Our Philosophy

Elementary School Counseling services are an integral part of the total school program and complement learning in the classroom. A school guidance program reaches every student and will focus on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for successful academic achievement, career development, and personal/social growth. Services are child-centered, proactive, and developmental. Our professional school counselors spend their time working directly with students to maximize the benefits every student will receive from the program. This will be accomplished through the use of School Counseling Curriculum, Individual Student Planning, Responsive Services, and System Support. School counseling services are comprehensive in scope, preventative in design, developmental in nature, and intended to enhance the potential of ALL elementary students.

Therefore, as an educational system we believe we can teach all children and all children can learn. We believe accessing knowledge, reasoning, questioning, and problem solving are the foundations for learning in an ever-changing world. We believe education enables students to recognize and strive for higher standards. Consequently, we will commit our efforts to help students acquire knowledge and attitudes considered valuable in order to develop their potential and/or their career and lifetime aspirations.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Books Dealing with Grief

These are the books recommended by Jan to Deb to use with her class with a student who lost his dad this past weekend in a car accident. What Color are Tears? (grief workbook for grades k-3) by Marianne Vadawalker Chester Raccoon and the Acorn Full Of Memories by Audrey Penn I Miss You by Pat Thomas Saying Goodbye to Daddy (carwreck caused the death) It's more for 3rd/4th, but it might work with your kids. by Judith Vigna


Lisa said...

In addition to the books that have been recommended please consider these.
The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judith Viorst. (classroom presentation)
Tear Soup, A Recipe for Healing After Loss, for adults and older students

Lisa said...

As well as (and I think we all have a copy?) When Someone Very Special Dies: Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief (workbook) by Marge Heegaard.

Tanya said...

Another good one I got recently is "Badger's Parting Gifts" by Susan Varley. http://www.amazon.com/Badgers-Parting-Gifts-Susan-Varley/dp/0688115187
When Badger dies his animal friends are very sad until they realize all of the things he taught them; and that they carry a part of him with them through the skills he taught them.