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Parent Resources - What Can Parents Do About Bullying?

Bullying, harassment, or intimidation are serious and will not be tolerated. This is a form to report alleged bullying, harassment, or intimidation that occurred on school property; at a school-sponsored activity or event off school property; on a school bus; or on the way to and/or from school*, in the current school year. If you are a student victim, the parent/guardian of a student victim, a close adult relative of a student victim, or a school staff member and wish to report an incident of alleged bullying, harassment or intimidation, complete this form and return it to the Principal at the student victim’s school. Contact the school for additional information or assistance at any time. This form is to be confidentially maintained in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1232g

*Bullying, Harassment, orIntimidation Reporting Form MCPS Form 230-35  

Small Group Counseling Sessions at LES

As part of our developmental guidance program, students are invited to participate in small group counseling sessions. The groups typically consist of 4-6 students, and are open to all students. Teachers assist in the scheduling of the groups to minimize the amount of class time that is missed. Many groups meet during lunch or recess. Groups are a combination of discussion, activities and games. Groups meet for about 30 minutes a week for approximately 6--8 weeks. Below is a description of the groups being offered at this time. Please contact our school counselor, Cherie Ward ( if you are interested in having your child participate in one of the groups or if you have any questions.

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  • Good Grief Club: This group is 7-session bereavement peer-support program that will be co-facilitated with Hospice Caring, Inc. This is a support group for children coping with the death of a loved one. It is for any child who has experienced the death of a significant person in his/her life: parent, sibling, grandparent, friend, or anyone else with whom the child was close. The death could have occurred at any time – recently or years ago. (As children mature cognitively, they sometimes revisit the loss and show signs of early grief again.)
  • Family Change Group: This is a 7 session peer-support program for students who are coping with family change such as separation or divorce. The change could have occurred recently or years ago. It may also be adjusting to remarriage, stepfamily, etc.

Referrals for Counseling in the GaithersburgCommunity

  • Expressive Therapy Center of Montgomery County
    Services: Individual, Couple, Group, and Family Therapy; Parent Guidance; Art Therapy/Movement Therapy/ Play Therapy
    (301) 869-1017
  • Jewish Social Service Agency
    Services: Individual, couple, group and family therapy; educational, psychological, and psychiatric testing; workshops; support groups; social skills groups; and ADHD Clinic
    (301) 990-6880
  • Family Services Agency
    Services: Evaluation and treatment of emotional, behavioral, psychiatric and school problems
    (301) 840-3200
  • GUIDE Youth Services
    Services: Individual, family and group counseling, assessment and case management, skill building and development programs, mentoring, crisis intervention, information and referral, and tutoring
    (301) 590-9864  

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