Counselor Corner

Kalan Hoskins, School Counselor, Fox Road Elementary


1st Grade Guidance Updates

First Graders will have their last two Positive Action guidance lessons for the year in May. A positive action means to do or cause good things to happen. The guidance lessons this month for 1st grade are:

Lesson #125: Setting Goals to Get Healthier- to set goals for physical self-improvement.

Word of the Week: Goals- dreams you want to reach.

For our lesson this week, we will practice healthy habits by exercising with Go Noodle!

Lesson #127/129: Setting Goals to Get Smarter & Nicer- To set goals for intellectual, social and emotional self-improvement.

Word of the Week: Persistence- to move step-by-step toward a goal.

For our lesson this week, we will celebrate our hard work in guidance with some games with our favorite bunny, Howard B. Wigglebottom!

1st Grade May 2016 Guidance Schedule

Demick: 5/2/16, 5/9/16

Waller: 5/3/16, 5/10/16

Wahl: 5/4/16, 5/11/16

Hall: 5/5/16, 5/12/16

Turnau: 5/6/16, 5/13/16

3rd Grade Guidance Updates

In May, third graders will be learning ten test taking tips from NED. The tips include:

1. Prepare the night before

2. Go to bed early

3. Eat a healthy breakfast

4. Wear comfortable clothes

5. Relax...Take slow, deep breaths

6. Follow directions, read each question

7. Write neatly, erase completely

8. Move on if you don't know an answer

9. Review, make sure all questions are answered

10. Plan something fun to do after the test.

We are also reading Julia Cook's book, The Anti-Test Anxiety Society, to learn some tips to relieve any anxiety students may be feeling about the EOGs. Finally, we will practice some exercises, stretches, and breathing with Go Noodle!

3rd Grade May 2016 Guidance Schedule

T. Davis: 5/4/16

Gibbs: 5/2/16

Peterson: 5/5/16

Rhoads: 5/20/16

Geiger: 5/20/16

Gayton: 5/19/16

5th Grade Guidance Updates

Fifth graders in May will be tackling Test-Taking Strategies with a Pirate theme in guidance class! Pirates use these test taking strategies:

P- Prepare to Succeed- know what you will be tested on, dress comfortably, be on time, think positively!

I- Inspect all Instructions- if you do not understand the directions, ask the teacher to explain. Look over the entire test so that there are no surprises and you'll know how to budget your time.

R- Read, remember, and reduce- read each question carefully, remember what you studied, and reduce the answer choices by eliminating obvious wrong answers

A- Answer or Abandon Questions- answer all the questions that you know the answers to first, abandon those you are unsure of and come back to them later

T- Turn Back and Answer All Questions- if you skipped a question, go back. Never leave questions unaswered. You always have a chance to get it correct if you make your best educated guess!

E- Eye it Again- when in doubt, make your best educated guess

S- Stay Calm- Take a few deep breaths to relax, unless you are positive do not change your answer

Students also played Buccaneer Battle to to demonstrate their knowledge and practiced exercises, stretching, and breathing with Go Noodle!

5th Grade May 2016 Guidance Schedule

Damroth: 5/13/16

Jordan: 5/13/16

LeFevre: 5/4/16

Schott: 5/20/16

Changing Your Middle School

On May 2-16, parents may apply for a hardship transfer if you wish to change your child's middle school. Please note that school system transportation is not provided for voluntary transfer students. Parents/Guardians are required to provide their students transportation to and from school. You can also check and see if the school you wish to attend is accepting transfers here:

Thank you!

A big thank you to the 6th grade counselors that came out to Fox Road to share information with our fifth graders about middle school expectations! In April, we hosted:

Ms. Winters from East Millbrook Middle, Ms. Furr from Wakefield Middle, Ms. Purnell from Wake Forest Middle, and Ms. Hayes from Rolesville Middle. These counselors also brought Fox Road alumni from their school to answer questions about what it is like being a 6th grader.

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Wake County 2016 Summer Nutrition Program for Kids

What is the Summer Nutrition Program? The Summer Nutrition Program is a federally-funded state-administered program that reimburses providers that serve healthy meals to children and teens (ages 18 and younger) in low-income areas at no charge during the summer months when school is not in session and during the track out times for year-round schools. The federally-funded program, called the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), makes it possible for community organizations to participate in providing the nutritious meals to children and teens.

Who does the Program serve? The program serves meals to children and teens ages 18 and younger.

When is the Program offered? Meals are served during the summer when school is not in session.

Where are meals served? Meals are served at various sites throughout the County.

How do families find the nearest open site? During June-August, families can find a site 3 ways:

1. Call the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE

2. Text FOODNC to 877-877

3. Visit

Mother's Day Clothing Giveaway May 7th!

Male and Female Clothes. Bring a bag and shop for free! Sat. May 7th 10 a.m.- 12 noon.

4729 New Bern Ave. Raleigh. Building on lower level. Elevation Baptist Church.

Summershine: Youth Camps, Activities, Daycares, and Trackout

Lifelong Learning with Community Schools' Summershine directory is a biannual publication that offers information to parents about camps, activities, daycare, clinics, and track out programs for children in the Triangle area. Find opportunities for your children:

Letterland Day May 14

Letters will once again come to life at Letterland Adventure Day at Raleigh's Pullen Park on Saturday, May 14th from 10 am to 4 pm. Children can ride on Clever Cat's carousel, drive in one of Bouncy Ben's boats, travel on Talking Tess's train, have their face painted with Impy Ink, and make noise with Noisy Nick. For more information, visit

Small Group Counseling

Small groups are on-going through May and will be finishing up the last week of May. Small groups include: Attendance Club, Building Resiliency, Upstanders Club, Respect, Test Prep, Study Skills, Self-Esteem, Anger Management, and Stop, Relax, & Think group.

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.