School Adjustment Counselor

Welcome to the 2018-2019 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 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 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

kmichel@fallriverschools.org

jamesarruda@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 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! See below for a list of our weekly character traits. We welcome you to talk about these traits at home with your child.

 

Sept 3

Greeting  others

Jan 21

Being flexible

Sept 10

Accepting others/showing tolerance

Jan 28

Having good transitions

Sept 17

Being punctual and prepared for class

Feb 4

Showing respect

Sept 24

Following instructions

Feb 11

Working as a team

Oct 1

Active listener

Feb 25

Joining in a conversation

Oct 8

Appropriately gaining teacher’s attention

March 4

Having a positive attitude/outlook

Oct 15

Giving and receiving compliments

March 11

Contributing to discussion

Oct 22

Being a good friend

March 18

Appropriately dealing with frustration

Oct 29

Being kind to others

March 25

Appropriate behavior in the hallways

Nov 5

Appropriately managing feelings

April 1

Completing homework

Nov 12

Resisting negative peer pressure

April 8

Interrupting appropriately

Nov 19

Helping others

April 22

Working to your full potential

Nov 26

Persevering through difficult tasks

April 29

Using an appropriate tone of voice

Dec 3

Having appropriate boundaries

May 6

Appropriately using calm down strategies

Dec  10

Disagreeing appropriately

May 13

Being a positive leader

Dec 17

Self-management in the cafeteria

May 20

Following routine

Dec 31

Staying on task

May 27

Accepting a loss graciously

Jan 7

Being an effective problem solver

June 3    

Being a good sport

Jan 14

Expressing empathy/understanding others

   

 

Stay safe

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

Increase self-awareness

Build friendships and resolve conflicts

Develop effective communication skills

Be prepared to make the transition to middle school

                                                                          

 

 

 

 

 See the source image

https://www.open-circle.org/

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