Counselor's Corner Week of April 20

This is a fun opportunity to check-in virtually with each other. Take a moment for yourself. These daily activities are not mandatory and are not meant to take a lot of time. Choose one or try them all, it’s up to you! Know that you are missed. Be well and take care of yourself and those you love. You are helping us all by staying home! 

 

 

Mindful Monday 4/20

GratiTuesday 4/21

Wellness Wednesday 4/22

Thoughtful Thursday 4/23

Fun Friday 4/24

How to feel less out-of-control when facing the unknown can be achieved through “effortful optimism” Optimism can be thought of as reframing adversity in a healthy and realistic way while taking ownership of finding solutions. 

Three things to tell yourself:

1. This will not last forever.

2. This is not changing everything

3. My efforts will make a difference.

Here is a quick video about exercising optimism:

https://youtu.be/akccXBr7i2o

 

 

 

 

Today we show our gratitude for Planet Earth in honor of Earth Day Tomorrow.

Power up on gratitude and power down on electricity for one hour.

What to do during that hour?

Celebrate under the full moon. 

Dance under the stars. 

Dine by candlelight. 

Count your blessings. 

Go for a walk.

“Observe the fresh insights that flood your own awareness and the world consciousness, as we spend at least one hour on Earth Day giving thanks to Mother Nature with our words and actions," said Natalie Pace, organizer of the Earth Day Gratitude celebration.

Download your free Earth Day Gratitude ebook at http://launchmoxie.com/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2020-eBook-v7.pdf

Today’s Wellness Wednesday falls on Earth Day!

There are 8 dimensions of wellness. 

1.Emotional

2. Spiritual

3. Intellectual

4. Physical

5. Environmental

6. Financial

7. Occupational

8. Social

One idea about the 8 dimensions of wellness is if you can change your habits, you can change the quality of your life.

Today we will focus on intellectual wellness.

Intellectual wellness is important for everyone. It is not just about the classes we take or an IQ score, but rather it’s being open to new ideas, seeking personal growth through learning new skills, being creative, or exploring new activities. Gaining and maintaining intellectual wellness will keep the brain stimulated and stave off boredom and loneliness. The brain is like any other muscle in our body, it needs to be exercised to do its best work!

* Doing games or puzzles that stimulate the brain such as crosswords, Sudoku, brain teasers, or logic games.

* Reading for fun – yes, for fun! 

* Talk to someone who has a difference of opinion and ask them questions, get curious.

* Learn a new skill or find an online class

Today it feels appropriate to show the Earth some love. 

Earth Day At Home Ideas

1. Learn about the impacts of your food choices and our food system while cooking delicious plant-based meals!

2. Plastics are a huge part of our daily lives, but there are tons of great alternatives to use to help the planet! You can make a huge difference by changing what you buy and how you dispose of plastic.

3. Watch an environmental documentary or animal show and research ways to protect your favorite animals.

For more ideas:

https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2020/

1. Linked By Love

Be Part of a Guinness World Record by creating the world’s largest paper chain with links from recycled/reused paper with messages of love and hope for the world!

https://kidsforpeaceglobal.org/linkedbylove/

2. Keep moving at home with One Minute Wonders!

You can do one-minute circuits with your family at home or with your friends online.

Use the exercises in the link or choose your own. Set a timer for the rotations and see who can do the most. Step it up a notch by making participation awards for each other.

https://kidsforpeaceglobal.org/oneminutewonders/

Resources:

https://tinyurl.com/u79d8l6

Resources:

https://bit.ly/3byRalZ

https://tinyurl.com/yahp9xze

 


Social Emotional Learning Lesson
Staying physically healthy is a key goal during this pandemic, but emotional wellness is also equally important. 

7 Tips to Surviving the Quarantine

Don't Let Isolation Get You Down
choice board
Fun Project While Staying Inside
Computer Common Sense

Now that distance learning has us using the computer for all types of things, it's very important that students are careful with what information they should make public and what should be kept private. Watch this short video below to help with this!

Leaving Your Digital Footprint

Relaxation Exercises For Relieving Teen Stress

In My Control: Activity for students to focus on things that are in their control rather than things that are out of their control.

Distance Counseling During School Closure

CMS Distance Counseling Protocol 2020

CONNECT

We would like to continue to provide counseling services for our students despite school closures. Learning and counseling services are still available although we are not physically in the building. 

Your school counselors are accessible to you via email and video messaging through Zoom. Please check-in with your counselor for any social and emotional, academic, and college/career needs. We remain committed to our students’ mental wellness and academic success. Our virtual hours are 9am-2pm each school day. EMERGENCIES

EMERGENCIES 

For Emergencies, please contact Willowbrooke at Tanner (770) 812-3266 or dial 911.

Co

STEPS 


  1. Email your school counselor at:

candy.thomas@carrollcountyschools.com

*Mrs. Cassie Turner is currently on maternity leave and is unavailable.


  1. In your email, include your concern.


  1. Please leave your full name and your contact information.


  1. Check your email for a response.

 

  1. If your question or concern cannot be adequately addressed via email, your counselor will email you a link through Zoom* for a brief video chat. 


  1. Click the link.


  1. Begin the counseling session.

*Please note that Zoom is HIPPA compliant. 

 


Guidance Counselors

The CMS Counselors are dedicated to supporting students with all facets of middle school. Our counselors have divided the students according to last name as follows:

Please feel free to contact a counselor if you have questions, concerns, or need information. While they do not have a separate phone number from that of the school, they do have voice mail. Leave a message, and your call will be returned. (770-832-8114)

 

 

Candy Thomas
Serves students with last names A-M.
Cassie Turner
Serves students with last names N-Z.