Counselor's Corner

January 2016, K - 5 News

Guidance: Responsibility for Myself and My Choices

Guidance this month will focus on the power of responsibility! Children will learn about being responsible for themselves and their choices.

Part of parenting is teaching children responsibility. One way to accomplish this is ensuring that you and your child have a clear understanding of the responsibilities of the parent and the responsibilities of the child. For example, a parents responsibility might be to cook the meal, and the child's responsibility might be to clear the table when the meal is over. It may help to create a list of how you as a parent are helping your child succeed and then create a list with your child of their responsibilities. Finally, consequences for not following through with responsibilities is important because it provides both clarity of and accountability for responsibilities. Children need to know it matters!

Consider the following excerpt taken from the article Raising Independent Children from Psychology Today:

Many parts of our culture send a message to children that nothing is their fault. Whether rationalizing bad behavior, looking for scapegoats on which to blame misfortune, or faulting others for their failures, children are constantly told that they do not need to be responsible for their actions. Yet, the ability of children to hold themselves accountable for their actions is a critical part of becoming independent.

The reluctance of children to take responsibility for their actions is based on their desire to protect themselves from failure. By blaming outside factors, such as other people, bad luck, or unfairness, children can safeguard their egos from harm. Yet, responsibility is two sides of the same coin. Your children can't take responsibility for their achievements and successes unless they are will to take responsibility for their mistakes and failures.

To read the full article, click on the link provided.

Important Dates

Gifted Referral Information Meeting

Thursday, January 21, 2016 @ 6:30 p.m.

Administration Building Auditorium

400 S. Greenville Ave., Richardson, TX 75081

This meeting is not for parents of students already receiving services in REACH. Referral forms will be available at MST after January 21st if you want to participate in the spring screening for gifted identification for the 2016-2017 school year.

Parent Power Hour

January 25, 2016

Topic: Choose my Plate: Healthy Nutrition Practices for the Entire Family

Parent Power Hour is held once a month from 10:00am to 11:00am and provides tips, tools, and strategies for parents to use to help their child(ren) succeed in school and life. PPH is free for all participants and we encourage you to invite your friends and colleagues to join the discussion. Parent Power Hour gives you the opportunity to participate from the comfort of your home.

Webinar Link for PPH:

Registration: Register on the Region 10 ESC website in the Calendar of Events;

For more information, contact Janet Hathcock at 972-348-1364 or

GT Referral forms

Parent referral forms are due to the school counselor by noon, on February 5th.

GT Testing Dates

March 1-7: Non Verbal and Quantitative Ability Test, grades 2-5

March 21-24: Verbal Ability Test, grades 2-3

April 24-May 7: Verbal Ability Test, grades 4-5 & necessary makeups

Last Week of School: Identification letters with results are sent home to parents in report cards.

Megan Daniel

Email, call, or use the QR code to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.