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Guidance Counselor
Jillian Ranazzi
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Waterville Primary School Celebrates Bucket Filling!


This year we are again committed to Bucket Filling!

Bucket filling is an easy-to-understand concept:                                     

Everyone carries an invisible bucket that holds our good thoughts and feelings.  When our buckets are full, we feel happy.  When our buckets are empty, we feel sad.                 

Children quickly understand that they can fill buckets when they do and say things that are kind, considerate, caring, and respectful. They also learn that when they are mean, inconsiderate, uncaring, or disrespectful, they dip into buckets and remove those good feelings. Even the youngest child understands that actions and words can either fill a bucket or dip into it.


During this school year we are encouraging, reminding, and recognizing everyone's efforts to be bucket fillers at home, school, and everywhere they go. We are excited about this new program and look forward to your support. If you would like to learn more about bucket filling, visit the Bucket Fillers website, www.bucketfillers101.com. Bucket fillers offer a free weekly e-newsletter for parents and teachers.

Sara!

Waterville Primary School has a very special friend who brightens faces each day. Her name is Sara. She is our school therapy dog. Sara spends her days at Waterville listening to children read, helping children to develop positive behavior and responsibility, and providing support to those in need. Sara was trained and provided by Assistance Dogs of America, Inc. To learn more about this wonderful non-profit organization and/or provide financial support please visit their website at www.adai.org.

Individual Counseling

Individual counseling is a service offered to kindergarten through fourth grade students. Students may be referred for counseling by a parent, a teacher, or themselves. Counseling can be ongoing or short-term based on the problem/situation. Issues that a school counselor might address with students include:

  • peer relations                                        
  • school performance                                
  • anxiety

  • family change

  • grief

  • self-esteem issues                                  
  • anger management                                
  • conflict resolution                                  
  • new students

Many times, students will request a visit with the counselor regarding a situation at school and we will meet briefly to try to resolve the situation, particularly if there has been a problem on the playground, hallway, lunchroom, or with another student(s). These types of visits do not require prior permission from a parent; however, I encourage students to go home and share with parents and guardians that we spoke and explain why we met.

If the problem situation resulted in some type of consequence, the student will meet with the principal. The counselor does not see students for discipline, but rather to assist in conflict resolution so that the student may return to class and be productive in school.

If a student requires on-going counseling, the counselor will contact the parent to discuss the situation.

Serious behavior problems or certain family issues may require more in-depth counseling with a licensed professional counselor at an outside agency. Your school counselor can assist you with more information about resources in the community for counseling.

Small Group Counseling

 

Small group counseling is a service provided to first through fourth grade students. This involves the counselor working with two or more students together. Group size generally ranges from five to eight members. Group discussions may be relatively unstructured or may be based on structured learning activities.

Students may be invited to join a small group during the course of the school year. Group members have an opportunity to learn from each other. They can share ideas, give and receive feedback, increase their awareness, gain new knowledge, practice skills, and think about their goals and actions. The school counselor can cover many issues in small group counseling, such as family change/divorce, grief, self-esteem, etc.

The groups that have been offered most consistently are peer/social in nature. Each year has been a bit different and the needs of the current students usually dictate what types of groups are offered. I will always send a letter to parents inviting a child to participate in a group.

Classroom Guidance

Classroom Guidance meetings offer the best opportunity to provide guidance to the largest number of students in the school. Classroom Guidance lessons are provided to all students in grades K-4. I will visit each classroom every quarter for a guidance unit focusing on one of our school expectations (Respect, Responsibility, and Safety) as well as age appropriate character education.  The following classroom guidance units will be provided during the 2014-2015 school year:

  • Kindergarten: Soul Shoppe and Bucket Filling (Respect, Responsibility, and Safety), School of Champions (Responsibility and Safety), Kindergarten Character (Respect and Safety), and Feelings (Respect)
  • 1st Grade: Soul Shoppe and Bucket Filling (Respect, Responsibility, and Safety), School of Champions (Responsibility and Safety), Basic Character (Respect and Safety), and Friendship (Respect)
  • 2nd Grade: Soul Shoppe and Bullying Prevention (Respect, Responsibility, and Safety), School of Champions (Responsibility and Safety), Honesty/Integrity (Respect and Safety), and Attitude/Self-Esteem (Respect)
  • 3rd Grade: Soul Shoppe and Bullying Prevention (Respect, Responsibility, and Safety), Decision Making (Responsibility and Safety), Advanced Social Skills (Respect and Responsibility), and Career Exploration (Responsibility)
  • 4th Grade: Soul Shoppe and Bullying Prevention (Respect, Responsibility and Safety), Conflict Management (Respect, Responsibility, and Safety), Coping/Peer Pressure (Responsibility and Safety), and Empathy (Respect)


Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at (419) 878-2436 or jranazzi@anthonywayneschools.org.  I look forward to working with you this year!

At Waterville Primary School we are continually working toward maintaining a peaceful and welcoming environment. We work hard to encourage positive interactions among all students Kindergarten through 4th grade.  We offer several different school wide programs here at Waterville that are designed to promote a positive school environment:

First, our Bucket Filling Program encourages respectful, responsible, and safe behavior.  Students earn Bucket Filling slips for displaying any one of these characteristics.  These Bucket Filling slips can be spent on different items or raffles each month at our school store.  Students are welcome to spend all of their Bucket Filling slips each month, or to save them until the end of the year for bigger rewards! 

Our PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) Program at Waterville is a new initiative for us this year.  This program emphasizes three building wide expectations that are consistent throughout the Anthony Wayne School District.  These expectations are: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe.  Teachers and staff throughout the building will be working together to reinforce these expectations during the year.  Each classroom will use the same five color chart for behavior: Blue, Purple, Green, Yellow, and Red.  Students will begin the day on Green and have the opportunity to move up or down based on their behavior.  This color chart allows students that show exceptional behavior to be recognized for going beyond our expectations.  We are looking forward to utilizing our PBIS Program together as another way to promote a safe and happy environment for our students!

This year,we will be welcoming back Joseph Savage from Soul Shoppe.  Soul Shoppe is a nation wide program promoting a positive environment school wide.  Joseph will be presenting to the students at Waterville on Thursday, September 25th.  Parents are encouraged to attend a parent meeting with Joseph on September 25th at 7:00p.m. at Whitehouse Primary School.  The messages from the Soul Shoppe presentations will be reinforced throughout the year during monthly classroom guidance lessons.  The following is a link to the Soul Shoppe website with additional information about this program: http://soulshoppe.com.

In addition to providing school wide programs and initiatives, we make sure Waterville students, staff, and families are educated in Bullying Prevention.  Our Dean of Students, Mrs. Worline, and I go into each classroom in the first few weeks of school to teach bullying prevention lessons.  During these lessons, we highlight  that there are different types of bullying (ex: physical, verbal, social, cyber). 
We also address that three qualities need to be present for a bullying situation to exist:

  1. The behavior is done intentionally.
  2. The behavior is repeated over time.
  3. A real or perceived imbalance of power exists between the two parties.

Also highlighted are ways to handle bullying and ways to make sure that we maintain a safe and positive school environment at all times.    These lessons are designed to empower our students so that they are able to encourage each other and act as allies for one another.  These messages are repeated throughout the year by the teachers and staff of Waterville School.  We appreciate you working with us to help reinforce the messages of Respect, Responsibility, and Safety!

Below are some additional websites with information for both parents and students related to preventing bullying.
Thank you for working with us to ensure the safety and well being of all of our students.

For Students:

The following website is an interactive approach to helping students prevent bullying.
www.pacerkidsagainstbullying.org


For Parents:

The following is an article including tips for helping your child with bullying.
www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_What_Do_About/

Bullying Prevention - A Parent's Presentation