We are a Recognized ASCA (American School Counselor Association) Model Program!!
Oakridge Elementary School
School Counseling Program
Mrs. Terwilliger (Mrs. T), Ms. Gaeta and Mrs. Harrington
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.
***UPCOMING PARENT/FAMILY EVENTS from the PARENT RESOURCE CENTER***
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
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!)
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!
If you have any questions or if I can be of assistance, please call me at 703-228-8158 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
Celebrate Calm - Presentation by Kirk Martin
Internet Safety Night
Presentation by Dr. Marilyn Benoit, child psychiatrist.
More on...BULLYING PREVENTION at OAKRIDGE
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?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
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!)
Oakridge School Counseling
"Piecing it Together"