Ms. Linda Kelleher, Assistant Principal
1414 24th Street, South

Arlington, VA 22202-1500
703-228-5840
Fax: 703-271-0529
Saturday, April 19, 2014

Resource Staff


Oakridge Elementary School
School Counseling Program
Mrs. Terwilliger (Mrs. T), Ms. Gaeta and Mrs. Harrington
 
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.  Ms. Gaeta and Ms. Harrington are both returning this year as part-time counselors at Oakridge.  Ms. Gaeta is at Oakridge on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and Ms. Harrington 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!)
  • 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.

More on...BULLYING PREVENTION at OAKRIDGE
 
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

http://www.lunaweb.com/pargang.htm

 

Back to School Tips

http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/augschool.cfm

http://kidshealth.org/kid/feeling/school/back_to_school.html

 

Healthy Family Lifestyle

http://www.womenshealth.gov/bodyworks/

 

Managing Stress - Campus Calm

http://www.campuscalm.com/

 

Information on Separation/Divorce

http://www.divorceinfo.com/children.htm

http://www.cadivorce.com/library/library.shtml

http://www.yoursocialworker.com/s-articles/send_both_parents.htm

 

Family Education Network

http://www.pearsonschool.com/index.cfm?locator=PSZ2Fa

 

Helping Your Child with Academics

http://www.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/hyc.html

 

School-Family Partnerships

http://www.ksaplus.com/parents.html

 

Resources for Parents with Children with Disabilities

http://www.pacer.org/

http://www.php.com/

http://www.taalliance.org/index.asp

 

Downloadable Parenting Tips

http://www.parentingpress.com/brochure.html

 

Drug Prevention

http://www.theantidrug.com/

 

Study Skills and Homework Help

http://www.thebeehive.org/Templates/School/Level3NoRight.aspx?PageId=1.527&Local=1&Lang=1

 

Child Development

http://www.drspock.com/


Web Resources for Students
 

 

For additional resources, please contact the Parent Resource Center: 

http://www.apsva.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=2881


 
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Last Modified on November 22, 2013