School Counseling Corner

November Newsletter | 2021-2022

Brown Elementary School

Hello Brown Bobcats and Families,

As you come together with family and friends for celebrations and holidays in November, take moments to savor all the lives of those near and dear to your heart.

Happy Thanksgiving Season,

Ms. Von Berckefeldt (Ms. V)

Brown Elementary School Counselor


Click here for the suggested reading list of books for November that will help students understand more about diversity, inclusion, tolerance, and unity.

Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead (Nov. 1-2)

Learn more about this important Aztec tradition honoring the dead that is celebrated in Mexico and all around the world.

Click on the the link below for a kid-friendly digital handout about:

Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead

Diwali - The Festival of Lights (Nov. 2-6)

Scholars believe the Hindu holiday "Diwali - Festival of Lights" has been celebrated for over 2500 years.

Learn more about one of the biggest and most important holidays celebrated by over one billion Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists across the world.

Click on the link below for a kid-friendly digital handout about:

Diwali - The Festival of Lights

Disclaimer: The multicultural information, views and opinions linked in this digital handout are solely for the purpose of deepening our understanding and compassion of people and cultures around the world, and do not necessarily reflect the position of myself or Brown Elementary School.

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

Focusing Attention #6

Stress-Smart Tip for Students: "Think Before You Speak?" [video below]

Think Before You Speak

Click here to view the Walter M. Brown Elementary Digital Student Art Gallery


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 interesting podcast on the secret power of introverted kids.

"Parenting the Highly Sensitive Child" [podcast]

From QUIET: The Power of Introverts with Susan Cain

School Counselor

Ms. Von Berckefeldt (Ms. V)

Contact hours: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 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.