School Counseling Program

Tumwater Hill Elementary School

Emily Weber + Heather Daley, School Counselors

Tumwater Hill Elementary School

3120 Ridgeview Court SW

Tumwater, WA 98512


p: (360) 709-7305

f: (360) 709-7302


Website: the.tumwater.k12.wa.us


Emily Weber:

Grades K, 2, 5

Work Days: Tuesday, Thursday, every other Friday

emily.weber@tumwater.k12.wa.us


Heather Daley:

Grades 1, 3, 4

Work Days: Monday, Wednesday, every other Friday

heather.daley@tumwater.k12.wa.us

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What does an Elementary School Counselor do?

The short answer:

LOTS of things!


The long answer:

We work with all students and families at Tumwater Hill Elementary School. We support students' academic, career, and social/emotional needs. We offer preventive, developmentally appropriate & comprehensive classroom guidance lessons to all students. We facilitate and support school wide programs to promote academic success. We counsel students in small groups and individually as an additional layer of support beyond school wide and classroom-based programs. We assist parents with community resources and parenting concerns. We work with the Thurston County Food Bank and other local agencies to provide basic needs support to families year round as well as during the holidays. We work closely with teachers to support their students. We serve on several district- and building-level committees.


Another short answer:

We wear many hats here at THE!


For more information on the job of a school counselor:

Washington School Counselor Association

American School Counselor Association

What is Social Emotional Learning? (article)


Link to our School Counselors in the News page

Confidentiality

What students say in my office remains private between us, UNLESS:


  • the student is being hurt
  • the student is going to hurt someone else
  • the student is going to hurt him or herself

School-wide Programs

As Tumwater Hill's school counselors, we are visible throughout the building in various ways. We work closely with our Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) committee, which promotes positive behavior and school culture. We coordinate our 504, McKinney-Vento and Weekend Food Bag programs. We collaborate regularly with our elementary school counselor colleagues, as well as with the entire Tumwater School District K-12 counselor team, to build a comprehensive & developmentally appropriate school counseling program for all TSD students.


School counselors help facilitate Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) through classroom lessons, small group counseling, staff training and school wide systems. For more information about SEL, see these videos: #1, #2, #3.


Tumwater Hill's Monthly PBIS Character Traits:

October: Hope

November: Cooperation

December: Leadership

January: Integrity

February: Kindness

March: Perseverance

April: Citizenship

May: Optimism

Classroom Guidance Lessons

Classroom guidance lessons are my most efficient way to work with students and teach developmentally appropriate, preventive skills in alignment with the American School Counselor Association's student standards.


We will be teaching lessons throughout the school year. Topics & number of lessons varies by grade.


Kindergarten:

Second Step curriculum (Units: Skills for Learning, Empathy, Emotion Management, Problem-Solving & Child Protection)


First Grade:

Second Step curriculum (Units: Emotion Management & Child Protection)


Second Grade:

Second Step curriculum (Unit: Problem-Solving)


Third Grade:

Growth Mindset


Fourth Grade:

Anti-Bullying topics


Fifth Grade:

Career Exploration & Middle School Transition

Friendship Groups

Friendship Groups allow us to work with groups of students on new skills as well as on reinforcing previously taught skills (e.g. in classroom guidance lessons).


Friendship Groups are offered daily during recess. They consist of 3-5 students and focus on social skill development & peer interactions. Students are invited to join Friendship Group for a variety of reasons, for example being new to THE, working through conflicts with friends, meeting new friends, building confidence, etc. Students are assigned to a group that meets weekly on a set day, during a set recess time. Groups meet for approximately 2 months at a time.

Individual Counseling

We offer short-term individual counseling to students on an as-needed basis. Parents and teachers can refer students, or students can self-refer. We typically meet with students 4-6 times to address specific needs. If students need counseling services beyond what we offer at school, we can provide information & resources for community-based counseling.