Next Friday, March 24 is an Early Dismissal . School will be closed for Spring Break March 27-April 7

Counselor's Corner

Ms. Samantha Sica
School Counselor

Hours
Monday through Friday
8AM - 4:30PM
 
Contact
samanthasica@ccusd.org
310.842.4338 x206
 
School-wide Programs
 
Character Counts/ PBIS
 
The Character Counts program promotes the development of six character traits: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship. At Lin. Howe we weave the 6 pillars into our daily behavior expectations and monthly curriculum to encourage all of our students to be people of character. 
 
Trustworthiness
Be honest - Don't deceive, cheat, or steal - Be reliable: do what you say you'll do - Have the courage to do the right thing - Build a good reputation - Be loyal: stand by your family, friends, and country
 
Respect
Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule - Be tolerant of differences - Use good manners, not bad language - Be considerate of the feelings of others - Don't threaten, hit, or hurt anyone - Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements
 
Responsibility
Do what you are supposed to do - Persevere: Keep on trying! - Always do your best - Use self-control - Be self-disciplined - Think before you act: consider the consequences - Be accountable for your choices
 
Fairness
Play by the rules - Take turns and share - Be open-minded: listen to others - Don't blame others carelessly
 
Caring
Be kind - Be compassionate and show you care - Express gratitude - Forgive others - Help people in need
 
Citizenship
Do your share to make your school and community better - Cooperate - Get involved in community affairs - Stay informed: vote - Be a good neighbor - Obey laws and rules - Respect authority - protect the environment
 
Small Group Counseling
 
Second Step Program
 
Here at Lin. Howe we want your child to be as successful as possible in school. Success in school is not just about reading and math. It is also about knowing how to learn and get along with others. As the school counselor I will be teaching small counseling group classes using the Second Step program. These classes are offered to students who can benefit from additional practice in critical life-long skills.
 
The Second Step program teaches skills in the following four areas:
  1. Skills for Learning: Students gain skills to help themselves learn, including how to focus their attention, listen carefully, use self-talk to stay on task, and be assertive when asking for help with schoolwork.
  2. Empathy: Students learn to identify and understand their own and others' feelings. Students also learn how to take another's perspective and how to show compassion.
  3. Emotion Management: Students learn specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong feelings, such as anxiety or anger.
  4. Problem Solving: Students learn a process for solving problems with others in a positive way. 
 
Students are chosen for the Second Step program based on the previous year report cards and teacher referral.
 
 
New Student Group
 
Our New Student Group is offered to new Lin. Howe students in grades 1 through 5. The group will assist children with the adjustment of attending a new school. This is also a great opportunity for them to meet other new students and become familiar with important staff and areas of Lin. Howe.
 
 
 
 
Classroom Guidance Lessons
 
Classroom Guidance Lessons are presented to each class once per month. At Lin. Howe, our lessons will focus on the Character Trait of the Month, Goal Setting, and College and Career Readiness.
 
 
September - Fairness
October - Trustworthiness
November - Citizenship
December - Respect
January - Respect
February - Caring
March - Goal Setting
April - Responsibility
May - 6 Pillars of Character
 
 
Individual Counseling
 
I will be providing short-term counseling services designed to help students with issues that may be interfering with his/her learning and socialization within the school community. 
 
Topics are based on the needs of the student and may include feelings, self-esteem, stress, friends, fears, changing families, social skills, and problem solving.
 
It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to determine whether the student would benefit from long-term, intensive therapy beyond the school-based counseling services. 
 
Referrals
 
Referrals can be made by parents, school staff, and by self-referral.
 
Parents - Request for Contact with Counselor forms can be found in the Main Office. Please give the completed form to Ms. Anissa.
 
Confidentiality
 
Elementary school students are beginning to understand the value of privacy, for themselves, their families, and others. Respecting this right to privacy, or confidentiality, is important to the counseling relationship.
 
Information that students share in the context of counseling will typically be kept confidential, except when the student reveals intent to harm self or others, suspected abuse or neglect, or a court order is received. 
 
While confidentiality is very important in my role as a school counselor, I also recognize that parent and teacher communication and collaboration are essential to helping students. While I respect the student's right to confidentiality, I will usually ask for his or her permission to speak to a parent and/or a teacher about a situation when I feel there is pertinent information to help us work together as a team to support the child. 
 
Parent Notification
 
I will notify parents about counseling services using my best professional judgement. In most instances, I do not call parents if a meeting with a student was about a simple friendship issue that was quickly resolved. A school counselor sees a large number of students for this reason, so it would take a considerable amount of time away from direct student services to call each parent. 
 
For counseling aside from simple and easily resolved issues, I will be sending an Informed Consent letter home with the child to notify the parent/guardian of our sessions. If I feel that there is important information to help us work together as a team to support the child, I will reach out to the parent in addition to the letter sent home.
 
Parents/guardians are always welcome to contact me if they have questions or concerns about their child.
 
Thank you!
 
 
* Portions of this section adapted from the Sandy Ridge Elementary School Counseling Program
 

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