Counseling Corner

Jennifer Lee and Sharneka Andrews, School Counselors

November 2017

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

3rd Grade

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.

4th Grade

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

5th Grade

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 Groups

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.

Special Announcements

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:

November 30th

December 1st

December 4th

December 5th

Please drop off from 8:45-9:30am.

Parents of 5th Graders--Mark your calendar!


Magnet Middle School EVENING Information Sessions

November 30th


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

December 5th


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


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:

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


* 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).

Snacks needed

Our snack pantry is getting low and we are looking to fill it for the 2nd quarter. We are looking for healthy snacks for teachers to keep in their classrooms for those students who need a snack. We are looking for the following items: granola bars, peanut butter crackers, multi-grain goldfish, or raisins. Thank you so much for those who have sent in snacks!

Contact Info

I am thrilled to be your child's full time school counselor this year! This is my seventh year at BCES and third year as a school counselor. Each month I will send out an online newsletter to keep you updated on our comprehensive counseling program. The school counseling mission statement is to provide a comprehensive counseling program addressing the academic, career and personal/social development of all students. In partnership with our fellow staff members, families, and our community, the counselor at Brier Creek Elementary School will provide a foundation of 21st century life skills that will empower students to think critically, visibly, and globally.

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!!