• Helpful Parents Links 

    Family Education Network lists information of general interest to parents and students, including homework help, health, and disability “channels”.

    Helping Your Child with Homework -from the US Dept. of Education provides solid assistance based on research to guide parents of elementary and junior high school-aged children when deciding how to help children with homework.

    KidSource Online is the source for in-depth and timely education and health care information, this site contains resources for school personnel and parents on issues affecting children’s health from infancy through the teens. It includes information on new products, product recalls, childhood diseases, recreation, and teen issues.

    National PTA Links for Parents and Other Child Advocates has an extensive resource listing compiled by the National Parent Teacher Organization which will be of definite interest to parents and educators because of the wide range of child-centered resources available here.

    Tips for Parents offers suggestions to parents on such topics as: Back to School, Dealing with Bullies, Stopping School Violence, and Making Schools Safer.

    Coping With National Tragedy The National Association of School Psychologists will continue to provide information to help parents, school personnel, mental health professionals, and others to assist children as they cope with the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the United States.

    Communication Tips for Parents and Kids has a list of tips aimed at improving communication between parents and their children along with related articles.

    Parent Soup is a general interest site for parents and students, this one features parent chats, surveys, activities, and articles about issues affecting children and families.

    Bullies2Buddies – Parent resources on how to handle everything from their child being bullied or being the bully to cyber bullying.

     What does an elementary school counselor do?

    ~ Helps ALL children

    ~ Teaches classroom guidance lessons dealing with understanding of self and others, communication skills, decision making skills, conflict resolution skills, and career exploration

    ~Works with children individually and in small groups.

     ~ Consults with parents and teachers.

     ~ Conducts parent workshops.

     ~ Assists with crisis intervention.

     ~ Coordinates Conflict Manager Program.

     ~ Organizes annual Career Fair.

     ~ Assists with Kindergarten screenings. 

     How does a student get to see the counselor?

    ~ The student may ask to go to the counselor’s office or fill out a special kid’s referral form.    

    ~ The teacher or principal can send him or her.

    ~ Mom, Dad or another care provider can request counseling services.

    ~ A school friend may invite him or her for a special visit.

    What might a student talk about while in the counseling office?

    ~ feelings about him/herself.

    ~ Difficulty in making or getting along with friends.

    ~ A family problem.

    ~ A school problem.

    ~ A fear or worry.

    ~ A physical concern.

    ~ The need for a little tender loving care.

     What might a student do in the counselor’s office?    

     ~ Talk about things that are important to children.

     ~ Use puppets to help express feelings and problems.

     ~ Talk about feelings.

     ~ Work on a plan to reach a goal.

     ~ Read stories that help students learn and understand more about themselves.

     ~ Go to a safe place to calm down when feeling upset.

     ~ Play games to learn ways to relate to others.

     In any counseling situation,

    Confidentiality is maintained except: 

    1. In cases of suspected abuse or neglect.
    2. If a child poses a danger to self or others.
    3. The child and/or parent/guardian give permission to share information.