Counseling Corner

Jennifer Lee, School Counselor

September 2018

Classroom Guidance Update

To prepare for Bullying Prevention Month and Unity Day, which takes place during the month of October, all 3rd-5th grade classes will have a lesson on Respecting differences and Kindness.


3rd Grade-

We will begin our discussion around the topic of UNITY DAY and what it means to unite together to prevent bullying behavior. In this lesson, students will watch a short video called "We are all different, we are all the same" We will talk about what it means to respect one another's differences. I will also read the picture book "We are All Wonders", based on the chapter book "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio. In this book we meet "Auggie" who doesn't look like an ordinary boy. This book sends a heartwarming message about longing to belong, and a boy wanting to be seen for who they truly are. Throughout this book we will discuss the topic of empathy, kindness, and the idea that we are all 'wonders' in our own way. Students will have the opportunity to write a letter to Auggie inviting him to play or will share something that makes them a "wonder".


4th Grade

This month 4th graders will also be talking about what it means to respect differences. We will briefly review the definition of bullying and then I will read the book "The Invisible Boy" This book is about a boy named Brian. Nobody ever seems to notice him or think to include him in their group, game, or birthday party . . . until, that is, a new kid comes to class. This story teaches children to realize the importance of including others and how small acts of kindness can help children feel included and allow them to flourish. to . We will also be completing an activity from the National Bullying Prevention website in which students write down. We will link the papers together to create a chain that represents how we are individually different, but link together to get along and prevent bullying behaviors from happening.


5th Grade--

In this month's lesson I will be teaching about Bullying Prevention and Respecting Differences. I will use a recent National News story to show how one Middle School football team showed respect for a teammate https://youtu.be/0Ejh_hb15Fc (if you want to watch!) and relate how kindness helps stop bullying. We will also discuss the difference between conflict vs. bullying behavior. I will read a bibliotherapy text called "The Judgmental Flower" to discuss the topic of diversity and respect for all regardless of the way they look on the outside.

Small Groups

Coming very soon...


* All About Me-Self Esteem

* School Success-based on school/academic data

* Emotion Management

* Worry Busters

* Building Resiliency-based on attendance data

*Social Skills-Friendship


I am in the process of organizing small groups for the school year. Small groups are based on data and referrals from teachers, parents, and/or the child themselves. Groups typically run for 3-5 weeks and meet once or twice a week for a 30-40 minute period. Groups will meet during lunch time or another time during the day agreed upon with your child's teacher to minimize time away from core instruction.


If you would like to refer your child for a small group, please email Mrs. Lee at jlee5@wcpss.net.

Coats for Kids

Coats For Children

The Salvation Army will be distributing coats to help families prepare for cold weather, on the following Saturdays:

October 13, 2018

November 10, 2018

December , 2018

at

1863 Capital Blvd. Raleigh, NC 27604

10:00 am to 12:00 pm


November 3, 2018 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

YOU MUST BRING THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

* 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).

Salvation Army Christmas Registration 2018

Participating families will be registered for a Stocking, the Angel Tree clothing program, and the Toy Shop. The program helps provide Christmas presents to those families who are in financial need with children ages 0-12. Items given are based on donations received and not guaranteed.


REGISTRATION DATES and HOURS:

Monday-Friday

October 1-5

9:00-11:00am and 1:00-3:00


Additional Hours provided on Tuesday, October 2nd and Thursday, October 4th

4:00-8:00pm


Where: Cary Town Center (Former Sears)

1105v Walnut Street, Cary NC


To Sign Up-You MUST bring:


1. Picture ID (for yourself. You must be the parent of have proof you are the legal guardian for the children)

2. Proof of Income for everyone in the household

3. One ID for each child being registered that shows their date of birth. (current Medicaid card, birth certificate, shot record, or school record). This can also be proof that you are the parent or legal guardian, if your name is on it.

4. Proof of current Wake County address, if different from your picture ID address

5. You will need to know clothing and show sizes for each child.

BACKPACK BUDDIES

If you and your family are in need of food over the weekend please contact Mrs.Lee. We have open spots for our backpack buddies program and want to help families in need.

Contact Info

Hi! My name is Jennifer Lee and I am thrilled to be your child's full time school counselor this year! This is my ninth year at BCES and fourth 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 spending every minute I can with my amazing twins, Connor and Julianna and my husband Chris. We also love traveling to NY to see family, going to the beach, and cheering on the TARHEELS as well as my favorite sports team...the SYRACUSE ORANGEMEN!!