Welcome to Flora M. Singer's Counseling Page!
My name is Sheri Snyder and I am so excited to be the counselor at this amazing school! I will continue to implement a comprehensive school counseling program. Please read the attached newsetter for more information.
My email address is : Sheri_M_Fogle@mcpsmd.org
Letter from Ms. Snyder: Sept Espanol
Character Education Information
Each month we will be focusing on a character pillar. Student will be able to earn "Turtle Tales" when they exhibit exceptional character. Students will also be nominated at the end of the month for a certificate. Please read the montly newsletters for ideas on how to reinforce character at home.
September and October: Respect / Respeto
November and December: Responsibility/ responsabilidad
January : Trustworthiness
May and June: Celebrating Character!
I will be visiting each class once a month. These lessons will focus on character and social skills. The lessons are focused on working with students in the following areas: personal, interpersonal, health, career, and academic.
In September, I wlll be visiting each classroom for the 1st time. In Kindergarten, we will learn "What is a school counselor?". In 1st and 2nd grades, we will talk about a school counselor, but we will also talk about respect and how we treat others. In 3rd-5th grade, we will focus on respect and responsibility and talk about why it's important to have and follow rules. We will read the book "What if Everybody Did That" by Ellen Javernick.
In October, I ran a class meeting with all of the grade levels. Class meetings are a great way to build a positive classroom environment. All classes will be holding class meetings throughout the school year.
In November, we did many different lessons. In Kindergarten, we read "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?" and talked about how our words and actions effect others. In grades 1-5 we read "Stand in My Shoes" and learned about empathy. We talked about how important it is to try to understand how others feel.
In December, we worked on problem solving. In grades K-2 we learned/review the steps of DEBUG. We acted out situations and practiced using the different steps. In grade 3, we talked about Bullying. We talked about how we all have to work together to create a great environment in our classrooms and school. In 4th and 5th grade, we read the book "Zero". We talked about having a positive attitude and being proud of who we are.
In January, the Kindergarteners continued learning about DEBUG. We focuseed specifically on I-statements as a way to tell others when they are bothering you. In 1st grade, we read "The Berentain Bears and the Truth." We focused on why it is important to be trustworthy and examples of situations where it might be difficult to be honest. In 3rd-5th grade we read "It Wasn't Me" and focused on being honest, but also on reputations. We talk about how once you have a reputation, it is difficult to change it. We also talked about how it is important to not judge people on one instance.
If you ever have a questions about a lesson, please feel free to email or call.
Small groups are winding down for the 1st semester. I will be preparing permission slips for the 2nd semester groups in the next few weeks. If you would like your child to participate in a group, please email or call.
Some groups that I run regularly are: social skills, frienship, grief, changing families, and anger.
Organization Tips for Families
ADHD study through NIH
County Resources and Classes
Autism Speaks- great website for families http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/tool-kits
Family Grief Support
Flora M. Singer Discpline Policy
Please make sure that you have read over the discpline policy that was sent home. We are committed to creatin a safe, welcoming, and positive learning environment for all students.
We will be using a card system where students can earn purple, green, yellow, or red.
Purple: Great! Student has made exceptional choices throughout the school day.
Green- Good! Student has made good choices.
Yellow- An opportunity to reflect.
Red- Reflection form goes home.
Overview of Discipline Policy
Overview of Discpline Policy Spanish