Students can request to see me by filling out a slip from the "Notes for Ms. Shaw" container located in each classroom. I also see students as a result of a teacher or parent request. During individual meetings with students, I can help children understand and accept themselves, cope with family changes and/or family crises, develop decision making skills, conflict resolution skills, anger management techniques, and problem solving strategies. The following are just a few examples of the situations in which school counselors can help their students:
My best friend and I seem to be fighting a lot lately. We just can’t seem to get along.
My parents are getting a divorce. I’m scared about what is happening to our family.
I am the new kid here at school and I am afraid that I just won’t fit in.
I have been having nightmares lately and it takes me so long to fall asleep at night.
My grandmother just died and I can't stop crying.
Mommy just had a new baby and that baby is ruining everything!
I do my homework, but I can’t seem to remember to bring it with me to school.
I am worried about my friend. She’s been acting strange lately.
It is my philosophy to develop a trusting relationship with students by keeping our conversations confidential. Phone calls will be made home to families on an as needed basis with student awareness.
Small Group Counseling
Small Group Counseling
I offer small group counseling sessions throughout the year for students in grades kindergarten through fourth grade. The small group experience is an enjoyable way for students to benefit from personal growth as well as to gain support from peers with similar needs. Groups are typically arranged through parent and teacher referrals. The small groups usually meet for a six week session. Groups are created as needed according to varying topics. Small groups may focus on confidence building, anger management, changing families/divorce, friendship, social skills or school success skills. Children can also be invited to yoga groups where we practise mindfulness. The strategies taught here are especially helpful for children with anxiety or attention difficulties.
Counseling Core Curriculum
Counseling Core Curriculum
A core curriculum based on the American School Counselor Association Standards is provided for all students.
Respect Yourself and Others
Students are introduced to several puppet friends who help them learn about making new friends, expressing feelings, appreciating differences, and handling conflict. In addition, kindergarten students learn about personal safety.
Making S'More Friends,
A Camping Adventure
In first grade there is an emphasis on making and keeping friends. Children go on camping adventures in their classroom! Sitting around the "campfire," the students learn to appreciate differences, express their feelings to friends, and solve friendship problems.
Let's Be Friends and Work it Out
In second grade students learn the importance of friendship. Students practice skills to initiate and maintain friendships. Strategies to encourage self-control and resolve conflicts among friends are introduced. Personal safety is revisited.
We Are the Same and Different
The third grade curriculum focuses on human diversity. Students learn to embrace human differences and individuality through the exploration of empathy, discrimination and bullying. Personal safety is revisited.
I Can Handle It!
Students in fourth grade learn to identify stress in their lives. Students discuss the effects of stress on their mind and body. Stress management techniques are exlored and practiced.
Smart and Successful!
The concept of multiple intelligences is introduced with a focus on career awareness. Students create their very first resume! Career portfolios (K-4) are reviewed by students.
Additionally, counselors help students prepare for their transition to Skyview Upper Elementary School.
Career Awareness Begins in Elementary School!
Did you know that your child has a carer portfolio?
Each year a new career page is added.
Students will have opportunities to review their career portfolio with the counselor as they look to their future.
Bully Prevention in Positive Behavior Support
Bully Prevention in School-Wide Positive Behavior Support is a prevention focused alternative to student support that blends socially valuable outcomes, research based procedures, behavioral science, and a systems approach to reduce problem behavior and improve school climate.
Bully Prevention in School-Wide Positive Behavior Supporthelps establish a school-wide social culture where positive behavior is “expected” and rewards for bullying are NOT provided. The school counselors, along with classroom teachers at every elementary school, teach a series of lessons in each class presentingBully Prevention in School-Wide Positive Behavior Support.
As part ofBully Prevention in School-Wide Positive Behavior Support,students will learn the school rules:
Expectations for following these rules are explained and discussed.
Students will also be introduced to the STOP, WALK, TALK strategies. During lessons students will participate in role-play scenarios to practice these strategies. Students will learn to use STOP, WALK, TALK strategies to respond to inappropriate remarks, gossip, cyber bullying and other forms of unsafe, disrespectful or bullying behavior. The role of the bystander is also highlighted.
You may have heard your child mention, “Em-bee-thy.” Em-bee-thy is a bee that teaches students about EMPATHY. Students learn that EMPATHY is …
Seeingwith the eyes of another.
Listeningwith the ears of another.
Feelingwith the heart of another.
Empathy is putting yourself in the shoes of another and imagining how that person feels.
This year, with the school consolidaiton, we are having a special focus on teamwork to bring new and returning students together, as fellow students/schoolmates and the "Arrowhead Family"!!
Students will be introduced to the word RESILIENT. They will learn that being resilient means to “bounce back” when something unexpected occurs that makes us feel sad, scared, confused or frustrated.To be resilient, one must be flexible and be willing to try again.
Last year students learned to be FLEXIBLE. Being flexible means to accept a new or different way of doing something or thinking about something.Students will be encouraged to show a positive attitude about change, and to bounce back and go on with their day, especially during times of change.
Ask your child about the above concepts. Your child’s personal and social growth can be enhanced through communication and the partnership of home and school. Have a great school year!
Please call to schedule an appointment to discuss any social, emotional or academic concerns you may have for your child. Together, we can support your child during stressful situations and transitions. Referrals to community resources are also available.
Parent Resource Library
Parenting resources are available! Feel free to borrow children's books to help you discuss sensitive issues (such as separation, divorce, death, etc) with your child. Resources for parents are also available.
Please watch for information and flyers about our family workshop, Homework Without Headaches!
Referral information about community agencies and services is available for families. Please call me and I will be happy to help you.
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