School Counseling Corner

December Newsletter | 2021-2022

Kids, how many links can you find in this newsletter?

HINT: There are at least 11 links for kids to discover and explore!

Brown Elementary School

Hello Brown Bobcats and Families,

For many people the month of December is a time filled with remembrance, appreciation and celebrations.

The holiday season can be an exciting time for some, and a difficult time for others. Many even find that they hold conflicting emotions (happy, sad, excited, scared, joyful, worried, etc.) at the same time during the holidays. Be extra gentle on yourself and those around you as you move through a variety of events and experiences in the coming weeks.

May the peace and joy of your loved ones (past and present) give you comfort where you need it most.

Be safe, happy, and well.

Ms. Von Berckefeldt (Ms. V)

Brown Elementary School Counselor

Brown School Counseling WEBSITE

Check out the NEW Brown School Counseling WEBSITE!

Kwanzaa for Kids

Kwanzaa for Kids - click here to learn about this important African-American secular holiday that occurs each year from December 26th-January 1st.

SPOTLIGHT: Multicultural and Social Awareness

Click here for a list of recommended books that will help students cultivate diversity, inclusion, tolerance and unity.

In the month of December we are recognizing and honoring:

  • Hanukkah (Chanukah) - ends Dec. 6th (Culture: Jewish)
  • Bodhi Day - Dec. 8th (Culture: Buddhism)
  • Christmas Eve and Day - Dec. 24th & 25th (Culture: Christian)
  • Kwanzaa - Dec. 26th to Jan. 1st (Culture: African American)

School Counselors support students in three domains: Academic, Social/Emotional, and College/Career. Check out some cool links for kids in each area below.


Check out another funny and smart video from Kid President!

A Letter to the Future From Kid President

Smart tips to help kids overcome feeling stressed out or overwhelmed. (click on the video below)

Gifting For the Holidays

Click here for the digital Art Gallery to view current and previous Artists of the Month


Art is great for calming your brain and body and releasing your creative imagination. Art can also help you to express yourself to others when you want to use more than words to speak.

Click on the link below anytime you need a creative outlet.

Grab your earbuds and take a walk while you listen to this fascinating podcast on how extra-curricular sports and activities can enhance confidence and self-esteem in introverted kids.

"Quiet: The Power of Introverts" by Susan Cain.

School Counselor

Ms. Von Berckefeldt (Ms. V)

Contact hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Mon-Fri

(during student instructional days)

(209) 565-0179

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please contact 1-209-558-4600, National Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (en espanol 1-800-628-9454), text "Hello" to the Crisis Hotline 741741, call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room / hospital.


Confidentiality Disclosure: Virtual services via email, audio, and video conferencing are not secure for personal issues and pose confidentiality issues.