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
***Attention Parents/Guardians of 5th Grade Students***
Middle School Information Night is MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd from 7-9pm at Washington and Lee High School
For more information, please see attached flyer
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***
October is Disability History and Awareness Month
Disability history education
and awareness will promote positive attitudes in schools creating a culture of
mutual respect, understanding and equal opportunities for all. (Virginia
Department of Education)
Are you ready to spend a day of
learning and celebration together?! We are, and we've planned a terrific
day for families to acknowledge and celebrate Disability History and Awareness
Month. Space is limited, so sign up now for morning and afternoon
workshops, and plan to join us for lunch!
The Special Education
Parent Resource Center's Disability History and Awareness Celebration Day
Thursday, October 23,
2014: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Center at Sequoia Plaza, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22204
Morning Sessions -
10:00am to 11:30am
Strategies: All families
occasionally (or more often) must respond to behavioral challenges at
home. Join Behavior Specialist Keieownna Hightower, who will share
techniques and positive behavioral strategies to support your child's
social/emotional development, and encourage cooperation and responsibility
at home. (Room 101)
Have you heard about PEP - the exciting new Program for Employment
Preparedness at the Arlington Career Center? Join Special Education
Coordinators Linda Saiidifar and Brian Stapleton, and Transition Assistant
Chris Williams, to hear about the unique opportunities provided for young
adults with disabilities through this program. (Room 171)
Adolescent Development: Adolescence is one of
the most important phases of change during life. Dr. Kathy Heer,
School Psychologist and Behavior Specialist, will help families understand
what to expect and how to prepare as our children transform from children
to young adults. (Room
Disabilities: School Psychologists
Kelly Mountain and Dr. Ricia Weiner will be on hand to help us understand
more about learning disabilities. There are many kinds of learning
disabilities that may pose challenges for our children at school and at
home. Join us for this session to learn more about characteristics
of learning disabilities, and what families can do to help. (Room 105)
During our lunch break from 11:30am to 12:30pm, join us
in Room 171. You can bring your lunch or purchase lunch at our Sequoia
Cafe, and join us to network with the PRC staff, parent liaisons, other
families and staff, and representatives from Arlington's Special Education PTA
(SEPTA), and the Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee
(ASEAC). The PRC will provide dessert and beverages.
12:30pm to 2:00pm
What about the siblings?
Siblings of children with disabilities play an important role in the family,
and in the lives of their brothers and sisters. Join newly certified
Sibshop Facilitators, Phyllis Thompson, School Social Worker, and Kathleen
Donovan, Special Education Coordinator, for a deeper understanding of sibling
issues. What are the gifts of having a sibling with special needs?
What are the unique challenges? What are the educational and
informational needs of your typically developing children? What do
siblings of children with disabilities want us to know? Join us to uncover
the answers! (Room 101)
sessions is required
the Autism Specialists! Do you
have a child with characteristics of an autism spectrum disorder?
This session is for you! Looking for some new ideas to support your
child at home? Having some struggles at home you'd like to
brainstorm about? Bring your questions, ideas, and tales of
parenting a child with ASD along as two of our terrific autism
specialists, Laura DePatch and Josh Taylor, will be here to share their
insights and creative solutions. (Room 103)
Incidence Disabilities Panel Discussion:
What do families of children with less common disabilities have in
common? Often, a desire to connect with others and learn more about
services and supports available to their children. We are delighted
to welcome Dr. Karen Gerry, Stratford Principal, Dr. Patt Jones, Special
Education Coordinator, Ms. Laura Cunningham, Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of
Hearing and others who support children with low incidence disabilities,
to this panel discussion to share information about supports, services and
programs. (Room 105)
, and space is
to ensure space is available! You may register
, or call the PRC at 703.228.7239.
Mondays, October 27-December 8. Strengthening Families
all Arlington families with youth ages 10-14. Get ready for the teen
years! Learn techniques to talk with your child about Drugs & Alcohol.
Program includes class for parents and children, childcare for children younger
than 10, and dinner. Free. Fall session will be held at Barrett
Elementary School. Register online at http://strengtheningfamiliesarlington.com/
or contact Jen Landis at 703/228-1108 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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"