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Letter from Our Guidance Counselor

 Mrs. Pape
Mrs. Pape

Dear Dufief Elementary School Parents,

Hello. My name is Suzanne Pape and I am DuFief's School Counselor. I look forward to working with all your wonderful children this year.

I graduated from University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and then from Wilmington College with a Masters in School Counseling. After graduate school, I worked as an outpatient Drug/Alcohol Counselor for a year and a half. I then went on to work as a Needs Assessment Counselor in a Psychiatric Hospital for another year and a half. In August of 2000, I began my work as a School Counselor. I was employed for four years as a middle school counselor and then went on to become an elementary counselor. Over the next three years, I was employed with Prince William county schools in Woodbridge, Virginia. This will be my tenth year with DuFief ES.

Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to work with many diverse populations in several different settings. I look forward to utilizing my experiences to help your children succeed both academically and emotionally. Please feel free to stop by my office to meet me. Please check the Website, School Newsletter, and Parent Information board for counseling information throughout the year. I can also be contacted at 301-279-4980 with any questions or concerns.

Mrs. Suzanne Pape
School Counselor

School Counseling Program

DuFief ES has a Comprehensive School Counseling Program which serves all students, parents and teachers at the school. Major areas of focus include:

Classroom Guidance lessons in every classroom throughout the school year. Lessons are focused on personal, interpersonal, academic, career and healthy development.

Group Counseling for students who self-refer or are recommended by teachers or their parents. Groups of 6-8 students meet once per week for around eight weeks on topics such as: friendship, divorce/separation, study/organizational skills, grief and loss, and anger management. In order for students to participate in groups parents must sign permission slips.

Individual Counseling is available to students on a short-term basis. Referrals to outside therapists are available upon request if more long-term help is indicated.

Parent Education is offered throughout the school year via evening seminars, parent lending library and a parent information board located across from the PTA bulletin board.


DuFief is a Bucket Filling School.  Each classroom has a bucket and students can write compliments to each other.  Teachers can write compliments to students.  We periodically read the “bucket fillers” during the morning announcements.  This program helps to promote kindness in our school.

We also have a Class Compliment Program where students can earn prizes by receiving compliments from staff members.  Please check out your children receiving their prizes on the reward board, in the hallway near the office.

DuFief students are taught and encouraged to use the De-bugging steps when they are having a conflict or someone is "bugging" them.  These steps are:

  1. Ignore.
  2. Walk or move away.
  3. Talk friendly.
  4. Talk firmly.
  5. Get adult help.


No Tolerance Bullying Policy

“Bullying, harassment, or intimidation are serious and will not be tolerated.”  

If you suspect your child is being bullied, please contact Mr. Mascott, Principal, Mrs. Pape, School Counselor, or the classroom teacher first to share your concerns. We will immediately get involved to support the child. If the bullying continues, complete this  form and return it to Mr. Mascott, Principal. Contact the school for additional information or assistance at any time. 




News and Announcements UPDATED September 2016

Coming up:

  • New Student Lunches--Students new to DuFief in grades 1-5 will have lunch with Mrs. Pape. Fifth grade Diplomats will join to help welcome new students and answer any questions.

  • Class Counseling lessons will begin the week of September 1st.
  • New Beginnings Groups--This group provides support to students who may have a tough time with transitions (new grade, teacher, new friends, etc.). These students are recommended by teachers.
  • Lunch Bunches for grades 1-5, based on student needs

  • Manna Food Drive- October 4th-28th 

  • Ability Awareness Week- October 17th-21st

  • Red Ribbon Week- October 24th-28th.Theme dress up days to be announced.

  • Career Day will be in November. Date to be determined. Look for a speaker sign- up sheet to be coming soon. 

  • Deadline for Highly Gifted Center Applications (current 3rd graders) and Middle School Magnet Programs is Nov 4th.

  • MCPS Parent Academy Seminars  
  • CTY Academic Talent Search (Johns Hopkins University)
    Does your child meet one of the following criteria:
    Achievement on the 95th percentile or higher on one or more subtests of a nationally normed standardized test, achievement at advanced levels on state tests, designated as scoring in categories such as advanced proficiency, distinguished, honors or gifted, or demonstration of superior academic performance. Please follow the link above or call me if you are interested in having your child participate in this talent search.








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