Mrs. Barker's September Newsletter
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Friday, September 15, 2017

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Andrew Avenue elementary school Mrs. Barker’s Counselor's Corner September Newsletter My name is Heidi Barker. This is my 2nd year as part of the Andrew Avenue Family and I am your child’s school counselor. I truly love being here full time supporting students, parents and teachers! I provide a number of different services to support students throughout the school year.

● Classroom Guidance Lessons- I will be teaching classroom guidance lessons in grades K-4 that address social/emotional skills, academic success, and careers.

● Small Group Counseling- Groups run about 3 times each school year on a weekly basis, during the school day and may include topics such as social skills, changing families, anxiety, and school success.

● Individual Counseling- Sessions will be provided to identified students. The goal of school based counseling is for students to develop coping skills & strategies which will help them to work towards overcoming any social/emotional barriers that are adversely affecting your child’s ability to be academically successful in school.

● Support to parents and teachers Please reach out to me with any concerns you may have about your child/children. I hope we can work together to make this year a success! Phone: (203)720-5221 Email: heidi.barker@naugatuck.k12.ct.us ATTENDANCE AWARENESS WHAT CAN FAMILIES DO TO HELP IMPROVE ATTENDANCE?

● Make getting to school on time everyday a high priority.

● Talk with your child about the importance of attendance. ● Explain to your child the negative effects of absences.

● Have a back-up plan for getting your child to school when there are difficulties with transportation, family illnesses, or other challenges.

● Try to schedule doctors appointments for after-school hours.

● Contact your child’s school counselor to discuss supports and services that can help your child maintain regular school attendance. CHECK OUT OUR BULLETIN BOARD! I will be tracking individual student attendance as well as the number of absences in each grade per month. Each grade will be “racing” to see which grade will have the least number of absences until the end of the school year. The grade with the least number of absences will receive a winning prize!

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