A Ton of Fun for Spring Break and Beyond!

 

Who doesn’t love a field trip? Just because we are staying safe at home, doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a month of fun virtual trips. Google docs has provided the content of this calendar. You can go to a different place in the days from Spring Break until the end of April. Enjoy but don’t forget to discuss your “journeys” with your family!

FT Calendar for Post

 

The following ASCA (American School Counseling Association) national  standards are embedded in these abbreviated learning opportunities:

ASCA Mindset 1: Belief in the development of the whole self, including a healthy balance of mental, social/emotional and physical well-being

ASCA Behavior: Learning Strategies: Demonstrate creativity; apply media and technology skills

Merry Christmas!

 

Ha! See what we did there? Happy April Fools Day from your silly counselors. Our jokes might never be as funny as our A Team’s jokes, but we hope you’ll enjoy and spread some giggles today. We love and miss you all! 

 

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Get Ready for STEM Star #13!

Hi Friends! Click on the link below to learn about STEM Star #13. See if your family members can tell you how our newest star uses the four Cs of STEM. Be sure to answer the discussion questions in the last slide.

https://cobbk12org.sharepoint.com/:p:/r/sites/SOPStaff/_layouts/15/Doc.aspx?sourcedoc=%7B832DB225-F77F-40D1-86C6-5FD3818FB6C0%7D&file=STEM%20Star%20%2313%20RC.pptx&action=edit&mobileredirect=true
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors
M 1. Belief in development of whole self, including a healthy balance of mental, social/emotional, and physical well-being.
B-SS 6. Use effective collaboration and cooperation skills
B-SS 1. Use effective oral and written communication skills and listening skills
B-LS 1. Demonstrate critical-thinking skills to make informed decisions
B-LS 2. Demonstrate creativity                                                                                                                                                                                                             B-SMS5. Demonstrate perseverance to achieve long and short term goals
BSMS7. Demonstrate effective coping skills when faced with a problem.

 

 

Let’s Take a Virtual Field Trip!

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the calendar says it’s Spring! Perfect time to go on a virtual Field Trip! Come along as Sope Creek Counselors help students in Grades K-3 explore the San Diego Zoo.

Mrs. Hunt and Mrs. Frederick would probably think the zip line at the zoo was lots of fun. Ms. Murphy would probably practice her screaming!

Activity: After you take a tour of the zoo, think about the animal you would be if you could choose to be one. Draw a picture, give your animal a name, why you chose it, and email your picture to your grade level counselor. We would love to make a slide show of all of your awesome ideas!

We haven’t forgotten about our Soaring Eagles in Grades 4-5. Come along on a virtual field trip to the Stanley Black and Decker Makerspace. Here you can watch as students your age learn about the engineering process and create crash test vehicles using the 4 Cs of STEM: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking.

Activity: After enjoying the field trip, use the beginning initials in your first and last name, and give a name to a virus fighter you could invent.  For example, Mrs. Frederick’s initials are J and F. She might invent a “Jinormous Fly” to fight a virus. Mrs. Hunt’s initials are L and H. She might invent a “Lightning Helicopter” to fight a virus. Ms. Murphy’s initials are C and M. She might invent a “Corona Masher”. Draw a picture of your invention, tell why it would be effective and send a picture to your grade level counselor. We would love to do a slide show of your creations! And don’t forget to check out STEM Stars #11 and #12 in this blog. Stay tuned for STEM Star #13 on Monday!

The following ASCA (American School Counseling Association) national  standards are embedded in these abbreviated lessons:

ASCA Mindset 1: Belief in the development of the whole self, including a healthy balance of mental, social/emotional and physical well-being

ASCA Behavior: Learning Strategies: Demonstrate creativity; apply media and technology skills

 

 

Need a Brain Break?

In order for our brains to keep growing academically, we need to take breaks physically. Below are some fun brain breaks for the entire family. We love the idea of drawing/coloring a picture to place in the window for families to spot as they take walks together. Reading a picture book to a grandparent over zoom will brighten a day as well.

ASCA (American School Counselors Association) Mindsets and Behaviors:

  • M1. Belief in development of whole self, including a healthy balance of mental, social/emotional and physical well-being
  • M6. Positive attitude toward work and learning
  • B-LS2. Demonstrate creativity
  • B-SMS5. Demonstrate perseverance to achieve long and short term goals
  • BSMS7. Demonstrate effective coping skills when faced with a problem.

 

 

Check out our newest STEM STAR!

Hi Sope Creek Soaring Eagles!

Your counselors miss seeing your smiling faces.   We would normally start out each of our counseling lessons with you with a new STEM STAR.   We would discuss their career, how they use STEM, and most importantly, you would tell us how they use the 4 Cs of STEM.  Take a minute to check out the PowerPoint below and use some Creativity and Critical Thinking as you Collaborate with your family and Communicate about how our STEM STAR might need to use the 4 Cs.

Imagine what it would be like to write stories, create music, act and sing in your own play!

** Parents – a little warning – during our discussions we play a game with the students where they get to clap their hands when they catch us saying the words “STEM STAR”.  A lucky few even get to use some plastic clapper hand toys each lesson.  If your kids react with spontaneous applause during your conversation, that’s why.  By the way, it is surprisingly fun to see how many times you can work the words STEM STAR into a conversation…

STEM Star #12 L-MM fourth

STEM Star #11 PS
In case you missed the last one

ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors 
B-SS 6. Use effective collaboration and
cooperation skills
B-SS 1. Use effective oral and written
communication skills and
listening skills
B-LS 1. Demonstrate critical-thinking
skills to make informed decisions
B-LS 2. Demonstrate creativity

Career Exploration

College and Career Day on March 11th was lots of fun! Here are some child-friendly websites our students can explore for fun and educational activities about careers.

Career Websites for Kids:

1.  https://www.vacareerview.org/k5/

This child friendly site presents age appropriate career activities for students Grades K-5.

2.  https://bls.gov

This official government site has a link for students to access games and quizzes, STEM and other Career Exploration, and videos. This site appropriate for Grades 4 and 5.

3. https://careerkids.com/pages/career-research

The information provided here is for students who are looking for career information as they research careers in career exploration programs. This site appropriate for Grades 4 and 5.

4. http://www.educationplanner.org/students/career-planning/find-careers/career-clusters.shtml

This website lets students match their skills and interests with careers that might be appropriate for them. Parents can also take the skills/interest inventory to discover careers for them too.

 

 

 

Community Resources

There are many resources available at this time. Please reach out to your grade level counselor at any time. Our email addresses are available on this blog.

1. MUST ministries is working on distributing food to families who might benefit. They will be posting updates on pickup locations and times on their website.  https://www.mustministries.org/

2. Several companies are offering free or discounted internet service so students can have access to online instruction.
Comcast is offering an internet essentials package FREE for 60 days. Click link for more information.https://www.wxyz.com/news/national/coronavirus/comcast-offering-internet-essentials-package-free-for-60-months-during-coronavirus-outbreak

Comcast Internet Essentials: Offers affordable home internet service for just $9.95 per month– with no contract, credit check or installation fees. You automatically qualify for the Internet Essentials package if your child participates in the school lunch program, you are receiving HUD housing assistance, a low-income senior, a community college student in Colorado or Illinois or a verified low-income veteran. You will also have the option to purchase a laptop or desktop computer for only $149. https://internetessentials.com/

Call : No direct number for this program; must login to enter phone number and receive a call from an agent

Spectrum Internet Assist– Provides affordable high-speed internet connection to low-income families, students and seniors for just $14.99 per month.

PCs for People:
A nonprofit organization that provides low-cost computers and free or affordable internet connection for low-income households. Potential recipients must be living below the 200% poverty level and currently enrolled in a government assistance program. PC for people offers high-speed internet for only $11.25 per month with no credit check or hidden fees. You will also be eligible to receive affordable PC or laptop repair for as low $25. https://www.spectrum.com/browse/content/spectrum-internet-assist or call 1-855-243-8892

Access by AT&T:
A low-cost wireless home internet plan for low-income households. Access by AT&T provides high-speed internet service for $5-$10 per month. At least one person of your household should receive SSI or SNAP benefits to be qualified.
Go online: https://www.att.com/shop/internet/access/#!/ OR Call AT&T @ 855.220.5211

Everyoneon.org – no income requirements
EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet service and computers, and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected Americans. We work with device refurbishes, so individuals and their families can purchase discounted devices, including $150 tablets and $199 laptops. By calling 1-855-EVRY1ON or visiting everyoneon.org, users can discover the closest class in their communities. To find resources in area by zip code click here https://everyoneon.org/get-connected/

Cobb County School District’s Enrollment Partner Code & URL
o URL http://everyoneon.org/cobbk12
o Partner Code is: cobbk12
o Please note: The partner code (everyoneon.org/*partnercode) is case-sensitive. To access the portal, visit www.everyoneon.org/portal and enter the credentials below:
§ username: cobbk12     password: password

CRISIS RESOURCES

Contact Your Counselor

Hello Sope Creek Soaring  Eagles. We miss seeing your smiling faces! Our digital office hours are 9:00 to 10:30 Monday through Friday. You can email us at the following addresses:

Mrs. Hunt, Grades K, 1 , 2      elisabeth.hunt@cobbk12.org

Mrs. Frederick, Grades 1, 3, 4    jennifer.frederick@cobbk12.org

Ms. Murphy, Grades 5 and Special Education  claire.murphy@cobbk12.org

Check back here this week for some cool counseling activities. We love you.