Classroom Counseling Lessons: Take place during specials, every other week, for approximately 30 minutes. We use a variety of techniques such as games, songs, puppets, art, and stories to help children learn about relationships, social skills, problem solving, communication, character education, strengths, areas of growth, and interests.
Individual Sessions: All students are welcome to request to see the counselor to talk one-on-one or with peers throughout the school day. If this becomes a pattern, the counselor will reach out to parents to inform them. The school counselor may also be prompted to check in on a student per your or the teacher’s request, or if a need arises.
Counseling Groups: Provided for students with parent permission due to parent, teacher, counselor, or student request. Groups last approximately 30 minutes and meet once a week for about 6-8 weeks depending on the topic. Topics may include: grief and loss, emotional regulation and expression, social skills, and self-concept. We will always send a letter home if your child is invited to participate in a group and will always seek your permission.
We are currently offering ongoing mindfulness groups every Monday at recess for calming, as well as weekly play groups for students wanting a structured play opportunity to meet new people every Wednesday.
*Individual sessions and counseling groups are voluntary and are offered to all students. These services are provided for your child so he/she can have the opportunity to address concerns in order to not impact learning. All counseling is confidential except if there is a risk of harm to self or to others. School counselors may consult and collaborate to better meet the needs of students. We are happy to discuss general impressions as we work with your child so you may best help him/her at home.*
School counselors also:
- Manage 504 plans.
- Serve as School Buddy Pack Coordinators.
- Assist in providing resources to those in need.
- Orient students and families to the school.
- Coordinate tutoring.
- Coordinate Red Ribbon Week.
- Serve as School Testing Coordinators.
- Manage attendance tracking, initiatives, and interventions.
- Serve on various school committees, including: Positive Behavior Interventions Support Team, Building Leadership Team, Laker Locker Team, Staff Learnings, and Attendance Team.