Jennifer Lee and Sharneka Andrews, School Counselors
Classroom Guidance Update
As an integral part of our school's comprehensive school counseling program, I will be delivering Classroom Guidance lessons to your child twice a quarter. This is a way for me to teach the whole school and get to know our students better. I love Classroom Guidance! Your child may come home and share that they had a special friend in their classroom ;) As the school counselor, I will be teaching lessons on personal/social, career and academic development. I developed a Teacher Needs' Assessment and then teachers get to decide the most important topics for classroom guidance.
Kindergarten- 2nd Grade
K-2 students are continuing to learn about EMPATHY this month. Empathy is a key ingredient in the development of prosocial behaviors and interpersonal problem solving skills. Being able to identify, understand, and respond in a caring way to how someone is feeling provides the foundation for helpful and socially responsible behaviors, friendships, cooperation, coping, and conflict resolution, all of which help students succeed in school
In third grade this month we will continue to discuss emotion management. In the lesson I'm teaching, called "Think, Feel, Act" students will learn how our thoughts have an affect on emotions, as well as actions and behaviors. I will begin the lesson by reading the story "Bubble Gum Brain" by Julia Cook. This story discusses the concept of having a growth mindset vs. a fixed mindset. We will discuss the idea that our mindset has a lot to do with the thoughts we have. We discussed the idea of positive self talk as a strategy to help change negative thoughts to positive thoughts. Students will work through fictional scenarios to practice the strategy of changing negative thoughts to positive thoughts which could therefor change the outcome of a situation.
In fourth grade this month we are completing our last lesson on emotion management. We reviewed the concept of identifying our emotions through the 4 color zones (Blue-stuck on land emotions, green-calm seas, yellow-rough seas ahead, and red-rough seas). We discussed the idea that we must all have coping strategies to use when we are in each of these zones. In this lesson we focused on muscle relaxation strategies as well as visualization. I started the lesson by reading the book "I am Peace: A book of Mindfulness". After that, students practiced muscle relaxation through a fun video using Go Noodle. We will also go on a "Rainbow walk" using our 5 senses to help us visualize and relax. Lastly, students worked together in groups to identify coping strategies that will be added to a classroom poster for them to keep in the classroom and implement as needed.
Go Noodle- Melting
In fifth grade this month students are learning the 6 step problem solving process:
Step 1: Cool off
Step 2: Share, Listen, Check-Student 1 Shares: "I feel_________when you_________I need for you ____________" Student 2 Listens and Checks for understanding: "You are feeling _______________and you would like for me to _________________________"
Step 3: Take Responsibility
Step 4: Brainstorm Solutions
Step 5: Choose a solution
Step 6: Affirm, Forgive, or Thank
Students are working in groups to teach each other about the steps and applying the skill with fictional scenarios. This is a great tool to help with conflict resolution!
Small group counseling is offered to students to support and enhance the development of personal and social skills and to support and promote academic success. Small groups allow children to develop coping skills, a sense of belonging, and to realize that they are not alone in their concerns. Small groups are based on data and referrals from teachers, parents, and/or the child themselves.
Groups this month and next month:
Worry Busters (3rd) The groups will identify various roots of stress, the possible effects, and teach practical coping strategies. Students will be taught ways to cope with stressors using visual, auditory, tactile, cognitive, relaxation, and physical strategies.
Starting Next Month/January:
Building Resiliency (4th-5th)- The focus of this group is building resiliency. Resiliency is the ability to bounce back from difficulties or successfully handle challenges. This group will strengthen self-confidence, build decision-making skills, and better understand how to handle the many challenges life presents. I will lead lessons on problem solving, feelings, managing stress, personal competency and having a positive outlook.
Groups typically run for 4-6 weeks and meet once a week for a 30-40 minute period. Groups will meet during lunch time to minimize time away from core instruction.
Mitten Tree Information
We have had an overwhelming amount of community sponsors willing to sponsor our Mitten Tree children!! We are so full of GRATITUDE with all of the support from our school community. Thank you for your kindness!
All Mitten Tree Gifts should be turned in on the following dates:
Please drop off from 8:45-9:30am.
Parents of 5th Graders--Mark your calendar!
PARENTS OF 5TH GRADERS - MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Magnet Middle School EVENING Information Sessions
Session hosted at Carol Middle School-4520 Six Forks Road, Raleigh NC 27609
Magnet Schools attending: Carroll, Centennial, Daniels, East Millbrook, Ligon, Moore Square, Reedy Creek, West Millbrook, Zebulon
Session hosted at Davis Drive Elementary School-2151 Davis Drive, Cary, NC 27519
Magnet Schools attending: Carnage, Carroll, Centennial, Daniels, East Garner, East Millbrook, Martin, Moore Square, Reedy Creek
Magnet Theme Thursday: Parent Information (Daytime) Sessions
General sessions about all magnet themes and early colleges, the application and selection process.
Dates: DEC 7, JAN 4, JAN 18
Location: Crossroads I, 5625 Dillard Drive, Cary, NC 27518
Session Times: 10a - 11a
Wake Young Men's Leadership Academy
Friday, December 1 Deadline for Application to Wake Young Men’s Leadership
Academy INFORMATION SESSIONS AND TOURS
November 30 (8 am -9 am)
Wake Young Woman's Leadership Academy
The application window is from October 14th-December 1st.
Our tours are being held at 9:00 am & 12:30 pm on November 29th.
To sign up for a tour, visit our website: www.wcpss.net/wywla
Daniels Magnet Middle School
Magnet Open House-November 29th from 6:30-7:45pm
More Magnet Information
Coats for Kids
Coats For Children
The Salvation Army will be distributing coats to help families prepare for cold weather, on the following Saturdays:
December 3, 2016
1863 Capital Blvd. Raleigh, NC 27604
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
November 5, 2016 also at
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
6528 Johnson Pond Road Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
10:00 am-12:00 pm
YOU MUST BRING THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:
* Parent and any Adult in the household needs:
o A Government Issued Photo ID
o Proof that you are a Wake County resident (such as an I.D., recent utility bill or rent recent with your name and address here in Wake County).
* For children in the household you need:
o A formal document with both the parent(s) and child’s name on it (such as a birth certificate, shot records, OR Medicaid card).
For as long as I can remember I wanted to work with children. I graduated from SUNY Cortland in NY with a Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Education and was a first and second grade teacher for almost 9 years. While teaching, I realized my true passion was to become a school counselor. In 2014, I received my Master’s Degree in School Counseling from NC State. When I am not working with children I enjoy traveling to NY to see family, spending time with my husband and friends, going to the beach, and cheering on my favorite sports team...the SYRACUSE ORANGEMEN!!