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The Berkeley Lake Elementary Counseling Dept
consists of 2 full-time counselors, Ms. Griffith, 1st, 3rd & 5th grades & Ms. Marantz,
K, 2nd & 4th grades. The counselors provide classroom guidance
lessons, individual counseling, and small group counseling. They
are available for parent conferences & can assist families with
community resources & referrals.
begin the year by helping new students adjust to school and visit each classroom to introduce themselves and explain their
program. The counselors teach special lessons which focus on academic
performance, career awareness, and social/emotional issues throughout the school
year to all classes. The first lesson of the school year emphasizes the
importance of regular and prompt school attendance. Some children
will be seen in groups for special issues and individual counseling will
be available as needed
throughout the year.
Support and resources are always available to parents. Please feel free to
contact Karen Griffith (K, 2nd, 4th) at 770-582-7523 or Laura Marantz (1st, 3rd,
5th) at 770-582-7522.
counselors make a difference for elementary school students:
Your student is supported
by a team of caring adults--you, of course, plus teachers,
administrators, & counselors-- working together to support your
student's academic achievement and personal development.
Counselors contribute to your child's academic success by:
- teaching skills in
leadership, test-taking, decision-making, effective communication,
personal safety and protection, and positive peer relationships,
- supporting students
during times of crisis,
- guiding students in
improving academic skills, setting positive goals, exercising
self-responsibility, and expanding career awareness,
- coordinating referrals
and community resources for students & families, as needed.
should you call a counselor?
- When your student is having difficulty learning
- When family changes interfere with academic progress
- When your child needs extra help adjusting to school
- When you want to arrange a meeting with several teachers or with
both a teacher and a counselor
- When you want to discover available community resources &
agencies for your student or family
by Ms. Griffith and Mrs. Marantz, this committee made up of teachers &
staff works in conjunction with PTA's Helping Hands Committee. The
Care Team provides resources for BLES families during a time of
of Peer Mediators
Explanation of safety patrols
purpose of the DEBUG system
is to give children a series of steps that they can use to solve
problems when other children are “bugging” them. It helps children
learn to be assertive and encourages them to be responsible for their
own behavior and self-control. It also defines the adult’s role as one
of helping children after they have tried to solve the problem.
five steps of the DEBUG
system are simple. The children have been taught that if someone is
“bugging” them, they are to do the following:
that doesn’t work, then
Away……………if that doesn’t work, then
Friendly…………………if that doesn’t work, then
Words………….if that doesn’t work, then
the event that your child(ren) feels bullied, scared, unsafe and/or
hurt, your child(ren) is taught to use ONLY the following two DEBUG
steps to ensure his/her safety.
Books for Parenting
- Homework Without Tears,
by Lee Canter
- Lost Boys: Why Our
Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them, James Garbarino, PhD
- Children the Challenge
and The Challenge of Marriage, by Rudolph Dreikurs
- Parenting With Love
& Logic, by Foster Cline & Jim Fay
- Positive Discipline
from A to Z: 1001 Solutions to Everyday Parenting Problems, by Jane
Nelson, Lenn Lott, & H. Stephen Glenn
- Chicken Soup for the
Kid's Soul, by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patty Hansen &
- Childhood Stress,
by Barbara Kuczen
- If Your Child is
Hyperactive, Inattentive, Impulsive, Distractible, by Stephen W.
An excellent website that sends free
monthly tips on pertinent topics. If you like it, you can sign up for an
on-line subscription. The current featured topic is war and how to
address the subject with kids of all ages. www.talkingwithkids.org/
to Help Children
good role model by controlling your own anger.
spank your child or use any other physical force when he/she gets out of
your child’s viewing of violence in the media, whether on TV, in
movies, video or Internet.
your child healthy, with enough rest and nutritious foods.
to recognize signs of stress in your child and help him/her handle
stress you can’t reduce.
your child to put angry feelings into words rather than into physical
your child to respect the feelings of others.
your child make a list of things to do when angry that won’t hurt
property, himself/herself, or others.
blow up at your child, apologize later, after you’ve calmed down.
Smart Parenting, 1999 The Positive Line, ASI #79930.
Reviewed by Psychologist David Rubin, PhD.
To Self Esteem
to each other
aside TIME for family activities
each family member in family decisions
privacy - knock on closed doors
Go for a
family walk or play a game
that no one is perfect
for “Grooving” Back Into the School Year
Make a plan for after school activities. Schedule adequate time
for homework, play, and sports
Scale back TV time - You may want to consider a "no TV"
rule Monday - Thursday.
Establish a family reading time
Establish bed times for school nights. Children in elementary
school need 10-11 hours of sleep each night.
Keep a large calendar. Mark
each family member’s activities in a different colored pen.
Collect important phone numbers.
Update doctor, work and other listings for the school office,
after-school program and a neighbor.
Create a car pool. Compare
schedules and determine which parents can drive kids when.
Have a backup plan. Find
another parent who will exchange school pickup favors-in case you become sick or
delayed by work or traffic.
Spruce up a study space for your child.
Children work best at a desk or table. Make sure it is well-lighted
and free from distractions. Consider a spot in the house other than the
kitchen table which tends to be the center of all activity and can be a very
Consider creating a "Homework Survival Kit."
This is a box or drawer in which is kept the basic school supplies.
Use the beginning of the year supply list and buy a set of everything to be kept
at home. Keep all of this in one box or drawer so that everyone knows
where it is and no time is lost looking for a needed item.
Set up a file for school papers.
Place all school notices in it so you don’t misplace them.
Get children in the habit of getting ready the night before school.
Set out clothes, pack lunch and put the backpack by the front door.
Barbara Albers, “12 Ways to Gear Up for School,”
Family Circle, September 1, 1995 (Gruner &Jar, 685 Third
Avenue, 30th Floor, New York, NY 10017-4024.
Reading List for Parents of Elementary Students
of Student Academic Support and Advisement
is Bad About Being Too Good?
Bates Ames, Arnold Gesell, and Frances L. Ilg,
Child from Five to Ten
Berry Brazelton, Working and Caring
Brooks, The Scared Child: Helping
Kids Overcome Traumatic Events
Canter & Lee Hausner Ph.D., Homework Without Tears
Illsley Clarke, Self Esteem: A
Cline and Jim Fay, Parenting
with Love and Logic
Coloroso, Winning at Parenting Without Beating Your Kids
Covey, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families
E. Cullinan, Reading to Me: Raising
Kids Who Love to Read
Curran, Traits of a Healthy Family
Don Dinkmeyer & Gary McKay, Raising a Responsible Child
Dreikurs, Children the Challenge
Elkind, The Hurried Child
Faver and Elaine Mazlish, Siblings Without Rivalry
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen
How to Talk So Kids Can Learn
Stephen Glen & Jane Nelson Ed.D,
Self-Reliant Children in a Self Indulgent World
Positive Discipline (Jane Nelson)
Hallowell & John Ratey,
to Distraction: Recognizing & Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder
from Childhood through Adulthood
Hart, The Winning Family
Renshaw Josline, Positive Parenting from A to Z
Karnofsky and Trudy Weiss, How to Improve Your Child’s Language and
Leman, Making Children Mind without Losing Yours
Linda Madaras, What’s Happening to My Body – Girls
What’s Happening to My Body – Boys
J. MacKenzie, Setting Limits
Metzger, Good Parenting Guide
Ruth Allen Peters, Don’t be Afraid to Discipline
Walton, Winning Children Over
County Public Schools
of Student Academic Support and Advisement
Removing Barriers to Academic Success”