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Greetings!  My name is Stacy Dobres, and I am so happy to be the counselor at Woodlin Elementary School.  I look forward to collaborating with Woodlin staff, and families, to ensure that all Woodlin students thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. 

I am a proud graduate of Montgomery County Public Schools.  I earned my B.A, in Psychology, and Elementary Education, from Western Maryland College, and I taught fourth and second grades in MCPS for seven years.  After earning an M.S, in Counseling, from Johns Hopkins University, I counseled at the middle school level in MCPS for eight years. 

In my free time, I play on multiple volleyball and softball teams, and I try to run at least one 5K race a month.  Additionally, I love going to the theatre and attending Ravens football games with my family.

I am looking forward to a great year at Woodlin Elementary School!  If any questions arise throughout the year, please feel free to contact me at:  240-740-2820 or  Stacy_K_Dobres@mcpsmd.org.
 

What is a counselor?  Click on the link for a brochure to learn more!

Counselor Brochure

Counseling Updates 

Reminder to those families receiving free or reduced lunch: 

Students who receive free and reduced lunch are also entitled to receive breakfast, either free or at the reduced price.  Children are able to get breakfast from 8:30-8:45 in the lunch room.  They can just go to the lunch room when they get off the bus.    

October is Bully Prevention Month 

Below are some links to websites on bullying.  There are many resources for parents.  Communicating with your children about these topics can help to build resiliency and promote positive interactions with others.  

http://www.stopbullyingnow.com/index.htm  

http://www.pacer.org/bullying/  

http://www.stopbullying.gov/  

http://www.nctsn.org/resources/public-awareness/bullying-prevention-awareness-month  

October is Red Ribbon Month

Red Ribbon Month is celebrated in schools across the country, during the month of October, to emphasize the importance of maintaining a drug-free and healthy lifestyle.  During the month of October, I will be presenting classroom guidance lessons that relate to Red Ribbon Week.  In Grades K-3, the lessons will promote the development of healthy personal habits.  In Grades 3-5 the lessons will help students to develop positive strategies for resisting peer pressure.  Red Ribbon Month will culminate with a Red Ribbon themed spirit week the last week in October where students will have the opportunity to display their commitment to leading a healthy lifestyle.  Click here to learn about how Woodlin will celebrate Red Ribbon Spirit week.

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It is the counselor’s role to support students so they can be their best at school, academically, socially and emotionally.  In order to do this the Woodlin Counseling Program has several components. 

 

For Students  

Monthly Classroom Counseling Lessons – Topics include respect, friendship, and bullying.

Individual Counseling – Students are identified through parent, teacher and self-referral.

Counseling Groups – Groups could meet at lunch or throughout the day.  Themes are determined by need at each grade level.  Popular topics are social skills, study skills, self-esteem, anger management and family changes.

Grade Level Lunch Bunches - Students have an opportunity to have lunch Bunch in my office just for fun. It helps me get to know individual students better, and also provides students, who are not comfortable talking in a large group setting, a chance to express themselves in a smaller group.  

 

For Staff/Parents

Consultation- I am available to meet with parents and staff (sometimes together) to discuss student and family concerns.


Other Student Support Programs at Woodlin

Staff Mentoring  

P.B.I.S. 

Red Ribbon Month 

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