Counselor's Corner

November, 2022

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Hello Parents,

October is National Bullying Prevention Month so my classroom lessons were about bullying. I used storybooks with students in grades K-2 and a bullying prevention quiz with students in grades 3-5 to facilitate discussions about bullying. The students learned about different types of bullying behavior (physical, verbal, social and cyber bullying) and about the difference between conflict and bullying. They learned that bullying is targeted, repeated and intentional, and there is an imbalance of power in a bullying situation. The learners were encouraged to use Stop, Walk and Talk if they experience bullying - tell them “Stop” and then “Walk” away; if it continues then “Talk” to (tell) an adult. Students also learned (or reviewed) four strategies for being an Upstander - Be a Buddy, Speak Out, Interrupt, and Tell Someone.


I would like to inform you about an upcoming opportunity for parents to be involved in a learning experience at New Emerson. In January, I will be focusing on Career Exploration and I am looking for parents who are interested in either coming into the school to talk with students about their careers or who are willing to make a short video about their careers that we can show students. If you would be willing to help us with this project, please let me know by Nov. 30 at leslie.atchison@d51schools.org.

Thank you,

Leslie Atchison

New Emerson School Counselor

October News from Ms. Leslie

Hello Parents,


My September classroom lesson in Kindergarten was a Counselor Introduction lesson. The Kindergarten learners met me for the first time and we talked about what I do and how I help learners at school. We also began talking about Belonging - what it means to belong and how it feels to belong. I read the first half of the book A Little Spot of Belonging.


My September classroom lessons in 1st and 2nd grade were also about Belonging. I also read A Little Spot of Belonging in these classrooms (the whole book). This book teaches about the meaning of belonging, how people feel when they belong and how we can help others feel like they belong. The learners in these classrooms participated in a conversation skills activity to help build connections and increase a sense of belonging.


My September classroom lesson in 3rd grade was about keeping your body safe. All of the elementary counselors in District 51 read the book My Body is Special and Belongs to Me in the 3rd grade classrooms in September. This book teaches about safe and unsafe touches and the importance of talking to a trusted adult about touches that don’t feel safe or comfortable.


My September classroom lesson in 4th grade was an introduction to Couragion. Couragion is a computer based STEM exploration program - a letter with more information about it was sent home earlier this school year. The 4th grade learners seem excited about using Couragion this year. They can access Couragion at home (through Classlink) if they want to complete more quests than what time allows at school.


The 5th grade learners completed SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) self-assessments in September and made choices for SEL small groups. I will be meeting with the 5th grade learners in these small groups over the next few months. The small groups allow for more student interaction and sharing of ideas during learning time.


If you have any questions about these lessons or about any of the counseling services that I provide at school, please feel free to contact me.


Leslie Atchison

New Emerson School Counselor

leslie.atchison@d51schools.org

970-254-6500, ext. 53200


September 2022


by Leslie Atchison - New Emerson Counselor


Hello Parents,


It's been a great start to the school year! In this first newsletter article, I would like to remind you of the counseling services that I provide at New Emerson:


Classroom Lessons - I teach whole class lessons to supporty the school's monthly SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) theme and to meet the District 51 expectations for elementary counselors -- lessons that align wit the D51 SEL Framework and American School Counselor Association standards. My classroom lessons include skills for learning, getting along well with others, managing emotions, and respectful problem-solving.


Small groups — A list of the small groups that I offer at school can be found below this article. If you have any questions about any of these small groups, please let me know. If you think your child would benefit from participating in one of my groups, please talk with your child's classroom teacher.


I will be meeting with fifth grade students in small groups over the next few months -- in place of some whole class lessons. The small groups allow for more student interaction during my lessons. The fifth graders will complete surveys on various SEL topics and be presented with options for small group placement. The groups are educational in design (not therapy groups) and will help the fifth graders build skills for learning, interacting with others, and managing emotions.


Individual counseling -- I can provide short-term individual counseling for students with school-related concerns. Students can request to see me by putting a note in my counselor box. I will notify parents if a student requests to see me more than a few times, or if a problem is serious enough to warrant notification. I can also see students a few times at the request of a teacher or parent. I can send home a list of community counselors if a student is needing long-term counseling or if a student/family has a concern that is not school-related.



Please let me know if you have questions about my counseling services at school. I work half-time at New Emerson. My hours this year are Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:15 a.m.-4:15 p.m., and Wednesdays 12:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m.



I am looking forward to another great year of learning and growing with your children at New

Emerson!



Leslie Atchison

New Emerson School Counselor

Leslie.Atchison@d51schools.org

254-6500, ext. 53200

November, 2022

Small Groups Info

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Hello Parents,

I would like to provide you with some information about the small groups that I offer at New Emerson School. Here is a description of these groups:

  • Goal group - This group provides support for students in accomplishing school related goals (academic, behavioral, or social). I can meet with students individually or in small groups (if goals are similar) to help students make a plan for accomplishing their goals and help them monitor their progress – providing encouragement along the way.

  • Changing Family/Divorce group -This group provides support for students who have experienced a recent change in their family due to parental separation or divorce.

  • Grief group -This group provides support for students who have recently experienced the death of a close family member or loved one. A Hope West counselor usually comes to the school to co-facilitate these groups with a school counselor.

  • P/T Cruiser group (P/T =Positive Thinking) - This group provides support for students who worry a lot and have anxiety. Students in this group will learn how to replace worries with positive thinking and practice relaxation strategies.

  • Lunch Bunch (for 5th grade girls in the spring) - This group will help prepare the 5th grade girls for middle school drama. The girls will learn about relational aggression and how to use positive communication for problem solving skills.

  • Friendship group - This group is to help students learn and practice social skills for making and keeping friends and building positive relationships.

Please let me know if you have any questions about any of my small groups, and please talk with your child’s classroom teacher if you would like to have your child join one of my groups.

Thank you,
Leslie Atchison
New Emerson School Counselor
254-6500, Ext. 53200
Leslie.Atchison@d51schools.org