The beginning of a new school year is a good time to remind our students and families of the great programs and resources that the counseling program offers. As always, we are here to help with your student’s social, emotional, and academic growth in whatever way we can. We work with students both individually and in small groups, teach weekly guidance lessons in the classrooms, and offer referrals for counseling outside of the school setting. We also provide information and referrals for programs like the H.E.A.R.T. Program which offers services to families who are homeless or in transition. The H.E.A.R.T. Program can assist with transportation and school breakfast and lunch expenses for those students or families that qualify. If you have questions about this program please don’t hesitate to contact the counseling office.
Another resource that is available to our families through our office is counseling through Children’s Home Society. A therapist from CHS visits our school once a week and is available to meet with your child here at school during regular school hours. This is an especially great service for working families and those that find it difficult to transport their children to counseling appointments during the day. If you are interested, please let one of us know and we will give you more information and/or connect you with Children’s Home Society.
Finally, as always the counseling staff is here to support your child in whatever way we can be of help. Please do not hesitate to call us or come in if you have any questions at all.
Back to school tips for parents:
Be Consistent…with bedtimes, homework zones, etc… to help ease anxiety and promote appropriate behavior and schedules.
Be Realistic…although it is tempting to comfort your child by promising that none of the frustrations of last year will happen again, you may be left with and extremely disappointed child should problems arise again. Your confidence and enthusiasm will go a long way to allay your child’s fears, but being realistic and tackling fears as they arise may be the best way to help your student.
Be Respectful…your children model themselves after you. Be respectful and honest in front of your child’s teacher and at home and they will follow suit.
The Seth Woodard Counseling Staff-Callie Fried & Janet Keroack