School Counseling Corner

May Newsletter | 2021-2022


Kids, tell me something that you learned from this newsletter and I will give you a cool sticker!

Brown Elementary School

Brown Bobcats and Families,

We have almost made it to the end of the first year back to school amidst a pandemic! WOW!!!

Let's end this year strong!

Ms. Von Berckefeldt (Ms. V)

Brown Elementary School Counselor

Zen Zone

Click here to enter the virtual Zen Zone and find calm.

Going To The Next Grade

Brown Appreciation Week for Educators and Support Staff

At Brown School we are combining Appreciation Week for Teachers and all Support Staff during the week of May 9-13.

I think the pandemic shutdown demonstrated just how vital the entire school system is to each of us, and to the wellbeing of society. Please take a moment and extend appreciation to educators and school personnel with a kind word or gesture. Let's boost-up those who help lift our kids into their future.


May 2-6 is Appreciation Week for Teachers and School Principals across the United States.

To learn more about the awesome work and care our educators do and how you can support them, click on the link below.

Teachers: Thank You to the Moon and Back!

2022 Summer Reading Packet

Brown Bobcats:

Click here to sign up to receive a super cool Summer Reading Packet from School Counselor Ms. V to help you track the books you read over the summer!

SPOTLIGHT: Multicultural and Social Awareness

In the month of May we are recognizing the following groups, cultures and/or causes:

  • Asian Pacific-American Heritage Month
  • Haitan Heritage Month
  • Jewish American Heritage Month
  • Speech and Hearing Awareness Month
  • Cinco de Mayo - May 5
  • Mother's Day - May 8
  • Memorial Day - May 30
  • Grief & Loss Awareness

Click here for book recommendations for kids

Students, be sure and check out the School Counseling Google Classroom to access the SPOTLIGHT Virtual Library for May.


School Counselors support students in three domains: Academic, Social/Emotional, and College/Career. Check out some cool links for kids in each area below.

Wellbeing For Children: Confidence And Self-Esteem

Stress-Smart Tips to Help You Handle Your Strong Feelings

Yoga for kids is an excellent way to stretch your muscles while calming your brain and body when you need to release energy.

Check out the Yoga poses for kids in the video below.

Remember: Yoga is a gentle form of stretching - movements should not be forced and should not hurt your body. If you start to feel pain, relax and lighten up on your stretching.

Yoga for kids - Yoga animal poses - Yoga practice tutorial - Yoga class for children

Click here for the Brown Digital Art Gallery to view current and previous Artists of the Month


Art is great for calming your brain and body and releasing your creative imagination. Art can also help you to express yourself to others when you want to use more than words to speak.

Click on the link below anytime you need a creative outlet.


Click here for an Educator's Virtual Self-Care boost!

Cool Tools for Teachers

Interested in learning more about creating a Calm Down Corner in your classroom? Check out this video and let your inspiration take off.

STOPit - Anonymous Bully Reporting App for Students

Download the STOPit! App in the Apple Store or Google Play Store (click here to learn more)

School Counselor

Ms. Von Berckefeldt (Ms. V)

Contact hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Mon-Fri

(during student instructional days)

(209) 565-0179



If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please contact 1-209-558-4600, National Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (en espanol 1-800-628-9454), text "Hello" to the Crisis Hotline 741741, call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room / hospital.


Confidentiality Disclosure: Virtual services via email, audio, and video conferencing are not secure for personal issues and pose confidentiality issues.