~HELLO FROM YOUR NEW SCHOOL COUNSELOR~
School Counselor, Grades 3-5
Contact me at: 508-581-1621 ext. 3223
Hello Sutton Elementary School Families! I am so excited to be here at the start of this unprecedented school year. I have been told that Sutton is an awesome school and a great place to work and in my few beginning weeks, I can already see how true that is. People have been kind and welcoming as we work together to reinvent the way school will open in the fall. A bit about myself: I have been a School Counselor for over ten years working with grades K-8. I worked in Vermont for many years before moving with my husband and children to MA in 2016. I have been home with my son and daughters (ages 16, 5, and 3) for the past few years but worked as a counselor and special educator last year at Milford Elementary School in temporary positions as I eased back into the workforce. I know things are uncertain right now but please know that I am excited about and dedicated to helping you and your family feel supported as we start the 2020-2021 school year. Please check back regularly for updates from me on our website! I look forward to working with you and your children. Stay safe and be well!
The role of the School Counselor can be a mystery to parents, administrators, teachers and students at times. The American School Counselors Association has worked for decades on defining and redefining the role to meet the ever evolving needs of our school communities. Below is the Association’s current description; click on the Why Elementary School Counselors? section for elementary school specific information.
In addition to that general description, please see the following as a beginning list of more specific services I will provide here at Sutton.
- School Counselor will provide short term, solution focused counseling to small groups and individuals. This service will be provided virtually as often as possible; need for in-person counseling will be determined jointly by counselor, teacher, parent, and any other relevant staff
- The SES School Counselor will implement research based developmental guidance curriculum virtually in grades 3-5 either through Google Classroom (for asynchronous classes)
- Classes will begin roughly four weeks after the first student day of the school year and will be offered as one 30-45 minute lesson per grade level per week
- Guidance class topics included but not limited to: coping with the new normal of COVID-19, emotional identification, anxiety reduction strategies, study skills and habits of mind, conflict resolution, friendship and social skills, anti-racism, diversity, and inclusion education, goal setting, career exploration, mindfulness, health and wellness, etc.
- School Counselor will consult with teachers as needed on topics related to child development, child psychology, behavior management and modification, trauma informed classrooms, and more
- School Counselor will consult with parents as needed on topics related to child development, discipline and behavior management, parenting, and more
- School Counselor will work on student support teams: specifically, DCAP, 504 and IEP teams to develop plans for students who are struggling to succeed with Tier One interventions and supports alone
- School Counselor will act as designated leader for 504 Plan Committee grades 3-5
- School Counselor will refer students and families to outside therapists when appropriate
- School Counselor will case manage certain students’ support plans (DCAP or 504) to ensure strong home to school communication
- School Counselors will consult regularly with specialists such as BCBA, School Psychologist, Principal, School Nurse to implement our Social and Emotional Learning
- School Counselor will provide IEP services when determined appropriate by IEP team
- School Counselor will act as liaison between SES and Department of Children and Families
- Lots more!