Mrs. Page

Aaron Parker Elementary

School Counselor 

Phone: (903) 737-2003 Ext. 3001

Welcome to Aaron Parker Elementary 

98 CR 44112 Powderly, Texas 75743  

903.732.3066 Fax 903.669.0139

Welcome to Mrs. Page's

Pages of Counseling!! 

Please see the tabs above for important information for students, parents and teachers. 

**Schedule various from day to day

Title 1 Parent Information: 

http://schools.northlamar.net/page/NikkiMoss-Home 

     The 2018-2019 school years marks my 7th year in education and 4th with North Lamar ISD. GO PANTHERS!! I graduated from Sam Houston State University (GO BEAR KATS!!) in 2010 and received my Bachelors of Science degree in Agriculture. Shortly after teaching for one year, I felt a need to help students in more ways and become a School Counselor. I graduated from Lamar University in the Fall of 2015 and received my Masters of Education in School Counseling. This school year will be my second year as school counselor at Aaron Parker. And I LOVE every minute of it!

    I have been married for six years to my wonderful husband and we have one precious son, named Carter, who is three. This summer we welcomed our new baby, Charley who is now 2 months old. Aside from being a wife and mom; I enjoy reading, shopping, bible journaling and the outdoors. 

Benchmark Testing:

TBA

STAAR Testing:

April

April 9th: 4th Writing/5th Math

April 10th: 5th Reading

April 11th: Make-up

May

May 13th: 3rd - 4th Math/ Restest 5th Math

May 14th: 3rd - 4th Reading/ Retest 5th Reading

May 15th: 5th Science

June

June 25th: Retest 5th Math

June 26th: Retest 5th Reading

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Test Taking Tips: 

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https://youtu.be/JcMRcBg8Mnk

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How to Cope with Test Anxiety:

 
TEST ANXIETY???? What Can You Do?
Test anxiety can be a real problem if you're so stressed out over a test that you can't get past the nervousness to focus on the test questions and do your best work. Feeling ready to meet the challenge, though, can keep test anxiety at a manageable level.
Use a little stress to your advantage. Stress is your body's warning mechanism — it's a signal that helps you prepare for something important that's about to happen. So use it to your advantage. Instead of reacting to the stress by dreading, complaining, or fretting about the test with friends, take an active approach. Let stress remind you to study well in advance of a test. Chances are, you'll keep your stress from spinning out of control. After all, nobody ever feels stressed out by thoughts that they might do well on a test. 
Ask for help. Although a little test anxiety can be a good thing, an overdose of it is another story entirely. If sitting for a test gets you so stressed out that your mind goes blank and causes you to miss answers that you know, then your level of test anxiety probably needs some attention. Your teacher, your school guidance counselor, or a tutor can be useful resources to talk to if you always get extreme test anxiety. 
Be prepared. Some students think that going to class is all it should take to learn and do well on tests. But there's much more to learning than just hoping to soak everything up in class. That's why good study habits and skills are so important — and why no amount of cramming or studying the night before a test can take the place of the deeper level of learning that happens over time with regular study. Many students find that their test anxiety is reduced when they start to study better or more regularly. It makes sense — the more you know the material, the more confident you'll feel. Having confidence going into a test means you expect to do well. When you expect to do well, you'll be able to relax into a test after the normal first-moment jitters pass. 
Watch what you're thinking. If expecting to do well on a test can help you relax, what about when people expect they won't do well? Watch out for any negative messages you might be sending yourself about the test. They can contribute to your anxiety. If you find yourself thinking negative thoughts ("I'm never any good at taking tests" or "It's going to be terrible if I do badly on this test"), replace them with positive messages. Not unrealistic positive messages, of course, but ones that are practical and true, such as "I've studied hard and I know the material, so I'm ready to do the best I can." (Of course, if you haven't studied, this message won't help!)
Accept mistakes. Another thing you can do is to learn to keep mistakes in perspective — especially if you're a perfectionist or you tend to be hard on yourself. Everyone makes mistakes, and you may have even heard teachers or coaches refer to mistakes as "learning opportunities." Learning to tolerate small failures and mistakes — like that one problem you got wrong in the math pop quiz — is a valuable skill. 
Take care of yourself. Eat a healthy breakfast and get a good night’s sleep. Everything takes time and practice, and learning to beat test anxiety is no different. Although it won't go away overnight, facing and dealing with test anxiety will help you succeed!

What is Bullying?

Bullying is another name for harassment.  It can take many forms, such as pushing, kicking, hitting and threatening.  It can include name-calling, humiliation, sarcasm and spreading rumors.  Another form of bullying is called cyber-bulling when the bullying is done over the internet.

Bullying can have serious, long-term emotional effects.  It is not simply “kids being kids.”  Bullying affects all aspects of children’s lives, including their ability to learn.

How Do I Know if My Child is Being Bullied?

Bullies can target just about anybody for a number of reasons, but kids who are habitually bullied tend to be those who already have lower self-esteem.

Children are often reluctant to talk to parents about being bullied.  They think that involving the parents will make them look weak or make the harassment worse from the bullies. 

If you suspect your child is being bullied:

  • Observe your child.  Bullying victims often start wanting to avoid school.  Their grades may drop.  They may withdraw from activities.  The stress may cause frequent stomachaches, headaches, panic attacks, or difficulty sleeping.  Their self-esteem may seem to drop, or they may take out their frustrations on others.
  • Talk and listen.  Encourage your child to tell you about what goes on in school or at other activities.  Don’t forget to also ask about the trip to and from school.

What if My Child is a Victim of Bullying?

Some parents tell their children to strike back at the bullies.  That usually creates more problems than it solves.  Here are some better solutions to try:

  • Provide an emotional refuge.  Hold your child when he/she cries.  Let him/her know that he/she is not to blame and the no one should have to put up with bullying.  Keep your child involved in finding a solution, but make sure you are taking action.
  • Discuss with your child how to avoid situations in which bullying often occurs. 
  • Give your child some ways to respond to bullies.  Help your child develop ways to stand up for himself/herself without losing his/her temper.  Your child might try:
  • Try ignoring the bully.
  • Turn and walk away.
  • Try not to show that he/she is angry or upset.
  • Let the school know.  Keep a record of the times your child is bullied.  Save harassing emails, texts, etc…  Make sure school officials know about these incidents at once.
  • Decide with school officials whether to contact law enforcement.
  • Find a new activity to do that will allow your child to focus on things he/she enjoys and get him/her together with people who aren’t connected to the bullying problem.

What if My Child is a Bystander?

Peers often know that a child is being bullied before any adults do.  Tell your child that bystanders need to act.  Ignoring the problem won’t make it go away and may lead the bully to think that bystanders support the bullying.  Here are some bystander Dos and Don’ts to share with your child:

Dos:

  • Persuade the victim to tell an adult.  Or offer to tell and adult for the victim.
  • Let the bully know that you disapprove of what he/she is doing.  Tell him/her that you are on the victim’s side and that you’ll stand up for the victim.

Don’ts

  • Don’t use violence against the bully-you may get hurt or even be blamed for being a bully yourself.
  • Don’t try to handle the situation by yourself.  Talk to a responsible adult.

Facts About Bullies:

  • Both boys and girls bully, usually same-sex classmates.  Boys often use physical force, threats, and ridicule.  Girls often use more subtle ways such as spreading rumors or excluding others.
  • Bullies at school are often victims at home.  Experts say bullies experience more hostile and abusive treatment at home than their peers.  However, this is not always the case.
  • 60% of boys identified as bullies during middle school had at least one criminal conviction by the age of 24.  40% had three or more convictions by the same age.
  • Bullies usually don’t act alone.  They are often part of a group where intimidating others establishes group identity, dominance, and status.  Bullies often depend on bystander support.

What Should I Do If I Think My Child is a Bully?

If you suspect your child is a bully, take immediate action.  Talk with your child about the behavior you expect and the behavior you will not tolerate.  Make it clear that your family does not tolerate behavior that hurts other people emotionally, verbally, or physically.  Seek help from either the school counselor or an outside counselor for professional advice.  Include the school in steps to prevent your child’s behavior, and be a team to both support your child and stop the bullying behavior.

Helping Your Child with Homework

The basic rule is, "Don't do the assignments yourself." It's not your homework—it's your child's. Doing assignments for your child won't help him understand and use information. And it won't help him become confident in his own abilities.

Here are some ways that you can provide guidance without taking over your child's homework.

Help Your Child Get Organized

Help your child to make a schedule and put it in a place where you'll see it often. Writing out assignments will get him used to the idea of keeping track of what's due and when. If your child is not yet able to write, write it for him until he can do it himself.

A book bag or backpack will make it easier for your child to carry homework to and from school. Providing homework folders in which your child can tuck his assignments for safekeeping also can help him to stay organized.

Encourage Good Study Habits

Teachers generally give students tips on how to study. But it takes time and practice to develop good study habits. To reinforce good habits at home, you can:

  • Find a quiet place without distractions from the TV, phone, etc.
  • Make a routine – same time, same place, every day for homework.
  • Help your child manage time to complete assignments. For example, if your fifth grader has a science report due in three weeks, discuss all the steps she needs to take to complete it on time.
  • Remember, a little bit everyday goes further than a whole lot at once!

  • Give practice tests.
  • Help your child avoid last-minute cramming. Review with your fifth grader how and what to study for his social studies test long before it's to be given. You can have him work out a schedule of what he needs to do to, make up a practice test and write down answers to the questions he's made up.
  • Talk with your child about how to take a test. Be sure she understands how important it is to read the instructions carefully, to keep track of the time and to avoid spending too much time on any one question. Talk with the teacher or counselor if you suspect your child has test anxiety.

Talk about the Assignments

Talking and asking questions can help your child to think through an assignment and break it down into small, manageable parts. Here are some questions to ask.

  • Do you understand what you're supposed to do? After your child has read the instructions, ask her to tell you in her own words what the assignment is about.  If your child doesn't understand the instructions, read them with her and talk about the assignment. Does it have words that she doesn't know? How can she find out what the words mean? If neither you nor your child understands an assignment, call one of her classmates or schedule a conference with the teacher. You can also go online and search for topics.  Many useful websites can guide your student such as www.aaamath.com and www.abcya.com .
  • Do you need help in understanding how to do this assignment? See if your child needs to learn more, for example, about subtracting fractions before she can do her assignment. Or find out if the teacher needs to explain to her again when to use different kinds of punctuation marks. If you understand the subject yourself, you may want to work through some examples with your child. However, always let her do the assignment herself.
  • Do you have everything you need to do the assignment? Sometimes your child needs special supplies, such as colored pencils, metric rulers, calculators, maps or reference books. Check with the teacher, school guidance counselor or principal for possible sources of assistance if you can't provide the needed supplies.
  • Does your answer make sense to you? To check that your child understands what he is doing, ask him to explain how he solved a math problem or have him summarize what he has written in a report.

Watch for Frustration

If your child shows signs of frustration, let him take a break. Encourage him and let him see that you know he can do the work.  Always speak with your child’s teacher if you notice extreme frustration and the homework taking hours and hours of your evening to complete. 

Give Praise

People of all ages respond to praise. And children need encouragement from the people whose opinions they value most—their families. "Good first draft of your book report!" or "You've done a great job" can go a long way toward motivating your child to complete assignments. Children also need to know when they haven't done their best work. Make criticism constructive, however. Instead of telling a fourth grader, "You aren't going to hand in that mess, are you?" say, "The teacher will understand your ideas better if you use your best handwriting.”

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