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School Counselor word cloud   


 What do elementary school counselors do? 

Here are just a few of the services you and your students have access to at our schools: 

School counselors serve all the students at a school and help them be their best. 

They...

  • Facilitate classroom "Life Skills" lessons aligned with state standards in each classroom

  • Organize school-wide service projects and special events as applications of our character education program

  • Consult with parents, teachers, and administrators

  • Provide materials to teachers and parents on topics related to the guidance and counseling standards when needed

  • Connect families with school and community resources

  • Talk with students who have a problem they'd like help solving or have something on their mind they'd like to talk about

  • Visit with students who could use care and support from an extra adult

  • Counsel students in small groups built around shared needs like divorce/changing families, grief, anger management, etc.

  • Counsel  students individually

  • Teach social skills and coping skills

What topics are part of the elementary school guidance and counseling standards?

  • Emotional awareness and coping skills

  • Conflict resolution

  • Friendship/social skills

  • Self-esteem

  • Goal-setting

  • Decision-making

  • Character education (respect, responsibility, kindness, trustworthiness, etc.)

  • Personal safety

  • Behavior, choices and consequences, & responsibility 

  • Career awareness and preparedness

  • Academic skills and achievement

  • Appreciating individual differences

What do we do in group and individual counseling?

  • Draw pictures, play games, play with puppets or toys, work on projects

  • Talk about little things, big things, or anything in between

  • Build a positive relationship and connection at school

  • Develop problem-solving abilities

  • Teach coping strategies, social skills, study skills, etc.

  • Build self-esteem and confidence

  • Help children cope with difficult and/or unchangeable life events

  • Help children recognize and make use of their potential

  • Give children a neutral, open place to share their concerns and feelings

  • Give children the opportunity to connect with other students having similar experiences

 

 

School Counselor Referral Form 

Click this link to download the printable form for referring a child for help with school-related issues

 

Resources for Raising Healthy Kids

Scroll through these great resources! 

1. Click the article linked below to learn strategies for dealing with bullies. 

          Helping kids deal with bullies

2. Do you know what causes your students worry? Click the article below to learn! 

          Helping kids handle worry

3. Homework can be a challenge, especially for elementary students. Click the article to read how to help. 

         Helping your gradeschooler with homework

4. Every parent and grandparent hopes for confident children. 

         The article Raising confident kids gives great insights. 

5. We all want our kids to succeed!

         Read 10 ways to help your child succeed in elementary school

6. It's great to get help from different types of resources:

        This sheet shows a variety of agencies helpful for families

7. More family resources to help with ADD, autism, child development and more....

         Family Resources Sheet

8. A school counselor's job has changed over the years. 

          Read how: This is not your grandparents' school counselor

9. It's hard to imagine, but elementary students need to learn to deal with stressors everyday. 

     Read  What kids say about handling stress

 

Bucket Filler Philosophy

Click here to learn the difference between a "bucket filler" and a "bucket dipper"! 

 

 

 

Contact Us
Potlatch Elementary School
510 Elm Street
Potlatch, ID 83855
Phone:208.875.1331
Fax:208.875.0599