Why see the counselor?
There are many reasons why students and parents would contact me.
I always stress to the students, however, that coming to see me does not mean that they are in "trouble" or have "issues"! I have many friends that stop by to see me everyday for so many reasons!
I am highly visible throughout the school. Because of this, I am seen as a normal part of the school atmosphere. Most of the time, kids beg to come to my office.
Reasons to see the School Guidance Counselor
STUDENT / FRIEND
"Nobody will eat with me."
"My friend didn't play with me at recess."
"I want to show you what I made during art time!"
"I'm getting picked on at the bus stop and don't know what to do!"
"My parents aren't getting along."
"Can we have lunch together sometime to talk?"
"I did a lot better on my spelling test this week, see!"
"I don't think my teacher likes me."
"Billy, Joey and I are having alot of disagreements lately, can you help us?"
PARENT / GUARDIAN
"My son is struggling in academically."
"My daughter is having some friendship issues."
"It takes us 2 hours to complete 1st grade homework!"
"We recently had a death in the family, and I'm not sure how to tell my child."
"My son says he doesn't have any friends."
"My wife and I are getting a divorce."
"My mother was just diagnosed with cancer."
"My child does not seem to perform well on tests."
"Sara doesn't want to go to school."
"My husband lost his job."
"I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to check-in with my daughter and making her feel special. She's really loving Strausser!"
"Jen is absent alot."
"I've notice Anthony appears to be a little more distracted and anxious lately."
"Abigail is such a sweet girl, but she's really shy and doesn't seem to be very comfortable initiating friendships. I think she'd benefit from your Polar Bear Friends group".
"Andrew's grade have been really slipping."
We are a TEAM!
Let's keep the communication open to help our little friends learn and grow socially, emotionally and academically!