Counselor Corner

I'll be there for you

Tobias Elementary School

Please feel free to contact me. I am available from 8:30-3:30 Monday- Friday via email. You can also call me at the number provided and leave a message an I will be get back to you as soon as possible.

Message from your counselor

Dear Tobias Families,

I know that you might have many mixed emotions during these uncertain times. I want you to know that I am here for you! I wanted to include advice on how to handle and cope with the different emotions that you dealing with. Please look for future news letters that will include resources and lessons for you and your families! I want you to know I am here to support you through this hectic time!

Your Counselor,

Monica Dozier, M.Ed, LPC-Intern

Mindset of the Month!

Everything is possible

Students will learn the Everything Is Possible Mindset. The unit will orient them toward understanding that we are all capable of dreaming bigger than we ever thought possible. Students will learn to take small steps every day on the road to their dreams, embrace their creativity and imaginations, look on the bright side of things, and turn mistakes or setbacks into opportunities.

In My Heart read by Mrs. Dozier

5 things kids can do at home for social-emotional health!

1. Practice sitting still for one minute and focus on the sounds you hear.

2. Practice “5 Finger Breathing”: Trace your fingers slowly, inhale on the way up, exhale on the way down.

3. Make an acrostic of your full name with positive character qualities or things you can do to be kind.

4. Make a list of things that help you calm down when you’re angry.

5. Make greeting cards with cheerful pictures and positive messages.

Counselor Keri Guidance- Worry Warriors

Worry Warriors: How Can I Tell If My Worries Are Legit?

Cloud 9- Social Emotional Resource

As a partner with our schools, Cloud9World (our SEL program) has opened its online libraries for ALL the families in your school during the next month. Password is case sensitive, so please note that the “S” is capitalized. Parents will be able to access our material by visiting our website and using the following user information:

Your school’s login:

Username: hays-student

Password: c9wStudent

Reminders for Success

1) Wash those hands! Washing for 20 seconds using warm water helps eliminate germs. If you have Alexa, tell her you are washing your hands and she will play you a song!

2) Social distancing means keeping away from one another. Please do not plan large group hang outs for kids as this defeats the purpose of closing down our schools.

3) Remember to monitor social media use and phone usage by your students. We still want to continue keeping our kids safe even in the cyber-world. If you or your child witnesses cyber-bullying, please report it!

4) Keep to a routine! Don’t look at the next few weeks as a vacation from school. The more you keep to a schedule, the easier it will be to stay in the learning mindset.

5) Write down goals for each day so you continue to drive towards excellence! Work towards a growth mindset (I can do this!) not a fixed one (I give up).

6) Limit kids’ news/media exposure. They hear and see way more than we know. Keep an honest dialogue about what is occurring, but don’t fill their minds with worry or too many facts.

7) After daily e-learning, limit technology time. We don’t want to promote unhealthy habits while students are at home for long periods of time.

8) Check out free social-emotional resources from these sites:

○ Emotional ABCs

○ Calm App

○ CosmicKids Yoga-YouTube

○ GoNoodle for brain breaks

○ CenterVention Free Social Emotional Learning Resources

○ Common Sense SEL Resources

Books Read Aloud

Vida Clinic therapists

Vida Clinic has shifted our school-based model to a Virtual Vida platform, which now allows us to provide services to a larger community. If someone is interested in services, go to to connect with a Vida Clinic therapist. Vida Clinic is in network with most major insurance companies, as well as Medicaid, and we work with families to ensure that services are affordable. We provide services for all ages including families and adults

24-7 Mental Health services for adults, teachers and students

In Case of Emergency

Hays County Mobile Crisis Outreach Team (MCOT) 1-877-466-0660

Hays HopeLine

Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24-Hour Hotline 1-800-273-TALK

If you or a loved is experiencing an emergency, Call 9-1-1