Counselor's Corner

September Notes from Your Counselor.......................................Gloria Silverberg

Welcome back to Luxmanor Elementary School!  I am very excited to begin another year at Luxmanor.

For those of you new to Luxmanor, please allow me to introduce myself and my role as School Counselor.   A large part of my role is to educate and facilitate student's positive prosocial peer relationships.  Peer relations contribute significantly to students' social and cognitive development and to their later functioning as adults.  Friendships are a good predictor for healthy adjustment during the early weeks of school and making new friend's changes children's adjustment in positive directions throughout the school year.  The single best childhood predictor of adult functioning and psychological health is surprisingly, not school grades or classroom behavior, but rather the quality of childhood peer relationships.

Please allow me to tell you a bit about my professional background.  My educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from The University of Virginia and a Master of Science degree in Applied Behavioral Counseling and a Master of Science degree in School Counseling, both from Johns Hopkins University.  I have worked in school settings as well as corporate and private practice settings, doing Career Counseling and Personal Counseling with college students and adults. 

As the counselor at Luxmanor, my objective is to support our school's mission.  My counseling mission  is to provide counseling, advocacy, collaboration, and to facilitate individual and system change to ensure that every student has the knowledge and skills to reach their highest potential as caring, responsible, and successful citizens.

The components of Luxmanor's School Counseling Program include class guidance lessons  to all students in grades K-5; responsive counseling for individual students and small groups,   individual student planning, parent and teacher collaboration, and overall school program support.   In addition, I coordinate and implement the 5 th grade Student Mentors and Conflict Managers Programs.  Children who share a common concern, such as friendship making or divorce, are invited to participate in small group counseling sessions with me, for a 4-week period.  Permission forms will arrive in October !

Our school theme this year continues to be "The School of Respect ", which will highlight our character education program.  Our goal is to strengthen the student culture of respect and kindness, engage our children and inspire them to have hope for their futures.  You will notice Character Owls around the school when individual students and classes are recognized by their teachers for demonstrating respectful and kind behavior towards others. We will also be working, schoolwide, towards our 100 Days of Peace, in which students will be learning how to resolve conflicts in a peaceful and positive manner. Mr. Forkert and the whole staff will also be awarding "Big Owls" and "Stars"  for outstanding class behaviors.

I will be inviting parents and community volunteers to speak to individual classes about their Careers throughout the year, so please contact me if you are interested in volunteering! The children love to have their parents speak to their classes, and they are a wonderful audience.  Please contact me, via email if you are interested in being a speaker this year! 

I am really looking forward to seeing you all at the Family Picnic and Back to School Night.  Please feel free to contact me with any of your concerns or questions.  Your input and feedback are very important to me.  You can reach me by telephone at 301-230-5914, by email or by leaving a note in my mailbox in the front office. 

Have a wonderful school year!!!



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