Counselor's Newsletter

November 2020


November is Gratitude Month. It gives us a time to stop and be grateful for what we have instead of focusing on what we don't have. In the times that we are currently living, it is important to take a step back and find gratitude on a daily basis.


The ability to recognize and acknowledge the positive things, people and places in our lives.

There are many benefits of having an Attitude of Gratitude. Just take a look at the chart below.


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The Science of Gratitude


Sometimes we might not be focused on reasons to be grateful. We might ignore or disregard all the positive in our lives. Here are some of the most common barriers to having an Attitude of Gratitude:

  • Negativity: looking at what is not going "right" or going good. Looking a a challenge as a negative instead of an opportunity for growth makes it difficult to be grateful.

  • Materialism: wanting things as a way to make us feel happy. Be careful because new things bring temporary happiness. They eventually get old and often it loses it specialness.

  • Comparing Yourself: instead of appreciating difference, we may compare ourselves and be envious of others. We can begin to feel less than, which make it harder to be grateful.

“If you haven’t all the things you want, be grateful for the things you don’t have that you wouldn’t want.”

— Unknown


  • Notice the Good Things in Your Life

  • Gratitude Journal

  • Find gratitude in your challenges

HOW TO: Gratitude Practice


Complete following sentences:

  • I’m grateful for two things I hear:

  • I’m grateful for two things I see:

  • I’m grateful for two things I smell:

  • I’m grateful for two things I touch/feel:

  • I’m grateful for these two things I taste:

  • I’m grateful for these two friends:

  • I’m grateful for these two teachers:

  • I’m grateful for these two family members:

  • I’m grateful for these two things in my home:


Biff: Why did the turkey cross the road?
Bob: I don’t know.
Biff: It was Thanksgiving Day, and he wanted people to think he was a chicken!

Joke by Rachy Y., Waianae, Hawaii


Counselor's Note

Did you know that October is Bullying Prevention Month?

When we each do our part, we ensure that our campus to be closer, connected and inclusive. The decisions that each of us make impact our campus, so let's spend some time thinking of our choices.

Also, remember to continue to practice developing and strengthening your Growth Mindset and practicing healthy coping strategies. Feel free to revisit these themes below.

Appreciate Diversity

When you are in your zoom classrooms, have you noticed the wide range of differences in opinions, thoughts, feelings and appearance? These differences is what we refer to as diversity. Having differences is okay. What’s not okay is treating others in a negative or mean way simply because you think they are different.

Although our time together is virtual, eventually we will return back to campus. When we return to campus, we want to create positive memories like the ones below.

Happy Campus Memories

What is Bullying?

When someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending themselves.

Types of Bullying:

-Physical involves hurting a person’s body or possessions.

-Verbal is saying or writing mean things.

-Social/relational involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships.

-Cyber is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets.

For more information, go to

What's Cyberbullying?

Dealing with Bullying

At Corvallis, bullying behavior is taken very seriously. If you or someone you know is experiencing bullying or behaving in a bullying manner, please Speak Up. You can reach out to any staff or trusted adult. You can also click on the link here to report bullying.

Thank you for helping us make sure we have a safe campus for everyone.

Let's Connect

We have different events and activities going on, so check your Counseling Schoology Course for more info.

We have a Garden Club and have already planted tomatoes (check out the picture below). We are moving on to plant jalapeno seeds. So if you are interested, please contact Ms. Rizo.

Jokes for Fun

What is the smartest insect?

A Spelling Bee

What did the paper say to the pencil?

Write On!

Just in case you missed it, take a look at our previous Newsletters.


Counselor's Note

We just want to remind you to keep using a Growth Mindset. This month we will focus on Building Resilience with Healthy Coping.

Stay connected and participate in the events happening this month. Check out our Counselor's Corner Schoology for more info.

Building Resilience with Healthy Coping

Have you ever gone through a difficult moment or experience? Sometimes things may go wrong in our lives, but it's how we deal (aka cope) with these situations that make a difference.

Resilience is being able to cope with difficult moments in a healthy way.

Click on the link below to learn more about resilience and bouncing back from difficult times by practicing healthy coping.

Got Feelings?

Of course everyone has feelings! We experience all sorts of feelings each and every day.

Become aware of what you are feelings by paying attention to your body and thoughts.

Learn what makes you feel this way. Take a look at what might be making you feel this way. Is it one or more of the following?:

  • Thoughts
  • Images
  • Moods
  • Situations
  • Behaviors

Remember, you can always reach out to one of your counselors or a trusted adult if you want to talk.

Benefits of Healthy Coping!

When we face a challenge by using a healthy coping strategy, we are gaining the following:

  • Ability to deal with stress
  • Adapt to changes
  • Self-confidence
  • Brighter outlook on life
  • Increase of positive/ growth mindset
  • Lower levels of stress, anxiety and depression

Practice Healthy Coping

Take a look at the healthy coping strategies. Which ones do you already use? Which ones would you like to try?

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Coping with Setbacks

We all have setbacks, even celebrities, professional athletes, our parents, friends, teachers, counselors and so on. When are faced with tough situations, having a growth mindset and healthy coping are the way to go. Why? Because bouncing back from that tough situation builds our Resilience and the next time we are faced with something hard, we know we can face it!

Check out the video below to see how some famous people have dealt with difficult experiences.

Famous Failures


Distance Learning Humor


Reach Out!

Counselors are here for you. We can talk about what's going on or drop in to say hello.

Visit our Counselor's Corner Course on Schoology for our contact information, office hours, lunch bunch and more. If you are not in the course, please let us know so we can add you.

Always remember that your safety is most important. See below for some resources.


Stay tuned or take a look at our August Newsletters! (See below)

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August 2020

Welcome 2020-2021!

We are very happy to be starting the school year and look forward to connecting with you. As we continue distance learning, we want to make sure you know that your counselors are available if you have any questions, concerns or simply want to say hello. Make sure that you are in our Counseling course. If you are not, please let us know.

This month we are starting the year focusing on Growth Mindset.


Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

Growth mindset is believing that you can grow your intelligence and talents with effort and persistence and you can achieve success with hard work.

Fixed Mindset is believing that you are born with a certain amount of intelligence and success is based on your current abilities.

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

Counselors' Office Hours


Lunch Bunch

Bring your lunch and friends for a lunchtime brain break on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 12:00-12:30pm. For zoom link information, see our Counseling Course in Schoology.


Virtual Garden Club

Be among the first Corvallis students to grow some veggies.

Join us for some fun in planting seeds and watching our seedlings grow. Hands on activities to do at home! Contact Ms. Rizo for more information.

Coffee with the Counselors

Parents/Guardians were invited to join us for virtual coffee. In case your parent/guardian missed it, here is what we went over. Feel free to reach out to us for more information and stay tuned for the next Coffee with the Counselors. We would like to meet your parents/guardians!

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Hello Corvallis Students!

We miss you and we hope that you are well and safe. There's a lot going on with developing news with COVID-19, adapting to online learning and coping with having to stay home. It is normal to feel overwhelmed, frustrated, stressed and bored about all these changes. We want you to know that your counselors are here to support you!

Just for Fun

Let's take a moment to laugh or chuckle!

Joe: What’s the king of all school supplies?
Moe: I don’t know. What?
Joe: The ruler.

Submitted by Connor B., Metairie, La.

Teacher: Donald, what is the chemical formula for water?
Donald: H-I-J-K-L-M-N-O.
Teacher: What are you talking about?
Donald: Yesterday you said it was H to O.

Submitted by Caleb R., Jackson, Mich.

Peter: What’s the difference between a teacher and a train?
Ted: What?
Peter: A teacher says, “Spit out that gum!” and a train says, “Chew! Chew!”

Submitted by Ted S., Lisle, Ill.

Click here for more jokes.


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Corvallis Counselors

How to Contact Your Counselor

Counselors are available even if we are not on campus.

You can: Email, Text, Phone and or use Schoology

If we miss your call, please leave your name, a short message and the best number to call you back.

Zoom available with appointment by request

We hope to hear how you have been up to!


A Quote to Consider

Jokes for Fun

  • What do computers eat for a snack?
  • Why can’t you trust an atom?
  • Why couldn’t Cinderella play soccer?
  • What do you call bears with no ears?

Answers down below...


Check out these Coping Resources

Wellness Apps

Exercise at Home

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Some More Coping Skills

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Care for Coronavirus Anxiety through Meditation

Tips for Traumatic Events and Disasters


Take a Break to Explore

  • Anne Frank House – Take a 360-degree tour of Anne Frank’s home in Amsterdam.
  • Buckingham Palace – Tour the famous London palace virtually.
  • Farm Tours – Learn about agriculture through these virtual tours of farms in Canada.
  • Great Wall of China – This panoramic virtual tour allows you to walk the Great Wall.
  • Holy Land Tour – Virtually visit Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and more.
  • Houston Zoo – Watch animals in several of their exhibits via live webcam.
  • International Space Station – Take a video tour of the space station.
  • The Louvre Museum – Explore exhibits at this famous art museum in Paris, France.
  • Mars – Explore the surface of Mars in a 360-degree view while learning about the planet and space exploration.
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium – Watch sea creatures in this California aquarium with the live animal cam.
Joke Answers:

  • What do computers eat for a snack? Microchips!
  • Why can’t you trust an atom? Because they make up everything.
  • Why couldn’t Cinderella play soccer? She kept running away from the ball.
  • What do you call bears with no ears? B

Stay Safe and Strong Corvallis!