Ms. Fischer, M.Ed.
|The Role of the School Counselor:
MCPS believes that every child’s character is molded by influences starting with the child’s family, and including all the other institutions that affect the child’s life. As such, Ms. Fischer provides assistance to enable all students to meet these expectations. She serves as a member of student support teams, provides consultation, supports the school staff and parents, and provides direct support to the students. Ms. Fischer emphasizes prevention through education, as well as intervention. Ms. Fischer is in constant collaboration with other counselors, instructional staff, other support team members, parents, and community agencies to increase the effectiveness of the education process to ensure success for all students.
- Talks with students individually or in groups
- Works with students in her office or in their classroom
- Helps in identifying the needs of the students
- Promotes POSITIVE attitudes among the students
- Helps with referrals inside and outside of school
- Assists teachers and parents in helping children
- Coordinates efforts with other school specialists
- Is an advocate for children
- Understands just how special each child is!
|The Couseling Program at Sligo Creek Elementary School:
The Counseling Program promotes success for all students by helping students develop a positive concept of themselves, interact with others, and become effective / productive citizens. The Counseling program also helps our students feel good about their capacity to succeed in school and strengthens their ability to meet academic and social challenges of the school environment.
Ms. Fischer is responsible for personal, academic, health, interpersonal, and career development of the students. This is accomplished through:
· Short-term Individual counseling sessions
· Small group sessions
· Consultation with staff members, parents, or community agencies
· Monthly counseling lessons in all classrooms
|Character Counts at Sligo Creek Elementary School!
Each month, Ms. Fischer visits each classroom and discusses the virtue of the month with students. Depending on the planned activity, some classes complete activities individually or as a group to be displayed on the wall. Others take their projects home, and some complete projects that will be addressed later in the year. In addition, the 5th graders will be spending the year preparing for middle school by discussing such issues as peer realtions, peer pressure, the differences between middle school and elementary school, middle school expectations, etc. The monthly virtues are as follows:
September - Introduction and DeBug
October – Respect
November – Responsibility
December – Caring
January – Trustworthiness
February – Self-control
March – Honesty
April – Kindness
May – Citizenship
During the month of September, I will be in each classroom to discuss DeBug. Debug is a series of five possible steps to help students resolve conflicts. Sligo Creek ES adopted this conflict resolution strategy as a way to empower children to become assertive individuals and self-manage conflicts. DeBug also helps to clarify the adult's role as one of assisting children after students have attempted to resolve conflicts themselves. Each teacher has displayed either the English or French version of DeBug in his/her classroom to remind the students of the steps. As the Debug steps can also be used outside of the school setting, it is important for you to know the steps as well.
If someone is bothering you:
- Ignore. If that doesn't work…
- Move away. If that doesn't work…
- Talk friendly. If that doesn't work…
- Talk firmly. If that doesn't work…
- Get an adult
Thus, children are responsible for the first 4 steps on their own. When a child mentions a conflict with another student, the adult should ask/say the following:
- Have you tried DeBug?
- What step are you on?
- Come back if you get to step 5.
When a child has reached step 5 and needs adult help, the adult should:
- Send for the other child involved.
- Speak with the children in an encouraging manner so as to not judge anyone about his or her behavior.
- Express confidence that the students can work it out.
- Have them discuss the following:
- What do you want to happen?
- How can you make that happen?
The DeBug strategy is used for bugging, tattling and the like. However, any incident involving aggression warrants immediate adult intervention. Please encourage your child to use DeBug. DeBug posters are displayed in all classrooms. Below are examples of the posters in English and in French.
Double-click for a larger version of the DeBug steps in English.
Double-click for a larger version of the DeBug steps in French.
| It's easy to see and talk the Ms. Fischer!
- Your child can ask to visit the counselor by leaving her a note in her office.
- Your child can go to her office with his/her teacher’s permission.
- Teachers can recommend students.
- You can request her services for your child
- Our Principal/ Assistant Principal can suggest students see her
- She may send a note to invite your child to her office
Passes to see Ms. Fischer are located in each classroom, as well as on Ms. Fischer's door (room 210). Students are encouraged to completed a pass whenever they need to make an appointment. Students can always use a scrap piece of paper if they do not have a pass. If Ms. Fischer cannot see a student right away, students are encouraged to talk to a friend, teacher or family member to help resolve their problem. If the problem has already been resolved when Ms. Fischer talks to the student, she would love to hear how it was solved!
Click here for a pass you can print at home.
If you would like to talk to Ms. Fischer or have questions regarding the Counseling Program, please call (301) 562-2722 or email her at Elizabeth_Fischer@mcpsmd.org.