Friday, August 17, 2012

Back to School Shopping, School Counselor Style!!!

If you're like me, you are using these last few days of summer to get ready for back to school!!  For me that means getting new supplies for my school counselor office(s)!! I love to find things that I can use for individual counseling, small groups and class lessons, but I AM on a budget!  Thank goodness for the Dollar Spot at Target, The Dollar Tree and The Christmas Tree Shop!!  I am lucky enough to live near all of these stores and I keep my eye out every time I'm there.  This week I came home with a pirate's booty of great things for my school counseling program!  Here are 2 views of my goodies!



Included in my treasure trove are foam shapes (puzzle pieces, hands, hearts, & pennants), 2 Jr. Slinkies, Angry Birds Fruit Snacks & 2 eraser packs, 2 mini koosh balls, wiggle eyes, star erasers, pencils (Avengers, Batman, Lorax, Muppets) Batman erasers, 2 packs of Dr. Seuss Reward cards, 2 packs of multi color pipe cleaners, glitter and regular pompoms, praise words bulletin board border, 2 packs of blue pens, fancy dancy file folders and a puzzle design paper bin!!!!  Most of this stuff was $1!! Sweet!!

I also picked up 4 of these neato ottomans (with inside storage) as per my friend Danielle
@sch_counselor from http://www.schcounselor.com.  

These came from Target and were $14 each. They had several fun colors and patterns!!!  I am going to use these as extra seating for my Lunch Bunches!!


What goodies did you get for back to school?  



Thursday, August 16, 2012

What is a School Counselor?

As I was updating my school counselor webpage (http://staff1.beth.k12.pa.us/~abirster/Birster/Welcome.html) for this school year, I came across  something I forgot about, a nice, kid friendly explanation of what is a school counselor, given to me by a colleague!  I decided to make it into a brochure to have available for Open House Night.  I made it generic (without school info since I am at 2 schools and I can add that info later).  I originally created it in Microsoft Word, brochure template and uploaded and converted it to Google Docs to be able to share it with you!  Click here What is a School Counselor? to access a copy!  Have you created a School Counselor brochure?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Welcome to the School Counselor Companion blog!!

After reading many wonderful education blogs, particularly those geared towards school counseling, I have bit the bullet and have finally decided to try it for myself!  So welcome to School Counselor Companion!!! I look forward to sharing what I do as an elementary school counselor in 2 (yes 2!) elementary schools in PA!  I hope to focus on our day-to-day activities as well as share resources and ideas that are relevant to the field of school counseling!

As we gear up for back to school and all of its business, take time everyday to remember why we are/want to be school counselors:  helping children be successful in school!!!

I hope you will join me on my journey of sharing and learning!  I look forward to connecting with you!