During the Elementary years, our children go through tremendous physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional development. As their bodies and brains are rapidly growing, it is important that we are able to provide them with adequate care and stimulation. This is also when children are beginning to learn to be more independent from their parents, and forming solid friendships and peer acceptance becomes more important.
One of the most exciting parts of our job as school counselors is watching the children grow and develop over the course of this special period. We work closely with all the faculty and staff to ensure that each child is receiving adequate academic support and socio-emotional guidance. Our ELC counseling program, which uses the Second Step curriculum, allows us to help the students strengthen their learning skills, understand and regulate their emotions, empathize with others, and navigate through problems . This is done through guidance classes where we use videos, stories, games, activities and songs to hone these skills. Students also get to participate in lessons about bullying, safety, and friendship. In addition, some students benefit from small group guidance activities or having individual counseling.
As school counselors, we are also available to help support parents. We encourage you to inform us if your family is going through a difficult time such as a death, divorce, or illness so that we may provide extra support for your child. If you have academic, behavioral, emotional, or social concerns for your child, you may also reach out to us anytime.
As we navigate through these exciting Elementary years, we are looking forward to being your partners in supporting your child.
Sending you our warmest regards for a great school year!