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Coley Robichaux Phone Icon 205-439-1634 Email Icon Email
  Catherine Bruno Phone Icon 205-439-1624 Email Icon Email

Counseling and Guidance Team

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Brock's Gap Guidance & Counseling

 

 

Dear Parents and Guardians                                 

 

 We would like to take a moment to introduce ourselves to you and your family.  Our names are Mrs. Bruno and Mrs. Robichaux and we are the School Counselors at Brock’s Gap Intermediate School for the 2017-2018 school year. We are excited and honored to be a part of this amazing team of educators and staff. We look forward to helping your student(s) succeed to meet their own personal goals for this school year and beyond.

 

Counseling sessions in a school setting are typically short-term in nature and focus on solutions to help your child succeed in all areas of their development. Counseling activities can include individual or group counseling and whole class lessons.  Your student may be referred to counseling from a teacher, staff member or from you as a parent/guardian.  To make a referral, you may visit our website or email us personally.       

 

Please call or email us if you have ANY questions or concerns. We are thrilled to be working with your students! Have a great start to the school year everyone!

 

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Bruno                                        Mrs. Robichaux

 

5th Grade Counselor                          6th Grade Counselor

 

205-439-1624                                   205-439-1634

 

cbruno@hoover.k12.al.us                   nrobichaux@hoover.k12.al.us

 

 

 

 

 

At Brock's Gap the school counseling services are addressed through the three major domains of the American School Counselor Association- Academic, Career, and Personal/Social. We're asking parents, teachers, and students to complete a short needs assessment in order to help us provide services through our counseling program. Thank you for your time and input.  We look forward to working and collaborating with you this year!

 

Mrs. Bruno and Mrs. Robichaux          

 

http://bit.ly/2vOfbUK

 

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This year at Brock’s Gap Intermediate School we are going to be doing career spotlights throughout the year. WE NEED YOU! We want our parents to be our spotlights. We are asking that you video yourself answering a few questions and the video will be shared in our broadcast announcements.

We are looking for a variety of people interested in telling our students about their career. Many of our students are unaware of the career opportunities available to them and this is a fantastic way to provide them with first hand knowledge of potential career paths. This is also a great way for you to get involved in BGIS and make an impact on the students’ future.

If you are interested in recording a short 2 minute video telling the students about a “day in the life” of your job, please complete the following link. http://bit.ly/2vDNqdu

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. The information is also on the Guidance & Counseling page on the Brock’s Gap website.

 

Thanks,

Catherine Bruno                       Coley Robichaux

5th Grade Counselor                6th Grade Counselor

cbruno@hoover.k12.al.us         nrobichaux@hoover.k12.al.us

205-439-1624                        205-439-1634

 

Video Questions (2 minutes or less):

  1. What is your name?

  2. What is your job title?

  3. What kinds of things do you do at your job?

  4. What type of training/college experience/qualifications was required?

  5. What do you enjoy most about your job?

  6. What kinds of subjects were important for you to know in order to be able to do your job?

  7. Who are you related to at Brock’s Gap? (Optional)

 

Please check the Guidance/Counseling webpage for any forms such as: community service, peer helper,  parent referrals, guidance curriculum & schedule, character announcements, etc.

 

For more information about our counseling program, click the link below

http://prezi.com/pweapcfuahlc/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy

 

What’s Trending

When your child is glued to their electronic device, ever wonder what app they’re on? Here’s a list of some trending sites/phone apps to keep you in the know!

Youtube is a video-sharing site and app. There are many videos on YouTube that may not be age-appropriate for kids. Plenty of inappropriate content can surface by typing in the most innocent of search terms, so parents will want to monitor kids' use. Videos here run the gamut, from commercial to educational to music videos to homemade clips. Many kids love YouTube and rely on it as a way of keeping up with popular culture. This is one of the Web's most popular destinations for people of all ages. YouTube does offer parents the ability to filter out objectionable content and comments using Safety Mode. However, Safety Mode doesn't catch everything. There is also a feature that allows you to create a youtube channel, which a lot of students have.

Kik is an app-based alternative to standard texting as well as a social networking app for smartphones. With features like video, sketch, bot search, and friend or group code scanning, the app can be used by kids as young as 13 but should really only be used by older teens and adults since it's so easy to connect with strangers. 

Musical.ly is the world’s largest creative platform. The platform allows any user to make videos and share with friends or with the world. It also has a social network component to it as well. You must be 13+ to use the application.

 

Snapchat is an image messaging and multimedia phone app. It allows users to snap and share picture, make videos to communicate in the moment, and keep up with or follow what's going on with friends and others they choose to follow on the platform. You must be 13+ to use the application. There is a location setting that should be turned off if students are given permission to use the application. There is also a version for younger children called SnapKidz.

 

Instagram is an app that allows users to capture and share the world’s moments. Users can follow their friends and family to see what they’re up to, express themselves by sharing all the moments of their day, including the highlights and everything in between, too. Users can follow accounts from all over the world that are sharing things they might love. It has over 500 million users. Users can post photos, videos, edit pictures, go live (record live video and share), watch videos posted by friends, and send disappearing photos and videos to friends they follow. You must be 13+ to use the application. 

 

Houseparty  is an application that allows users to host virtual "house parties". Parties allows users to connect and chat face-to-face in a virtual space. A party can host up to eight (8) users at a time. Users can send messages to one another during the "house party" or opt to participate in only face-to-face conversations. There is no minimum age required to use the app.

Kiwi is an app and website lets people ask questions of friends or all users. Posts are tagged with your location (unless you turn it off), so all the kids at one school can be on the app.

Sarahah lets you send anonymous comments to friends. Some teens may use it to send anonymous messages with their schoolyard crushes, but more often it's used to transmit all the mean things teens would never say to a friend's face.

Live.ly is an app that allows users to watch live videos but are never entirely sure what they're going to see when they open it up.

Monkey-This app randomly connects teens with other Snapchat users around the world for a 10-second video chat. As with so many social networking tools, a teen's experience will depend a lot on other users' behavior.

Oovoo- Parents need to know that ooVoo Video Call, Text and Voice is a free app that teens can use to group video chat with up to 12 people, even if they're using different platforms (iPhone, Android, desktop computers, and more). ooVoo users also can send texts and make regular phone calls, including to international numbers (in-app purchase is required). ​The developer's terms indicate people must be 13 or older to use the app. An important privacy and safety note: Unless teens change their account settings to limit or restrict public access, anyone can search for, see, and contact them.

Source:     https://www.commonsensemedia.org/parent-concerns

 

Red Ribbon Week

 

Oct. 23-27

 

Healthy body, Healthy choices, Helping others

 

Monday: Teens Needing Teens & RRW History

 

TNT purpose: Support students, provide help, spread love, and show kindness all while educating them about drugs and alcohol that affects people with their decision-making process.

 

Tuesday: Yes I CAN be drug free! (Donate all week to the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama)

 

“The Community Food Bank of Central Alabama feeds people in need today and fosters collaborative solution to end hunger tomorrow. 
There are over 80,000 children in Central Alabama at risk of hunger – which is more than the entire population of Homewood, Anniston and Vestavia combined. 
To meet this need, the Food Bank supplies over 10 million meals a year to 240 food pantries, shelters and children programs. 
Where there are gaps in service, we directly feed families and children through our Child Hunger and Healthy Eating Initiatives.”

 

List of Most Needed Foods:

 

Canned Tuna

 

Chicken

 

Peanut Butter and Jelly (non-glass)

 

Cereal / Oatmeal / Grits Dried

 

Canned Beans Macaroni and Cheese* Pasta and Pasta Sauce*

 

Canned Vegetables

 

Canned or dried Fruit

 

Brown Rice *Whole Wheat Preferred ~ Low Sodium or No Salt Added Preferred

 

*What not to donate: Opened Food Home canned goods, Unlabeled food (Avoid glass jars as they easily break in transit and cause a safety hazard)

 

 

 

Wednesday:UNITY DAY: Together against bullying. United for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. Wear Orange: Make a statement!

 

Thursday:Wear Red

 

 

 

Friday:Pledge andsign personal contract 

  

How did National Red Ribbon Week begin?

A young man named Enrique "Kikki" Camarena wanted to stop drug use.  He was a HERO! He became a Federal agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration. Sadly, he was killed while working to keep drugs out of our communities.  Kikki's friends and family wore badges of red satin to remember him and as a symbol of their promise to keep up the fight against drugs. Today, more than 80 million people across the country wear red during National Red Ribbon Week to show their support for a healthy, drug free lifestyle.

 

Red Ribbon Week Pledge

I pledge to respect myself and others by protecting my brain and rest of my body.

I pledge to protect my brain and the rest of my body by eating right and exercising.

I pledge to protect my brain and the rest of my body by saying no to smoking, drinking alcohol, abusing drugs, or bullying.

I pledge to protect my brain and the rest of my body by wearing a seatbelt.

I pledge to protect my brain and the rest of my body by wearing a helmet when riding a bike, scooter, skating, or playing football and baseball.

I pledge to work to be the best I can be in everything I do.

These things I pledge every day and show my commitment by signing this pledge.

 

October Character Winners

 

Creativity-Using your imagination to do something unique.

 

6th Grade:

 

Explorers: Keyara Johnson & Ryan Calvin

 

Navigators: Zavier Long and Kalyn King

 

Discoverers: Annabelle Kotis and Ben Smith.

 

Voyagers: Aaron D'Angiolillo & Anna Kizzire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5th Grade:

 

Explorers: Jaxxson Schmidt & Sophia Hayes

 

Navigators: Matthew McCarty & Claire Stoudenmire

 

Discoverers: Victoria Tomasulo & Tylor Brannon

 

Voyagers: Cooper Dobnikar and Catherine Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

2017-2018 Character Traits

 

August-Respect

 

September-Friendship

 

October-Creativity

 

November-Gratitude

 

December-Generosity

 

January-Commitment

 

February-Kindness

 

March-Patience

 

April-Peace

 

May-Honesty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Bullying Resources 

http://store.samhsa.gov/apps/bullying/

 

Research shows that parents and caregivers who spend at least 15 minutes a day talking with their child can build the foundation for a strong relationship and help prevent bullying.

 

The time you spend will help boost your children’s confidence and build effective strategies for facing bullying—whether children are being bullied, engaging in bullying, or witnessing bullying.

 

Take a few minutes and “check in,” by asking about school, their friends, and any challenges they face. KnowBullying has simple conversation starters to begin a discussion with your child. 

 

App Features

 

·     Conversation Starters: Start easy, meaningful conversations with your children.

 

·     Tips: Learn strategies to prevent bullying for ages 3—6, 7—13, and teens.

 

·     Warning Signs: Recognize if your child is engaging in bullying, being bullied, or witnessing bullying.

 

·     Reminders: Talk with your child when the time feels right: a quiet moment on the way to school or a game, during dinner, or relaxing outside.

 

·     Social Media: Share successful strategies and useful advice via Facebook, Twitter, email, and text messages.