Hebron Valley ES Counselor's Corner

Bianca Ireland, MS, NCC, LPC

Howdy, Huskies!

I am here for you, and consider myself blessed to get to serve as your Professional School Counselor once again!

About Your Counselor

I received my undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University at College Station, and I am the proudest member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2011! I began my education career in the Fall following my graduation, and I spent seven years (five in LISD) teaching middle school English Language Arts / Reading. After earning my Masters in Counseling from University of North Texas in December of 2017, I became a counselor in the eating disorder field. I loved every moment of my brief experience in the ED world; however, I am an educator at heart, and Hebron Valley quickly became my new home! I am a huge lover of my friends and family, my church, my dogs, being outdoors, running, and reading.

Back to School Supplies

  • If you are in need of school supplies for next academic year, please see the information here about our LISD Back to School Backpack/Supply registration. *Note: Please be aware that this is a supplement of school supplies. It is NOT the same as the Wrap Pacs sold by our school PTA each year, nor will it be everything on your child’s school supply list.
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From Mrs. Ireland's Office

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Mental Health and Wellness Information

Students received the guidance lesson on mental health and wellness back in March; May gets so busy, and unlike the busy final month of the school year, March guarantees lesson time. If you are interested in hearing about what kids learned, or have any questions about how to promote mental health and wellness in your home, Mrs. Ireland would love to hear from you! Email: irelandb@lisd.net.
Let's Partner to Support Our Kids' Mental Health!

This article has great tips for families and school staff to foster and support mental health and wellness in kids.

Set Your Child Up for Success this Summer!

There is so much research behind the power of reading, and the Carrollton Public Library has fantastic summer reading programs. Get more information here!

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Interested in Donating Supplies?

Are you looking for ways to support students here at Hebron Valley ES? While the counseling office has plenty of the traditional school supplies (folders, pencils, colors, glue, etc.), we are ALWAYS in need of headphones, sketchbooks, and backpacks. Thank you partnering with our school to support the learning of Hebron Valley students.
Self Referral

If you'd like to talk with me, please submit this form. Families of younger students, feel free to submit this on behalf of your child.

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Wrapping Up and End Of Year Feedback

It has been a wonderful year of guidance lessons, student lunches, and problem - solving together! If you are interested in providing end of year feedback about the Hebron Valley Counseling Department, please click here.

Book Recommendations for May

As we close out the year, please see below for a "hodgepodge" of books that addresses a variety of skills and topics that come up in the counseling world.
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A Flicker of Hope by Julia Cook

HOPE is our children's window for a better tomorrow. In terms of resilience and well-being, hope is a critically important predictor of success. This creative story from the best-selling author of My Mouth is a Volcano!, and Bubble Gum Brain, reminds children that dark clouds can be temporary and asking for help is always okay. We all have times when we need to borrow a little hope from someone else.

When your clouds get too dark,
and too heavy to push away,
Reach out and ask, "Can I borrow some light?"
"I'm having a really bad day."

It's always okay to admit to yourself,
"I just can't do it today.
Everyone needs somebody sometimes,
to help them find their way."

Sometimes the dark clouds overhead seem too heavy and you feel like giving up. Little candle knows all about this. Bad grades, blasted on social media, worried about making the team, and wondering who her real friends are so many hard things to deal with! All she can see is darkness. But her story begins to change when someone notices she needs a boost of hope. As little candle is reminded she has purpose and her own unique gifts, and that she isn't the only one with dark clouds, her dim light begins to shine brighter.

This hopeful story emphasizes for children (and adults) the many different ways to ask for help, and their ability to be a hope builder for others, too.

*Review provided by Amazon.*

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Why Do I Feel So Sad? A Grief Book for Children by Tracy Lambert, LPC

Help kids start to heal after grief and loss—for ages 5 to 7

Why Do I Feel So Sad? is an inclusive, age-appropriate, illustrated kid's book designed to help young children understand their own grief. The examples and beautiful illustrations are rooted in real life, exploring the truth of loss and change, while remaining comforting and hopeful.

Broad enough to encompass many forms of grief, this book reassures kids that they are not alone in their feelings and even suggests simple things they can do to feel better, like drawing, dancing, and talking to friends and family.

Why Do I Feel So Sad? is:

  • Practical and compassionate―Written for early childhood-aged kids, this book touches on common sources of grief―everything from death to divorce or changing schools.
  • Different for everyone―This book normalizes the confusing thoughts and physical symptoms that come with grief, so kids know there’s no one right way to feel or heal.
  • Tips for grownups―Find expert advice and simple strategies for supporting grieving kids in your life.

Children don’t have to go through grief alone; this book provides the tools to help them.

*Review provided by Amazon.*

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It All Begins with Jelly Beans by Nova Weetman

Two girls form an unlikely friendship during their shared time in the school nurse’s office in this heartfelt middle grade novel for fans of Save Me a Seat and Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus.

Meg spends her days hoping no one thinks too hard about why she wears the same t-shirt and slippers to school every day. Luckily, the nurse’s office provides a welcome escape from classmates who don’t understand…and snacks when food runs out at home.

Riley knows fitting in at her new school would be a lot easier if her friends were more understanding of her type 1 diabetes. So she keeps her testing under wraps…and an emergency bag of jelly beans on hand.

When Meg and Riley end up together in the nurse’s office one day, both girls think they’ve worked each other out, but what if they’ve got it all wrong? On the brink of moving on to junior high, Riley and Meg must find the courage to discover who they really want to be. And maybe a bag of shared jelly beans will provide all the help they need.

*Review provided by Amazon.*

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Eleven by Tom Rogers

Alex Douglas always wanted to be a hero. But nothing heroic ever happened to Alex. Nothing, that is, until his eleventh birthday. When Alex rescues a stray dog as a birthday gift to himself, he doesn't think his life can get much better. Radar, his new dog, pretty much feels the same way. But this day has bigger things in store for both of them. This is a story about bullies and heroes. About tragedy and hope. About enemies with two legs and friends with four, and pesky little sisters and cranky old men, and an unexpected lesson in kindness delivered with a slice of pizza. This is Eleven: the journey of a boy turning eleven on 9/11. A best-seller at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, a Kirkus "Best Books" selection, and winner of Writer's Digest and Moonbeam Children's Book awards.

*Review provided by Amazon.*

Hebron Valley ES Tip Line

If you have seen something that is unsafe for you or others at Hebron Valley and would like to report it, please complete this form.

Daily Wellness Tips

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Community Resources

We have compiled a list of community resources that our families may access at any time. There is information regarding comprehensive resources as well as food pantries, mental health resources, and others.


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Just for Fun

May is What "National Month?"

A few fun things that are observed across the country this month include:

Correct Your Posture Month

National Motorcycle Awareness Month

National Barbecue Month

National Get Caught Reading Month

National Hamburger Month

National Photography Month