1414 24th Street, South
Arlington, VA 22202-1500
Fax: 703-271-0529
Friday, December 19, 2014

Resource Staff

We are a Recognized ASCA (American School Counselor Association) Model Program!!
For more information on what this means, please visit:  http://www.ascanationalmodel.org/learn-about-ramp
Oakridge Elementary School
School Counseling Program
Mrs. Terwilliger (Mrs. T), Ms. Gaeta and Mrs. Harrington
For recent news from the Counseling Department, check out our Fall 2014 Counseling Newsletter
Aspire2Excellence is an academic planning initiative designed to provide families with information as they are planning for their child's future in APS. Aspire2Excellence underscores the importance of every student taking rigorous courses and meeting rigorous graduation requirements in order to be ready for life after high school.
For more information, please download this flier Flyer (English) / Flyer (Spanish) or visit the APS website for more information: http://www.apsva.us/Page/27046
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Parent Workshop:  Technology and ASD
December 10, 2014:  7pm to 8pm

Syphax Education Center at Sequoia Plaza, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Rooms 105, Arlington, VA  22204

Additional 2014-15 ASD Parent Workshops:
  • February 18, 2015:  I'm Determined
  • April 15, 2015:  Social and Play Skills
Registration is requested. Please contact the Parent Resource center to register. www.apsva.us/prc
Phone 703.228.7239

School Counseling Program Overview
Welcome to Oakridge Elementary School's Counseling website!  My name is Mrs. Terwilliger (the kids usually call me Mrs. T) and I am the full-time school counselor at Oakridge (primarily serving Grades 3-5).  Ms. Gaeta and Ms. Harrington are both returning this year as part-time counselors at Oakridge.  Ms. Gaeta (2nd Grade Counselor) is at Oakridge on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and Ms. Harrington (K-1 Counselor) is at Oakridge on Tuesdays and Fridays.  As school counselors, we work with students and parents through a number of different services. Each service is designed to support the academic program of our school.  Some of the services offered through the counseling program are:
  • Group Counseling (topics include: Separation/Divorce, Study Skills, Loss, Friendship, Self-Esteem, Social Skills, and more!)
  • Individual Counseling
  • Classroom Guidance Lessons (topics include: self esteem, feelings, goal setting, problem solving, career awareness, and more!)
    • Classroom Guidance Lessons have started!  Ask your student about the classroom visits from the counselors!
    Parent Workshops
  • Mentoring Program
If you have any questions or if I can be of assistance, please call me at 703-228-8158 or email me at anne.terwilliger@apsva.us.
If you need to contact Mrs. Harrington, please email her at laura.harrington@apsva.us. For more information on Arlington Public Schools' School Counseling Program: http://www.apsva.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=2315.
Thank you for supporting the guidance and counseling program!
Bullying Prevention and Intervention
October is Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month.  Here are some of the great activities Oakridge students are participating in to celebrate this month:
The 3 R's of Bullying (adapted from Steps to Respect: A Bullying Prevention Program)
Recognize - Bullying is unfair and one-sided. It happens when someone keeps hurting, frightening, threatening or leaving someone out on purpose.  
Refuse - If you feel safe, 1) Get calm, 2) Stand straight and tall, 3) Look at the person you are speaking to, 4) Say what you mean in a strong, clear, respectful voice. Example: "Stop! That is mean."
Report - Reporting isn't tattling!  Reporting is telling an adult in order to keep people safe. Any time is a good time to report bullying.
New Academic Planning Information from APS
Please visit the College and Career Corner website and view the Academic Planning Map
Notes/Handouts from Evening Events at Oakridge
I know your schedules are hectic...no worries!  Below are notes and/or handouts from the evening events we have hosted:
Too Smart to Start
January 8, 2013: Parent Presentation
Celebrate Calm - Presentation by Kirk Martin
Sign up for Kirk Martin's weekly newsletters at www.celebratecalm.com -- I highly recommend it!
Internet Safety Night
November 17, 2009: Internet Safety Handout
Also, check out www.netsmartz.org for more GREAT information!
Presentation by Dr. Marilyn Benoit, child psychiatrist.

What is Bullying?

Bullying is the repeated infliction or attempted infliction of injury, discomfort, or humiliation on a student by one or more students. It is a pattern of intentionally aggressive or hostile behavior that occurs repeatedly over time. Bullying typically includes an imbalance of power. Simply speaking, bullying is behavior that deliberately hurts, frightens, threatens, or excludes someone.


Bullying Can Include:

  • Name calling
  • Teasing, making fun of someone
  • Spreading rumors and gossip
  • Insulting someone
  • Telling or writing lies about someone
  • Expressing sarcasm, subtle negative comments
  • Excluding specific persons
  • Pushing, tripping, hitting
  • Threatening, intimidating or scaring people
  • Belittling people because of their race or culture
  • Making sexual comments or innuendos


What Can You Do?

  • Talk to your child about bullying and harassment.
  • If you think your child is being bullied, ask him/her what has happened.
  • Encourage your child to report bullying at school to teachers, school counselors, or the administrators.
  • Make a follow-up contact with school staff yourself.
To view Arlington County's Bully Prevention Policies, please visit: http://www.apsva.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=2772

For more information on bullying, please visit: http://www.education.com/topic/school-bullying-teasing/

Want more information about Cyberbullying?  Check out this recently released summary from the Cyberbullying Research Center: Cyberbullying Research Summary

Printable Resources for Parents

Test Taking Strategies
If...Then...Rule (English and Spanish)
Using Time Outs Effectively (English and Spanish)
Web Resources for Parents
Parents, please find some helpful links below!
Getting to School Safely
Miscellaneous Article and Podcasts (including Social Skills, Separation/Divorce, School Success, Learning Disabilities, and more!)

Parent's Guide for Preventing Gangs



Back to School Tips




Healthy Family Lifestyle



Managing Stress - Campus Calm



Information on Separation/Divorce





Family Education Network



Helping Your Child with Academics



School-Family Partnerships



Resources for Parents with Children with Disabilities





Downloadable Parenting Tips



Drug Prevention



Study Skills and Homework Help



Child Development


Web Resources for Students


For additional resources, please contact the Parent Resource Center: 


Oakridge School Counseling
Piecing It Together
"Piecing it Together"
Last Modified on December 1, 2014