PKMS School Counseling Chronicles

Volume 2, Issue 1

It Takes A Village...

During this time, we have come to understand the real impact of the saying " It Takes A Village" and are dedicated to truly putting this into action. We need each other like never before. We are each learning how to navigate through our new normal and manage the emotions that come with that, both for ourselves as adults and caregivers and for our students. Our counseling department want to let each of our parents and guardians know, YOU ARE AMAZING! It isn't easy, it isn't pretty, but you all are truly making this process for our teachers and students one that has been greeted, here at Parkside, with an abundance of positivity.

"When little people are overwhelmed by big emotions, it's our job to share our calm, not join their chaos." ~ L.R. Knost

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Parkside Teacher Brag Board Highlights

Ms. Young, one of our fantastic school counselors, created a platform for our teachers to brag about things they have experienced over the past few weeks. Some were directly related to the amazing collaboration that our staff are having with one another and some were directly related to the awesome moments experienced with our students. Below were a few of the "brags" on our students.

Parkside is a "No Place for Hate" Designated School

The Anti-Defamation League has a national program for anti-bias and bullying prevention, No Place for Hate. This program is a framework that engages school communities in creating respectful, inclusive environments. Last year with the help of Ms. Wines, our Director of School Counseling and Mrs. Diaz, our 7th grade Spanish teacher, and the amazing work of Mrs. Diaz's advisory class, Parkside was able to begin the journey of implementing this program at Parkside. While last school year was interrupted by the COVID-19 Pandemic, Parkside was able to engage every student in signing the Resolution of Respect and participate in several activities such as multi-cultural night and the creation of anti-bullying student lead videos.

This year we plan to continue this journey and are hopeful that even while we are in a new way of doing school, we can make a difference. Students are watching two videos describing the program and how we at Parkside are going to be calling them to action to continue the great work that was done last year. October is National Anti-Bullying Month. Below you will see how we are hoping to engage Parkside students this month and gather interest information for our No Place for Hate student committee.

Please take a moment to watch the videos and talk with your students about what this may mean to them. The current climate in our country is in desperate need of our communities to come together and stop the escalation of hate. We believe that our youth here at Parkside have some powerful voices and their input is needed and valued.

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No Place for Hate

October No Place for Hate Activities

Week of the 5th: Get to Know No Place for Hate

Students will learn about No Place for Hate

Week of the 12th: Spread the Kindness

Submit a FlipGrid video showing an act of kindness

Week of the 19th: #hereforyou

Students can join counselors for lunch virtually-no one eats alone!

Week of the 26th: Be the Change

We will be asking students to sign up for committee and completing a short survey about what they feel like needs to change here at Parkside to create a better school culture

Parkside Counseling Team

We are so excited to be working with our students this year. We know that it is a unique school year but we are up for the challenge and feel that we will be able to do a ton of great and innovative things with and for our students and families.

Students have all been invited to the School Counseling Canvas page as well as their individual school counselor's canvas pages. Here they will get all kinds of great information, resources, and be able to request to see the counselors. Each counselor also has links for their office hours, but we are also available to meet with parents and students throughout the rest of the week. If you have not already gotten a pairing code to also view your student's Canvas pages, we encourage you to reach out to your student's P1 teacher or ask your student to generate the code for you. You then are able to visit their class pages as well as the counseling pages which have a ton of information for parents too!


School Counseling Office Hours: Mondays, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Director of Counseling: Ms. Wines, in the building Mondays & Wednesdays

Registrar: Mrs. Bruce, in the building Monday, Wednesdays & Fridays

Parent Liaison: Mrs. Dutch, in the building Tuesdays & Thursdays

Last Names A-C: Ms. Barbour, in the building Tuesdays

Last Names D-K: Mr. Gorham, in the building Wednesdays

Last Names L-P: Ms. Young, in the building Thursdays

Last Names Q-Z: Ms. DiMisa, in the building Fridays

Please take a minute to read a little about each of our counseling team members.

A Little GratiTuesday

Below you will se the fun video that Ms. Young put together from the 90+ responses we got from our students and staff for our monthly GratiTuesday. While things look different this year, we really want to make sure we are taking time to be grateful for the things we have and are experiencing that are positive.

Parkside Counseling Team Contacts

Ms. Wines, Director of School Counseling:

Mrs. Bruce, Registrar:

Mrs. Dutch, Parent Liaison:

Ms. Barbour, Last Names A-C:

Mr. Gorham, Last Names D-K:

Ms. Young, Last Names L-P:

Ms. DiMisa, Last Names Q-Z: