Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns: 
Email Mrs. Bauer : bauersa@pwcs.edu
Email Ms. Freybler: freyblpj@pwcs.edu


 

COVID 19 Update

Emotional Support Available for Students

PWCS cares deeply about students’ emotional well-being during their time away from school. If a student is in need of emotional support during this time, please feel free to send an e-mail to studentsupportservices@pwcs.edu. A school mental health or health professional will answer and offer virtual support to students to the best of their ability. This e-mail is not to be used for emergency situations as it will not be monitored 24 hours a day. If a student is ever in an emergency situation he/she is encouraged to call 911 or utilize one of the resources listed below:

 

Emergency Resources:

ACTS Helpline 703.368.4141

1.800.SUICIDE (24-hour hotline) 1.800.784.2433

Crisis Text Hotline (24-hour hotline) 741741  

PWC Child Protective Services Hotline 703.792.4200

PWC Community Services Board 703.792.7800

 

PWCS Family Support: Resources During Distance Learning

Parents are encouraged to limit their children’s exposure to the media/news. 

A Helpful article from The Child Mind Institute 

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus 

 

Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety

This website from Mental Health America (MHA) and Shine gives parents tips on how to deal with their own anxiety, feelings of isolation, and financial fears, as well as tips for talking to kids.


Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

This document from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers practical ways to deal with stress during an outbreak.


How to Handle Your Kid’s Disappointment When Everything is Canceled

This article from the New York Times give tips on how parents can help children manage their disappointment and other emotions about isolation and social distancing.


Manage Anxiety & Stress

This page from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention not only gives parents ways to support themselves and their families, but also gives parents some stress indicators to watch for in children and teens.


My Kids’ School is Closed; So Now What?

This article from Confident Parents Confident Kids gives parents ideas on how to set their children up for success at home, and on how to create a family coping kit.


The Parent Guide to Resilience

This online guide from the Why Try organization provides families with a comprehensive way to build supportive relationships and resilience in children.


Protecting Yourself Against the Coronavirus

This video from Vector Solutions helps families identify how coronavirus spreads, recognize its symptoms, explain how to prevent and treat the virus, and determine what to do if someone becomes sick with coronavirus.


Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty

This website from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention provides tips on how to take care of your mental health in light of current events.


Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource

This website from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and National Association of School Nurses has tips for talking to kids at age-appropriate levels, as well as establishing routines. PDF versions of this information is available here in English, Spanish, Amharic, Chinese, Korean, French, and Vietnamese.

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Classroom Guidance Lessons

Your School Counselors work with grade levels to develop a curriculum delivery plan for all grades, from the new American School Counseling Association (ASCA)’s Mindsets and Behaviors standards. These standards are grouped into 2 Categories, 1. Mindsets standards we teach children, regarding their view of themselves as student workers (academic work), and 2. Behaviors standards we teach children, which are behaviors associated with being a successful student. The Behavior standards are grouped into 3 subcategories, a. Learning Strategies, b. Self-Management Skills, and c. Social Skills. These standards are taught in conjunction with an emphasis and focus on Guidance’s three broad domains: Academic, Social/Emotional and Career Development to support learning and career readiness for all students. 
We look forward to seeing your students in their classroom environment!

We are here to make this year a successful one for you and your children!

The Buckland Mills Comprehensive School Counseling Program includes:
Classroom Guidance - lessons taught by the counselors to enhance academic, personal/social, and career success.
Individual Counseling - on a limited basis, with referrals to community counseling agencies as needed.
Small Group Counseling - to practice skills for school success, sometimes a small group of students are working on a similar goal or skills and working in a smaller setting is the ideal structure for achieving these goals.
Consultation & Coordination - with parents and school staff to implement strategies for school success.


School Counselors 

  • Help resolve problems that interfere with learning;
  • Counsel individuals and groups;
  • Conduct classroom guidance activities;
  • Facilitate educational activities that help students understand the responsibilities of work and participation in school;
  • Provide opportunities for students to work cooperatively;
  • Coordinate with school staff and community resources to assist students;
  • Support students with special needs; and
  • Offer crisis intervention and prevention.


Bullying  Prevention

Here at BMES we do not tolerate any form of bullying. If you feel like your child is being bullied, please one of the school counselors.
From the PWCS Regulation "Bullying of Students," bullying means: any aggressive and unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate, or humiliate the victim; involves a real or perceived power imbalance between the aggressor or aggressors and victim; and is repeated over time or causes severe emotional trauma. “Bullying” also includes cyber-bullying, which involves the transmission, receipt, or display of electronic messages and/or images. Bullying does not include ordinary teasing, horseplay, argument, or peer conflict.

Here are some suggestions if you see bullying happening in your neighborhood. These suggestions are from the Olweus Bullying prevention program:
1. Stop the Bullying - make sure all children are safe
2. Support child who has been bullied
3. Name the bullying behavior
4. Engage the others who are around and ask them what they saw
5. Let the parents of all parties know about the bullying behavior
6. Take steps to ensure the bullied student will be protected from future bullying (i.e. let parents and school know about the bullying situation). 

We teach the students that 3 things must be occurring to be considered bullying:
1. Someone is doing something mean
2. They are doing it Repeatedly, over and over (usually three times or more)
3. They are doing it for Power or Control (not by accident)

Students are always encouraged to tell the nearest adult, classroom teacher, counselor, parent, principal, or any trusted adult if anything is bothering them. We also teach problem-solving strategies to help students deter and prevent bullying behavior.   

Please find a handout in the 'Files and Documents' section entitled Bullying - What Parents Should Know About Bullying for more information

Problem-Solving
All students are taught the Wildcat Wheel of Strategies, which is adapted from the Kelso in Action  curriculum. This program builds problem-solving skills so that students can begin to learn ways to independently manage peer problems.  
The 9 Kelso strategies are:
-Ignore
-Ask Them to Stop
-Walk Away
-Go to Another Game
-Wait and Cool Off
-Share and Take Turns
-Make a Deal
-Apologize
-Talk it Out

Problems are classified into 2 categories, BIG problems or small problems. Big problems are scary or dangerous (where a person, property or animal could get hurt), and students are to tell an adult/teacher/bus driver/parent right away. A "small" problem is not dangerous and students are encouraged to utilize the above strategies. If students try 2-3 strategies and the problem is on-going, then they are encouraged to get an adult's help. 

Additional literature used to teach problem-solving and bullying prevention as well as the building of self-esteem, self-worth, and a positive community include:  
One, by Kathryn Otoshi, teaches how to stand up for yourself and others
Zero, by Kathryn Otoshi, teaches self-worth
Band-Aid Chicken: A Program about Resisting Peer Pressure, by Becky Rangel Henton, teaches about resisting peer pressure and standing up for what is right!
Cliques Just Don't Make Cents, by Julia Cook, teaches about self-worth and friendship choices. 
Simon's Hook (A Story About Teases and Put-downs), by Karen Gedig Burnett and Laurie Barrows, emphasizes 5 strategies for how to deal with teasing. 


Personal Message:
We bring the school counseling curriculum to students through classroom guidance, small group and individual counseling, as well as school-wide activities and assemblies. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to support your student this year!