Counseling at RCV:
Welcome to our counseling corner! I am Alexandra Kissell, the School Counselor at Rock Creek Valley Elementary. I am so thankful to be a part of the community at Rock Creek Valley. As the School Counselor at RCV my mission is to support the academic, social, personal and career development of all students. I aim to serve as an advocate for students and strive to meet their needs. I wish to help students develop positive social interaction and problem solving skills; and to create a community of engaged motivated learners who are prepared to succeed.
I believe it's greatly important to connect the home and school lives of our students. This page is meant to serve as an explanation of what RCV’S counseling program has to offer. I am available at 240-740-1240 or at Alexandra_V_Kissell@mcpsmd.org to discuss any questions you may have. I would love to hear how we as a school community can support your child!
Individual short term counseling support will be provided on an as needed basis. Individual meetings are intended to help children solve difficult problems, make good choices and do their best! This type of support can be referred by a parent, RCV staff member or by student self-referral. Individual counseling is provided as needed and does not require parent consent prior to counseling. If you would like your child to opt out of individual counseling please contact the counselor.
Monthly Classroom lessons will take place this school year on a variety of topics based on the grade level. Lessons are based on the six main counseling standard areas of development; Academic; Personal; Interpersonal; Career; and Healthy Development.
*Study and learning skills
*Communicating /expressing feelings
Counseling Small Groups: Groups will meet for 6 weeks and focus on the following potential topics:
Friendship/ Social Skills “Friends R Us”
Self Esteem “Shining Stars"
Grief and Loss “Good Grief” in partnership with HOSPICE CARING
“Zones of Regulation” Emotional Regulation Strategies
If you would like your child to participate in one of these groups please contact me directly by phone or email. All participants are asked to return a signed permission slip prior to the start of the group. Students are invited to participate based on teacher, parent or counselor referral. I truly believe it is a fun opportunity for students to connect with their peers and continue to develop important skills that will guide them in the future.
The Mission of our Peace Program is to…
“The RCV Peace Program promotes positive behaviors, develops student’s problem solving skills and builds character. It aims to create a safe learning environment so students can become successful members of our school community and larger communities”
One of the key components of the Peace Program is Monthly Peacemaker awards for students demonstrating …..
Our “Soar Peace Rules”
Solve problems using thoughtful words
Our bodies to ourselves
Respect to others and property
At Rock Creek Valley we aim to act "peacefully". As the EAGLES we SOAR when we are peaceful. The "peaceful five" behaviors are embedded within SOAR so hopefully you recognize them. We constantly evolving and growing the program. :-)
The Peace Program also included...
- Quarterly Peace Assemblies to recognize our Peacemakers.
- Class recognition for peaceful behavior in our cafeteria.
- Individual student recognition using peace coupons for following our “Soar Peace Rules".
- Positive office referrals where students receive special recognition from our Principal Mr. Burns and Assistant Principal Ms. Carr for good behavior.
Students at RCV will work to create peace by following our peace pledge.
“I pledge to the best of my ability to keep peace at Rock Creek Valley. I will respect all staff and all students. I will respect our school. I will use thoughtful words to solve problems. I will try to give at least one put up each day. I will do my best to be an active learner each day.”
Helpful links/Parenting Resources:
“Info Montgomery” -Services, and programs for children, families, and adults
Parent Encouragement Program –Parenting information and education
National Family Resiliency Center, Inc. -Services and programs for children, families and adults