Counselor Corner

Welcome back to a new school year!

We hope you and your family are getting settled into this new school year! The Scales School Counseling Program has gotten off to a great start with classroom guidance lessons underway, meeting new students in lunch bunches, and catching up with new and returning families. Mrs. Matthews and I are happy to be back at Scales this year to help support you and your children as best we can.

~Shelbie and Rebecca

Kelso's Choices Conflict Resolution Program

Kelso's Choices is a conflict resolution skills curriculum taught in grades K-5. We begin each school year with Kelso's Choices lessons after our initial "Meet Your School Counselor" lesson. Through the use of puppets, video, and role play, Kelso the Frog teaches students different choices they can use when solving a conflict. They learn to try two choices to solve a small/minor problem before getting an adult for help. They also learn to tell an adult they trust when they have a big/serious problem. This conflict resolution curriculum is used as a bullying prevention initiative as well, as many bullying situations can be prevented through the use of assertiveness training and learning skills to resolve conflict.
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Dr. Jay Banks- "I AM UNAFRAID" Program

Dr. Jay Banks was back at Scales this year to present his "I AM UNAFRAID" program to students in grades 3-5 on Tuesday, September 8th. Dr. Banks presented his research-based anti-bullying assembly focused on empowering students to avoid bullies, find a friend for support, report bullying, and act confident- shown to be some of the most successful ways to reduce bullying. Dr. Banks continues to engage our students and teachers when he visits, using great humor to truly reach children. His funny and engaging approach grabs student attention, and allows for concepts to truly stick and be carried out throughout the school year.

This year, Middle Tennessee Electric's Customers Care donated a grant to Jay Banks Productions, providing free assemblies to 16 schools in Middle Tennessee. As an audience of Dr. Banks for the last few years, Scales was grateful to receive one of our assemblies for free this year.

We look forward to having Dr. Banks return to Scales in future years!

Coffee and Book Club with the Counselors

Who? Scales Parents and Caregivers

What? Book Club! The book selection is Make Your Worrier A Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Child's Fears by Dan Peters, Ph.D. We will be covering the Introduction and Chapters 1 and 2 at our first meeting. Please feel free to join us!

Where? Scales Media Center

When? Thursdays from 2:45-3:30 p.m. beginning Thursday, October 1st. We will meet on the following dates:

  • October 1st (Introduction, Chapters 1 and 2)
  • October 8th (Chapters 3, 4, and 5)
  • October 15th (No Book Club due to Harvest Parties)
  • October 22nd (Chapter 6 and 7)
  • October 29th (Chapter 8)
  • November 5th (Chapters 9 and 10)
  • November 12th (Chapters 11, 12, and 13)
  • November 19th (Extra day if needed)

Please RSVP to Shelbie Ely at or Rebecca Matthews at so we know how many participants to expect.

Thank you, and we hope to see you there!

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The Role of the School Counselor

As a part of our comprehensive, developmental School Counseling program at Scales Elementary, our counselors serve our students, parents, and teachers through a wide variety of services. Some of the services include:

· Responsive Services- personal and crisis counseling, small group counseling, 504 and support services

· Classroom Curriculum- classroom lessons, character education, group activities, newsletters, and transition issues

· System Support- staff and community relations through consultation and collaboration

· Individual Planning- test planning and interpretation

Small Group Counseling (AKA: Lunch Bunch!)

We will begin small groups at the beginning of October, and are thrilled to help meet the needs through this fun way of counseling. Students in small groups are referred by either a caring teacher or a parent, and meet once a week for 5-7 weeks during lunch or another time agreed upon by the teachers. If you feel your child may benefit from a small group on one of the following topics, please contact Shelbie Ely (Grades 3-5) or Rebecca Matthews (Grades K-2) at or

  • Anxiety
  • Friendship
  • Divorce Care/Family Change
  • Study Skills/Organization

Please keep in mind that depending on the need and the amount of referrals, some children will participate in the groups starting in January. Please know we are always available to meet with students individually to help with any concerns as well. Thank you!

About Me

Shelbie Ely, MA, NCC

Professional School Counselor

Scales Elementary School

About Me

Rebecca Matthews, M.Ed., NCC

Professional School Counselor

Scales Elementary School