Truman PR/EL Counselor Corner

December 2021

Greetings!

We cannot believe it is already December! It has been a wonderful first semester of the 2021-2022 school year. Our hearts are so thankful for the wonderful students and families we have at Truman. Please keep reading to see the latest updates on the Truman Counseling Program.

We need your help to support our Truman Families for the holidays

Please consider helping our students and their siblings by purchasing a gift from their holiday wish list! We have several wish list items that are still available! Click the links below to sign up or feel free to contact Mrs. Massey or Ms. Welborn to fulfill a wish and help a family.

COULD YOUR LITTLE ONE USE A BIG?

It all starts with the right role models. And Big Brothers Big Sisters is the place to start a relationship with one. For over 100 years, due in large part to private donations, they’ve been able to recruit, screen, match, and support mentoring relationships that have changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people across the country.


Please use the link below to sign your little up for the BBBS program. We have been informed that they have lots of volunteers signed up and ready to be matched with a student. This is such a powerful and important program. Please let Mrs. Massey or Ms. Welborn if you need any information or help signing your student up.

Truman Primary Small Groups

Here is a list of new small groups being offered that begin in January. Please send me an email at denisem@norman.k12.ok.us if you would like your child to participate or have any questions.
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Truman Elementary Small Groups

We have been fortunate to have started many small groups at Truman and are working to begin a few more in January.


Current groups include:

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4th Grade Girl's Lunch Bunch

4th Grade Girl's Lunch Bunch

Grief Group


Groups starting in January:

Worry Warriors

Changing Families (divorce/separation)

Self-Regulation

5th Grade Boys Brotherhood


Please feel free to contact me if I can help to support your student through a small group or by working with them individually. twelborn@norman.k12.ok.us

Save the Date- The Great Kindness Challenge!

The Great Kindness Challenge will be January 24-28. We always encourage our students to show kindness all year long, but this week is dedicated to learning about and practicing kindness. Students will learn new and creative ways to spread kindness to each other.
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Second Step Bullying Prevention Program

As you know, we use the Second Step program in your child’s classroom. The Second Step program teaches children important skills for getting along with others and doing well in school. It also helps our school be a safe, respectful place where everyone can learn. To further help our school be a safe and respectful place, we also teach the Second Step Bullying Prevention Unit. In the lessons, your child will learn specific skills to help stop bullying.

Students will learn how to:

• Recognize when bullying is happening

• Report bullying to a caring adult

• Refuse to let bullying happen to themselves or others

• Be a bystander who stands up and is part of the solution to bullying

It is important for students to learn the definition or bullying and to be able to distinguish bullying from rude/bad behavior and conflict. Bullying is when someone keeps being mean to someone else on purpose. The person it’s happening to hasn’t been able to make it stop. It’s unfair and one-sided.

Terri Welborn - Truman Elementary Counselor

As the Truman Elementary Counselor, I am now in my 30th year in public education. I graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Social Work. I then earned an M.Ed in Special Education and a second M.Ed. in School Counseling. In 2008 I earned my National Board Certification in School Counseling. My passion is serving kids and families.

Denise Massey - Truman Primary Counselor

Mrs. Massey is the school counselor at Truman Primary. She graduated with her Bachelor's from the University of Oklahoma and her Master's from the University of Central Oklahoma. Mrs. Massey enjoys gardening, musicals, Sooner football, OKC Thunder basketball, and playing with her puppies.


I believe it is my job to serve as a resource for you. If you have any needs or concerns, please reach out.