La Center Elementary

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LCES Parent Book Discussion

Join us for a book discussion covering "UnSelfie: Why Empathic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World" by Michelle Borba. The book is divided into 3 parts: developing empathy, practicing empathy, and living empathy.

Research is showing that our kids are losing the ability to be empathetic and instead focusing more and more on themselves. The author explores why this is happening and makes practical suggestions on what parents and educators can do to change it.

Discussions will be held from 3:30 - 4:30 on the following dates:

  • October 30, Tuesday
  • November 28, Wednesday
  • January 2, Wednesday
  • January 30, Wednesday

Please sign up to participate by calling or emailing us at:


*PTO has offered to help purchase some copies. You are welcome to purchase your own or make a donation to support PTO.

Meet the Counselors

Lisa Halstrom serves students in grades K-2. She earned her Master's in Mental Health Counseling with School Counseling Certification from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washignton. She previously worked in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho and in Vancouver, Washington as a Child and Family Therapist. Her heart has always been in education and helping students become successful in their academics and the world beyond the classroom. Lisa is a fan of the beach, hiking, and traveling.

Tami Karchesky serves as a school counselor for students in grades 3-5. Tami earned her Masters in Education specializing in school counseling from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. Tami comes to us from the Stevenson-Carson School District. In her free time, Tami enjoys reading, hiking, fishing, and spending long weekends at the beach.

The La Center Elementary School Counseling Program


Character Crossroad will look a little different this year. Rather than teaching the lessons to whole grade levels at one time, we will be teaching the lessons in the individual classrooms with their teachers each month. We will still be focusing on the monthly themes for the lessons. Character Crossroad gives each student the opportunity to learn more about our monthly themes while practicing skills and strategies to increase their success at school, home, community, and beyond. We are excited to be able to offer this opportunity to all our students at La Center Elementary!

We provide ways for students to express themselves and to practice what they are learning. Students had fun adding sticky notes stating what they are thankful for on our Attitude of Gratitude Posters

We work to make sure all students are feeling welcome and safe at La Center Elementary. We help students make connections with others and with the resources they need.

Lisa Halstrom is wrapped in Kindness from our school wide acts of kindness chain. We encourage all students to choose kindness.

We provide students with opportunities for small group and individual help.

Resources for Parents and Guardians provides parent/guardian support for children who experience learning and attention difficulties. Information is provided from 15 nonprofit organizations, and includes free daily access to experts.

Community Resources

Food Resources

Medical and Mental Health Resources

Housing Resources

Vancouver St. Vincent de Paul

Other Resources