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Hello Cloverly Families!

I am here for ALL students and want to ensure that your child has a productive and positive school year. If I can support your child in anyway, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I am here to help! The Montgomery County School Counselor addresses four areas of your child’s education: Academic Achievement, Personal Development, Social Development and Career Development /Decision Making.

At Cloverly these areas are addressed through the following ways:

Whole Class Lessons

Each classroom (k-5) will have at least 1 one counseling lesson per quarter. One of these lessons will be a MCPS mandated personal body safety lessons. The remaining lessons will be an extension of our school wide mindfulness program. This year we will be using inspiration from both the Peace of Mind and Powerful You curriculums. Both programs integrate mindfulness, social and emotional learning, recognizing feelings and conflict resolution.

Peace of Mind http://www.teachpeaceofmind.com/the-peace-of-mind-program/

Powerful You http://www.powerfulyou.info/

Our mindfulness focus parallels the five-point social and emotional framework our county supports. These areas of competency are: 

Self-Awareness-Assessing our feelings, interests, strengths; maintaining self-confidence.

Self-Management-Regulating emotions to handle stress, control impulses and preserver in overcoming obstacles.

Social Awareness-Understanding different perspectives, and empathizing with others; recognizing and appreciating similarities and differences; using family, school and community resources effectively.

Relationship Skills-Maintaining healthy relationships based on cooperation; resisting inappropriate social pressure; preventing, managing and resolving interpersonal conflicts; seeking help when needed.

Responsible Decision Making-Using a variety of considerations, including ethical, academic, and community related standards to make choices and decisions.

School Wide Campaigns

Cloverly students will participate in 4 social/emotional campaigns this year. Each campaign has a grade level lesson, morning announcements, contests, dress up days, school wide decorations and lunch time activities. This year we will focus on:

Bully Prevention (October)

Kindness (January)

No Complaining/Gratitude (March)

Children’s Mental Health Matters (May) 

Small Group Counseling

When students are exhibiting difficulty in a particular area, teachers or parents can refer a child for group counseling. Topics may include; dealing with anger, self-esteem, stress management, friendship/social skills and divorce. Students will meet 1x per week for 6 weeks for 30-40 minutes during the school day.

Individual Short-Term Counseling

At one time or another almost all students need some extra attention or support during their years at Cloverly. I see students for a variety of reasons including; changes in the home, conflicts with friends, difficulty with school work, self-esteem issues, anxiety, making positive choices, death in the family, etc. If I am seeing a student individually on a regular basis, I work closely with the parent and teacher to monitor progress. If the situation persists or requires long-term intervention, I will work with you to come up with a plan of action.

School Wide Character (CARE) Program

Students are rewarded for demonstrating the following CARE traits: Collaboration, Acts of kindness, Respect and Everyone counts.   

Mentoring Program

Our mentoring program pairs a student who may benefit from some extra attention with an adult in the building to serve as their mentor or buddy. The pair will eat lunch together, play games and talk. You may request for your child to have a mentor or we may invite them to join the program.

Additional supports:

Section 504 Coordinator

IEP Team Member

Behavioral interventions

Coordinating with county agencies for mental health support, financial assistance etc…

Middle School Magnet Coordinator

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, concerns or want to hear more about how I can support your child at school.

Warmly,
Heather Sobieralski
(301) 989-5770

Heather_R_Sobieralski@mcpsmd.org