Mrs. Jessica Nicholson
Greetings Bethesda families and friends! I am looking forward to working with your child throughout the school year. The Montgomery County School Counselor addresses four areas of your child’s education: Academic Achievement, Personal Development, Social Development, and Career Development. These areas are addressed through the following ways:
One-on-one counseling support is available to all students in grades K to 5. This support is intended to address specific emotional, behavioral or social concerns that a particular child may have. I see students for a variety of reasons including death in the family, changes in the home, conflicts with friends, difficulty with school work, self-esteem issues, anxiety, bullying, etc.
Small group counseling provides support for K to 5 students with similar academic, social or personal concerns. When students are exhibiting difficulty in a particular area, teachers or parents can refer a child for group counseling. Small groups take place during lunch time. Topics may include: self-esteem, friendship, social skills, divorce/separation, anger management, self-esteem, cooperative play, organization, etc. Occasionally we will also have lunch groups just to enjoy talking with each other!
- Classroom Guidance Lessons
Classroom guidance lessons for grades K to 5 focus on a variety of issues commonly faced by elementary school aged children. I visit classrooms on a monthly rotation to discuss topics such as, conflict resolution, respect for self and others, decision making, friendship, bullying, teasing, inclusion, career exploration and cooperation/teamwork.
If at anytime I can be of assistance to you or your family, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 301-657-4979 or Jessica_L_Nicholson@mcpsmd.org . I am looking forward to a wonderful year!
BE Counseling Brochure
Bullying, Harrassment and Intimidation
Bullying, harassment, or intimidation are serious and will not be tolerated. This is a form to report alleged bullying, harassment, or intimidation that occurred on school property; at a school-sponsored activity or event off school property; on a school bus; or on the way to and/or from school, in the current school year. If you are a student victim, the parent/guardian of a school victim, a close adult relative of a student victim, or a school staff member and wish to report an incident of alleged bullying, harassment or intimidation, please complete one of these forms below and return it to the principal.
Bullying Reporting Form
Bullying and Conflict Resolution Brochure
More Than Just The Blues