Counseling Corner

Jennifer Lee, School Counselor

October 2017

Classroom Guidance Update


As an integral part of our school's comprehensive school counseling program, I will be delivering Classroom Guidance lessons to your child twice a quarter. This is a way for me to teach the whole school and get to know our students better. I love Classroom Guidance! Your child may come home and share that they had a special friend in their classroom ;) As the school counselor, I will be teaching lessons on personal/social, career and academic development. I developed a Teacher Needs' Assessment and then teachers get to decide the most important topics for classroom guidance.


Kindergarten- 2nd Grade

K-2 students will be starting the unit on EMPATHY with Mrs. Andrews. Mrs Andrews will also be talking with students about kindness since it is bullying prevention month.


Kindergarten- Kindergartners are learning about empathy and recognizing the emotions of others. This is an important skill in developing friendships and understanding one another's perspectives. Mrs. Andrews will also be talking with them about kindness and friendship in lieu of UNITY Day coming up on 10/25.


First Grade

First graders will also start the unit on EMPATHY with Mrs. Andrews. I have also read the book Have you filled someone's bucket?" in most first grade classrooms. This is a heartwarming book that encourages positive behavior by using the concept of an invisible bucket to show children how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation, and love by "filling buckets". After the story, students will identify kind acts that they have done. We will focus on being a bucket filling school by spreading kindness to others.


2nd Grade- They will also start their EMPATHY Unit this month and learn about respecting differences with Mrs. Andrews.

Students will watch a short video called "We are all different, we are all the same" Here's the link if you'd like to watch: Respecting Differences . We will talk a lot about respecting each other's differences. Mrs. Andrews will also read the book "Spookley, the Square Pumpkin". This is a story about a unique pumpkin that sends the message about self-acceptance, celebrating differences, and spreading kindness. Students will have the opportunity to identify what makes them unique!


3rd Grade-

In lieu of "Unity Day" and Bullying Prevention Month we will be talking about respecting differences. 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 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

Small group counseling is offered to students to support and enhance the development of personal and social skills and to support and promote academic success. Small groups allow children to develop coping skills, a sense of belonging, and to realize that they are not alone in their concerns. Small groups are based on data and referrals from teachers, parents, and/or the child themselves.


Groups this month and next month:


Worry Busters (3rd) The groups 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.


Building Resiliency (3rd-5th)- The focus of this group is building resiliency. Resiliency is the ability to bounce back from difficulties or successfully handle challenges. This group will strengthen self-confidence, build decision-making skills, and better understand how to handle the many challenges life presents. I will lead lessons on problem solving, feelings, managing stress, personal competency and having a positive outlook.


Groups typically run for 4-6 weeks and meet once a week for a 30-40 minute period. Groups will meet during lunch time to minimize time away from core instruction.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Together against bullying — united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.
Sponsored by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center since 2011

Make it ORANGE and make it end! What are your true colors when it comes to bullying? If you care about safe and supportive schools and communities make your color ORANGE on Unity Day. That’s the day everyone can come together—in schools, communities, and online — and send one large ORANGE message of support, hope, and unity to show that we are united against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. Mark your calendar now and make plans to wear orange on Unity Day. http://www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/unity-day.asp



Wednesday, October 25th--National Unity Day of Bullying Prevention---Wear Orange!


Go to: www.pacer.org/bullying/ or www.stopbullying.gov for more information and tips to help stop bullying.

Special Announcements

Parents of 5th Graders--Mark your calendar!

PARENTS OF 5TH GRADERS - MARK YOUR CALENDAR!


  • Magnet and Early College Schools Fair

    Explore all magnet and early college schools in one location. Find magnet school options for your address locate here.

    Date: November 4, 2017

    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Location: Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School at 2600 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh, NC 27610

More Magnet Info: http://www.wcpss.net/cms/lib/NC01911451/Centricity/Domain/90/16-17%20%20Magnet%20Program%20Events.pdf


Magnet Theme Thursday: Parent Information Sessions

General sessions about all magnet themes and early colleges, the application and selection process.

Dates: NOV 2, DEC 7, JAN 4, JAN 18
Location: Crossroads I, 5625 Dillard Drive, Cary, NC 27518

Session Times: 10a - 11a
Email: magnetcenter@wcpss.net


Wake Young Men's Leadership Academy

Tuesday, October 7 Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy application opens Thursday, November 9 Open House at Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy 6:30 pm

Friday, December 1 Deadline for Application to Wake Young Men’s Leadership


Academy INFORMATION SESSIONS AND TOURS

November 2 (8 am -9 am) October 12 (8 am -9 am) November 16 (2:30 pm - 3:30 pm) October 19 (2:30 pm - 3:30 pm) November 30 (8 am -9 am) October 26 (8 am -9 am)


Wake Young Woman's Leadership Academy

The application window is from October 14th-December 1st.

Our tours are being held at 9:00 am & 12:30 pm on October 18th & 25th and November 15 & 29th.


To sign up for a tour, visit our website: www.wcpss.net/wywla


WYWLA Information Session Thursday, November 2, 2017 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm


Daniels Magnet Middle School

Magnet Open House-November 29th from 6:30-7:45pm

Mitten Tree Information

Our "Mitten Tree" has become a holiday tradition for holiday support here at Brier Creek Elementary School. It has come to symbolize the spirit of the season and the nature of our Brier Creek school community.


This year students brought home a green 'nomination form'. We are looking for volunteers to be SPONSORS as well as RECIPIENTS on this form. Please send the form back to Mrs. Lee no later than October 27 2017. If you have any questions please feel free to email Mrs. Lee: 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:

November 5, 2016

December 3, 2016

at

1863 Capital Blvd. Raleigh, NC 27604

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

November 5, 2016 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).

Snacks needed

Our snack pantry is getting low and we are looking to fill it for the 2nd quarter. We are looking for healthy snacks for teachers to keep in their classrooms for those students who need a snack. We are looking for the following items: granola bars, peanut butter crackers, multi-grain goldfish, or raisins. Thank you so much for those who have sent in snacks!

Contact Info

I am thrilled to be your child's full time school counselor this year! This is my seventh year at BCES and third 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 traveling to NY to see family, spending time with my husband and friends, going to the beach, and cheering on my favorite sports team...the SYRACUSE ORANGEMEN!!