Welcome back sunnymead families!
It is hard to believe how quickly the summer went by and even more difficult to believe that we continue to be so deeply impacted by COVID-19 in such pervasive ways across our personal, professional, and educational lives. I hope that you and your family were able to stay safe and healthy while also finding ways to relax and enjoy the beautiful summer.
It is safe to say that this year is not beginning the way any of us would have wanted or hoped for. As a parent and educator, I can truly empathize with how difficult and disappointing this time may be for you and your children.
As always, we are here and committed to supporting you and your students in not just "getting through" this time but to find ways to thrive, build resilience, find strengths we never knew we had, and be successful! Please know that your child's social and emotional wellness is a high priority at Sunnymead and the staff as a whole is ready to connect with you and your student and to support your family!
In an effort to continue to assist students in a "virtual" way, welcome to my Bitmoji Classroom. It will be made available to your children through Google Classroom and I encourage them to explore their feelings through this platform. It also has some helpful information and links for you as well. I hope you find it an additional helpful resource.
Help your young learner understand the expectations for on-line learning! When children understand what is expected, it helps with the transition, particularly when something is new or difficult.
The role of the school counselor...
Whether in person or virtually...
As the school counselor, I have an incredible opportunity to assist students in achieving academic, personal, social and emotional success. Through collaborating with parents, teachers, specialists and administrators I am able to interact with everyone in the school to help meet the needs of and enrich the life of the Sunnymead students.
Communication is important between home and school and I want to make sure I am doing my part. You can expect updated information about what is happening from the Counseling Department and what social emotional skill your child will be learning about. Students will use google classroom for all lessons and activities and I will use this web-site and emails to communicate with parents.
What can you expect from the School Counselor?
As the school counselor, I maintain a strong presence and work collaboratively with all stake-holders to ensure that Sunnymead's climate is one where everyone feels like they are safe, valued, encouraged, as well as, truly seen and heard as the unique individual that they are. My hope is that all students feel a sense of community and belonging here at Sunnymead. As human beings we are hard-wired for connection to others and it is my hope that ALL our students feel a strong connection here at Sunnymead School.
In the Classroom
In this forum, I have an opportunity to address many common topics that apply to a wide range of students. Throughout the year, I will be in and out of the classroom teaching lessons that will help all of our students develop a greater awareness of themselves and strengthen their social and emotional skills.
Some examples that may be addressed in the classroom include: Skills for becoming a Respectful Learner, Empathy, Compassion, Perspective taking, Conflict Resolution, understanding and Regulating Emotions, and Problem-solving.
Small groups will run throughout the school year to meet the needs of students who may be experiencing similar life circumstances or academic needs. As the need arises group topics will vary and typically consist of 4-6 students, run for approximately 6 to 8 sessions, and are very focused. We are very fortunate to have a set time every day for W.I.N. groups (What I Need). If a student appears to be an appropriate candidate for a small group, they would would join me during their regularly scheduled W.I.N. time.
Some topics for group work include: Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Social Skills, Friendship, Self-Esteem/Building Resiliency.
My door is always open! It is important that students know that I am here for them throughout all of life's challenges. Whether an issue arises in the school playground, classroom, lunchroom or at home, I hope that all students know that they can always come to me. Some issues arise that can be solved quickly others may require me to schedule time with a student during school hours.
If, as a parent, you have concerns about your child that you would like my assistance with please feel free to call or email me. I welcome the opportunity to work collaboratively with you to assist in any way I am able. By working together we can find a way to address your concerns and help your child succeed.
Another important role of a school counselor is to be a resource to the teachers and administrators of Sunnymead. Whether it is a behavior in the classroom, a concern they might have about a student, or simply a sounding board to express themselves, I look forward to working collaboratively with your child's teacher.
Anti-Bullying Specialist (ABS)
Most school counselor's have been tasked with taking on the role of ABS. It's important that every claim of bullying be reported and fully investigated. If you'd like to learn more about what the law is regarding bullying, please see the Counseling Chatter page for a short slide show.