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.
Hope and Healing
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
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)
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.
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
The following LIVE lessons will be presented in the month of April and May
-Transition to next grade level/Middle School
Virtual School Counseling
Online Social-Emotional Support
- 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
Please click button/link above to set-up a virtual or phone conference with your assigned School Counselor
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:
ACCESS and Communication
- Mass Emails
- Nearpod Counseling Lessons
- Counseling Corner Newsletter emailed, posted on social media and campus website
- Campus website
- 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