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Schools around the world have implemented their own Buddy Bench programs in order to create and maintain a positive school climate. The bench is a tool that especially helps with recess time, which can be a time of increased conflict during the school day. This program is designed to teach students the skills to have successful friendships and to help them grow into compassionate young adults.
Small group counseling is a service provided to Kindergarten through Fourth Grade students. This service provides support to several students in a structured setting. Group sizes generally range from five to eight members. Group discussions are based on structured learning activities and projects.
Students may be invited to join a small group during the course of the school year. Participation in small groups provides students with the opportunity to learn from each other in a unique setting. They can share ideas, give and receive feedback, gain new knowledge, practice skills, and think about their goals and actions. Common group topics are social skills, self esteem, making and keeping friends, families in transition, etc. Topics are chosen based on the current needs of the students.
If your child is invited to participate in a group, I will contact you with more specific information. If you would like your child to be included in a small group, please contact me at (419) 878-2436 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individual Counseling is a service offered to Kindergarten through Fourth Grade students. Students may be referred for this service by a parent, a teacher, or a staff member. They also have the opportunity to request counseling services for themselves. Counseling can be ongoing or short-term based on the situation. Common topics addressed in Individual Counseling meetings are:
- Academic Concerns
- Coping Skills
- Family Changes
- Friendship Concerns
- Impulse Control
- Self Esteem
Individual counseling does not relate to discipline, but rather to assist and encourage students in these areas so that they are able to be successful learners and community members.
There are some times when more severe problems or extensive issues may require more in-depth counseling with a Licensed Professional Counselor at an outside agency. If this occurs, I am able to provide you with a list of outside counseling referrals. Please contact me with any questions or concerns at (419) 878-2436 or email@example.com!
At Waterville Primary School, we are continually working toward maintaining a peaceful and welcoming environment. We encourage positive interactions among all students from Kindergarten through Fourth Grade. Some of our School Wide Programs here at Waterville that are designed to promote a positive school environment are:
First, Waterville Primary is a Bucket Filling School! The concept of Bucket Filling is that everyone carries an invisible bucket that holds all of their good thoughts and feelings. When our buckets are full, we feel happy. When our buckets are empty, we feel lonely and sad. Children understand very quickly that they can fill buckets by being kind, caring, and respectful to others. They also understand that disrespectful and uncaring behavior will dip out of other people’s buckets, or remove their good feelings. Our Bucket Filling Program encourages respectful, responsible, and safe behavior. Students earn Bucket Filling slips for displaying any one of these characteristics. These Bucket Filling slips can be spent on different items or raffles each month at our school store. Students are welcome to spend all of their Bucket Filling slips each month, or to save them until the end of the year for bigger rewards! The following is a link to an informational website about Bucket Filling: http://www.bucketfillers101.com.
Our PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) Program at Waterville emphasizes three building wide expectations that are consistent throughout the Anthony Wayne School District. These expectations are: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe. Teachers and staff throughout the building will be working together to reinforce these expectations during the year. Each classroom will use the same five color chart for behavior: Blue, Purple, Green, Yellow, and Red. Students will begin the day on Green and have the opportunity to move up or down based on their behavior. This color chart allows students that show exceptional behavior to be recognized for going beyond our expectations. Our PBIS Program provides us with another way to promote a safe and happy environment for our students!
In addition to providing school wide programs and initiatives, we make sure Waterville students, staff, and families are educated in Bullying Prevention. Our Dean of Students, Miss Williams, and I visit each classroom in the first few weeks of school to teach bullying prevention lessons. During these lessons, we highlight that there are different types of bullying (ex: physical, verbal, social, cyber).
We also address the following three qualities that are present in a bullying situation:
- The behavior is done intentionally.
- The behavior is repeated over time.
- A real or perceived imbalance of power exists between the two parties.
Also highlighted are ways to handle bullying situations and ways to make sure that we maintain a safe and positive school environment at all times. These lessons are designed to empower our students so that they are able to encourage each other and act as allies for one another. These messages are repeated throughout the year by the teachers and staff of Waterville School. We appreciate you working with us to help reinforce the messages of Respect, Responsibility, and Safety!
Below are some additional websites with information for both parents and students related to preventing bullying.
Classroom Counseling Lessons offer the best opportunity to provide character education to all students. Throughout the school year, I will present age appropriate lessons in each classroom on character traits and social skills such as:
- Bucket Filling (Kindness and Caring)
- Career Awareness and Exploration
- Effective Communication and Problem Solving Skills
- Emotional Awareness
- Friendship Skills
- Self Esteem
- Stress Management
We are so lucky at Waterville School to have our very own therapy dog here with us every day! Sara is an eleven year old Golden Retriever who has been working with Waterville students for the past eight years. Sara spends her time at Waterville listening to children read, helping them to develop positive behavior and responsibility, and providing support to those in need. Sara was trained and provided to us by an organization called Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence (ADAI). To learn more about this non-profit organization and/or provide financial support please visit their website. To learn more about how School Therapy Dogs are used, please visit The Allie Project’s website.