The district will also put in a transfer for those kids to Forestwood and those parents also do not need to do any paperwork - LISD will take care of it for them. If a student is on a SIP transfer and they want to return to their zoned campus for middle school, they need to email Juana Duncan to cancel their transfer effective the end of the year. They should actually do that NOW if that is their plan so we can get them pathed for the right middle school before course requests open in January.


MIDDLE SCHOOL SIP SMORE

PAWS IN JOBLAND

It's never too late to start thinking about college and career and LISD has a great (and fun) place for students to learn! Try Paws in Jobland!


How to access:


-LISD.NET

-Students

-Learning Hub (Class Link)

-Students use their school log in

-click on PAWS in Job Land (picture of dog paw)

-Access code: TX01804 (if needed)

WES Virtual Counseling Offices

Even though we can't see each other face-to-face yet, that doesn't mean we can't still be having fun and learning about our emotions, friendships, bullying, our health and so much more! Come on by for a virtual counseling visit in our virtual counseling offices. Click around and have fun and learn while you are there!


Mrs. Kroenert's Virtual Office: (PK, 1st, 3rd and 5th)

http://bit.ly/KroVirtCounRm


Mrs. King's Virtual Office: (KG, 2nd and 4th)

http://bit.ly/MsKingVOffice

Ask an Expert Video Series!

In 2018, LISD launched Ask-an-Expert, a video series aimed at helping parents continue crucial conversations with their children at home. Throughout the year, our counselors share their expertise with you, touching on some of the most important issues our students face today.

Talk, listen, and keep the conversation going. #askLISD

https://www.lisd.net/askanexpert

Additional Food Resources through the North Texas Food Bank

Family Center Resources Available

Counseling Available Through the LISD Family Center


Counseling provided by

Licensed Mental Health Professionals

and/or Certified School Counselors


Services at No Cost!

See Flyer Below for More Information!


Contact Info:

Lewisville Learning Center

1601 S. Edmonds Lane

Lewisville, TX 75067

(469) 948-8680 Office

(972) 350-9476 FAX

www.lisd.net/choices

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