School Adjustment Counselor
Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year!
Who are the SAC’s at Silvia?
Mrs. Kristina Michel and Mr. Jim Arruda 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 skill building or a little extra support in certain areas.
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 are available to visit classrooms across grade levels and facilitate lessons on various social emotional skills; including the character trait of the week, making and keeping friends, conflict resolution skills, 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 for Counseling and 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
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 will be shared. 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 assemblies throughout the year. Our goal is that every child will have the opportunity to be recognized as a Silvia STAR student of the week! Stay tuned for a list of our weekly character traits. We welcome you to talk about these traits at home with your child.
Treat others with kindness
Always do your best
Respect ourselves, others and our school
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
Learn self-regulation skills
Build friendships and resolve conflicts
Develop effective communication skills
Be prepared to make the transition to middle school
Social Emotional Learning at Silvia
Open Circle Curriculum is used school wide in grades K-5. This curriculum seeks to strengthen social competency skills in communication, self-control, and social problem-solving, to promote the creation of growth-fostering relationships, and to build a sense of community in classrooms and schools.
Open Circle lessons:
- Proactively develops children's skills for recognizing and managing emotions, empathy, positive relationships and problem solving
- Help schools develop a community where students feel safe, cared for and engaged in learning
- Unites schools with common vocabulary
- Improves school climate
- Increases students’ use of prosocial and critical thinking skills
- Reduces negative behaviors such as peer exclusion, bullying and fighting
- Strengthens educators' facilitation and SEL (social emotional learning) skills
- Frees up time for academics through proactive behavior management