Counselor's Corner

Goldsmith-Schiffman Guidance and Counseling Program

February 2016

Letter from the Counselor

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is hard to believe we are well into 2016. The school year is flying by.

We have many events fast approaching. Your student may be mentioning the words "No Place for Hate". GSES aims to once again become a school designated as "No Place for Hate" for the 2015-2016 school year. Please read the article below to find out more about this effort.

In Guidance Classes in the month of January our focus is on peaceful problem solving techniques using PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support). All student will learn the most peaceful way of solving their own problems. We are learning the STOP, WALK, and TALK technique:

1. Students verbally ask the other student to "Please stop (insert the problem behavior here)."

2. If the problem behavior did not stop, the student can give them a last warning that they need the behavior to stop. (The warning includes the word "STOP" and a hand signal.)

3. Both students are to WALK away or turn away from the other. The problem behavior should stop. They should not continue talking to the other or looking at each other in order to prevent further disagreements.

4. If the problem behavior did not stop, the student should now go TALK to the teacher.

In February, we will focus our efforts on exploring our world. Students will learn more about the character education words tolerance, respect for others, and fairness. Students will learn to show acceptance and tolerance of all people and cultures. Each grade level will take a virtual trip to an exotic location to learn about another culture around the world. We hope that on February 18th you and your student(s) will join us for our second annual "International Night".

Please remember the goal of guidance classes and the guidance counselor is to promote the current and future success of each student. Please let me know how I may be of assistance to your child personally, socially, or academically.


Paula Newman M.A., LPC

Earning our NP4H Designation

No Place for Hate® is an initiative of the Anti-Defamation League offered free to schools.

The initiative is designed to rally the entire school around the goal of creating a welcoming community committed to stopping all forms of bias and bullying. No Place For Hate® provides a unique framework to incorporate new and existing programs with one consistent message. No Place For Hate® can help your school foster a culture of respect and create a safe, bully-free learning environment for students at all grade levels.

The schools that benefit most from this program make it visible and incorporate its message of respect into the fabric of daily school life and school culture. No Place for Hate® becomes, as one teacher describes, “The way we do things here."

In the months of December and February, the students of GSES will discuss and recite "The No Place For Hate Promise". All students will learn at GSES we expect students to follow the 4R's- Respect, Responsibility, Resourcefulness, and Ready, and we expect all students to follow the No Place For Hate promise. We will be having guest students on the morning announcement to give examples of how they follow the NPFH promise.

Save the Date for Thursday, February 18th- GSES will have our 1st "International Night" along with the PTA meeting. The night should be fun and educational. Students will receive a passport upon their arrival. They will visit different "countries" and make crafts, play games, and can even have a taste of international foods. Second grade students will sing for our entertainment. Local food vendors with international flavors will be available for purchase. Join us!

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No Place for Hate 3-5th grade Student Contest

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Letter from Student Council

Dear Parents,

Goldsmith-Schiffman Elementary Student Council would like to update you on our progress. We have been hard at work supporting our school and community through our efforts. In the fall we started the year with participating in Mayor Battle's "Healthy Huntsville Walking Challenge". Student Council members attended the event and walked alongside Mayor Battle at Hays Nature Preserve. Students were even able to participate in an fun obstacle course and provided healthy snacks.

In November we collected non-perishable food items for Christmas Charities. We made the collection of food items a contest. There were three collection boxes representing Alabama, Auburn, or other teams. The Alabama box collected the most cans from the most fans! Congratulations! Thank you to all who donated.

The school collected in December winter necessity items such as coats, hats, scarves, gloves, and blankets. Thank you to all who contributed. All items went to the CARE center in our nearby community. They were very thankful for the items and offered them free to the community at their Christmas Store.

We continue to work extremely hard to collect and keep a count of the totals of plastic twist-on style bottle caps. Bring in your counted bags of twist-on plastic caps now. No caps will be accepted this school year after March 15th.

We are looking forward to this second semester as we will work toward our school earning a designation of "No Place for Hate". Student Council will support our GSES International night and volunteer at the event on February 18th. We hope you will come out and show your support at this fun and educational event.

On Friday, March 18th we will have a pajama day for $1.00 per child to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Please allow your child to bring $1.00 to support their school and prevention research for Leukemia and Lymphoma.


Brooklyn Johnson

5th grade Student Council President

Pajamas for Patients

GSES students are helping find a cure for blood cancer!

We will be having a special school event as the spring service project for all students from GSES Student Council.

On Friday, March 18th GSES will be collecting $1.00 from students to participate in a

school-wide PJ Day with a movie and lunch in your classrooms.

We will collect $1.00 for the PJ day on the day of the event. All proceeds will go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

If you would like to support a great cause with a larger donation:

Your school’s online giving address is:

The following link includes instructions on how students can create their individual online giving page, templates for sharing their page via email and on social media, and prizes/awards they will receive.

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We collect plastic twist-on style bottle caps!

BRINGING IN YOUR COUNTED BAGS OF TWIST-ON STYLE BOTTLE CAPS NOW! Continue bringing caps from now - March. No caps will be accepted after March 15th.

Teachers will collect the caps in their classrooms. Classes will be competing against each other to bring in the most caps. The class with the largest amount of caps each month will win their choice of a popcorn/movie time or homework passes. The class with the most caps for the year will win a party at the end of the school year.

GSES collects twist-on style bottle caps. Just for participating in the bottle cap collecting and recycling effort sponsored by Huntsville's Operation Green Team, our school earns a monetary prize. The caps are recycled and turned into environmentally friendly paint cans.

Rising 6th graders and parents are invited to HCS i-Register Fair

Huntsville City Schools would also like all parents to be informed of their options for course registration for Middle and High School. All rising 6th grade parents through rising seniors are invited to attend the 2nd Annual i-Register Fair. Come and learn about the following:

Course registration for middle and high school students; course selection, including AP and Honors courses; grade level success strategies; college and career opportunities; HCS career academies, education related community resources; college admissions and financial aid; middle and high school transition; AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination); freshman success strategies; International Baccalaureate programs; athletics and extra-curricular activities, etc.

What: i-Register Fair

When: Saturday, February 27, 2016

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Where: Von Braun Center North Hall

For more information contact: Secondary Programs and Counseling & Guidance Services 256-428-6925