Counselor's Corner
    ~Special Alert~
    Dear Rutherford Cubs, Moms, Dads and Fellow Guardians,
    I want you all to know that I am thinking about you daily. I hope you are keeping busy and staying healthy during these uncertain times. Sometimes when I am on bus duty, and the weather forecast calls for a sunny weekend, I often say, "Shut off your video games and get  outside playing". Well I still beleive that but in these unusual times, its best to stay a few feet apart of any playmates. 
    so I would love to hear from you - how are you spending your extra time?  Are you reading any books?  Playing your instrument or putting your creative art skills to work?  Maybe you are trying a special recipe or putting puzzles together.  Feel free to email me emashas@cdschools.org   and share how you are spending your time. I’d love to stay connected with you and have been glad to talk to some of you recently on the telephone.
    Also- here is a link to some additional fantastic resources for families in need of food, financial help, mental stability.  
    And lastly, please remember many of the lessons you have been taught by both me and your teachers. Use your soup breathing. Use this link to watch a clip about soup breathing. Funny Soup BreathingVideo, practice mindfullness, remember our lessons about reading faces and using empathy. Here are some pictures to help make you feel like you are back at school. -ENJOY!
    Our Great Staff       The ball many of you have played with in my office         DUSO    14th Year at Rutherford

    If Being With Your Family 24/7 is Just TOOOO Much!

    Try this fun little game you can play around the dinner table. The rules are easy and its free.

    Family Appreciation Game

    Welcome to the 2019-20 school year. Mr. Mashas is our school counselor.  A school counselor performs many different roles and tasks.  A school counselor's main objective is to help students, parents, and staff work together as a team to ensure success for every child in our school. You can contact Mr. Mashas at (717) 561-1990, ext 306 five days a week. of, you can click here to send me an email. click here to email Mr. Mashas
    As school counselor I teach guidance lessons in all classes and grades on guidance related topics. These topics may include friendship making, how to be a good conversationalist, responsible behavior at home and school, study skills, showing respect, career exploration and many others.

    Naviance Career Exploration

    A new feature for Central Dauphin starting last school year (2018-29) is the introduction of the award winning Naviance Career Exploration Program down into the 5th grades. Previously, Naviance was only open to middle and high school students. Naviance is an amazing way to organize a students strengths, career interests and portfolio skills. AND, starting in high school students have their transcripts and references added. 

    Bullying- we take it seriously at Rutherford. We believe we have a caring climate in our school but as always, there is room for improvement. All 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms (and the main office) house a Bully Report Form that students can complete and hand to a teacher. The teacher investigates the situation. If assistance is needed, the school counselor or principal may get involved. Click the following link if you would like to print the form from home and discuss with your child. Bully Report Form

    Here are some helpful tips for dealing with bullying behavior.
    1.   Ignore and walk away.
    2.   As much as possible, try and stay with a group of friends.
    3.   Use humor to negate the bully's statement.
    4.   Become confident and don't allow yourself to become a victim. Make eye contact, stand tall, head held high, talk confidently.
    5.   Tell an adult if you are being bullied or teased.
    Small Group Counseling (SRSS Groups)  SRSS stands for Student Risk Screening Scale. In today's world, many students are dealing with difficult problems. Some of those problems are as "old as the hills". Some, like cyberbullying are relatively new. Central Dauphin school district feels an obligation to look into these things and offer help where we can. So all elementary classroom teachers complete this scale (the SRSS scale) twice a year. The information gathered is not stored in the students file. Rather it is looked at by the counselor and data team. Student problems that show up (items such as not many friends, appears lonely, acts defeated, frequent rule breaking, etc) are looked at by the team and supportive services are offered to those students. Parents are informed about these small group discussions and participation is NOT mandatory. Parents can choose to have the student opted out of these discussions/group activities. However, many students have benefitted since last year, which was the first year this was implimented. Central Dauphin cares about the whole child, their heart andnot just their head. 
    Dealing With Grief
    Lastly, it is sad but true; loss touches us all. From time to time, a student may suffer the loss of a parent, grandparent, sibling, or other close relative. HighMark Blue Shield offers a wonderful progam of support free of charge to families in Central Pa through The Caring Place in Lemoyne. The Caring Place offers free grief groups, workshops and support to families dealing with these difficult losses. To find out more about the program, cantact them at 1-866-613-4673.

    Our official Elementary Counselor's Mission Statement:

    "In cooperation with parents, staff and community, the counselor will provide developmental, educational, preventative and responsive services with the intent of encouraging and supporting the lifelong development of the personal/social, academic, and career growth of each student.”


Last Modified on April 17, 2020