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Counselor's Corner
Instructor: Kim Bell, M.Ed.   
Welcome! áMy name is Mrs. Kim Bell, the counselor at Taft Elementary. áThe goal of our counseling is to support the healthy growth and development of the total child {social, emotional, and academic} in his/her world of school, home, and community. áThis process of growth is encouraged through classroom guidance lessons, small group counseling, and individual counseling, consultation with parents, teachers, and coordination of services. áWe will emphasize character education, as well as visit universal topics such as conflict resolution, bullying, drug awareness, and personal safety throughout the year. áPlease, contact me if you have any further questions or concerns at 409-962-2262 or kbell@pngisd.org. áá
Class Announcements
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Counseling Classes
We will have counseling classes where we will emphasize great character and what this looks like in each of us. The Six Pillars of Character Education we will focus on are:
  • Trustworthiness
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Fairness
  • Caring
  • Citizenship
Other units covered throughout the year are:
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Gun Safety
  • Drug Awareness
  • Good Touch / Bad Touch
  • Emergency 911
  • Bullying
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Positive Awareness
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Small Group Counseling
Students are invited to participate in small group counseling sessions. Children who share a common concern meet together with the counselor to talk and to share activities. If your child will benefit from these groups, please contact me. At times during the year your child may come home with a letter requesting participation in a group. The following groups may be available during our school year:
  • Social Skills
  • Divorce
  • Grief
  • Responsibility / Behavior
  • Other groups as needed
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Newsletter
Each month we will send home a copy of the "Home and School Connection". This newsletter has valuable information to support our children at school as well as at home.
Home & School Connection newsletter this month:http://goo.gl/EPPTKg

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Backpack Buddy Program
We at Taft Elementary value the whole child and their needs. We are very fortunate to provide the Backpack Buddy Program to our students.
Purpose:
  • Supplemental food provides healthy minds and bodies.
  • Children who rely on free or reduced lunches at school are often hungry on the weekends.
  • Our Backpack Buddy Program discreetly provides child friendly, nonperishable, nutritious food for children in need in our school. Backpacks filled with food are sent home on Friday and collected on Monday to be refilled.

Please call Mrs. Bell or Mrs. Voight for questions and/or referral information at 962-2262.
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Jude Bell, Certified Therapy Dog
Jude Bell and I are a Certified Therapy Team. Jude will be visiting my classroom periodically to assist with classes as well as individual and group sessions.

Social Benefits:
  • Students build self esteem, confidence, and social skills.
  • Fosters feelings of safety and acceptance.
  • Teachers to give rather than receive.
  • Trusting relationships are formed.

Research also shows that therapy dogs are beneficial to students who have a difficult time with reading fluency and reading comprehension. Jude will be available for students that need extra encouragement and confidence to become a great reader.


Discussion Topics
Class Files
 Behavior and discipline.pdf
Behavior and Discipline tips for parents
 From_Chaos_to_Order_in_Yo
ur_Home.pdf
Chaos to order in Your Home
 Talking_to_Children_about
_Boundaries.pdf
Talking to Children about Boundaries

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