6th Grade Counseling Blast

Week of February 10th

Quote of the Week

Self-confidence is the best outfit, rock it and own it.

February/March Upcoming Events

Monday, February 10th and Tuesday, February 11th-Valograms on sale at Lunch


Tuesday, February 11th Dance Committee Meeting 4:15pm-5:00pm in the Library


Monday, February 10th- Spring Sports Start-Boys and Girls Track and Field, Boys Soccer


Thursday, February 13th: Valograms delivered during classes


Saturday, February 22nd: Leadership Council Community Service Project at Second Harvest Food Bank 9am-12pm


Friday, February 28th: Spring Fling Dance 6pm-8pm in the Big Gym


March 10th-14th: Anti-Bullying Week and Bullying Assembly

Valograms

Valograms can be purchased by faculty and staff as well for their Secret Valentine, other staff, family members, ect...


Valograms can be purchased for non-CCP people by students too. We will deliver it to the student who purchased the Valogram on Thursday and they can take it home with them.


Valentines Day is coming up next Friday!

Show your friends and special someones that you care! Give them a special valentine during class...a Valogram!

Leadership Council will be selling Valograms all this week at lunch in the cafeteria. You can purchase one to be delivered to your friends or special someone next week before Valentine’s Day. You get to personalize it and show how much you care for and appreciate them.

Choose from the following Valograms to be sent:

Card-$0.25

Card and Candy-$0.50

Card and Carnation-$1.00

Card, Candy, and Carnation-$1.50

You must pay at the time of your order. Your orders will be delivered Thursday, February 13th during class.

The money raised will be used to fund the Spring Dance coming up February 28th. Be on the look out for more information on the Dance coming soon!

New Students-Update

I didn't get a chance to meet with them last week so I will be meeting this week with new students during their elective on Tuesday to see how they are adjusting to CCP and do some activities with them. Please let me know if I have missed any students.


6th Grade New Students:

Dina Aziz 6.3

Hilario Reyes 6.1

Omarion Wright 6.5

School Store Second Update

The school store will still be CLOSED Monday and Tuesday this week. It will re-open on Wednesday. Sorry for the delay!


Leadership Council will be taking over the store. It will be organized, cleaned, and newly priced. This semester you will only be able to take your students during Crew. At all other times the store will be locked. There will be two Leadership Council members running the store everyday during Crew. When you take your students please allow 4-5 students in the store at a time. LC students will check out the students and monitor the store and you can monitor your other students in the hall. Starting next week, please sign up to take your Crew on the School Store calendar. If you have any questions or concerns let me know!

Classroom Guidance

If you would like me to come in and do a lesson on character traits, study skills, test taking strategies, bullying, peer pressure, etc...please email me at least two weeks in advance. I am happy to come in and do a lesson with your students. If you would like to do one yourself I have many resources and lesson plans that I can send you on various topics.

Groups

Lunch and Tutoring Block Groups will start this week! Please help me when I am in the cafeteria looking for students in the group :)


Below are the descriptions of the groups, the groups schedule, and the link to the counseling groups google doc to see which students are in the groups. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns or would like to add a student in the group.


Groups Schedule

Social Skills/Organization Boys Group 5th/6th-Monday Lunch and Recess (11:30-12:30)


Boys Conflict Resolution 5th Wednesday Tutoring Block (12:30-1:15)

Grief and Loss Group 5th/6th-Wednesday Tutoring Block (1:15-2)


Self-Esteem/Anxiety Girls Group 5th/6th-Thursday Lunch and Recess (11:30-12:30)

Individual Students-Updated List

Here is the list of 5th graders seen individually weekly by myself or one of the interns:


You will notice there is more boys than girls. That is because I have two girls self-esteem groups and only one boys group. Please let me know if you have concerns about other students or think other students need individual help more than the students listed.


Parker

Awal Adam6.5

Koby Rucker6.4

Carlina Pence6.3

Leonel Ochoa6.6

Axel Maradaga6.5

Christian Garcia6.4


Laura Grace

Jonathan Lopez6.2

Joseph Crawford6.4


Allison

Casey Cox6.4

Omar McLaurine6.4

Saul Beccera6.4


Please also invite me to S-team meetings for these students and any other students that might benefit from a counseling perspective. I am also in charge of any students with 504s and meetings to assess students for 504s.


If a student is in crisis, please text me and I will come get them from your room.


If you think a student will benefit from individual counseling or additional support who is not in crisis, please do not email/text me about them or send them to me. Instead, please fill out the referral form so Sanjana and I can figure out the best support service for them.

Meet Allison-Our Other Counseling Intern!

Allison will being doing her Mental Health Counseling Internship at CCP this semester. She will be here on Mondays and Thursdays and has individual students and will co-facilitate groups with me.


Allison is in her second year in the Human Development Counseling Program at Vanderbilt University. She has experience with low-income students and wants to work with adolescents. She also is interested in art therapy and art as an outlet for students.


Please introduce yourself to her!

From the Counselor's Desk-Stressed Students

People who are experiencing stress overload may notice some of the following signs:


  • anxiety or panic attacks
  • a feeling of being constantly pressured, hassled, and hurried
  • irritability and moodiness
  • physical symptoms, such as stomach problems, headaches, or even chest pain
  • allergic reactions, such as eczema or asthma
  • problems sleeping
  • drinking too much, smoking, overeating, or doing drugs
  • sadness or depression



Strategies to share with students who are stressed:

  • Take a stand against overscheduling. If you're feeling stretched, consider cutting out an activity or two, opting for just the ones that are most important to you.

  • Be realistic. Don't try to be perfect — no one is. And expecting others to be perfect can add to your stress level, too (not to mention put a lot of pressure on them!). If you need help on something, like schoolwork, ask for it.

  • Get a good night's sleep. Getting enough sleep helps keep your body and mind in top shape, making you better equipped to deal with any negative stressors. Because the biological "sleep clock" shifts during adolescence, many teens prefer staying up a little later at night and sleeping a little later in the morning. But if you stay up late and still need to get up early for school, you may not get all the hours of sleep you need.

  • Learn to relax. The body's natural antidote to stress is called therelaxation response. It's your body's opposite of stress, and it creates a sense of well-being and calm. The chemical benefits of the relaxation response can be activated simply by relaxing. You can help trigger the relaxation response by learning simple breathing exercises and then using them when you're caught up in stressful situations. (Click on the button to try one.) And ensure you stay relaxed by building time into your schedule for activities that are calming and pleasurable: reading a good book or making time for a hobby, spending time with your pet, or just taking a relaxing bath.
  • Treat your body well. Experts agree that getting regular exercise helps people manage stress. (Excessive or compulsiveexercise can contribute to stress, though, so as in all things, use moderation.) And eat well to help your body get the right fuel to function at its best. It's easy when you're stressed out to eat on the run or eat junk food or fast food. But under stressful conditions, the body needs its vitamins and minerals more than ever. Some people may turn to substance abuse as a way to ease tension. Although alcohol or drugs may seem to lift the stress temporarily, relying on them to cope with stress actually promotes more stress because it wears down the body's ability to bounce back.

  • Watch what you're thinking. Your outlook, attitude, and thoughts influence the way you see things. Is your cup half full or half empty? A healthy dose of optimism can help you make the best of stressful circumstances. Even if you're out of practice, or tend to be a bit of a pessimist, everyone can learn to think more optimistically and reap the benefits.

  • Solve the little problems. Learning to solve everyday problems can give you a sense of control. But avoiding them can leave you feeling like you have little control and that just adds to stress. Develop skills to calmly look at a problem, figure out options, and take some action toward a solution. Feeling capable of solving little problems builds the inner confidence to move on to life's bigger ones — and it and can serve you well in times of stress.


    If you want to build your resilience, work on developing these attitudes and behaviors:

    • Think of change as a challenging and normal part of life.
    • See setbacks and problems as temporary and solvable.
    • Believe that you will succeed if you keep working toward your goals.
    • Take action to solve problems that crop up.
    • Build strong relationships and keep commitments to family and friends.
    • Have a support system and ask for help.
    • Participate regularly in activities for relaxation and fun.