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.”
Hello! I am your school counselor, Mrs. Simcox!
I can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Whether your child is learning in-person or online this year, if their normally registered building is Linglestown or Chambers Hill Elementary, I will be their school counselor. Throughout the school year, your child will receive support through school counselor classroom lessons, as they do during every typical school year. The lessons will be posted in your child's regular Google Classroom and may include videos or activities to promote social, acadmeic, personal, and career growth. Your child may see me or one of the other elemetary school counselors from the district in a classroom lesson video throughout the year. If a student needs to check in with me individually at any point during the year, they can be referred to me by talking to their teacher, asking me in the hallway, or having a parent call or email in. This year I am also available for students to stop into my Virtual Office Hours by using the information below. Please note that during Virtual Office Hours, I may already be with a student, so students may have to wait in the Zoom waiting room until they can have the Zoom to themselves.
Virtual Office Hours for Students 2020-2021 School Year
**Zoom link can be found in your teacher's Google Classroom under Counselor's Corner**
The end of last school year and this school year have certainly been like no other. While most of us start this school year with some stress, anxiety, and many questions, please join me in committing to making this the best possible year for our students despite all the fears and unknowns! Let's work together to remain positive, flexible, and believe the best! Our kids are worth it!
Highlighted Children's Resources for the Pandemic:
A YouTube story on Worrying: When I Feel Worried
A Fun and Meaningful Conversation Tool for Families: Good Night Glow Cubes Activity
Need Assistance? Check out the Resources Page for Some Great Tips and for Community Resources.
“It is only natural that we and our children find many things hard to talk about. But anything human is mentionable and anything mentionable can be manageable. The mentioning can be difficult and the managing too, but both can be done if we’re surrounded by love and trust.”-Fred Rogers
Quick Tips For Parents Regarding the Corona Virus-
Children react, in part, on what they see from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers deal with the COVID-19 calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children. Parents can be more reassuring to others around them, especially children, if they are better prepared.
Not all children respond to stress in the same way. Some common changes to watch for in children:
Excessive crying and irritation
Returning to behaviors they have outgrown (e.g., toileting accidents or bedwetting)
Excessive worry or sadness
Unhealthy eating or sleeping habits
Irritability and “acting out” behaviors
Poor school performance or avoiding school
Difficulty with attention and concentration
Avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past
Unexplained headaches or body pain
Use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
There are many things you can do to support your child:
Take time to talk with your child about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child can understand.
Reassure your child that they are safe. Let them know if is ok if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
Limit your child’s exposure to media coverage of the event. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
Help your child to have a sense of structure. Once it is safe to return to school or child care, help them return to their regular activity.
Be a role model; take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members and rely on your social support system.
Learn more about helping children cope.
For More Resources Check Out My Resources Page
In light of many high profile tragedies in the news, it can be difficult to know how to speak with our children about them. I hope you find the following resources helpful.
"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." To this day, especially in times of "disaster," I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world." -Fred Rogers