Ridgeway Elementary School Counseling Program
Michelle Kenlein, School Counselor & Anti-Bullying Specialist
The 2017-2018 school year is in full swing and so is our Ridgeway School Counseling Program. In September, I began my Classroom Guidance Lesson in the Kindergarten and 1st Grade classrooms with a Meet the School Counselor Lesson to familiarize them or to remind them of my role throughout the school. Additionally, I worked with staff and parents to assess the needs of the students in our building with regards to individual and group counseling services. In October my Classroom Guidance lessons continued throughout the entire school
October is a busy month for our counseling program as we observe The Week of Respect, School Violence Awareness Week and Red Ribbon Week. We had many activities throughout the month of October as well as spirit days to acknowledge these awareness weeks. The teachers, staff and parents all did an excellent job supporting these activities throughout the month and the students really enjoyed them. In addition, throughout the month of October, I conducted classroom guidance lessons in each classroom to support teach students about making good choices by asking themselves, "Is It Kind, Is It Safe and Is It Healthy."
With my counseling groups underway, students are learning many strategies for addressing various topics such as stress, anger, self-awareness and friendship.
I am currently working to develop the Ridgeway Kindness Ambassador program. A student from each classroom in grades 3-5 was nominated by the classroom teacher based on their demonstration of kindness throughout the Ridgeway community. Throughout the year I will work with these students to develop Conflict Resolution, Peer Leadership and Upstander skills to help promote a positive school climate amongst our student body.
For additional information regarding our School Counseling program or other counseling resources please do not hesitate to contact me so that I may assist your student and your family. I may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 732-323-0800.