Counselor's Corner

April 2021 Newsletter

Our School Counseling department at Dr. Sue Shook Elementary School is committed to continue to provide school counseling services to ALL students and their families during these unprecedented times. As we all navigate and adjust to these new challenges know that we are here to support and answer any questions you may have.

#ShookHasHeart #Fortitude


Keeping active is a great way to boost our mental wellbeing. So this month we're encouraging everyone to get moving and get outdoors as much as possible. Whatever your circumstances or physical limitations, you can find your own ways to be a bit more active. We don't need to run marathons - there are simple things we can all do to take care of our bodies, like unplugging from technology, reconnecting with nature and getting more sleep!
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Hope and Healing

Remaining hopeful and learning body-based healing practices with a mental health professional. Free Weekly Zoom Sessions by the El Paso Child Guidance Center. Register with Mariana Cardenas (915) 562-1999 ext 1033 or email
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Military Spouses Symposium

Tuesday, April 27th, 8am to Thursday, April 29th, 5pm

This is an online event.

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Welcome 2021 School Counselor Interns

Ms. Rachel Pena, UTEP School Counselor Intern

Hello, Rattler family! My name is Rachel Pena, and I am the new School Counseling Intern! If I seem familiar, it’s because Dr. Sue Shook was my home! I was a 5th grade teacher here at Shook for almost 6 years. Professionally, I have a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, a Texas Educator Certificate, and am anticipated to graduate in May 2021 with my Master of Education, in School Counseling from UTEP. Currently, I am a substitute for SISD, while I finish school. I have completed 45 earned credit hours towards my school counselor degree, including Group Counseling and Play Therapy. Personally, I am a mother of 4 beautiful children ages 3 to 18, and we are all proud to be part of the Eastlake feeder pattern! I am compassionate, kind, knowledgeable, creative, and known to form genuine bonds with my students. I look forward to learning from these amazing counselors and serving my Shook family once again!

Mrs. Alicia Sanchez, St. Thomas University School Counselor Intern

Hello Rattlers!

My name is Alicia Sanchez. I have been teaching for fifteen years, and I am proud to be a Rattler! I graduated from UTEP with a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2005. I am currently pursuing my master’s degree in School Counseling from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. I now have the opportunity to work with our amazing counseling department here at Dr. Sue Shook Elementary School. I am married to my best friend, Francisco Sanchez, we have five children and two grandchildren.

SIGN-UP for Small Groups for the SPRING

Many of our students have had experiences and share the same concerns through these situations. A student can benefit from the opportunity to discuss his/her feelings about these concerns by participating in a small group counseling session. A small group is comprised of 4-8 students that generally meet for six to eight sessions. The following groups are likely to be formed to address the need of our students:

G.I.R.L.S. (Girls In Real Life Situations) group (4th-5th grade)

Managing Stress

Study Skills

Most small group sessions will take place during enrichment and recess blocks to minimize the impact on instructional time.

If you feel your child will benefit from these small group sessions, please click on the link and complete the form. The school counseling program at Dr. Sue Shook Elementary is designed to support students, teachers, and families.

If more information is desired about the small group counseling sessions, please feel free to contact the Counseling Office and we will be more than happy to assist you.

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Online Fundraiser

Hello Parents, Teachers and Staff,

We are excited to announce our fundraiser for National Elementary Honor Society, Student Council and Empowering Rattlers! For this fundraiser we have partnered with Partners in Education/Chris Lopez to hold a 100% contactless sale. All items will be shipped directly to you with no delivery needed from us. With this fundraiser, we will purchase end of year incentives for our students to celebrate their accomplishments this year as well as student club t-shirts . Our fundraiser will close on May 3rd.. If your child already belongs to one of these groups, they already have their own individual seller ID to receive their individual sale credit.

However, if your child does not belong to one of these enrichment activity groups but you would still like to support our Rattlers please click on the link below to order or simply donate. All proceeds will go into the enrichment group funds. We really appreciate your help, love and support.

School Counseling LIVE Classroom Lessons

One of the ways that the school counseling program serves students during the school year is through classroom-based counseling lessons on a weekly basis. It is important for students to continue to actively engage in social-emotional learning. It helps to improve success in managing various challenges in life.

The following LIVE lessons will be presented in the month of April and May

-Managing Stress

-Coping Skills

-Transition to next grade level/Middle School

Virtual School Counseling

Online Social-Emotional Support

We will continue to provide all our students with social-emotional support by:

  • checking in on students through phone-calls, TEAMS meetings, and/or emails
  • allowing parents/students to request a call or meeting with us
  • providing student paced online instruction on coping skills during this time
  • setting up group TEAMS meetings to support students social-emotional health
  • referring students to appropriate/necessary mental health/family support services
Set-up a Conference Virtually or By Phone

Please click button/link above to set-up a virtual or phone conference with your assigned School Counselor

Informed Consent

Please understand that confidentiality cannot be guaranteed in virtual meetings. We will however make every effort to ensure our conversation is confidential. Please know that if we are concerned that your child may be a harm to themselves or others, or someone is causing them significant harm, we are ethically bound to notify the appropriate persons.

School Counseling

Counseling received at school or virtually is not a substitute for any professional counseling or therapy that your child might need. We will provide a mental health provider list upon request.

If you are experiencing a crisis, call 911


the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255


If you are currently in need of immediate assistance such as food, paying rent, utilities, medication, eye exams/eyeglasses, etc. please click on the link below:

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ACCESS and Communication

In order to ensure that all students/parents are able to access us we will be posting information and resources through:
  • Mass Emails
  • Nearpod Counseling Lessons
  • Counseling Corner Newsletter emailed, posted on social media and campus website
  • Campus website
  • ClassDOJO
  • Parent/Student Contact Request Forms for TEAMS Meetings, Phone Calls, or Email Contact
  • Office Hours (8-4) where students, parents, and school staff can contact us directly

Mrs. Galvez, School Counselor

Grades PK-1

Empowering Rattlers Advisor

Temporary Google Voice Number 915 317-6915

REMIND app: Text this message @dssesc to 81010

Mr. Chavez, School Counselor

Grades 2-3

Student Council Advisor

Temporary Google Voice Number: 915-308-3399

REMIND app: Text this message @dssesc to 81010

Mrs. Dominguez, School Counselor

Grades 4-5

NEHS Advisor

Temporary Google Voice Number: 575-618-6261

REMIND app: Text this message @dssesc to 81010

Ms. Aguilera, CIS Coordinator

Communities In Schools Mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering students to stay in school school and achieve in life.

Temporary Office Number: (915) 205-4081