Counseling Corner

Jennifer Lee, School Counselor

July/August 2019

Meet Your School Counselor!

Hi! My name is Jennifer Lee and I am thrilled to be your child's full time school counselor this year! This is my ninth year at BCES and fourth 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 spending every minute I can with my 1 year old twins, Connor and Julianna and my husband Chris. We also love traveling to NY to see family, going to the beach, and cheering on the Tarheels as well as my favorite sports team...the SYRACUSE ORANGEMEN!!

Student Services Family Survey

In order to better plan to serve the needs of our students and their families, our Student Services Department (school counselor, social worker, psychologist, and nurse) have developed this Family NEEDS survey. A paper version will be sent home soon as well. If you would, please take a few minutes to complete the survey if you are in need, so that the team can use that information to plan for the year. Thank you!

Backpack Buddies

Brier Creek loves our community partnership with Inter-Faith Food Shuttle! We officially have the "backpack buddies" program help families in our school receive food for the weekend. This program is truly amazing- please take a minute to learn more about BackPack Buddies here http://foodshuttle.org/we-feed/childrens-hunger-relief/backpack-buddies/. The BackPack Buddies Program serves children who are food insecure, meaning they do not have "access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life." (Anderson, 1990). BackPack Buddies targets kids who access free & reduced-price lunches at school. Children are identified as "in need" by families themselves, staff in the student services department such as school counselors and social workers as well as site coordinators.

When students have access to better nutrition, they are able to focus better at school, have less behavioral issues, and have a better chance at improving their academic performance.


If you have a need for your child to participate in the backpack buddies program and bring food home for the weekend, please call Mrs. Lee at 919-484-4747 ext. 20118 or send an email to jlee5@wcpss.net. We may have spots available and want to help where needed! :)



Brier Creek PTA

I want to thank the Brier Creek PTA for helping to keep the Backpack Buddy Program here at Brier Creek Elementary School! They raised money last school year that directly impacted students here at our school. Last year we were able to support over 30 students through our backpack buddies program and I sincerely thank each and every one of you for helping to keep this program here within our community!

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. This is a way for me to teach the whole school and get to know our students better. I love Classroom Guidance! I will be teaching lessons on personal/social, career and academic development in third through fifth grade.


Mrs. Piltzer will also be helping to deliver classroom guidance lessons to Kindergarten-Third grade. She will be teaching during the specials rotation this year titled STEPS to SUCCESS. This special is to support students' social and emotional learning by using the Second Step program. Second Step is a research-based counseling curriculum to teach skills for social and academic success. There are 4 units that will be covered throughout the year, which include: Skills for learning, Empathy, Emotion Management, and Problem Solving Skills.


STEPS to SUCCESS (K-3)

This month, classes are focusing on the unit called "Skills for Learning". The goal of this unit is for students to build foundational skills necessary for successful participation in learning. To be successful in school, students must be able to regulate their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. This ability to self regulate allows for more productive participation in learning activities and successful relations with peers and adults. Self-regulation skills support both academic achievement and the development of social emotional competencies in elementary students.


Kindergarten- I will visit each classroom starting in August. We will start out by reading a story about feelings. We will also play a game called "What's in the Bag? to determine what a school counselor does and what they do NOT do. Students will pick an item out of a mystery bag and answer a trivia question attached about whether or not it's part of my role as a school counselor.


1st Grade- I will introduce myself to first graders and play a get to know you game. We will also play a game called "What's in the Bag? to determine what a school counselor does and what they do NOT do. Students will pick an item out of a mystery bag and answer a trivia question about whether or not it's part of my role as a school counselor.


2nd Grade- I will introduce myself to second graders and play a get to know you game. We will also play a game called "What's in the Bag? to determine what a school counselor does and what they do NOT do. Students will pick an item out of a mystery bag and answer a trivia question about whether or not it's part of my role as a school counselor.


3rd Grade- I am visiting each classroom in August to introduce myself, get to know each other, and play a game to understand the role of the school counselor". In our get to know you activity students will be able to write down a fun fact about themselves and a wish they have. We will also play a game called "What's in the Bag? to determine what a school counselor does and what they do NOT do. Students will pick an item out of a mystery bag and answer a trivia question about whether or not it's part of my role as a school counselor.


4th Grade- I am visiting each classroom in August to introduce myself and complete an an activity with students that will help me get to know our students here at BC a little better! In our get to know you activity students will be able to write down a fun fact about themselves and a wish they have. After the activity we will play "Meet Your School Counselor" game show to learn about what a school counselor does.


5th Grade--I am visiting each classroom in August to introduce myself and complete an an activity with students that will help me get to know our students here at BC a little better! In our get to know you activity students will be able to write down a fun fact about themselves and a wish they have. After the activity we will play "Meet Your School Counselor" game show to learn about what a school counselor does.

Lunch Bunch

What is lunch bunch? Lunch bunch is an amazing time! Students can bring their lunch to the counselor's room to eat, play a game and make new friends.

When? During lunch time

Where? The counselors office

How? Students can request a lunch with the counselor and friends. I will offer this to students who may be new or need some help with getting to know others in their classroom.

Small Groups

Coming soon...


* All About Me-Self Esteem

* School Success-based on school/academic data

* Emotion Management

* Keep Calm and Carry On (Worry)

* Building Resiliency-based on attendance data

*Friendship/Social Skills

*G.I.R.L.S. Group


At the start of each school year I will talk with teachers, parents and students to determine which groups are needed most for the school year. Groups typically run for 4-6 weeks and meet once a week for a 30-40 minute period. Groups will meet during lunch time or at another time during the day that does not take away from direct core instruction.

Individual Counseling

School counselors can work with students individually for short term counseling needs.

I am available to provide short-term, one-on-one counseling & support for students experiencing social/emotional difficulties that interfere with their success in school. School counselors do not provide therapy, however work to help each child develop coping skills to deal more effectively with the problems they face. If a child continues to need more support, I will provide parents with information about appropriate community resources for long-term, therapeutic counseling.