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


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February Counseling News You can Use

Random Acts of Kindness February 2021


Kick Off: February 1 Our Theme: “Coyotes show kindness” Parents may download and print off a Kindness Heart for their child to complete.


Students who come for picture day February 4, or 5 may bring their heart to hang in the gym and help make our Coyote Heart Collage.



Kaechele Coyote Canned Food Drive to support FEED MORE (Wear Your Mask) Please bring food in bags if possible.

Sponsored by Kaechele School Counseling and Kaechele PTA

February 16th                                                                                                                               (2pm-7:00pm)        Any Grade Level

February 17th

10:10am-10:40am   Grades (K-1)

11:10am-11:45am    Grades (2-3)

1:15pm-2:15pm       Grades (4-5)

Families will park their car in the school parking lot and put their donation in the U-Haul Trailer.

Thank You to all who can participate in this Spirit Event!!!!


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January 2021 Counseling News you can Use

Welcome to our New Year 2021!!! I wish all families a happy and healthy year of 2021! Our January Classroom lessons will focus on several topics. In Kindergarten we will discuss feelings and choosing positive behaviors even when our unpleasant feelings surface. In first grade, we will learn how to solve people problems with an emphasis on using ” I care Language”. In second grade, we will learn a technique to regulate our unpleasant emotions called the Turtles Secret: Say how you feel. Shell to relax. Think of a  way to help yourself. Do something that helps the situation. In third grade,  classes will learn study skills that help them earn good grades and smarter brains. In fourth grade, students practice using an ABCD problem-solving technique. In fifth grade, students learn how proofreading and other study skills can benefit their progress.

      Our NED Champions continue to light up our Kudo board https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/ckvBjYiN.  NED is part of our citizenship program and stands for Never Give Up, Encourage Others, and Do Your Best. Teachers and classmates vote for the NED champions each month. Go NED!!!!

     In addition,  part of our citizenship and positive climate at Kaechele is our Habitude of the month. January’s Habitude is Perseverance. As defined by Angela Maiers in her book: Classroom Habitudes:

Students and teachers may enjoy books read by me on our KES School Counseling Course in Schoology that pertain to Perseverance.

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IB Writing Prompt

Families of IB applicants I will be sending more details of the wiring prompt next week December 3rd -December 7th. You will receive the information via email.

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Counseling News You can Use October

Our October classroom guidance lessons this month are all about Bully Prevention. Students learn what is bullying behavior and how to make it stop. Some favorite books I use to help students understand bullying behavior are The Recess Queen, Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon, The Bully Blockers Club, and Sorry. Grades 4 and 5 viewed this google slide presentation  https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1qtTl6sxo5olvuLDlGS8KYH0_idcAvMd4xBkKdrCISvo/edit#slide=id.g9e619acc7a_1_26 and discuss ed 4 upstanding champion behaviors to make the bullying behavior stop. 1. Be a buddy, 2. Tell someone, 3. Interrupt, 4.  Stand Up. Please view this link https://vimeo.com/259390186for these upstanding champion methods to stop bullying behavior. 

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School Counseling News You Can Use

The fall season is definitely here! With that comes a few new items to add to our Counseling Blog.  IB applications will go live on 10/5/20. Parents and students in grade 5 may access and complete the application by going to our Kaechele School Counseling Course. This course is found on the students’ Schoology dashboard. All applications must be submitted by November 6, 2020. Please contact me via email or phone should you have any questions once you have gone to the school counseling course to review materials.

In addition, I would like to share a very helpful link for parents who may be noticing a higher level of stress in their children. This link has activities to assess and address stress and worry levels. Helping Children & Families cope with the COVID-19 Pandemic.


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Counseling News You Can Use

Welcome back to a new school year. In September my class lessons will focus on understanding and respecting differences. I will be using a variety of books that develop characters who have differences and how they learn to positively accept their differences. The book titles include, Elmer, Odd Velvet, Giraffes Can’t Dance, Calvin Can’t Fly, Dancing in the Wings, and Same Same but Different.

In addition we are welcoming 38 new students to grade levels 1-5. Each year as new students come to Kaechele I help to provide them a student buddy in their class. This year we will continue with our buddy lunches being virtual.  A huge thank you to all our buddies who help make a difference by being kind. Together the group play in getting to know one another games and I share books about friendship. These groups meet once a week for 5 weeks. In October I will start support groups for students who may need help managing their academics or social and emotional growth. Parents may sign students on for a virtual group using these two permission slips. Counseling (GenEd) Consent- DOL  Group Permission 2020-21

I look forward to working with students, parents and teachers. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have concerns about your students. I am happy to help make this the best year possible for all coyotes!!!

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Counseling News You Can Use May 27, 2020

During these “new normal” circumstances of COVID-19 It may seem we as parents are spending more time helping our children solve conflicts and problems in our families. I have designed two activities for students to choose from to help them perhaps solve conflicts with siblings on their own. If you would like to try the spinner or the fortune teller simply download and print. In addition, I am sharing an article that our amazing school psychologist Lisa Frederes recommends for coping with fear and sadness as it pertains to times of a pandemic. Coping with Fear and Sadness During a Pandemic (4.13.20) Please know I am available and feel free to email me should a need arise. fortune teller- conflict resolution  conflict resolution wheel

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Counseling News You can Use May 4, 2020

As we continue in our school closure and the uncertain times of COVID-19 I hope all of our KES community is staying safe and well. The following articles have great information for parents to think about in support of your child. I hope you find them helpful. Please feel free to email me if you should have questions or concerns regarding your child. I am always happy to help. Home & School COVID-19 Issue 1 2020 English  Home & School COVID-19 Issue 2 2020 English

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Counseling News You Can Use-April 1, 2020

KES 2020 Virtual Career Day!

Hi Everyone in recognition of our planned Career Day 2020 I have gathered together many websites for students to enhance their career awareness. I hope you have fun with these. Please email me your thoughts about the sites and what careers you found most interesting!


K-5- Career Town: Virginia Career VIEW

K-5- Lots of great links within this site and includes careers Knowitall.org

K-5- Videos about government careers Videos About Government Careers

K-5- Dairy Council of California- Make a pizza game-

Make a Pizza – My Very Own Pizza Nutrition Game

2-5- Create a comic Make Beliefs Comix

4-5- Allows students to search careers, has videos describing career; best is student uses the “I want to be a…..” column  My Next Move

4-5- Engineering careers for girls EngineerGirl – Homepage

4-5- Promo for automotive engineering and a video of a mechanical engineer’s job

Your Future in Automotive

3-5 Soil Games for kids (must have Adobe Flash Player on your computer)


3-5 Occupational Outlook Handbook Careers listed in occupational groups https://www.bls.gov/ooh/



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Counsleing News you can Use…Week of March 30-April 4

I have been trying to come to terms that I will not see all my amazing students. As you know I feel that all 450 are truly my students. I enjoy our monthly time in classroom lessons. My small group and one on one sessions are the true heart of counseling at Kaechele. The daily orientation of our Watch D.O.G.S. is truly a highlight All of these along with many other joys at Kaechele I will truly miss until next year.

Thinking of our busy parents and the idea of homeschooling your children I thought this was a great resource for parents to view. It has lots of good ideas about schedules for this new way of life in these uncertain times. Children as we all understand really thrive when they can predict what is coming up next especially when things seem uncertain. Please view this if you are looking for a way to add a bit of predictability to help stabilize the “new” change in “school” and other scheduling for at home working and just living life. https://www.today.com/parents/how-homeschool-during-coronavirus-crisis-t176020


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