Karol Espejo, LSWThe Bridge, School CounselorThe Peace Model Projectkespejo@cwcboe.org973-228-5994 ext.5027"A warm smile is the universal language of kindness"- William Arthur Ward"I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel" –Maya Angelou"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." — Christopher Robin, Winnie the PoohElementary School Counseling
Elementary school years set the tone for developing the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for children to become efficient learners. Through a comprehensive school counseling program, school counselors work as a team with school staff, parents and the community to create a caring atmosphere. This program provides education, prevention and intervention services, which are integrated into all aspects of children’s lives. Early identification and intervention of children’s academic and emotional/social needs is essential in overcoming the barriers to learning and in promoting academic achievement. The core skills students develop during these elementary years serve as the building blocks for future success.Information courtesy of ASCAWhen to Contact the School Counselor?Parents may want to contact the School Counselor if:~ Your child does not want to go to school in the morning.~ Your child keeps telling you he/she does not have any friends.~ Your family situation is changing (divorce, separation, domestic violence, etc.)~ Your child seems frustrated in school and nothing seems to be helping.~ There has been a recent death or illness in the family and you would like information on how to talk to your child about it.Students may want to contact the School Counselor if:~ He/she is having trouble with a friend.~ He/she is being picked on and is not sure how to handle it.~ He/she wants someone to talk to who will listen attentively.~ He/she is having trouble with schoolwork and does not know how to get help.~ He/she wants to learn about leadership, cultural diversity, and community service.