The purpose of the school counseling program is to help all students succeed both academically and socially. As school counselors, we will be working with all students in the following domains:
- Academic development
- Career development
- Personal/social development
The guidance curriculum will be incorporated in several ways throughout the year including classroom guidance and small group enrichment as well as additional counseling services.
Classroom Guidance Lessons:
We will be meeting with each classroom throughout the school year for guidance lessons. These lessons will include character education, study skills, test-taking skills, conflict resolution, friendship, team building, problem solving, and an in-depth unit on careers.
Small Group Guidance (Lunch Bunch):
We will also be leading several small groups, on several topics, throughout the school year for grades 1 – 5. Each group will meet for 30 minutes, during your child’s lunch (your child will be able to eat lunch during small group). Each group will run for 6 weeks. Administrators, teachers, and parents may refer students to participate in the small groups. Small group participation is optional and parents must give permission for their child to participate in the small groups. Please contact us for more information on the small group lunch bunches.
Additional Counseling Services:
Individual Counseling – Students may meet with us individually to discuss any issues throughout the year. A student may refer themselves by filling out a guidance form or letting his/her teacher know. Teachers or parents may also refer children at any time by contacting us. These concerns may include, but are not limited to, the following topics: illness or death of a loved one, separation or divorce of parents, conflicts with friends or siblings, and/or any concerns that are interfering with academic performance or social development.
Parent Consultation –We are available to consult with parents on any issue that may be interfering with your child’s academic performance or social development. Please contact us to set up an appointment at any time throughout the school year. We can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or Jessica.Vilbas@lcps.org or at 703-957-4480.
Parent Resource Library – A parent library has been set up in the school library. Many resources are available on a number of topics including school success, character education, effective discipline techniques (for home) and conflict resolution. Please stop by the school library to take a look at our parent resources library!-
Mentoring Programs - We offer both a faculty mentoring program for students as well as a peer mentoring (peer buddies) program between older and younger students. Please contact your child's school counselor for more information on our mentoring programs.