Bells Ferry Elem. School Counseling

Ms. Dockery (Grades K, 2, 3) & Ms. Roycroft (Grades 1, 4, 5), School Counselors

GA Milestones EOG Online Test Practice

Some students will take the GA Milestones EOG test online.  Here is a website for students to practice with the online format and the tools available during the test.

-Click on “Test Practice”

-Click on “Field Test EOG & EOC” Online Tools Training

-Click on “EOG Test Practice” (EOG = End of Grade for grades 3-8)

-Click on “Standard Online Tools”

-Click on “Grades 3-5”

-A Username & Password screen appear.  The Username & Password are typed just above the sign-in boxes.

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January’s Counselor Coffee

Please join us for our Wednesday, January 2018 Counselor Coffee where we will focus on the topic of  “Building and Nurturing Self-Esteem in Our Kids!”

We will meet in Ms. Dockery’s Room (Room 11, next to the cafeteria) at 8:00 a.m.

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Discover Daniell! Rising 6th Grade Parent Night

5th Grade Parents:  You are invited to attend a Parent Information and Guided Tour of Daniell Middle School on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Daniell Administrators, Teachers, Students, and Counselors will be answering questions during s Q & A session.  To learn more about Daniell Middle School, you can visit their website at

Below is a link to the announcement.

Parent Night Invite – November 2017 web-1-1kjn94a

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Here Is What We Are Learning In September & October

School Counselors teach classes 1-2 times a month in the areas of Academic, Social/Emotional and College and Career Readiness.  Here is what we have been learning in September & October:


  • Choices & Consequences
  • Using I Messages to talk with friends
    • “I feel _______ when you _____.  Please _____.”
  • Knowing the difference tattling and reporting/asking for help

1st Grade

  • Understanding Personal Space
  • Using I Messages to talk with friends
    • “I feel _______ when you _____.  Please _____.”
  • Using the DEBUG method to solve problems when others are bothering you
    • Decide to Ignore; Exit or Move Away; Be Friendly (I message); Use Firm Words; Get Adult Help

2nd Grade

  • Review DEBUG from 1st Grade lessons and apply it to situations
  • Ranking the Size of Problems: Not all problems are the same.  If we rank the size of our problem, we can use it to assign the appropriate reaction.
  • Problem Solving Strategies

3rd Grade

  • Reputations: What is a reputation?  How do we get a reputation?  How do we change it if needed?
  • Using the book Simon’s Hook to explore ways to handle it when friends are teasing
  • An Introduction to Growth Mindset

4th Grade

  • Academic Skills: What happens when we don’t turn in work
    • The impact of factoring a “0” for missing work into our grades
  • Introducing Growth Mindset
  • Growth Mindset: Positive Thinking

5th Grade

  • Exploring Learning Styles
  • Kindness
  • Conflict Resolution
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Parent Needs Assessment 2017-18


We would love to know how we can help and support you this school year!  Please take a moment to fill out this survey on topics you would like more information or resources that your family may need.

Click here for Parent Survey

There are paper copies of the survey available at the school (and sent home with all students).

Thank you!

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2017-2018 First Friends

We are excited to announce that our 2017-2018 First Friends’ program has begun at Bells Ferry!  Teachers in grades K-5 selected one boy and one girl from each homeroom to represent their classroom as a leader and “First Friend” to new students who join their classrooms.  First Friends will do the following:

  • Welcome new students to their classrooms.
  • Introduce themselves to new students and other classmates.
  • Tell them things they need to know about our school.
  • Be a friendly helper.
  • Assist new students with lunch.
  • Explain class rules.
  • Show new students important places in our school.

Thank you students and teachers for helping to make Bells Ferry a great place to “Learn, Lead, and Leave a legacy!”

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Volunteers Needed: North Georgia Fair

Volunteers Needed!

North Georgia Fair Food Booth with Cobb County Sheriff’s Office

The Cobb County Sheriff’s Office has been our partner in education for many years.  Representatives from the Sheriff’s Office volunteer their time, resources and talents for our students many times a month.  The biggest fund raiser they have for their Partners in Education Fund is to sponsor a food booth at the North Georgia State Fair.  This can bring in up to $10,000 which in return comes back to Bells Ferry Elementary.

The Sheriff’s Office is in need of volunteers to assist with the food booth.  They need Bells Ferry Community Members to help with taking and filling food orders.  The North GA State Fair runs from Thursday, September 21st through Sunday, October 1st.  Feel free to coordinate your volunteering time with the North Georgia Fair events.  Parents may split the hours of the shift but please know that children under the age of 16 years will not be allowed in the booth.  High school students needing volunteer hours are more than welcome to sign up!

Benefits of volunteering:

  • Free Fair Parking
  • Free Admission to the Fair
  • Free Meal for Volunteers (from booth)

Click here for Sign Up Genius link.

Thank you in advance for your assistance!

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Welcome Back!

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year!

We are so excited to start another great year at Bells Ferry Elementary!  Your school counselors are here to support our students, parents and staff.  If we can help the transition into the school year, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Stephanie Dockery, Full Time Counselor at [email protected]

Mary Roycroft, Part Time Counselor at [email protected]

Our Counselor phone number is 678-594-8961

We are looking forward to a great year!

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