The Counselor's Corner
Katie Trueman, School Counselor - Grades K, 2nd, 4th & 5th
Classroom Guidance Update
Kindergarten - The Kindergarten teachers felt that my "Big Rocks" this year will be centered around Character Education/The Habits, Friendship, Problem Solving and Tattling vs. Reporting. My monthly lessons will be developed based on these important topics.
In classroom guidance for Quarter 1 & 2 , I will teach lessons from Conscious Discipline to learn how to be helpful in the classroom, how to calm down when strong feelings happen (anger, sad & worry), and how to use their Big Voices (show courage). This month we see Shubert again while reading Shubert's Big Voice. Shubert discovers that his voice has power as Benny, a bossy classmate, responds to Shubert's new found skill - using his assertive words. Shubert glows with excitement as he teaches all children who read and listen to this book to use their big voice. You can help reinforce this assertive skill at home by teaching your child to say, "I don't like it when you.....please.....". : )
2nd Grade - The 2nd grade teachers felt that my "Big Rocks" this year will be centered around Problem Solving, Friendship, Emotion Management, Character Education/The Habits, Bullying Prevention. My monthly lessons will be developed based on these important topics.
This month, I will continue Second Step, a research-based counseling curriculum to teach skills for social and academic success. This lesson will teach how to handle mistakes and how to handle anxious feelings. Have you heard your child sing, "Stop, Name Your Feeling, Calm Down"? The song is VERY catchy and helps students remember what to do when they have have strong & uncomfortable emotions. Here's a link to the song (I found a link so you can hear it...it's not our students or school but it will give you an idea of what we are learning!)
Handling Mistakes & Calming Anxious Feelings - follow along at home!
4th Grade -The 4th grade teachers felt that my "Big Rocks" this year will be centered around Peer Pressure / Cliques, Bullying Prevention, Self-Esteem, Career Exploration and Planning & Decision Making. My monthly lessons will be developed based on these important topics.
I will introduce the topic of Proactive Conflict Resolution. We will learn about the Talking Stick by watching a short clip of Dr. Covey explaining the use of a talking stick when trying to find a win-win with a friend. Then we will learn about I-Messages (I feel...when you...because...I want) and how they are often used with the intent to be assertive without putting the listener on the defensive. Finally, we will apply these two new skills by using both the Talking Stick & I-Messages during a game of I-Message Hopscotch (hands-on, kinetic way of learning this new skill). I will leave each classroom with their very own I-Message worksheet & Talking Stick for their own classroom "Win-Win Corner" (just in case it's needed later in the year ;) You can reinforce this skill at home by using an I-Message (I feel...when you...because...I want).
5th Grade - The 5th grade teachers felt that my "Big Rocks" this year will be centered around Middle School Transition, Peer Pressure, Learning Styles/Academic Study Skills, Conflict Management and Career Exploration & Development. My monthly lessons will be developed based on these important topics.
This month we will continue our lesson on exploring Careers! Talk about Begin With The End In Mind!!! We will dive deeper into specific careers that are suited for their career personality (Social, Realistic, Conventional, Investigative, Artistic, & Enterprising). Each student will participate in an Ipad SCANvenger Hunt to research about the education needs, salary, and specific job descriptions for many careers.
For more information & research at home on careers:
December Classroom Guidance Schedule
Dec 1 - Vick, Boatwright, Gamble, Evans
Dec 3 - Charland, Abbott, Dean
Dec 4 - Hawley & Ashby
Dec 7 - Little
Dec 8 - Krieg & Shearin
Dec 10 - Lower, Metkowski, Miles & Cayton
Dec 11 - Ivester & Smith
Dec 14 - Diaz
Dec 15 - Campbell, Carr & Whitworth
Jan 5 - Phillips
Habit 1: Be Proactive & Begin with the End in Mind
Character Trait: Compassion & Self-Discipline
Small Group Counseling
Small groups allow children to develop coping skills, a sense of belonging and to realize that they are not alone in their concerns.
Keep Calm and Carry On - 2nd & 4th The group will identify various roots of stress, the possible effects, and teach practical coping strategies. Students will be taught ways to cope with stressors using visual, auditory, tactile, cognitive, relaxation, and physical strategies.
School Success - Kindergarten In group, students will learn skills to help the student be successful in the school environment. We will focus on learning how to follow group rules, to play well with others, and listen well to the teacher. Our goal is for our students to feel happy and successful so that learning can take place.
Girls World - 5th This group focuses on friendship. We will explore how friends can help and sometimes hurt, emphasize the importance of talking about others in a positive, kinds way (compliments), emphasize the importance of developing respect and empathy towards others, and learn helpful strategies when girls are "caught in the middle" between friends. We will also learn about confidence by affirming their abilities, capabilities and values.
All About Me (Self-Esteem) - 2nd, 4th & 5th - Building and maintaining a positive self-concept is important in being a happy, productive person. In group we will focus on appreciating our strengths and the things we can do well, and then developing positive thoughts and skills to handle when things don’t go right.
Groups typically run for 4-6 weeks and meet once a week for a 35- 40 minute period. Times for groups are coordinated with classroom teachers to minimize time away from instruction.
AB COMBS ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE - THANK YOU!
The Backpack Buddies Program at AB Combs provides children from food-insecure homes with weekend meals during the school year. The children receive a backpack containing six balanced meals and two healthy snacks a the end of every week. Our annual food drive will benefit Combs students directly & our community partner, Interfaith Food Shuttle Backpack Buddies Program. Because of your generous support, we are now able to support several additional students in our Backpack Buddies Program through our own Combs Pantry. Thank you!
Fast Facts about Backpack Buddies:
- In the 7 counties that IFFS serves, over 121,000 kids applied for free and reduced lunch (during 2013-14 school year – the most recent data available1). That’s 46% of school-aged kids!
- During the 2015-16 school year, 2,024 children will be served 74,888 BackPacks at 67 sites across 7 counties
- 1-in-4 children are at risk of hunger in North Carolina2
For more information on how backpack buddies helps families, click here:
Family to Family Angel Tree
A BIG THANK YOU to all of our generous sponsors this year! We have 120 angels on our Angel Tree this year and they have all been sponsored! Please return your gifts, wrapped and labeled with your angel number on Thursday, December 10th. Please hold your gifts until that date, as we have limited space to store the presents. The pick up date for Angel Tree gifts will be Monday, December 14th. Thank you so much for your generosity!
Wake Magnet Middle Schools
Don't forget Leadership Academies online application period is:
October 16 - December 14, 2015.
Magnet Application is:
January 7 - January 22, 2016
Lunch Bunch (grades 2-5)
What: What is lunch bunch? Lunch Bunch is an awesome time! Students can bring their lunch to the counselor's room to eat & make new friends.
When: Wednesdays - 2nd & 5th, Thursdays - 4th
Where: The counselor’s room, Room 120
How: Students can write their name on a sign-up sheet on the counselor’s door - students can sign up once a quarter.