Jul 03

Helpful Resources for Parents

Have a question about an app your child wants to download? Wondering how to find ways to connect with your child when life gets super busy? Is your your child testing your limits and you need a new perspective? Want to get your child on the right track for strong work habits? Browse through the resources below for ideas and strategies that will help support your child this summer. 

Explore the commonsense media website with your kiddos:

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews -use the search function to look up apps on your child’s phone, and together, find out what these apps are really about and how to monitor your child’s use. Kids use these apps to talk to each other, and we are seeing bullying issues arise from this. Know what they are doing on the apps, and what the safety concerns are.

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/parent-concerns -is a place for parents to find information about apps, screen time, building character, being safe online, etc.

Find one tool from this resource to try out with your child:

http://www.ahaparenting.com/parenting-tools – looking for conversation starters? Want some ideas on how to get siblings to get along better? How to talk about divorce to your child? Ideas on how to keep your child safe? Wanting your child to be a better friend? All of these topics are available with helpful resources.

Career Exploration is SO important at this age…kids start eliminating career possibilities if they don’t see them as an option early on. Exposure, exposure, exposure!

http://www.vaview.vt.edu/parents – such a cool website for parents and kids to explore. There are activities, games, and information for younger kiddos and the older ones. Have fun with this resource! There is a section for parents, K-5, and 6-8. Help your kids make the connection between school and jobs.

For Parents of Rising Middle Schoolers:

http://www.parenttoolkit.com/social-and-emotional-development/news/back-to-school/guiding-our-children-through-school-transitions-middle-school -guiding your rising 6th grader through the middle school transition.

Learning Success and Support:

http://www.scholastic.com/parents/school-success – this resource is FULL of activities and information on how to help your child with learning and work habits that will set them up for success.

May 09

Changing Waters: Navigating Friendships in 4th and 5th Grade

It is common for friendships among girls to become rocky upon the entrance to middle school. It is about this time, our girls begin to realize their friends are changing (and they, themselves, are changing), and the waters become deeper and less clear. While we cannot fix all the friendship issues they will face, we, together, can help support them as they problem-solve on their own. One important recommendation is to limit the phone and computer use at home. At the school, we are seeing issues stem from texting and group texting that takes place on the phone, computer, and on apps. They have not yet built up the emotional boundaries and filters to handle the amount of “online social connectedness” they are engaging in…it becomes too much for them to process. At this age it  is completely ok and recommended for kids to “unplug” from their phones, and are on them in small doses and with monitored use.




Mar 21

College and Career Spirit Week in April 16 – 20

Click Here for the College and Career Spirit Week Flyer


Jan 15

Information about 6th Grade Registration

 Middle school parent packet 2018

The 6th grade course registration process has begun, and we want to make everything go as smoothly as possible…we know it can be a lot if this is your first experience with middle school. We got you! Ms. Guelig, our school counselor, has prepared a Middle School Registration Packet filled with everything you will need to know about registering your child for 6th grade courses. There is even a checklist so you can keep it all straight!


Hungary Creek is our feeder school…IF YOUR CHILD WILL NOT ATTEND HUNGARY CREEK NEXT YEAR, Please let Ms. Guelig know so that she can reach out to another middle school for information.


 IMPORTANT: Please make every effort to attend the Hungary Creek Curriculum Fair next week…Thursday, January 18th at 6:00pm.  This is a great opportunity to see Hungary Creek and and learn about courses for next year! 

Thank you!


Sep 22

Parent Resources for October

Home and School Parent Resources 

Sep 21

Back to School Conversation Tips!

Whether your child is starting school for the first time or if your child is returning for another fantastic year, the first month of school can be both exciting and stressful for kids…and parents. Asking open-ended questions is a great way to find out more about your child’s first weeks and get a feel for how they are transitioning. Below are some awesome conversation starters, take a look!


Avoid These Questions

Try These Instead

  • How was school?
  • What’s the biggest difference between this year and last year?
  • Did you have fun at school?
  • What was the best thing you did at school?
  • Who did you sit with?
  • Tell me the names of the four kids who sat closest to you.
  • Was your teacher nice?
  • What was the most interesting thing your teacher said today?
  • What class rules did your teacher say are important?
  • What did your teacher say she likes to do?
  • Did your teacher go over the daily schedule with the class?
  • What is the best thing about your daily schedule?
  • Did you have everything you needed for school?
  • Was there anything you wish you had at school that you didn’t have today?
  • Were the kids in your class nice?
  • Who did you enjoy talking with the most?
  • Did anyone have anything fun or interesting to talk about?
  • Did you get your schedule?
  • Which days look best on your schedule?
  • Are your friends in your classes?
  • Tell me two kids you remember from each class.
  • Was the work hard?
  • What was the best thing your teacher asked you to do in ______ today?
  • Did you play with anyone at recess?
  • What were most kids doing at recess?
  • What was the best game at recess?
  • What did you talk about at recess?
  • How was lunch?
  • Who sat near you at lunch?
  • What were the other kids eating for lunch?
  • What was the funniest thing someone said at lunch?

(National Center for Learning Disabilities, 13 Questions to Ask Your Child About School)

Sep 12

5th Grade Parents: IB Info for middle school – optional program/application process

HCPS IB Program at Moody Middle School  <—Check out this link for more information! 

Aug 19

Welcome back returning Gators, and welcome to Greenwood, new Gators!!

I’m Ms. Guelig, your school counselor. Please look around on my blog to get an idea of my role and how I can support your little one. I love what I do and can’t wait to see you! Back to school can be a big transition, so make sure you take full advantage of 5th Grade Gator Camp, Open House, and Back to School Night!

Jun 14

Touch-A-Truck with PreK, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade was AWESOME!!

Jun 12

Career Day Was a BIG Hit!!! Thank you!!!!