October- November School Counseling News

October was National Bully Prevention Month

During our classroom guidance lessons students learned the prevention rules

  1. We will not bully others.
  2. We will try to help students who are bullied.
  3. We will include students who are easily left out.
  4. When we know somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.

(Olweus Bullying prevention Group, 2004

Students also learned ways to be an “UpStander” See this great video from the NED website  http://www.thenedshow.com/kidz.html KES NED 2

November classroom lessons will focus on study skills that help build successful students

We also enjoyed our college awareness week with morning announcement trivia and wearing our favorite college colors or t-shirts to school.009

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Welcome To Our New School Year at Kaechele Elementary 2016-17


  •  It is a great beginning here at Kaechele! Our “new Student Mentors have helped to welcome fifty new friends in grades 1-5. Thank you new student mentors for all you do to “Be the Difference!”
  •  In classroom guidance lessons all grade levels are learning about understanding and accepting differences so that we can be a caring helpful community here at school. I have enjoyed being in all classrooms in September and look forward to monthly guidance lessons with all students.


  • Thank you to our awesome PTA for bringing  the NED Show here to Kaechele. We will recognize NED Heroes each month in all classrooms Please see our NED Heroes pictures posted by the cafeteria each month Go NED Heroes!!NED Poster KES
  • Looking forward to our Kaechele Watch D.O.G.S. Picnic on September 27th. Be sure to  RSVP. Dads and students will enjoy pizza and games and then a line up and sign up for a day here at school. We love our Watch D.O.G.S. !


W.D. Sign

  • On September 28th grade 5 students who wish to apply to Moody Middle School IB Program may sign out an application from me in the school counseling office.



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February News 2016

Thank you to everyone who is participating in our Random Acts of Kindness Month!!!
All first semester groups are concluding this week.  New small group counseling sessions will begin for second semester the last week in February!

Please up load the permission slip should you wish for your child to participate in small group sessions for the second semester of school. Spring groups KES 2016

In addition I am beginning to plan our annual Kaechele Career Day Please sign on if you would like to participate. This is always a fun filled day for everyone. Our day is April 20th 8:00-10:30 am. Please go to   http://goo.gl/forms/nQfxcMyFjA   to sign on as a guest .

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Kaechele Buddy Bench-Thank you Community Service Club

What a great month to introduce our Buddy Bench to the playground. Our habitudes lessons on passion lead me into this thought of how our students are passionate about our school community and taking care of one another. Please enjoy this movie about our buddy bench.


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November Counseling News

I am finding it hard to believe we are in our November school month!

I’d like to share a few highlights from October and upcoming exciting news for our classroom lessons in November. First our Mix it up Day here at KES was a huge success for students to make a new friend at lunch. Please enjoy a few thoughts from students here

Our November classroom guidance lessons K-5 lead students to understand and use better study skills to promote their academic success. In addition, our Habitude lesson introduces the concept of using courage in learning and other new situations.

We are so thankful to all our Watchdogs here at KES! Our program continues to support students learning and provide safety to our school. I wish to all our students and their families a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

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October 2015 School Counseling News

Happy October to Everyone!!

During September, I have enjoyed working with our new Kaechele Coyotes and I am so thankful tho their mentors who have helped new students make many new friends! I have also had the opportunity to teach two classroom lessons in each classroom. Our students learned many things about respecting diversity and our Habitudes. October classroom lessons will focus on bully prevention and the Habitude of “self awareness”.

Our first semester counseling support groups will begin the week of October 19th. Please be sure to download and complete the permission for a group should you choose to have your child participate. 2015-2016 1st semester group blog

I would like to extend a huge thank you to all our volunteers and especially our dads who came to our 3 annual pizza launch for our Watch D.O.G.S.(Dads of great students) program.

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IMPORTANT DATES FOR GRADE 5 Students and Parents Planning

  1. Moody IB Open House October 22nd 4:30-5:30 or 6:00-7:00

2. Moody Applications are due to Mrs Shaia October 30th

3. Moody Writing prompt administered at KES November 12th.

4.  January 12, 2016—6:30—8:15 p.m.— Rising sixth grade elective open house       SPMS auditorium

5. January 15, 2016—8:30—10 a.m.—Rising sixth grade parent academic and          informational meeting at SPMS—auditorium!



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Welcome Back to our 2015-2016 School Year

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This year is off to a great start here at KES! We have welcomed over 40 new students in grades 1-5. I am very thankful to our student mentors who have given tours, shared lunches and recess to help welcome our new friends! During 2015-2016 I plan to add an additional monthly lesson to help support our new character education “Habitudes”. Students will learn how the seven habitudes will help them become champions in their success for learning.
NED Poster KES

W.D. Sign
Another great beginning for this year will be our Pizza Watch D.O.G.S. launch on Thursday September 24th from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Hopefully, everyone who is coming has sent in their RSVP as I have ordered the pizza!! Our Watch D.O.G.S. program has been a huge success thanks to all the dads and male role models who help here at school. If you are interested in more information please email Greg Sekelsky at watchdogs@kespta.com or khshaia@henrico.k12.va.us –  We appreciate our watch D.O.G.S. everyday!!
Grade 5 parents please be aware that on September 30 the Moody IB applications are available to students. They must sign the application out with me. I will collect all the data and submit the applications on December 4,2015
Please remember my door is always open and I look forward to being part of your students  school success!

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April NED from Karen Shaia on Vimeo.

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January News….

Dear Parents,

Second semester small group counseling sessions will begin in February.  The purpose of counseling groups is for children to gather in small groups to learn and share about common school, social or family issues.   Please refer to the group list below.  If you feel your child could benefit from one of the following groups, please sign and return the form to their classroom teacher by February 13th. Students will meet once a week for thirty minutes.  Students will be required to make up any missed class work.  If you have any questions, please contact me at 364-8080 or email khshaia@henrico.k12.va.us.

Sincerely, Karen Shaia School Counselor KES


Reach for the Stars -Academic Improvement – Grades 3-5

*Help students increase motivation.

*Help students improve task completion and time management

*Help students become more cooperative learners.


Banana Splits – Family Change through Separation & Divorce – Grades K-5

   **This group is for children from recently separated or divorced families.

*Coping with changes and understanding feelings

*Developing self-help strategies


Stress busters- Strategies to help reduce stress and improve self-concept Grades 3-5

 *Identify stress and anxiety triggers

*Learn stress reduction techniques

*Learn coping skills in stressful situations


Hocus Pocus Learn to Focus – Impulse Control  – Grades K-5

*Mastering five steps to self-control

*Making behavior choices to control impulsiveness

*Developing coping skills to minimize classroom difficulties


Positive Choices – Social Skill Training Learning to make good choices in our relationships with friends, classmates and adults – Grades K-5

 *Learning to think positively, treat others with respect, and follow rules.

*Learning to make good decisions.

 *Using communication skills



Student Name: _________________________________

Teacher: ______________________________________

Group: ________________________________________

Parent Signature: ________________________________



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Classroom  Lessons in November

It is hard to believe we are beginning the first week in November! This month school counseling lessons in grades k-2 will focus on positive attitudes, responsibility, and using self-control. In grades 3-5 students will learn effective study skills to maintain school success.

W.D. Sign

Watch D.O.G.S. A huge thank you to our October  Watch D.O.G.S. We appreciate all the hard work you do for our teachers, students and staff!! Each day our Watch D.O.G.S can be seen helping small groups learn, putting up bulletin boards, playing at recess, helping in the cafeteria with supervision, assisting in the library, changing the marquee. Wow the list can go on for ever! You all are the best!  Thank you Manny Moss, David Ogle, Chris Cox, Johnathon Chisum, Greg Sekelsky, Andrew Castellano, Mark Young, Don Bogdanski, Vikas Agarwal, Chris Bergeron, Whit Badlwin, Kent Carpenter, Shane Burke, Fransico Romero, Richard Comerford, Stephen Crowe, Matt England, Tommy Kuftic, Ajay Malpani, Steve Schroder, Jorge Serrano, Jason Jones, Michael Duszak, Adam Levin.

NED Poster KES

N.E.D. MOVIES!! That’s correct. Each month check out our fabulous fifth grade students performing in NED movies on the school counseling blog. to celebrate never give up, encourage others and do your best! Check out our monthly nominations on the N.E.D. board by the cafeteria.  Go N.E.D. champions!


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