Counselor's Corner

February 2016, K - 5 News

Guidance: Conflict Resolution

Guidance this month will focus on Conflict Resolution. Conflicts are daily occurrences in school. The goal of conflict resolution is to work out differences constructively and peacefully; attacking the problem instead of the person. Building these skills empowers students to solve their own conflicts respectfully and peacefully.

Important Dates

Pasta for Pennies

February 1-19

Gear up for MST's Pasta for Pennies fundraiser benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! On February 1st, your child will receive a small bank to use to collect donations. S/he will turn in the donations to his/her classroom teacher. Peer Mediators and Student Council Officers will collect the classroom donations each week. The class with the highest collection will receive a pasta party from Olive Garden. Last year Mrs. Fulbright’s class won! Who will it be this year?? The top two classes will receive vouchers for 1 hour of jump at Urban Air. Your support truly makes a difference. By donating your spare change, you are helping save lives.

Here is MST’s online donation website where families can make donations:

Random Acts of Kindness Week

February 8-12

Each grade student can earn pink flowers for their grade level pot for individual kind deeds. Each grade can earn a red flower for kind deeds done as a class. The grade level with the most kind deeds will earn a special treat for their Valentines Day parties on Friday.

Tweet This!

February 16, 2016

5:30 p.m. Berkner High School Auditorium

Safe, Smart, & Social: Teaching Students How to Shine Online, presented by Josh Ochs

· Examples of good and bad posts colleges may find.

· Examples from real seniors that are using social media correctly.

· Tips you can suggest you se Google search like a college and future employer.

· 7 Networks your kids need to be on to shine online.

· What apps are unsafe (and others you should encourage your kids to use).

· What apps are a waste of time for your Teens and Tweens.

· How to analyze your Google results to see what colleges will find.

· How to bury bad Google results from other uses with your similar name.

Instructions NOT Included

February 23, 2016

Topic: Parents Guide to STAAR

Children don't come with a user manual. Despite parent/guardian best intentions, sometimes they need a little help. "Instructions Not Included" is a series that offers free information geared toward parent(s)/guardian(s) who would like to learn new strategies to better understand and help their child(ren).

Registration: Registration is free; Register on the Region 10 ESC website in the Calendar of Events;

For more information, contact Janet Hathcock at 972-348-1364 or

GT Testing Dates

March 1-7: Non Verbal and Quantitative Ability Test, grades 2-5

March 21-24: Verbal Ability Test, grades 2-3

April 24-May 7: Verbal Ability Test, grades 4-5 & necessary makeups

Last Week of School: Identification letters with results are sent home to parents in report cards.

Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)/Medicaid for Children

9:00 am - 12noon; Session Dates: February 20, March 26, April 16, May 14

St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church

1220 West Beltline Road

Richardson, TX 75080

Free event to help with the application process for Health Insurance. Working families of four people earning about $49,959 or less per year may be eligible to insurance all the children in their family for $50 or less for twelve months through the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Rates are based on the number of people in your family and your family's income.

Benefits include hospitalization, doctor visits, prescriptions, vaccinations, lab tests, eyeglasses, dental coverage, and more. Pre-existing conditions are covered.

All you need to bring is proof of income (recent paycheck stubs for the last two months, or a letter from your employer, or your latest income tax return, your child(ren)'s social security number(s), and a copy of your child(ren)'s birth certificate(s). Bring receipts for childcare and receipts for child support paid or received if they apply to you.

Children must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents to qualify.

St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church is located on W. Beltline Road between 75 and Central Expressway and Coit Road. It is adjacent to Richardson High School at the north east corner of W. Beltline Road and Mimosa Drive.

Dia de CHIP (Seguro Medico para sus hijos)

Iglesia Presbiteriana de St. Barnabas

1220 West Beltline Road

Richardson, TX 75080

9:00 a.m. - 12 mediodia; Session Dates: February 20, March 26, April 16, May 14

Seguro medico a bajo costa para sus ninos. Los precios se basan en el tamano, los ingresos y los gastos de su familia. Las familias de cuatro miembros que ganan hasta $49,959 por ano o menos pueden ser elegibles para asegurar a todos los ninos de su familia por $50 o menos por doce meses.

Los beneficios incluyen hospitalizacion, examenes periodicos, vacunas, medicinas con recetas, pruebas de laboratorio, servicios y hospitalizacion, anteojos, servicio dental y mas. Cobertura de condiciones preedistentes.

Traiga las siguientes pruebas del ingreso: Las dos ultimas copias de los talones de cheque mas reciente de su trabajo o una carta de su empleo, o copias mas recientes de la declaracion de impuestos federales. Traiga tambien el numero de Seguro Social del nino y una copia del acta de nacimiento de cada hijo. Tambien traiga las siguientes que aplica a usted: una prueba de pago si alguien cuida a sus ninos y una prueba de sostenimiento de menores que usted paga o recibe.

Los ninos tienen que ser Ciudadanos o Residentes Permanentes y Legales para calificar.

Megan Daniel

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