School Counselors work with students, parents, faculty, staff and community members in a variety of ways. Each service is aimed at helping children learn and develop to their highest potential. School counselors help children work through normal developmental issues and teach skills that will help students throughout life. Elementary school counseling services are available to ALL students. The various programs and services are summarized below.
Classroom guidance lessons are provided throughout the year to all grade levels. Class activities and discussions with students focus on a variety of topics such as understanding self and others, making friends, differences in tattling and reporting, dealing with bullying situations, cooperation, problem solving, decision making, conflict resolution, career awareness, and character education.
Small group lessons will be offered throughout the year for students to discuss specific concerns they have in common with other students. Small groups typically meet during lunch or morning meeting time to be least disruptive academically. It is often comforting for a student to work with peers in a small group setting to discuss similar concerns or learn coping skills. These groups will cover topics such as changing family situations, self-esteem, anger management, friendship, study skills, and grief. Group members are primarily referred by teachers; however, parent permission is needed to participate. If you would like your child to participate in a group, please let us know. We would love the opportunity to work with your child. Groups will meet for approximately four to six weeks. Each weekly session is about thirty minutes long. The first small groups will begin in the fall. Other groups will be held throughout the year.
We are also available to meet individually with students to discuss any concerns or worries. Typically, these issues are related to friendship, grief, changing family situations, resolving conflict, other social and emotional concerns. Students may be referred to the counselor by a parent, teacher or administrator. Students may also refer themselves. If you would like for your child to be seen individually, please contact us.
We are available for consultation with parents and/or teachers to discuss issues which might be impacting a student’s academic, emotional or social success and to plan strategies for successful learning.
Please remember that the counselors are here to help your child have the best school year possible and to help you and your child’s teacher make that happen. We look forward to getting to know each of you and your children throughout the year. Should you have any questions or concerns, please call 571-252-2350 or email Mrs. Talboo Stephanie.Talboo@lcps.org or Ms. Whitsitt Mishay.Whitsitt@lcps.org.