Welcome to KES School Counseling!

K.E.S. School Counseling Program Components:

The school counseling program at Kaechele Elementary includes the following components:

  1. Individual and Group Counseling
  2. Classroom Guidance
  3. Consultation
  4. Coordination

brochure 2017-18 

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February 2019 School Counseling News

Thank you to all those families who are helping make our world a better place during our Random Acts of Kindness campaign for February. Please see listed our events for February.

Food collection will take place February 4-February 8.

The coat collection will take place February 11-15.

Change for children campaign February 11-15. Health Schools Healthy Virginia for the Heart Association. Collection will take place January 22-February 21.

     Second Semester Small Counseling groups will begin in February if you feel you child can benefit from small group counseling please download and print the pdf and return to the attention of Mrs. Shaia. (double click to upload)

Semester II 2018


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Random Acts Of Kindness

So cited to kick off this special month. Teachers and students please enjoy this book about kindness

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Counseling News September October 2018

 It has been an amazing start to our new year!! September lessons flew by with themes of respecting differences and practicing mindfulness. In October our lesson will introduce bully prevention practices and our first Habitude self-awareness. Our character education of Habitudes leads students to 21st century learning by practicing these traits: Imagination , Curiosity, Self-Awareness, Courage, Adaptability, Perseverance, and Passion. I look forward to each month’s lesson on these topics as well as lessons that are the foundation of the ASCA mindsets.

In addition to classroom lessons I will begin small support groups in October. Please download the permission slip( on the Counseling Services tab) should you feel your child could benefit from small group counseling and return it to me next week 10/8 to 10/12.

Last but not least I want to give a huge shout out to our fathers and father figures who came out to our Pizza party-line up and sign up! Go WATCH D.O.G.S.(dad’s of great students). 

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School Counseling News May-June

It is with a happy heart I return to Kaechele. I feel fortunate for all the kind thoughts and prayers that lifted my sadness during my father’s illness. We’ve had some fabulous classroom lessons during May and June that centered on friendship, test taking skills and conflict resolution. Our ‘Take Time for Your Mind” series on morning announcements focused on calming strategies to help students remain mindful in their daily choices here at school. We practiced deep breathing, taking a break and walk away, talk to someone who cares, listen to your favorite song, use your imagination and go to your “happy” place. In addition, I am happy to say our May Movement activities from 7:00-&;20 were well attended by students and teachers. We are so thankful to Meena Dasgupta! She gave us Wednesday morning Yoga classes. These classes gave us mindfulness in movement.  

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School Counseling News March 19-March 30

It is amazing that we are approaching the end of the third nine weeks of school. Our students are mastering grade level curriculum and showing us so many positive characteristics of our Habitudes daily. During classroom lessons I have been focusing on career awareness lessons. There is an awesome website that has fun videos and games for career exploration. This website is http://www.vaview.vt.edu/  In grades 4 and 5 student completed an interest inventory and then searched there favored career clusters. Please consider signing on to be a guest for our exciting Career Day here at KES. You can go to http://goo.gl/i5KqyV and be part of all our fun April 16th.  Thanks to those who have already signed on as a guest. We are looking forward to learning about the world of work.  

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Counseling News February 12-16

Thank you to all those who donated coats, shoes or boots to our Kindness campaign ” Heat Up Henrico!” Today Mr. Williams from Henrico Family and Community Engagement came to KES to personally thank students for their help. Thank you also to everyone for such a super special School Counseling week. I am delighted each day to be Kaechele’s school counselor.                                  In the next two months,  I will be coordinating our Career day and hope that many parents will join us as guests for this special day! Please see if you can save the date April 16 8:00-10:30 to join us as a guest speaker. I would love it if you would be able to sign up. Please click here if you are able to help :  http://goo.gl/forms/nQfxcMyFjA

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School Counseling News January 29-February 2


We are really celebrating Random Acts of Kindness here at KES!!

Thank you to families who will support our “Heat Up Henrico” drive by donating gently used coats, shoes and boots. I feel so blessed to serve here at KES as your school counselor. All our classroom guidance  lessons will have the theme of kindness during February. I will begin second semester groups the week of February 12th Please download the permission slip should you wish for your child to participate and send it to school.Semester II 2018

Fifth grade parents please contact me if you have any difficulty making middle school course selections. I am happy to help with needs or questions. 


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Counseling News January 2-12

Happy New Year to all !!! I am feeling blessed to be part of this amazing community!

 School Counseling topics for January lessons:
Kindergarten: Making good choices
Grade 1: Problem Solving and Using I Care Language
Grade 2: Using Self- Control
Grade 3 Study Skills
Grade 4: Problem Solving
Grade 5: Digital Footprints/Bully Prevention Strategies 

In addition, I will complete all small group counseling sessions for 1st semester. If you would like for your child to participate in small group counseling for the second semester please download the permission slip below.Semester II 2018  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions about up coming groups.



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School Counseling December 4-8

This week I began my December lessons. Kindergarten students learned about communication. First grade learned about positive thinking in new situations.  Second graders learned about solving problems. Fifth graders learned about important qualities in friends. Its was great fun working with all our super star students in their classrooms.

In January grade 5 teachers will begin the course recommendation process for grade 6. Here are some important dates for grade 5 parents. Please do not hesitate to contact me during this process if you have any questions.

  • January 9, 2018—6:30—8:15 p.m.—Elective Open House—SPMS(students and parent attend)
  • January 11, 2018—6:30—8 p.m.—SPMS—Parent Planning Guide Meeting—SPMS Auditorium
  • January 12, 2018—8:30—10 a.m.—SPMS—Parent Planning Guide Meeting—SPMS Auditorium—repeat of the 11th presentation                                                                                                        
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November 27-December 1

I hope everyone enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends!

There is an informative parent workshop going on November 30th 5:30 pm to

8:15 pm at Hermitage high school. Please view this flyer for more information. Critical Teen Issues Workshop_Flyer. Final

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