Counselor's Corner Newsletter

April 2016

April 2016 At-A-Glance


4/5 School Resumes from Spring Break

4/6 4th Grade Barbary Coast, 1-3pm in the MPR

4/8 Crocker Band Assembly, 8:30am in the MPR

4/14 HSF Pledge Day, wear green to show your support for HSF

4/11-4/15 Book Fair Week in the MPR

5th Grade to the Tech Museum

4/15 APG Meeting at 8:45am

4/18 Families, 10:30-11:30

4/20 School Site Council Meeting, 3:15pm in room 17

4/25 Soul Shoppe Assembly, assemblies throughout the day in the MPR

4/25-4/29 3rd grade CAASPP testing week

Thanks to the generous support of the West Associated Parent Group, all grades will attend a grade-level specific assembly on social emotional skills from the organization, Soul Shoppe. Soul Shoppe came to West last school year, and the assembly was well-received by both students and staff!

The video below explains the concept of the balloon. After the assembly on Monday, 4/25 ask your child about the assembly! I will send home more resources after the assembly.

Soul Shoppe - Teachers Introduction to the Balloon

What's On My Bookshelf?

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Anh's Anger

Anh's Anger by Gail Silver

Children experience anger on a regular basis, but lack the coping skills to guide them through these difficult moments. In Anh's Anger, five-year-old Anh becomes enraged when his grandfather interrupts playtime with a summons to the dinner table. When Anh’s grandfather takes the time to help Anh fully experience his anger by suggesting he go to his room and "sit with his anger," Anh discovers a positive method by which to work through his feelings. This remarkable book teaches children to both acknowledge and resolve their difficult emotions, making it an invaluable tool for parents and teachers alike.

25 Questions to Ask Your Child

#1. What was the best thing that happened at school today? (What was the worst thing that happened at school today?)

#2. Tell me something that made you laugh today.

#3. If you could choose who would you like to sit by in class? (Who would you NOT want to sit by in class? Why?)

#4. Where is the coolest place at the school?

#5. Tell me a weird word that you heard today. (Or something weird that someone said.)

#6. If I called your teacher tonight what would she tell me about you?

#7. How did you help somebody today?

#8. How did somebody help you today?

#9. Tell me one thing that you learned today.

#10. When were you the happiest today?

#11. When were you bored today?

#12. If an alien spaceship came to your class and beamed up someone who would you want them to take?

#13. Who would you like to play with at recess that you’ve never played with before?

#14. Tell me something good that happened today.

#15. What word did your teacher say most today?

#16. What do you think you should do/learn more of at school?

#17. What do you think you should do/learn less of at school?

#18. Who in your class do you think you could be nicer to?

#19. Where do you play the most at recess?

#20. Who is the funniest person in your class? Why is he/she so funny?

#21. What was your favorite part of lunch?

#22. If you got to be the teacher tomorrow what would you do?

#23. Is there anyone in your class that needs a time out?

#24. If you could switch seats with anyone in the class who would you trade with? Why?

#25. Tell me about three different times you used your pencil today at school.

Local Resources

As the school counselor, my role involves providing referrals to families that are seeking support for their child's social, emotional and behavioral concerns. All of these resources are listed on my website here. I have highlighted a few of the local community resources below.

Children's Health Council

The Children's Health Council in Palo Alto provides a wide array of services for children and their families.

Parent Education Classes

Parent Learning Center

Search by topic for articles (ADHD, worry, Autism, Behavior, Depression, Learning and School, etc.).

Parents Place

Parents Place in San Mateo offers a wide variety of services for the whole family- parent education workshops (the highly sensitive child, setting limits, positive discipline, etc.) child counseling, individual counseling and family counseling.

200 Channing Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301 • 650-688-3040

2001 Winward Way, Suite 200, San Mateo, CA 94404 • 650-931-1840


Children, youth and family support in San Carlos

610 Elm Street, Suite 212 • San Carlos, CA 94070
Phone (650) 591-9623

Helpful HCSD Links

Associated Parent Group

Hillsborough Recreation

Children's Workshop (after school care)

Choice Lunch (school lunch program)

Konstella (events, volunteer sign-up, classroom news)

West School Site Council

HCSD Calendar