Ms. Malone's

Counseling Corner

Welcome to my Counseling Corner! If you need anything at all the best way is via email at jessicamalone@vidacharterschool.com.

As we begin the 2020-21 School Year, I want my webpage to continue to be a tool for families and students to use in order to identify and learn about various social/emotional resources such as coping strategies, digital citizenship, community based resources, etc. If there is anything you have found that was/is especially helpful to you as a parent, as a family or for your child(ren), please let me know so that I can add it to this webpage.

Monday, October 19th, 2020

I'm very excited to share this new FREE resource for families from Look for the Good Project! Please explore their website to learn how their trauma-informed programming helps kids (and their grownups) process the toxic stress of the pandemic together.

There are 15 videos (most are under 3 minutes) to teach how to look for the good in uncomfortable emotions. Six of those videos help viewers learn and practice coping strategies for disappointment, loneliness, worry, anger, sadness and being overwhelmed.

Why am I convinced these videos are worth your time during these stressful, busy days? They were revamped this summer to specifically address the trauma of the pandemic and the social unrest associated with it. And the programming was created by researchers and practitioners in mental health and trauma recovery. Below are the 4 reasons they provided about why grownups should explore their programming.


  1. The Coronavirus Pandemic is a form of toxic stress. Toxic stress dysregulates a person's biochemistry and negatively impacts a child's mental and physical development .

  2. Forced positivity actually compounds the stress. If grownups try to pretend a stressful situation isn't happening by forcing or faking positivity with their children, they don't allow their children to feel the full range of human emotion and deny their real experience. Doing so significantly reduces a child's resilience to toxic stress. It's essential for families to embrace ALL emotions and accept that negative emotions are a natural reaction to stress.

  3. Kids need safe adults to buffer them from toxic stress. It takes just one stable and committed relationship with a supportive adult to protect a child from the lifetime consequences of toxic stress. Just ONE adult.

  4. This website can help you be that safe adult for your child. Even though they use cartoons that are fun for your kids to watch, these videos are really to help YOU become a calming presence for your child.

PS I also love that they acknowledge that the majority of the characters in their videos are not diverse...they explain why...and they explain their plan to fix that in the future. Including making all the videos available in Spanish!

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

October is Bullying Prevention Month! Please explore Kids Against Bullying, a website designed for students by the National Bullying Prevention Center. I recommend starting with the “What is Bullying-Videos”

You can learn more about UNITY DAY where we will celebrate by wearing and sharing orange on Wednesday, October 21st at school, home and in the community.



Thursday, August 27, 2020

Welcome back to school! As we all navigate the new and ongoing changes please know that I am here to help all students and families. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email jessicamalone@vidacharterschool.com or by phone 717-334-3643. Email is best since I move around the building throughout the day and on a daily basis.

It's been SOOOO great to see all the students both in-person and via Zoom!

Tuesday, May 26, 2020: SEL Lessons, United Way 211 and 6th Grade Transition

6th Grade Transition: Check out the 6th Grade Transition subpage within Family Resources for detailed information about how to register/enroll your child for 7th Grade at their new middle school. Students and parents will also find answers to many common questions about middle school that are specific to their home district.

Brief K-6th Grade SEL Lessons for Home : Check out Social Emotional Learning for two more short lessons for K-2nd Grade and 3rd-6th Grade. The topics include: Small Problem vs Big Problem, Growth Mindset, Self-Compassion and Anger Management.

For Emotional Listening Support When You Need To Talk: 1-800-932-4616

DIAL 211. FIND HELP. GET CONNECTED. PA 211 SouthCentral PA Region is administered by CONTACT Helpline-Harrisburg and covers Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Perry and York counties.

What is 211? PA 211 is a FREE health and human services information and referral hotline.

What type of assistance can I receive? PA 211 can help with children and youth services, support groups, education, food, shelter, clothing & much more! Take a look at the most-requested types of assistance.

How do I contact PA 211 for assistance? Simply dial the numbers 211 from any phone and you will be connected with a trained specialist.

Is there a certain time that the PA 211 hotline number is unavailable? No. PA 211 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at no cost.

United Way’s information and referral service – FIRST – is now PA 211. 211 is a free, confidential, 24-hour information and referral service that connects south central PA residents with all the health and human services available to help. The trained specialists are available to help with a number of services that include:

  • Aging Services

  • Child & Youth Services

  • Education/Training

  • Food/Shelter/Clothing

  • Health Services

  • Support Groups

Monday, May 18, 2020: SEL Lessons for Home

Please head over to Social Emotional Learning for two brief lessons that you and your family can do at home!

Monday, May 4, 2020: COPING STRATEGIES/SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING

Mayo Significativo/Meaningful May

Para cuidarnos emocionalmente ahora mismo, es increíblemente útil dirigir nuestros pensamientos y acciones hacia cosas que PODEMOS controlar, en lugar de aquellas que no podemos. El calendario de mayo significativo es un gran recurso para hacer precisamente eso. Las familias pueden añadir a su rutina matutina el mirar el calendario como, por ejemplo, durante el desayuno. Mantenlo simple, escoge uno por semana si estás listo para añadir más. Ajusta las acciones significativas para que coincidan con la singularidad de tu familia. Lo más importante es que disfruten conectando y aprendiendo unos de otros.

To take care of ourselves emotionally right now, it's incredibly helpful to direct our thoughts and actions on things we CAN control, rather than those that we cannot. The Meaningful May calendar is a great resources to do just that. Families can add looking at the calendar to their morning routine such as during breakfast. Keep it simple, pick one per week until/if you are ready to add more. Adjust the meaningful actions to match the uniqueness of your family. Most importantly, enjoy connecting with and learning about each other.

Monday, April 27, 2020: DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP

Recursos Buenos De Crianza Digital Este recurso es de Family Online Safety Institute, una organización internacional sin fines de lucro que trabaja para hacer que el mundo en línea sea más seguro para los niños y sus familias. FOSI utiliza investigaciones, recursos, eventos y proyectos especiales para promover una cultura de responsabilidad en línea y fomenta un sentido de ciudadanía digital para todos.

Friday, April 24, 2020: DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP

Please check out Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety for TWO new resources for families!

Monday, April 20, 2020: COPING STRATEGIES

Looking for preventive and responsive strategies to help your child(ren) and family with worries? Check out 15 Ways We Can Help Kids Who Are Worried About Coronavirus

Wednesday, April 15, 2020: SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING/COPING STRATEGIES/FAMILY RESOURCES

Hi everyone! I've been finding and exploring many new Social and Emotional Learning programs that are temporarily free through June 2020. The three I want to share with you this week are Mind Yeti (free guided mindfulness video and audio in both Spanish and English: 3-5 minutes), Reboot for Schools (free daily mindfulness audio sessions: 3 minutes) and The Imagine Neighborhood (free podcasts that uses our imaginations to talk about the big feelings that we all have: 15-18 minutes) . Please click on their links to learn more about these resources and how you can access them from home.

Also, April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Committee for Children has easy-to-use guides, called Hot Chocolate Talk, to help parents begin having crucial conversations about sexual abuse—at any age, from toddler to teen.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020: FAMILY RESOURCES

Thank you for everyone who has submitted a Check-In with Ms. Malone! You guys are filling my bucket by doing so. Feel free to submit one more than once. You can use it as a way to vent about anything frustrating or to celebrate a success!

For parents, I added Talking with your Learners about COVID-19 under Parent Resources today. The information was provided by our local Lincoln Intermediate Unit #12.

Thursday, April 2, 2020: COPING STRATEGIES/SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING/DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP

I hope everyone has been doing 4-7-8 deep breathing this week! I have updated Digital Citizenship with resources for students and families. I also updated Social and Emotional Learning with a link to Harry B. Wigglebottom animated books on topics such as listening, sportsmanship, courage, getting along, etc.

Monday, March 30, 2020: COUNSELING CORNER FOR DISTANCE LEARNING

As we all begin the new adventure of distance learning, I look forward to working together to ease any worries and answer questions. I am adding resources to my Counseling Corner for Vida Charter School students and families. Resources such as digital citizenship, social and emotional learning, coping strategies, etc.

I can immediately offer check-ins with students and/or families. And I am working on learning how I can offer skill groups and support groups for students on things like self-care, time- management, social emotional learning, and online safety. I will also look into “Conversations with the School Counselor”, an open group for families to have an opportunity to have conversations with other parents who may be struggling with the same issues created by our present circumstances.

Although I am very excited to be reconnecting with everyone, I do need to share that I ethically cannot provide counseling for students experiencing significant emotional/mental health concerns or symptoms. However, I can connect you with community based providers and resources who can provide long-term mental health counseling. Additionally, please keep in mind that while interacting online, I cannot completely guarantee student and family privacy according to FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), as there may be other people such as family members in the same room (whether on screen/video, audio, or other online engagement).

I hope you are all staying healthy and safe at home. And I look forward to talking with you soon! -Ms. Malone-

Jess Malone MEd

I am here to help students, families and teachers meet academic, personal, social/emotional and career competence. The role of a School Counselor may look different, depending on the school, but most counselors wear several hats.

Some of my responsibilities include:

  • Individual Short Term and Small Group Counseling

  • Teacher Collaboration and Support

  • Peer Mediation and Conflict Resolution

  • Collaboration with local mental health providers

  • Parent Support & Resources

  • Section 504 Eligibility and Planning/Case Management for 504 Plans

But, my most important job at our school is to advocate for our Vida Charter School students. That means I am always looking for ways to help them gain access to what they need to be healthy, happy kids! I may be busy, but when there's a student in crisis, I'll be there to help them through it.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. If I do not have the answer, I will help find the answer and/or resource to meet your need.

jessicamalone@vidacharterschool.com

120 East Broadway

Gettysburg, PA 17325

Phone: 717.334.3643

Fax: 717.334.9806