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Counselor's Corner



My name is Geneva Bugg. I joined the Social Circle City Schools family as the primary and elementary school counselor in the 2017-2018 school year. I have an A.A. degree from Oxford at Emory College, class of 1998. I earned my B.A. from Emory University in 2000. I earned a M.Ed. from the University of West GA in 2003. I was employed in the Newton County School System as an elementary school counselor for 13 years. I am so excited about joining the SCPS and SCES teams!

As a school counselor, my primary responsibility is to promote the academic, personal, and social development of all students. I look forward to offering support to students, staff, families, and the community.  I will be meeting with students individually and in small groups, conducting classroom guidance lessons, collaborating with teachers and staff, and consulting with community organizations to benefit and meet the needs of students and families at Social Circle Primary and Elementary Schools.

Any student can request to meet with me or they can be referred by a teacher, administrator, or parent. If you have questions about local resources or would like to offer resources to Social Circle City Schools students and families, please contact me.

Look me up on YouTube (Geneva Bugg) I have compiled a variety of age appropriate playlists on a variety of topics such as: school/cafeteria/hallway/playground/bathroom expectations, bullying, feelings, hygiene, self-esteem, listening, communication, friendship, good manners, test-taking strategies,  etc. that you can watch then discuss with your family. 


Your Primary School Counselor

  • Provides classroom guidance lessons about character and social skills, careers, good touch/bad touch, and a variety of topics
  • Provides individual and group counseling
  • Works with teachers, parents, and community members to ensure the academic and social growth of students
  • Coordinates holiday assistance programs
  • Provides parents and community members with information about local resources and services
  • Leads school-wide programs such as Red Ribbon Week, Career Day, Critter Cash, and Kelso’s Choices
  • Mandated Reporter


Bugg Schedule Screenshot
Bugg October Schedule Screenshot

Child Supervision Guidelines

DFCS suggests the following guidelines

When determining if a child is old enough and mature enough to be left without adult supervision. Keep in mind that each child is different. In addition to the minimum supervision guidelines, parents, guardians and adults have to consider child-specific factors such as personality, developmental progress, environment and maturity when deciding if a child is ready to accomplish activities with little or no supervision. The guidelines for children in foster care differ from the guidelines for children in parental custody.

Children in Parental Custody

1. Children (8) eight years or younger should not be left alone

2. Children between the ages of (9) nine years and (12) twelve years, based on level of maturity, may be left alone for brief (less than two hours) periods of time

3. Children (13) thirteen years and older, who are at an adequate level of maturity, may be left alone and may perform the role of babysitter, as authorized by the parent, for up to twelve hours.

Children in Foster Care

1. Children in DFCS custody are not permitted to babysit

2. Reliable and competent youth (14) fourteen years and older may be left under their own supervision under certain circumstances that have been previously agreed upon and documented by the Social Services Case Manager, Supervisor, and placement provider.

3. Youth who are 14 and older may be eligible of the Independent Living Program (ILP) and the development of a Graduated Independence Plan (GIP) that will allow the youth to engage in unsupervised age appropriate activities. The GIP must be developed in conjunction with the youth, the youth’s parent/caregiver (when applicable), SSCM, Supervisor, and placement provider.

We encourage you to view the DFCS Lack of Supervision Reference Guide for a complete list of guidelines and exceptions.

If you have specific questions concerning supervision guidelines, please contact the DFCS Customer Contact Center at 1-877-423-4746 (Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.).

Click on the following link for more information:,for%20up%20to%20twelve%20hours.


Safe Touch/Unsafe Touch Resources

Parent Letter

Session One PowerPoint

5 Body Safety Rules PowerPoint

Pre-K Body Safety Rules PowerPoint


Online Resources for Parents


Click on the link below for more information

The Blue Book: Walton County Resources

The Blue Book

Suicide Prevention

Prevent Suicide GA


Suicide Prevention

Grief resources for kids

Grief Resources for Kids | Dougy Center


Grief Support Resource Library - NACG

Career: Mechanical Trades Institute

Mechanical Trades Institute

A Plan of Action for General Anxiety and Depression

For such a time as this: A plan of action for general anxiety and depression - Counseling Today

Internet and phone safety

How To Talk To Your Kids About The Danger Of Sexting | HuffPost Life

Drug Abuse Prevention

Partnership to End Addiction


About Us | notMYkid®

Parent and Children Services

Parent & Children Services | Georgia Department of Human Services

Mental Health 

NAMI Georgia


SAMHSA’s National Helpline


Adult Mental Health Community Services

Report school safety concerns

School Safety Hotline

Breathing video: Headspace

Headspace | Mini meditation | Breathe

How to set SMART Goals

How To Write Smart Goals Effectively | Lifehack

How learning works

The Neuroscience of Learning

Growth Mindset Introduction

Growth Mindset Introduction: What it is, How it Works, and Why it Matters


Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset


Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset


Online Resources for Kids


Click on the link below for more information

Recognizing Emotions

TFC: The Feelings Channel - YouTube


"Emotions" - StoryBots Super Songs Episode 8 | Netflix Jr


The Way I Feel by Janan Cain | Read Aloud | Story Time with Mrs. S


πŸ“–πŸ” A Little Spot of Feelings - Emotion Detective By Diane Alber READ ALOUD


πŸ“–πŸ˜‘ A Little Spot of Anger By Diane Alber READ ALOUD


A Little SPOT of Sadness: A Story About Empathy And Compassion by Diane Alber

A Little Spot Learns Online

A Little Spot Learns Online πŸ”΅ Children's Book Read Aloud πŸ–₯

Grief: stories for children

The Memory Box -  A Book About Grief


Ida Always

Self-esteem video

Self Esteem Lesson-Kids Childrens Story Telling Read Along-Howard B.Wigglebottom


I LIKE MYSELF! by Karen Beaumont and David Catrow : Kids Books Read Aloud


πŸ“š Kids Book Read Aloud: A BAD CASE OF STRIPES by David Shannon


Emily's Quills: A Story about Confidence and Self-Love Read Aloud


A Little Spot of Confidence πŸ”΄ Read Aloud Kids Book


πŸ“š READ ALOUD: Confidence Is My Superpower By: Alicia Ortego

Social Emotional Learning stories

Julia Cook - YouTube


Kids Books Read Aloud - YouTube

Growth Mindset: Keep trying

The Magical Yet.

Growth Mindset: ClassDojo

Growth Mindset for students - Episode β…•


Class Dojo's Growth Mindset Series - Episode 2


Growth Mindset for students   Episode 35


Growth Mindset for students   Episode 55

Growth Mindset songs

Sesame Street: Janelle Monae - Power of Yet


Don't Stop, Don't Give Up!


Shakira - Try Everything (Official Video)


Almost There - Princess and the Frog


Sesame Street: Sings "What I Am"


Sesame Street: Bruno Mars: Don't Give Up

Breathing techniques

Sesame Street: Common and Colbie Caillat Sing "Belly Breathe" with Elmo


Candle and Flower Breathing - Mindful and Calming Breathing Technique


Five Finger Breathing


Rainbow Relaxation: Mindfulness for Children


Guided Square Breathing Exercise in 2 minutes


7-Minute Emotion Regulating Activity To Help Kids Calm Down! [with mindful breathing techniques]


Take A Breather! 4 Minute Box Breathing Activity To Calm Nerves and Ease Anxiety For Kids

Calming techniques/Coping skills videos

Flow | GoNoodle - YouTube


πŸ“–πŸ˜Œ A Little Calm Spot By Diane Alber READ ALOUD

Videos to help kids focus/ hande frustration/ anxiety/stress

A Little Spot of Anxiety | Kid Books Read Aloud


Empower Tools | GoNoodle - YouTube


The 5-4-3-2-1 Method: A Grounding Exercise to Manage Anxiety


The Body Scanner! Mindfulness for Children


Stress Management Tips for Kids and Teens!

Calming techniques/Coping skills 

videos for small children

CALMER KIDS Animated Videos - YouTube


Moovlee - YouTube


Melting Exercise - Learn To Destress | Guided Meditiation For Kids | Breathing Exercises | GoNoodle


Listening and following directions: Sesame Street

Sesame Street: The Spy Who Loved Cookies (007 Parody)


Sesame Street: Furry Potter and The Goblet of Cookies (Harry Potter Parody)


Sesame Street: Cookie's Crumby Pictures- The Biscotti Kid (Karate Kid Parody)

Focus and memory: Sesame Street

Sesame Street: Cookie of Oz (Wizard of Oz Parody)

Self-Control videos and songs: Sesame Street

Cookie Monster Practices Self-Regulation | Life Kit Parenting | NPR


Sesame Street: Ed Sheeran- Two Different Worlds


Sesame Street: Me Want It (But Me Wait)


Sesame Street: Jurassic Cookie (Jurassic Park Parody)


Sesame Street: Star S'Mores (Star Wars Parody)

Making friends 

How to Make Friends | CBC Kids


Make New Friends Song ❀ Friendship Song for Kids ❀ Brain Breaks & Kids Songs by The Learning Station


A Friend is Someone Who - read aloud | SEL books for children, books for kids' social skills #read


Being Friends - Read About US


πŸ“š READ ALOUD: How I made a friend By Daniel Georges


πŸ¦–How do Dinosaurs Stay Friends (Read Aloud) | Storytime | Friendship |Miss Jill


How Do Dinosaurs Play With Their Friends? πŸ¦•πŸ¦– @Kimberly's Bookshelf Read Alouds


πŸ“š READ ALOUD: My Way to Making Friends By: Elizabeth Cole


Bella and Burt: A Tail about Friendship


The Meanest Girl in Second Grade


Bully: A Read-along Story About Bullies for Kids: Read-Aloud Stories from PlayKids


Bullying Bullying Lesson Kids Childrens Literature Story Telling Read Along-Howard B.Wigglebottom


Sesame Street: Try a Little Kindness (with Tori Kelly)


A Little Spot of Kindness πŸ’šπŸ§‘πŸ’› Children's Book about Being Kind (to help kids cope with bad news)


πŸ“š READ ALOUD:Kindness is My Superpower By Alicia Ortego


Have You Filled a Bucket Today?


How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids


Fill Your Bucket - Children's Song by The Learning Station


Bucket Filling A-Z


Kindness is Cooler Mrs Ruler


"Kindness is a Muscle" Official Music Video ft. Aidan Prince, William Alexander | Universal Kids


Listening skills video

Listen Better Story -Childrens Story Telling Read Along-Howard B.Wigglebottom


YES, I CAN LISTEN! 4th Grade Books | Emotions for Kids | READ ALOUD


Be a Whole Body Listener | Jack Hartmann


Get Georgia Reading At Home Resources




TheLearningStation - Kids Songs and Nursery Rhymes - YouTube

Managing Stress and Anxiety: Flocabulary

Managing Worry and Anxiety for Kids

Managing stress and anxiety: Tapping

Stress Relief for Kids


Mindfulness And Meditation


Heartbeat: A Mindfulness Exercise to Calm Your Emotions


Everyday mindfulness


BrightenUp! - YouTube

Bus expectations

Bathroom expectations

Playground expectations

Hallway expectations

Classroom expectations


Sesame Street: Quiet or Loud Song

Lunchroom expectations

Know and Follow the Rules

Know and Follow Rules By Cheri J. Meiners | Building Character Book For Kids

Following Directions

πŸ“šπŸ‘¦πŸ½THAT RULE DOESN'T APPLY TO ME! | Kids Book READ ALOUD | Storytime | Books for Kids


What If Everybody Did That? | Social Skills for Kids | Read Aloud

Positive Thinking: You are not your thoughts

You are not your thoughts

Testing stress

Conquering exam stress: lessons from our bodies


5 Easy Ways to Conquer Exam Stress

Setting SMART Goals

LearnStorm Growth Mindset: How to write a SMART goal

Setting SMART Goals

Setting SMART Goals for Kids

9 best scientific study tips

The 9 BEST Scientific Study Tips

Test Taking strategies

Paul Devoto - YouTube

Body Safety

My Body Belongs To Me: From My Head, To My Toes


Miles is the Boss of his Body


Boss of My Body


Kids Book Read Aloud: πŸ’•No Means No! by Jayneen Sanders ll bedtime stories  ​ πŸ“š πŸ’•

Career Exploration

Career Exploration


Relaxing music and pictures of nature for stress release

Relaxing Music for Stress Relief. Calm Music for Meditation, Sleep, Healing Therapy, Spa

Deep Ocean relaxation video

Deep Ocean: 10 Hours of Relaxing Oceanscapes | BBC Earth

Cosmic Relaxation video

COSMIC RELAXATION: 8 HOURS of 4K Deep Space NASA Footage + Chillout Music for Studying, Working, Etc