worldCedar Point Elementary Professional School Counselors: 
Mrs. Plitt
Mrs. Neff (Fridays)




A Special Message to Our Families:

As the school year is coming to a close and we reflect on current events in the country, we'd like to share a couple of links to equip parents to have conversations with your children during this challenging time in our history:

How to Talk to Kids About Race and Racism
Teaching Young Children about Bias, Diversity, and Social Justice

Dear Champion Cheetahs and families,

PWCS cares deeply about students’ emotional well-being during their time away from school.  If a student is in need of emotional support during this time, please feel free to send an e-mail to studentsupportservices@pwcs.edu.  A school mental health or health professional will answer and offer virtual support to students to the best of their ability.  This e-mail is not to be used for emergency situations as it will not be monitored 24 hours a day.  If a student is ever in an emergency situation he/she is encouraged to call 911 or utilize one of the resources listed below:

Emergency Resources:

ACTS Helpline                                               703.368.4141

1.800.SUICIDE (24-hour hotline)               1.800.784.2433

Crisis Text Hotline (24-hour hotline)         741741   

PWC Child Protective Services Hotline     703.792.4200

PWC Community Services Board               703.792.7800
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Additional Resources
Food Pantry- see documents and files

Cedar Point Counselors office hours are available as follows:
Mrs. Plitt
PlittAR@pwcs.edu
Mrs. Neff Friday 1-2 pm
neffsj@pwcs.edu


Classroom Guidance Lesson plans for week of 6/1-6/5, located under Documents and Files:

Grades: K-3
Time Management Skills at Home
*PowerPoint
*Word Document

Grade 4
Safe at Home, Safe Alone

*Links to Student and Parent Program Guides

Grade 5
Middle School Transition
*PowerPoint


Classroom Guidance Lesson plans K-5 for week of 5/25-5/28 located under Documents and Files:

Getting along while cooped up.
A Social Distancing Lesson

ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors
● M 1. Belief in development of whole self, including a healthy balance of mental,
social/emotional and physical well-being
● B-SS 8. Demonstrate advocacy skills and ability to assert self, when necessary
● B-SS 9. Demonstrate social maturity and behaviors appropriate to the
situation and environment
Learning Objectives
● Students will learn the term “cooped up.”
● Students will learn 5 things to do to help solve problems with others while
cooped up.


Classroom Guidance Lesson plans K-5 for week of 5/18-5/122 located under Documents and Files:

Everyone has Feelings-Emotional Awareness K-2

KP.2: Identify and appropriately express various feelings.

1P.1: Describe how to express feelings in constructive ways 

2P.1: Identify forms of communication (e.g., listening, speaking, body language, etc.)


Self- Awareness 3-5
Self Awareness Inventory/Understanding Me/Mandala

3P.2: Demonstrate how to positively communicate thoughts, feelings, and needs 

4P.1: Demonstrate methods of appropriately expressing feelings. 





Classroom Guidance Lesson plans K-5 for week of 5/11-5/15 located under Documents and Files:

Grade(s): K-2
Activity: Cooperation/Friendship
ASCA Student Standards (Domain/Standard/Competencies):

C:B1.1, C:B1.2, A:A1.1, A:A2.3

Learning Objective(s):

Identify personal skills, abilities, and interests in the areas of academic, career, and personal/social development.
Demonstrate awareness of empathy and bully prevention skills.


Grade(s): 3-5
Activities: Conflict Resolution, De-Escalation, and Choices
*Conflict Escalator (Word document)
*What Should Danny Do? (read-aloud link)

Learning Objective(s):
Demonstrate self-discipline and self-control
Create positive and supportive relationships with other students
Demonstrate ethical decision-making and social responsibility

Classroom Guidance Lesson plans K-5 for week of 5/4-5/8 located under Documents and Files:

Lesson: Cyber Safety (PowerPoint file or online link)

Learning Objective(s):
Apply media and technology skills
Demonstrate personal safety skills


Additional Resource Links
(located in Word document)

Classroom Guidance Lesson plans K-5 for week of 4/27-5/1 located under Documents and Files:

Activity: Career Exploration

Learning Objective(s):
Compile a list of personal abilities.
Describe how personal strengths affect future goals and career options.
Identify career choices through various means of exploration.


Classroom Guidance Lesson plans K-5 for week of 4/20-4/25 located under Documents and Files:
Classroom Guidance Lesson 4/20-4/25
"Just Me! Box"
Standard A: Students will acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and interpersonal skills to help them understand and respect self and others.
PS:A1 Acquire Self-Knowledge PS: A1.1 Develop positive attitudes toward self as a unique and worthy person.
Purpose: To encourage building healthy self-esteem.
Grades K-5



Additional Counseling Resources and Activities On-line:

K-2
Howard B Wigglebottom 
(URL:  https://wedolisten.org/)
Julia Cook 
(URL:  https://www.juliacookonline.com/)
Pete the Cat
(URL:  http://www.petethecatbooks.com/)

K-5
Career Education 
https://www.vaview.vt.edu/
Bullying Prevention
https://www.stopbullying.gov/resources/kids

4th Grade
Safe at Home Safe Alone 
https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/content/dam/pubs_ext_vt_edu/350/350-523/350-523_pdf.pdf

5th Grade
Middle School Transition
https://kidshealth.org/en/kids/middle-school.html




Vision
Champion Cheetahs Teaming Towards Excellence
Mission 
The Cedar Point Professional School Counseling Program will provide a comprehensive school counseling program that utilizes the Champion Pyramid to reinforce academic excellence and character development. The program will support the unique and individual needs of all students and stakeholders in a safe and caring environment that fosters positive self-esteem, social justice, and lifelong learning.


Belief
The Cedar Point School Counseling Department provides a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances the ability of all students to achieve through three interrelated areas of student development. Each area encompasses a variety of desired student learning competencies. The foundation of the school counseling program is based on the Prince William County Guidance Curriculum (K-5), the ASCA National and Ethical Standards (personal/social, academic, and career), and the use of data to enhance program development and evaluation. 

*Personal/social development
-All students will acquire an understanding of, and respect for, self and others, and the skills to be responsible citizens.
-All students will understand that diversity is to be respected and appreciated and will participate in an effort to foster unity.
*Academic development
-All students have a capacity to learn and be supported academically.
-All students will be provided with a school counseling program that is consistent with expected developmental stages of learning and differences in learning styles.
*Career development
-All students will be provided with an education that extends beyond the classroom environment and allows them to develop lifelong skills that can assist them in the pursuit of their life goals.
-Students will investigate the world of work in order to make informed career decisions.



Welcome Champion Cheetahs 2019-2020
The Cedar Point Elementary School Counselors would like to welcome all students to Cedar Point this year. The counselors will be part of the Encore rotation and will be conducting classroom guidance accordingly. Classroom guidance lessons will focus on the Champion Pyramid, Character Counts Six Pillars of Character
.
We offer small group counseling sessions (October-December and January-March) based on student’s needs. The counselors are also available to assist individual students with emotional and social issues interfering with learning and success in school. We look forward to a wonderful year with your children!
Individual Counseling:
Mrs. Leavitt will be working with students in all grade levels (M-F)
Leavitdg@pwcs.edu
Mrs. Plitt (Mon)
PlittAR@pwcs.edu
Mrs. Neff
neffsj@pwcs.edu


 *Small Group Counseling- Session I permission forms can be found under documents and files.

To get your child off to a great start

Whether your child is just entering elementary school or is farther along, the way they begin the school year can determine how the rest of the year will go.

• Establish a routine. Kids thrive on predictability. Establish a regular time for homework. Set and stick to a regular bedtime. Plan a morning routine that gets everyone out the door on time.

• • Review school safety. Talk to your child about the need to follow school rules. Also talk about ways to be safe when riding the school bus or walking to school.

• Get to know your child’s teacher. When parents and teachers work together, kids do better in school.

• Set goals. Students who do well in school have both short- and long-term goals. Whether it’s earning an “A” in math or preparing to become a veterinarian, goals help keep your child motivated and focused.

• Be genuinely interested in your child’s schoolwork. Ask your child about what they are learning in school every day.

• Don’t over schedule your child. Give them time to unwind after school—especially as they adjust during the first few weeks.

 

Seven Habits of Highly Responsible Students

It is evident that responsible students grow up to be responsible adults.  Responsible students don’t have any one secret for their success…but they do practice some habits that help them.  Here are seven helpful habits that can help your child become more responsible.

 1.) They set goals. Goals keep kids focused on the future.  They are the foundation of responsible behavior.  Goals help students focus on what’s important and what’s not.  If they have a vision of where they want to go, they’re more likely to get there.

2.)  They plan their time. Responsible people meet their obligations.  Help your child use a big calendar to organize his/her time.  Write down all their commitments and use the calendar to plan time for homework each day.

3.)  They study every day. Responsible students set aside time for homework and studying every day.

4.)  They take notes in class. Teachers will almost always spell out what they think is important (and what’s likely to be on the test).  Encourage your child to take notes and spend time reviewing them before the test.

5.)  They have the tools they need. Responsible students need to remember to bring pencils, paper and other tools that they need for class.

6.)  They keep their commitments. Responsible students honor their commitments to others and to themselves.  They succeed in school by doing their assignments well and on time.  You can teach your child about commitments by setting a good example.  Children feel a sense of satisfaction when they honor their commitments.

7.)  They get ready ahead of time. Responsible students have learned that being late, or being early, is not something that simply happens to them.  It is a choice they can make.  Some students start out every morning in a crisis.  Teach your child to take 5 or 10 minutes before bedtime to get ready for the next day


Support you child's learning and success in school

There are many ways you can support your child's learning and school. Here are a few ideas:
*Spend a few minutes every evening looking over handouts and fill out forms to be returned the next day.
*Encourage daily attendance, a good night sleep and a healthy breakfast.
*Support good study habits and organizational skills
*Contact your child's teacher if you see a problem. Working together will help your child succeed.
* Tell your child's teacher if you can help out at school or at home.
*Make sure teachers know you appreciate their efforts.
*Attend conferences, parent meetings, and school events regularly.

Kindergarten Transition

An informative article about how to assist Kindergarten students make a smooth transition. Click
here

Social Media Tips for Parents and Students: Here

The Parent Institute Newsletters
 
Click Here for the Parent Institute Newsletter, a great resource for parents.


VA Cooperative Parenting Classes Links

 

Character Quotes

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically... Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education."
— Martin Luther King Jr., American civil rights leader (1929-1968)
"No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure."
-Emma Goldman
"The highest result of education is tolerance."
— Helen Keller, American social activist, public speaker and author (1880-1968)




Specialty Programs/Links

Marsteller Middle School Specialty Program


Specialty Program Information here.
For more information regarding the MMS Math and Science Specialty Program please go to the Marsteller Middle School website or contact them directly.
To view Middle School Specialty Program Brochure, please click here.


Marsteller Middle School Math / Science Specialty Program

MMS Specialty Program General Information
MMS Specialty Program Teacher Recommendation Form
Transportation Information for Specialty Programs



Counselor's Information
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To view more information regarding our Counseling Program please click here