Counseling at Discovery
with Mrs. George
Welcome! Throughout the year, I will update this website with happenings in the counseling world at Discovery and in the community, as well with resources for students and families.
What's Going On Now?
Mindful Mondays: A small group experience that is held from 10:05-10:35 each Monday morning. The goal of this group is to offer students time to adjust to being back at school after the weekend through mindful practices such as breathing, stretching, and movement. Studies show that these sorts of activities can help students focus in class, elevate mood, and positively support classroom learning. We'd love for your student to join us! If you'd like your student to participate, please email me at email@example.com
October Classroom Lessons: This month, we're talking about emotions. Kindergartners are learning the names of different emotions, and first graders are creating posters for their classrooms that share ideas for strategies to use when they are experiencing big emotions! Talking about different emotions at home can help students make a connection between this lesson and their feelings at home!
- Skill-building Counseling groups will begin the first week of November. These counseling groups include:
- Kindergarten Social Skills (sharing, taking turns, calming strategies, listening and following directions, stating needs, transitioning away from preferred activities)
- 1st Grade Social Skills (getting attention appropriately, calming strategies, listening, stating needs, citizenship, flexible thinking)
- Emotional Regulation (naming emotions, recognizing physical signs related to emotions, identifying triggers, taking a break, strategies for dealing with big emotions)
- Super Citizens (role models, citizenship, being a leader, kindness, empowering others)
- Busy Bees (body awareness, mindfulness, focus and concentration, taking appropriate breaks, calming the body)
- Boy Talk (lunch group designed to give boys a unique opportunity to build meaningful relationships with male role models at school - Mr. Bayliss and Mr. Kauffman)
- November Classroom Lessons: In November, we're talking about growth mindset and perseverance. We are reading a book about the "Bubble Gum Brain," and discussing how we can learn and grow from our making mistakes and taking risks. To support this lesson at home, try switching up your language! For example:
- "I noticed how hard you worked on that project" vs. "You did a good job"
- "I'm still working on my math skills" vs. "I was never good at math either"
- "You can't tie your shoes YET, but we can practice together" vs. "I'll tie them for you"
- Food Drive
- Individual Counseling - Students may be referred to individual counseling by the classroom teacher, school staff member, or parents. Individual counseling sessions are brief, and last 6-8 regular sessions or less. If a student would benefit from longer term counseling, an outside referral will be made.
- Group Counseling - Small groups (typically 6 students or less) take place throughout the school year, with a broad range of topics. There are two general types of groups: skill-building and adjusting to life events.
Skill-building groups focus on skills that directly help students to be successful in the classroom (social skills, emotional management, etc.),
Life events groups are designed to provide an opportunity for students to express their feelings surrounding what's happening outside of school (such as the loss of a loved one, moving, parental divorce, etc.) in order to help them focus on learning when they're in the classroom. If you think your student would benefit from such a group, please contact me.
- Classroom Guidance - At the primary school level, teachers spend a lot of time teaching non-academic skills such as social skills, building empathy, managing emotions, and solving problems. The counselor supports these efforts by providing classroom lessons and utilizing research-based resources such as Kelso's Choice (Discovery's framework for solving problems), The Second Step Program, and PBIS.
- Section 504 Coordination - Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a national law that protects qualified individuals with disabilities from discrimination based on their disability. Section 504 requires that school districts provide a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to qualified students in their jurisdictions who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. If you believe your student may require reasonable accommodations as outlined under section 504, contact the Counseling Office to discuss an evaluation for 504 services. You may also view the Section 504 Handbook online in both English and Spanish.
- McKinney-Vento Coordination - The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is designed to provide stability and support to students who lack fixed regular and adequate nighttime residence. If you believe you or your student may be eligible, please contact the Counseling Office. To learn more, view the following brochure.
- SST Coordination - When a classroom teacher or parent has a concern about a student's academic achievement, behavior, health or social competence, either may request the assistance of the Student Support Team (SST). Through the SST process, new strategies and interventions are developed, implemented, and monitored over several weeks. If the interventions are determined not to be successful, however,the SST may refer the student for further assessment by the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) or the Section 504 Team. The counselor serves on the SST team, and coordinates meeting times with families.
- Parent/Teacher Consultation - The counselor serves both as an advocate and a resource for families and teachers as well as students. In this capacity, counselors can help develop plans to use both at home and at school to help a child be successful in implementing new social, behavioral, emotional, and academic learning.
*Please contact the counseling office if you have any concerns, questions, or updates regarding your child.