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.


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March -April Counseling News You Can Use


March 13, 2020

Dear Kaechele Families:

During this time, many different feelings and thoughts can arise. I want to provide resources to help support you and your families while we are navigating this period away from Kaechele. Here are a few links to resources on how to talk to students about the Coronavirus, how to deal with fear and anxiety, mindfulness strategies, and coping skills.

Managing Fear and Anxiety During Health Pandemic 

Video made for kids about the Coronavirus  and How to talk to your young children about the virus

25 Mindfulness Activities for Kids and Teens

Calming Anxiety – Coping Skills for Kids

Deep Breathing Exercises for Kids

In the event you need access to mental health services, here is the information for Henrico Mental Health Services. Phone Number: 804-727-8515West End Location: 10299 Woodman RoadHenrico, VA 23060

March classroom lessons were on career awareness and exploration. If students would like to explore career Ideas they can visit this site  for lots of fun games and information about many careers. I was fortunate to teach a few lessons using this site prior to our school closing and the students enjoyed many aspects of this learning.

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Counseling News You Can Use-February

Happy Random Acts of Kindness Month!! We have several projects to help make the world a better place. Here is a list of our projects.

February 3-28 Donate gently used new or used books

Books will be given to needy Henrico students for summer reading.  Sponsored by KES school counseling and KES community service club.

February 10th-14 Bottle Brigade Collection of Plastics to Recycle

Students will deposit any plastics for recycling in bins at school.  Sponsored by KES school counseling and the World Savers Club.

February 24-28 Change for Children

Donate spare change for Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Sponsored KES school counseling and SCA

In addition, I will begin 2nd-semester small group counseling sessions Click here to see a list of groups that are being offered for students. Second Semester 2020 Groups – Copy 2 If you wish to sign permission please print out and sign the permission with the group you are selecting for your student.

I am also seeking presenters for Career Day 2020! This year we will have Career Day April 3rd. If you would like to sign on please select this link to do so We need many presenters all are welcome!!! Thank you for considering this volunteer opportunity!

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Counseling News you can Use

We had a great kickoff for our WD program last night. Thank you to everyone for coming out and supporting such a great event and program. I look forward to working with all our volunteer WD this school year. If you were not able to make the event but would like to participate, please contact Jay Jones our “Top” Dog at for more information to sign on.   

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School Counseling News You can Use

During October I will begin 1st-semester support groups for our KES students. Please read the group permission form. If you would like for your child to participate, please download the form and fill in the bottom half. Please submit this to your child’s teacher. I will begin groups the week of October 14th.

1st Semester Group Letter

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School Counseling News you can Use

Welcome back to all students and parents. 2019-20 is going to be an awesome year here at KES. I am looking forward to teaching in all classrooms this year once a month. September’s lesson themes support respecting differences and diversity. In addition,  I will be using our new Standford Harmony social-emotional resources to incorporate buddy up and class meet up opportunities to create inclusive environments within our classrooms.

September small group sessions are one of my favorite times as our new students and mentors share lunch together to celebrate our new coyotes here to KES. I appreciate the time and effort our mentors have invested in helping our new coyotes learn about Kacehele. This year we are fortunate to have approximately 45 new to Kacehele students grades 1-5.

Other News you can use… in grade 5 the application process will begin for next year’s Moody IB program. I will be holding a grade 5 information session for all 5th graders during the week of September 16th and students or parents may check out an application from me beginning September 18th. See this pdf for the details and process of applying to Moody IB program.

2019-2020 IB Time Line MS – REVISED FINAL

2b 2019 Moody Open House

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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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