Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!

School Adjustment Counselors


          Who are the SAC’s at Silvia?


Mrs. Kristina Michel and Mrs. Missy Gilbarg are both full time school adjustment counselors working with students across all grade levels.


Here are a few of the ways we work with students:

Small Group Counseling

We facilitate small groups, lunch bunches and snack chats for students who may benefit from a little extra support in certain areas.

Individual Counseling

We meet with students on a short-term basis to work through problems that may be affecting their academic performance. Students can request to see us by asking their teacher. Parents and teachers may also request for students to see us.

Classroom Mini Lessons

We visit classrooms across grade levels and teach lessons on various social skills; including the character trait of the week, making and keeping friends, bullying, self-esteem building, coping skills, and more.

Consultation with Parents/Guardians/Teachers

Please feel free to contact us by phone, email or stop by the main office to schedule an appointment.

Referrals to Community Resources

We have connections with many local agencies. Let us know how we can help!

     We can be reached by phone at 508-675-9811  or by email kmichel@fallriverschools.org or mgilbarg@fallriverschools.org


Character Trait of the Week

Each day during morning announcements, students learn about the school wide character trait of the week through short lessons, poetry, and whole class shoutouts. A list of weekly traits is posted on the school adjustment counselor webpage. Classroom teachers nominate one student each week for displaying exemplary behavior for the weekly character trait. These students have their name displayed outside their classroom door for all to see and are honored at an assembly at the end of each trimester. Our goal is that every child will have the opportunity to be recognized as a Silvia STAR student of the week!


Character Traits for the Month of October

October 2: Following instructions

October 9: Being an active listener

October 16: Appropriately gaining teacher’s attention

October 23: Giving and receiving compliments

October 30: Being a good friend


Please reinforce these traits at home with your child(ren)!


We look forward to working with you this year! -Mrs. Michel & Mrs. Gilbarg


Elementary School Counselors help children...

Treat others kindly

Show respect for the feelings of others

Understand the decision-making process

Maintain positive relationships with peers and adults

Gain an understanding of the world of work

Develop effective study skills

Develop effective communication skills

Be prepared to make the transition to middle school




Character Traits and our Anti-bullying Efforts

Every day at Silvia School we start out with a positive message and ways to build character traits, like caring & sharing, responsibility, showing courage or empathy as well as acceptance and diligence.

With this ongoing character education we hope to teach students about essential life skills and values that go beyond the school building.  As Martin Luther King Jr. says "Intelligence plus character, that is the true goal of true education." 

We further enhance these pro-social skills by recognizing students weekly as Silvia Weekly Stars.  These students will have their picture displayed in a frame that hangs outside their classroom door for all to see.

Remember, as our gym teacher Mrs.Mahjoory says:"Team work makes the dream work". Together we can unify our school and optimize our students' chances of developing solid character not only in school, but in life!
                            "TEAM WORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK!!!"



What do you know about being a bully? Possible signs of being a bully (Olweus, 1993).

(These are not sure signs of a child being a bully. A child may be or may not be a bully even if they do or do not fit into these categories.)

· The child teases repeatedly in a nasty way · Along with teasing there is pushing, kicking, excluding, hitting, and damaging of belongings of defenseless students · Physically stronger than their classmates · Desires to dominate or subdue other children · Are hot-tempered and easily angered &midd



Character Traits 



Sept 11

Greeting  others

Sept 18

Accepting others/showing tolerance

Sept 25

Being punctual and prepared for class

Oct 2

Following instructions

Oct 9

Active listener

Oct 16

Appropriately gaining teacher’s attention

Oct 23

Giving and receiving compliments

Oct 30

Being a good friend

Nov 6

Being kind to others

Nov 13

Appropriately managing feelings

Nov 20

Resisting negative peer pressure

Nov 27

Helping others

Dec 4

Persevering through difficult tasks

Dec 11

Having appropriate boundaries

Dec  18

Disagreeing appropriately

Jan 1

Self-management in the cafeteria

Jan 8

Staying on task

Jan 15

Being an effective problem solver

Jan 22

Expressing empathy/understanding others

Jan 29

Being flexible

Feb 5

Having good transitions

Feb 12

Showing respect

Feb 26

Working as a team

March 5

Joining in a conversation

March 12

Having a positive attitude/outlook

March 19

Contributing to discussion

March 26

Appropriately dealing with frustration

April 2

Appropriate behavior in the hallways

April 9

Completing homework

April 23

Interrupting appropriately

April 30

Working to your full potential

May 7

Using an appropriate tone of voice


May 14

Appropriately using calm down strategies

May 21

Being a positive leader

May 28

Following routine

June 4

Accepting a win graciously

June 11

Being a good sport



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Classrooms schoolwide are implementing Open Circle.

Open Circle is an Evidenced Based Social Emotional Learning Program

It's designed to:

- Proactively develop students skills for recognizing and managing emotions, empathy, positive relationships and problem solving

- Help develop classroom and school communities where students feel safe, cared for and engaged in learning

For more information check out




  • Parent Resources;


For Students

What is a counselor?

PreK- 3 Fun

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Fun Brain

Reading is Fun


Helpful tips:

Avoiding Drama

· Find some friends who don’t get involved in or cause drama.

· If the person keeps bugging you, say “I don’t want to get into the drama this year, OK?!”         

· If a good friend is causing drama and tries to tell you about it, tell her/him: “I don’t want to get involved in the problem.”

· Make sure to pass up on people who try to drag you into the drama…They will realize the reasons why we don’t want to participate in hurting others.


 Be an Active Listener

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Parents can make a referral for individual or group counseling services by signing a release here -parent permission form  , in person or phone.