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Welcome to the C.R. Applegate Counselor's Webpage!

Mrs. Diana Whille

School Counselor, Anti-Bullying Specialist

732-431-5460, extension 1107

dwhille@freeholdtwp.k12.nj.us



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Lunch Bunch
a small group session designed to boost self-esteem, improve social skills, and increase peer relations.   Lunch Bunch also gives me, the school counselor, the opportunity to spend time with every student in the school and build a trusting relationship. Everyone will attend at least one Lunch Bunch, and activities will focus on a variety of topics related to the academic, career, and personal/social development of ALL students.
 
Kindergarten Snack Pack
a first time visit to the school counselor's office!  I will introduce myself to our kindergarten students as a friend, helper, listener, and problem solver.  

First Grade Buddy Bunch
-a small group designed to help first grade students learn the meaning and responsibilities of friendship.  Buddy Bunch lessons will consist of activities that not only teach friendship skills, but allow group members to become better acquainted with each other and show appreciation for each other’s differences.  

Stressbusters 

-a small group designed to help students in grades 3-4 improve their coping skills and reactions to stress. The following topics will be addressed through meaningful and engaging activities: 

understanding and managing stress
recognizing the triggers and symptoms
changing thoughts and perceptions
stress reduction activities

Social Butterflies
-a small group designed to teach students how to interact appropriately with peers, to control their emotions, and to understand other people’s perspectives. The following topics will be addressed through meaningful and engaging activities:  
teamwork and sharing
asking for help
accepting “No” as an answer
listening to others and following directions
controlling anger
using social filters


              Homework Help
               -an opportunity for older students to develop healthy work and study habits.  Participants will learn the importance of getting organized, setting priorities and completing tasks.  


              Eco-Leaders
              -a leadership group available to all fifth graders. Participants will be involved in challenging and inquiry based learning projects related to recycling, reusing, and reducing waste in our school.

              Bully-Busters
              -classroom activities, lessons and discussions designed to raise awareness and build knowledge about bullying behavior, as well as teach students critical strategies for dealing with bullying in our school.