Sunday, February 9, 2020

Dear JES family,

FEBRUARY'S CHARACTER TRAIT ~ CREATIVITY

This month our focus is on CREATIVITY defined as using your imagination to do something unique! We will be discussing how creativity is more than art. It is thinking outside the box to solve problems.





LINK TO CISD MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS NEWSLETTER

Please visit the link to the CISD K-6 Mental Health and Wellness newsletter to read more about creativity at: https://www.smore.com/p9jv


Thank you for visiting the JES Counselor's Blogspot. If you have questions or concerns you can reach me at elizabeth.johnston@southlakecarroll.edu or 817 949 4500.

Kind regards,

Ziba Johnston
JES Counselor











Monday, December 23, 2019

Dear JES family,

I hope this finds you enjoying your Winter Break, having fun family time, and making great memories!

Ambassadors Sharing JES JOY!


The Ambassadors of Kindness presented each cafeteria lady and each custodian a poinsettia, hand made cards,  and a gift card. Thank you to all the students who earned the dollar and contributed to the dollar drive. 

We collected $528 and combined with a donation of $500 from PTO, we were able to give these staff members gift cards for $128.

Thank you, again, from the Ambassadors for contributing to JES JOY to honor these important people at our school!

As always, if I can assist you in anyway, you can reach me at elizabeth.johnston@southlakecarroll.edu

Happy Holidays and kindest regards,

Ziba Johnston

Helpful link  on Holiday Mindfulness for Kids

Saturday, December 7, 2019

DECEMBER ~ A Time of Sharing

JES TRADITIONAL ANGEL TREE



Our traditional Angel Tree that serves the children at Johnson Elementary is up in the office. Angels are still available! For over thirty years, the Johnson school family has provided holiday gifts for our own families who could use a little help. I hope that you and your child will choose an angel and make this act of kindness a family project. The JES family is so generous and never ceases to be amazing.

Spreading JES Joy!!!

The Fourth Grade AMBASSADORS of KINDNESS are leading a dollar drive to provide gift cards for the Custodians and Cafeteria ladies sharing JES JOY! Each student is challenged to earn a dollar to turn in to their teacher next week. The money will be used to purchase a gift and gift card. If every student contributes a dollar it will be a generous gift. Turn in your contribution by Friday! The gifts will be presented during fourth grade lunch.


December's character trait is JOY!

If I can assist you in any way, you can reach me at 817 949 4500 or at Elizabeth.Johnston@southlakecarroll.edu

Have a wonderful winter break! 

Kindest regards,
Ziba Johnston

Link to CISD Mental Health and Wellness monthly newsletter.

https://www.smore.com/npgjm



Sunday, November 3, 2019

Dear JES family and friends,

Our Core Essential character value for November is HONOR which is defined as letting someone know you see how valuable they are. We will be talking about HONOR in Counseling lessons. HONOR is an important character value that can easily be reinforce at home. Share with your child what honor means to you. Your children are listening. When we work together our children make twice the progress. 


Come Help Celebrate Our Veterans
 On November 11th, we will be celebrating Veteran's Day with a Breakfast and program. Please join us at JES for breakfast at 7:40 and the performance by our students at 8:15.

Join us at the Multicultural Showcase Potluck on November 7th! We will all be gathering at Rockenbaugh Elementary. What a wonderful opportunities for families to share, learn, and enjoy!

 ANGEL TREE

Our traditional angel tree will be decorated in the front office before we leave on Thanksgiving Break. Each year, we have our own Angel Tree to provide for children at Johnson.  If you are able to help, I hope you will choose an angel and make it a family project of showing gratitude and compassion for those families at Johnson who can use our help.

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) and Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) was completed for all fourth grade students. Make ups are complete. The results will be sent home around mid semester.
As always, if I can assist you in any way, please call.

Kindest regards,

Ziba Johnston 
Counselor
Link to November's Dragon Breath - Mental Health and Wellness Newsletter https://www.smore.com/d12vp

“Giving connects two people, the giver and the receiver, and this connection gives birth to a new sense of belonging.” Deepak Chopra

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Red Ribbon Week- October 28th-31st

Dear JES Family and Friends,


October as always is shaping up to be a busy one! Our character value for this month is COURAGE defined as: being brave enough to do what you should do even  when you're afraid .  I hope you continue to use the Core Essentials home link to spark discussions that lead to reinforcing what we are sharing at school about COURAGE. The link will come to you from your classroom teacher.

DRAGONS Go Blue on October 7nd as we celebrate World Day of Bullying Prevention. All throughout Dragon Country, we ask that everyone wear blue to bring awareness to the issue of bullying. We will be participating in activities that raise awareness of being kind and standing up for others. 

CogAT and ITBS Testing

On the 1st of this month, our fourth graders will be taking the CogAT test. The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) measures students’ learned reasoning abilities in the three areas most linked to academic success in school: Verbal, Quantitative and Nonverbal. On October 16th and 17th our fourth graders will be taking the Iowa Test of Basic Skills or ITBS. Although the primary goal of CogAT is to assess students’ reasoning abilities, it can also provide predicted achievement scores when administered with The Iowa Tests.

There is no special preparation you need to do at home for these tests. What you can do to help your student is make sure they are rested, well fed, and present at school on time on testing days. Please check your calendar and make sure that you have not scheduled doctor appointments during these days. The CogAT will be administered in three different sessions on the testing day. Testing for ITBS will take place in three sessions on the morning of the testing days.

A parent letter went home a few weeks ago about the upcoming tests that should address any questions you might have about the actual test and its purpose.   Of course, as always, if you have additional questions, please contact me at Elizabeth.Johnston@southlakecarroll.edu.


Red Ribbon Week will be celebrated the last week in October. This is a district wide drug awareness celebration.  We will kick off the week with a fun theme for each day! We will emphasize the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle. Please take advantage of this opportunity to talk with your children about making good decisions. It’s never too soon to start that conversation.



If I can help in any way, please don't hesitate to contact me at Elizabeth.Johnston@southlakecarroll.edu or 817 949 4500.

Kind regards,

Ziba

Elizabeth Johnston
JES School Counselor

Link to Dragon's Breath - K-6th grade Mental Health and Wellness Newsletter   https://www.smore.com/qkszt

Friday, August 9, 2019

Welcome Back Johnson Dragons!!!

Dear JES families and friends,

Welcome back to both returning and new families! There is exciting activity going on in preparation for the 2019-2020 school year. Our building is going to be amazing!!! I hope that you have had a wonderful summer! Teachers, staff and students are going to be talking about the Power of ONE this year - one person can make all of the difference! We will challenge each student to be that one who reaches out to others and includes all children.

Coach Eric McDade, CISD Leadership and Culture Coach, as well as Men's Basketball Coach, will be the featured speaker at our first assembly on August 28th, kicking off  Rachel's Challenge - Power of ONE.  He will be challenging the children to start a chain reaction of kindness. He will also help kick off  the continuation of the PTO sponsored Dragon's Diamonds program.


CORE ESSENTIALS Character Traits

Through our Core Essentials character traits program, we will be emphasizing the Big 3,  which are:   

Treat Others Right

Make Smart Decisions

Maximize Your Potential

Thank you to CARROLL ISD who is providing the Core Essentials web based curriculum for all of the elementary schools in our district this year. Thank you to our PTO for generously supporting the character traits program by purchasing the printed materials.  If you are a member of the PTO, then thank you for your support!
Our character trait for September is TRUST defined as putting your confidence in someone you can depend on. If you are interested in more information about our character education program go to www.coreessentials.org   When you discuss these important values at home, it reinforces their importance. Invite your child to share what they have learned at school about the BIG 3 and TRUST. When we work together at school and at home “great” things are possible.
Helpful Thoughts - 

You can anticipate that your child may be tired and “out of sorts” the first few weeks of school. The change in their sleep and meal routines alone may cause stress and then when you add on the expectations of school - it is understandable that most children will react. If problems persist or are more extreme than you feel is typical for your child, talk with your child’s teacher and/or contact me. If we can do anything to help you or your student, please let me know. You can email or call to schedule an appointment.

Kindest regards,

Ziba Johnston
Counselor
Jack D. Johnson Elementary
817 949 4500
Elizabeth.Johnston@southlakecarroll.edu

Friday, June 7, 2019

Happy Summer!!!

Dear JES Family and friends,

Summer holiday has finally arrived! I hope you are enjoying the time off for your child and spending quality time with your family. Summer is such great memory making time for children with camps and activities around the pool. Be safe.

 It was wonderful to see some of you when I visited the Southlake Library this week. The city library is an awesome resource! I hope you will get involved with the summer reading program and encourage your child to read throughout the summer. We see some backward sliding in reading ability for most students and it is beneficial if you read regularly to keep up your child's reading stamina. Read to your child to build vocabulary and have them read to you to increase fluency.

The plan is to be back in the office at JES on August 5th. Of, course that will be dictated by the progress of the construction . If you need to get in touch with me before school starts, the best option is via email at Elizabeth.Johnston@southlakecarroll.edu .

Happy Summer!

Ziba