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Welcome to the Counseling Corner!

 


What do elementary school counselors do? 

  • Develop a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate school counseling program to address the needs of all students.
  • Work as a team with school staff, parents, and the community to create a caring climate.
  • Provide education, prevention, early identification and intervention of social, emotional, and academic challenges to help children reach their potential.

What services does the school counseling program provide?

  • Short-term small-group counseling
  • Classroom guidance lessons, which focus on educating children about understanding themselves and others, peer relationships, coping strategies, personal safety, effective social skills, communication, problem solving, conflict resolution, substance use prevention, academic skills (organizational, study, and test-taking skills), diversity awareness, goal setting, decision making, and career exploration.
  • Consultation to parents and teachers about student concerns 
  • Parent conferences
  • Individual, family, and school crisis intervention
  • Collaboration and teaming with school staff to address ways to meet students' needs
  • Referrals to outside agencies and counseling services
  • Connections to resources and information to help with social, emotional, and academic issues
  • Assist with the creation of behavior plans for students with behavioral challenges


We continue to work in all the classroom and are focusing on Personal Safety.  Many of you have recieved materials and letters about these lessons, and if you have not please keep your eye out for them.  Below are a couple of safety rules that we ask you as parents to be sure you are enforcing.

  • Rhode Island state law requires that children under age 7, under 54 inches in height and weighing less than 80 pounds ride in a federally approved car seat or booster seat. These car seats and boosters should be appropriate for the child's age, height and weight, and should be used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. Children under age 7 must ride in a rear vehicle seat. Rhode Island law requires that passengers not in a car seat or booster use a seat belt.
  • Helmets should be worn when riding bikes, scooters, skateboards, etc.
  • Review with your child the rules for computer usage. Let them know where they are allowed to be and what they should do if something inappropriate comes up on the computer.
  • Please be sure your child knows their phone number (including the use of area code 1-401...) as well as their address.
  • Have a list of phone numbers by the phone that your child could call if they need help or have a concern.

In the month of February we will be talking about feelings, being able to label them and express them appropriately.