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    Counselor's Corner
    ~Welcome to the 2020-21 School Year~
     
     
    Dear Rutherford Cubs, Moms, Dads and Fellow Guardians,
     
    Welcome to what will be the most memorable school year of your school life. I am excited to see familiar faces and meet some new ones as well. While this year will be different, I am confident that together we will meet the challenges. I will be in the Rutherford School Building everyday and will have zoom link office hours for full time CORE students as well as Hybrid Model students on days when they are NOT in the building. Those hourse are posted on my Counselors Corner Page in your homeroom teachers Google Classroom.
     
     
     
    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

     
     
     
    So what do school counselors do?.  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. Sometimes obstacles come up in a student's path. Sometimes the obstacles seem to fall from the sky. Sometimes, they seem to fall out of the student's pocket. Either way, the counselor is here to help. 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.
     

     

     
    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 August 21, 2020