Hello, I would like to introduce myself; I am Amy Barnett, Mountain View Elementary School Counselor. I received my Master’s in Education and my School Counseling Certificate at Central Washington University. Before coming to Mountain View, I worked as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Certified Child Mental Health Specialist (CMHS), Certified Disability Mental Health Specialist (DMHS), Family Preservation Specialist (FPS) and a Designated Mental Health Professional (DMHP). Being a school counselor is by far the most rewarding job I have ever had, and I am so thankful to be working with all of you.
At Quincy School District, our elementary school counselors provide support to students, parents, and staff. This support may include: school counseling, classroom lessons (on social emotional learning (SEL) topics such as: anti-bullying, conflict resolution, self-regulation, character traits, and empathy just to name a few.), short-term counseling to students, referrals for long-term support to appropriate internal and external agencies, the development of 504 plans, collaboration with families, teachers, administrators and community stakeholders for student success.
Thanks for stopping by. I will continue to add new resources and information as I gather them.
Amy Barnett, School Counselor
School Counselor Social Emotional Learning Curriculum, Calendar and Resources
September - October:
Counselor Introduction: What is a counselor’s role in your school? To help children:
- Learn how to solve their problems in a healthy way while keeping themselves and others’ safe
- Identify and manage uncomfortable feelings with appropriate self-regulation skills, and how to ask for help from an adult when needed, so that they can be successful in school
- Connect their choices to natural and logical consequences (both good and bad) in an effort to help them reach their goals in life and in school
- Teach classroom lessons on Monthly Character Traits, Kelso’s choices, Bullying, Safety, Careers and The Zones of Regulation.
The Zones of Regulation (https://www.zonesofregulation.com/index.html): A lesson on how can we stay in our “upstairs brain” (or learning ready brain) we when start going into our “downstairs brain” (our not-learning-ready brain) by identifying what “zone” we are in (Blue = sad, tired, lonely etc.; Green = happy, ready to learn, well-rested etc.; Yellow = frustrated, silly, wiggly etc.; Red = angry, extremely frustrated, out of control etc.) and what we can do to get back into our upstairs brain quickly (use the classroom calming corner, do our breathing ball exercises, get a drink of water, ask our teacher for help, do some stretching at our desks etc.). We also watch this Kristen Sours WSU video lesson on The Learning Ready Brain
Kelso’s Choices (https://kelsoschoice.com/): Three lessons on conflict resolution skills.
We learn that conflict or disagreement is normal and often happens when children get together. However, hurtful words, gestures or physical attack are unacceptable ways to deal with conflict and disagreement at school.
Our goal is to teach students several positive ways to deal with these difficult situations. To do this, we are asking student who have minor problems to try at least two of the following ideas:
1. Go to another game or activity
2. Respectfully talk it over and listen to each other
3. Walk away from the problem
4. Ignore the problem behavior
5. Tell the person to stop the problem behavior
7. Make a deal or compromise
8. Wait to cool off
9. Share and take turns
This process can be done before asking for adult help. When a request for adult help is made, it will include the two ideas tried: “Mrs. Jones, Tad is teasing me about my glasses. I tried ignoring him, and I have told him it hurts my feelings when he makes fun of me. He’s still calling me names.” The playground supervisor at school will get involved and help solve the problem by using our playground discipline plan. Of course, the playground supervisor will immediately handle any serious conflicts that cause a child to feel threatened or frightened.
As students reach 4th grade, they learn to differentiate the verbal choices from the nonverbal choices. Also, students are no longer asked to share and take turns to solve minor problems as they have generally mastered this skill.
By using this plan, we believe that our students will develop effective problem-solving skills that they can use again and again. It will help them to deal with conflict in a positive manner and to make appropriate decisions. Knowing what to do will help students reduce the stress and number of conflicts they have at school and in their neighborhood.
This program will begin soon at school. Colorful charts illustrating ways to deal with conflict will be posted so all children will know their choices. We encourage you to become familiar with this program and use it in your home. By working together, we can develop a healthy life skill for young people to use at home and at school.
November through December:
Bullying Prevention Unit (https://www.secondstep.org/bullying-prevention): The following is the parent letter sent home with students:
We are beginning our Counseling Lessons on Bullying Prevention.
The information that is included in our lessons is outlined in the columns below.
Go online today SecondStep.org activation key BPUK FAMI LY00
What Is My Child Learning?
Your child is learning how to recognize, report and refuse bullying.
Why Is This Important?
Being able to recognize bullying is the first step in getting it to stop. Your child also needs to know how to report the bullying and identify caring adults they can report it to. And lastly, they will learn how to stop bullying from happening to themselves or others.
Ask your child:
• Is bullying on purpose or by accident? On purpose.
• Is bullying mean or kind? Mean.
• Does bullying happen just one time, or does it happen over and over? Over and over.
• How do you think you’d feel if you were bullied? Possible answers: Sad, hurt, mad, scared, afraid, embarrassed, uncomfortable.
Practice at Home
Help your child practice recognizing bullying. Ask your child about his or her day at school: Did children play and work well together today? If yes, ask: What things were you doing that were kind and respectful? If no, ask: What happened? Then ask more questions to help your child recognize if what happened was bullying:
If you and your child think it was bullying and your child hasn’t been able to make it stop, report the bullying to your child’s teacher, school counselor or principal.
January through March:
Child Protection Unit (https://www.secondstep.org/child-protection): The following is the parent letter sent home with students:
The Quincy School District is using the Second Step program in your child’s classroom to teach students important skills for getting along with others and doing well in school. It also helps our school be a safe and supportive place where everyone can learn.
To help make our school even more safe and supportive, I will be teaching a series of six lessons online beginning in February 2021 from the Second Step Child Protection Unit. In these lessons, students will learn three types of skills:
- Personal Safety. Students will learn important safety rules, such as safety with guns, sharp tools, and fire, and when riding on wheels or in cars. They will also learn ways to help them decide if something is safe or not.
- Touching Safety. Students will learn about safe, unsafe, and unwanted touches, and rules about touching private body parts. They’ll also learn to say no to unsafe or unwanted touches, and to tell an adult if someone breaks rules about touching private body parts.
- Assertiveness. These lessons will also give students a chance to practice asking an adult for help, telling an adult about an unsafe situation, and being assertive to get out of unsafe situations.
If you have any questions about the Child Protection Unit, please contact me. If you do not want your child to participate in these lessons, please complete, sign, and return the bottom portion of this letter, or contact me or your child’s teacher.
Go online to SecondStep.org and log in with the Activation Key CPUK FAMI LYGK to get more information about what your child is learning in the Second Step program. Thank you for helping us to make our school a safe and supportive place where everyone can learn.
- It's never too early to start dreaming about your future
- Careers are jobs that grown ups have, usually for a long time
- Identifying interests (things they like to do)
- Most people try to choose a career that follows their interests
Review of Kelso, Zones of Regulation, Character Traits
Monthly Character Traits:
- What does the character trait mean?
- What would it look like and sound like to show each character trait?
- Why is it important to have this character trait?
September: Kindness - showing others you care
October: Empathy - understanding how others are feeling
November: Gratitude - Learning to be thankful
December: Respect - treat others the way you want to be treated
January: Responsibility - people doing what they say they will do
February: Honesty - Tell the truth (don't lie), play fair (don't cheat), respect others' belongings (don't steal)
March: Cooperation - working and playing together with the same purpose
April: Forgiveness - letting go of anger, sadness and hurt feelings
May: Perseverance - never giving up
June: Safety - showing awareness, being cautious, and making good decisions
Elementary Family Resources
Quincy Community Health Center
1450 1st Ave SW
Quincy, WA 98848
Grant Mental Health/Grant Integrated Services
203 So. Central
Quincy, WA 98848
(509) 765-9239 (509) 787-4466
Emergency number: (509) 765-1717
Suicide Prevention Hotline
Lighthouse Counseling Services
1005 10th Ave SW
Quincy, WA 98848
Quincy Community Food Bank
210 1st SE
Quincy, WA 98848
821 2nd Ave SW
Quincy, WA 98848
Back to School Resources
Many counselors around the country have been sharing resources for families to help with Social-Emotional Learning. The resources below are options to help.
- SEL Scavenger Hunt
- 25 At Home Socio-Emotional Activities
- Centervention Website
- 30 Things Kids Can Do
- School Closure Wellness Activities
- SEL for K-2 (PowerPoint) – Counseling with Ms. Ramirez
- SEL for 3-5 (PowerPoint) – Counseling with Ms. Ramirez
- Howard B. Wigglebottom Books, Animated Books, Songs, Posters, and Lessons
- Giant List of Ideas for Being Home with Your Kids
- Supporting your Children’s Social, Emotional, and Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- BrainPop Videos and Activities
- 10 Days of Live ‘Choose Love’ Lessons For Parents and Children
- Kindness Videos
- Calm My Worry
- Coloring Pages
- Action for Happiness Coloring Posters
- Grounding Techniques Instructions
- Keys to Resiliency
- Coronavirus Stress Activities – from Bright Futures Counseling
- Mindfulness Choice Board – Free Download on Teachers Pay Teachers from Mindful Counselor Molly
- Yoga, Mindfulness and Relaxation Designed for Kids Aged 3+
- Videos for Sleep, Meditation, and Relaxation
- Progressive Muscle Relaxation for Kids
- Coping Skills Resources
- Mini Meditation
- Feeling Anxious or Worried? Listen to These 8 Podcasts
- Apps, Games, Websites
- Device Free Dinner
- Free Calming Tools Website
- Whole Child Counseling Website
Mental Health First Aid
- Self-Care/Mental Health (Covid-19)
- Love in a Time of Corona:A Homebound Self-Care Guide for Parents and Students – from School Counselor Stephanie
- ASCA Coronavirus Resources
- Ultimate Guide to Mental Health and Education Resources for Kids and Teens
- Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty
- 5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety about the Coronavirus
Activities to do at Home
- Time for Kids (K-6)
- PBS Kids
- Ideas for Activities During School Closings
- Stuck at Home? These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch (Video)
- ByrdseedTV (Educational Videos)
- Reading Eggs
- Epic! Digital Book Library (for kids 12 and under) (there is a cost – $7.99/month)
- Storyline – Streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations
- Best Music Apps and Games for Kids
- New Kids’ TV Shows
- 50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They’re 12
- Best Family Movies
- Common Sense Selections highlighting the best movies and TV shows
- Sibling Watch-Together TV
- Best Documentaries for Kids and Families
- Common Sense Media (reviews for what your kids want to watch before they watch it)
- Write notes, letters, draw pictures to send or drop off at local nursing homes – the elderly in nursing homes aren’t allowed to have visitors right now and it will brighten their day!
- Scratch Jr. – Coding is the new literacy! With ScratchJr, young children (ages 5-7) can program their own interactive stories and games. In the process, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer
- Code.org – Learn computer science
- Kodable – Programming for kids
- Hello Ruby – Hello Ruby is the world’s most whimsical way to learn about computers, technology and programming. The story started with a book, and now Ruby continues her adventures in exercises, activities and videos. It’s suited for kids age 5 years and older (but even adults might learn something new)
- Public libraries – many public libraries have digital books you can rent for free on their websites, along with other resources
- Stick Figure Art YouTube channel
- 450 Ivy League courses you can take online right now for free
- Met to launch “Nightly Met Opera Streams” – A free series of encore Live in HD presentations streamed on the company website during the coronavirus closure
- Emotional ABCs – We teach children ages 4-11 how to figure out WHAT they are feeling, WHY they are having that emotion, and HOW to make better choices
- TED-Ed Video Playlist – Sorted by categories
- Virtual Field Trips – Over 30 virtual field trips with links
- Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
- Educational YouTube channels
- Unite for Literacy – free online audiobooks
- Cincinnati Zoo is Bringing the Zoo to You!
- 100 things to do while stuck inside due to a pandemic
- Story time from space
- 11 Amazing Places Around New York That You Can Virtually Travel To Without Ever Leaving Your Home
- Discover 10 Parks & Preserves in Albany County – Are you social distancing but want to get out of the house? If you are healthy, explore one of the parks or preserves in Albany County! Governor Cuomo announced that NYS will waive all park fees as of March 16, 2020
- Podcasts for Kids
- Calendar/list of live streams to watch
- Netflix Party Chrome extension – a Chrome extension for watching Netflix remotely with friends
- 15 Broadway Plays and Musicals You Can Watch On Stage From Home
- 20 Virtual Field Trips
- Entertainment for a Quarantine
- Math card games
- Library of Congress digital collections
- NASA has made their entire media library – images, sounds, and video – public
- Mix.com – formerly stumbleupon, Mix is a social content curation site that allows you to collect articles, and content about specific interests or topics that you like. When you curate and add to your collections, your content is shared with friends and made discoverable to others on Mix who share similar interests.
- Use DuoLingo to learn a new language or practice one you already know!
- You Can Now Tour 2,500 World-Famous Museums From the Comfort of Your Own Sofa
- Free audiobooks
- The Actor’s Fund will be producing daily Broadway Virtual Concerts featuring stars of the stage and screen, singing and performing live (from home)! Tune in each day at 2pm and 8pm
- Getting outdoors and connecting with nature is a way to help maintain our physical and mental health (as long as you are maintaining social distancing!). Find a location near you at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.
- The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with videos, activities, and games!
- Tour Yellowstone National Park
- Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover
- The Canadian site FarmFood 360 offers 11 Virtual Tours of farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs
- 40+ Best Indoor Activities from Busy Toddler
- Atlantic White Shark Conservancy story hour
- Wash Your Lyrics – Generate a hand washing lyrics meme based on your favorite song lyrics
- Google Earth Has Virtual Tours of 31 National Parks in the U.S.
- 50 Ways to Keep Kids Engaged at Home During the Coronavirus Shutdown
- Chris Field – live streaming Afternoon Adventures on Facebook every Monday-Friday until April 3rd at 3pm Eastern time (previous videos will be saved for viewing at any time)
- Coronavirus: Kids stuck at home should go on these virtual Disney World rides
- The Palace of Versailles is offering a free virtual tour
- Free virtual tours of museums, parks, and cities
- Audible.com – all stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet
- Coach Edson’s PE Classes on YouTube
- Women in Engineering and Technology - There have been, and continue to be, numerous highly successful female engineers. While their accomplishments are well-known, their names may not be universally recognized by those outside of their field. Through education, people can acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of famous female engineers and, as a result, encourage more girls to pursue engineering as a future career path.