Counselor's Corner

Kalan Hoskins, School Counselor, Fox Road Elementary

FEBRUARY 2016

1st Grade Guidance Updates

First Grade are using the Positive Action curriculum this year in guidance. A positive action means to do or cause good things to happen. In February, we will be studying Unit 3: Managing Yourself Using Social and Emotional Positive Actions and starting Unit 4: Getting Along with Others Using Social and Emotional Positive Actions towards the end of the month.


The guidance lessons this month for 1st grade are:


Lesson #45-Thinking and Choosing- to introduce the concept of choice in positive and negative actions.


Lesson #58: Feeling Good About Me- to introduce the positive action of managing your gift of feelings, and to practice identifying feelings of love, anger, worry, jealousy, pride, fear, loneliness, thankfulness, and discouragement.


Lesson #73-Getting Along with Others- to introduce unit 4- getting along with others using social and emotional positive actions.


I will also be using the Howard B. Wigglebottom animated books and songs.

Our February stories are:

* Howard B. Wigglebottom and the Monkey on His Back: A Tale About Telling the Truth

* Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns It's Ok to Back Away: A Story About Managing Anger

* Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns About Sportsmanship: Winning Isn't Everything


You can view the stories, listen to the songs, play interactive games, and print out coloring sheets of Howard at: https://wedolisten.org/home#no-hide

1st Grade February 2016 Guidance Schedule

Demick: 2/8/16, 2/15/16, 2/22/16

Waller: 2/2/16, 2/9/16, 2/23/16

Wahl: 2/3/16, 2/10/16, 2/24/16

Hall: 2/4/16, 2/18/16, 2/25/16

Turnau: 2/5/16, 2/12/16, 2/26/16

3rd Grade Guidance Updates

In February, third graders will be "Following the Yellow Brick Road to School Success" in guidance. Students will play a Wizard of Oz themed board game that teaches important skills for school success.

Students will make their way to "School Success City" while learning the following skills:
*Goal Setting
*Good Work Habits
*Good Behavior Choices
*Test Taking Skills

3rd Grade February 2016 Guidance Schedule

T. Davis: 2/8/16

Gibbs: 2/4/16

Peterson: 2/9/16

Rhoads: 2/10/16

Geiger: 2/19/16

Gayton: 2/26/16

5th Grade Guidance Updates

In February, fifth graders will be learning about Growth Mindset with a groundhog theme and tackle study skills through a family feud style game! First, students will learn that a mindset is a set of beliefs or a way of thinking that determines one's behavior, outlook, or mental attitude. In a fixed mindset, failure defines you. In a growth mindset, failures are temporary setbacks. An example of a fixed mindset could be "I won't be able to pass this test." An example of a growth mindset is "I will study and do my best work." Ask your fifth grader about the "Cookie Challenge" this month in guidance and see if they can explain a growth mindset! Check out these read aloud books on growth mindsets! Finally, students will practice effective study skills through the game, "Classroom Feud: Success Skills Edition," learning about good work habits and test taking skills.

5th Grade February 2016 Guidance Schedule

Damroth: 2/5/16

Jordan: 2/26/16

LeFevre: 2/2/16

Schott: 2/3/16

Registering for Middle School

If you are planning to apply for your 2016-17 calendar option, you will want to participate in the "Calendar Application” process described on this page.

Know your options

Enter your address to view your calendar options. Calendar options are granted based on space availability and are not guaranteed. For some addresses, two calendar options are offered to allow a greater likelihood of available seats. For best results, parents should choose both options to improve their chances of getting seated in a school with their desired calendar.

Transportation

Bus transportation is provided to calendar option students.

How to apply

Request a calendar change online Feb. 15-22. All requests for a calendar option assignment must be made during this period. No other opportunity will be provided to request your calendar option school. Notification of your application results will be posted to your online application account on March 1.

Applicant pool

Applicants not seated will remain in an applicant pool and may be seated prior to March 20 if seats become available. (Numbered waitlists will no longer be used, as seat availability changes with each application selection.) Assignments made from the applicant pool will be posted to parent online accounts in the spring. Parents will receive an email letting them know when the applicant pools have been processed. No additional assignments to calendar option schools will be made after March 20, 2016. You can remove your student from the applicant pool if you no longer wish for your student to be considered for a seat. Login to your online application account to remove your student from the wait list.

No appeals

Students who do not receive a calendar seat may not appeal the decision.

How students are selected

Selection is based on seat availability. Prioritized selection criteria are used to fill available seats. Students who are not selected may not appeal the decision.

THANK YOUS!!!!!

A BIG Thank to the Raleigh-Wake County AARP Chapter #3689 for all of the beautiful hats and gloves donated help keep our students warm!

Happy National School Counseling Week!

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from Feb. 1–5, 2016, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

The special week honoring school counselors provides recognition for school counselors who implement comprehensive school counseling programs, a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Resources

Our next Parent Academy class for parents at Fox Road will be on April 18th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. and the topic is on "Preparing Students for EOG Testing." We hope to see all of our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade parents at this important workshop! The workshop is presented in English and in Spanish. There is tutoring and homework helped provided for children ages 4-13.

Small Group Counseling

The small groups for February are:

1st grade- Controlling Anger, Positive Behaviors, Attendance Club, All Aboard the Study Skills Train, and Self-Esteem

3rd grade- Operation Breaking the Girl Code, Attendance Club, Respect for Authority, and Social Skills

5th grade- Operation Breaking the Girl Code, Attendance Club, Operation Breaking the Boy Code, Academic Improvement, and Coping with Loss

Kalan Hoskins

Mrs. Hoskins has a Master’s degree in Counseling and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from East Carolina University. She furthered her training and education by becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. She began working as a school counselor in 2001, and has worked in Wake county as a school counselor since 2004. She is married and a mother of three children: a son, age 1, and two girls, ages 5 and 9. She lives in Wake Forest. Her role at Fox Road is the Interim School Counselor. She is the counselor for 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades this year.