The mission of the Lincoln Elementary Counseling Program is to nurture and support EVERY student in reaching his/her full potential academically, socially, and emotionally. The program strives to promote and enhance student achievement by delivering prevention, intervention, and referral services. It is our goal to work collaboratively with students, parents, staff and the community to provide a safe and encouraging educational experience.
Guidance & Counseling Program Benefits
1. Enhance EVERY child's self-esteem
2. Empower youth to set and reach their goals
3. Increase academic performance
4. Increase knowledge of self and others
5. Develop effective decision making & problem solving skills
6. Increase leadership skills
7. Celebrate differences and learn from one another
8. Improve emotional regulation skills
9. Promote respect for ALL students
10. Increase school and community pride
Parents/guardians, teachers, or other staff may refer a student by simply discussing their concern with Mrs. Toth. There is not a formal process. Parents who are concerned about their child's academic, social, or emotional well-being are encouraged to contact Mrs. Toth to set up a meeting. It is our goal to work collaboratively with a student's parent(s)/guardian(s) to offer support and encouragement while they are a student at Lincoln Elementary. Students are also welcome to make appointments or stop in when Mrs. Toth is available to discuss any issues or concerns they might be dealing with. If Mrs. Toth intends on meeting with a particular student on a regular basis, the parent/guardian will be notified and consent given. Should the scope of the child's needs be beyond what the school counselor can do, the family and child will be offered referrals to outside agencies to provide adequate services.
If you have any question, please contact Mrs. Toth at (509) 925-8064 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children are taught to advocate for their own needs while at school. If a child needs to talk with the school counselor, they can simply let their teacher know and an opportunity to talk with the school counselor will be made.
Elementary students are beginning to understand the value of privacy for themselves, their families, and others. Respecting the child's (and family’s) right to privacy, confidentiality, is fundamental to the counseling relationship. It allows students an opportunity to share their concerns with a trusted adult who will listen non-judgmentally and help them problem solve in an environment of physical and emotional safety. Because the safety of ALL students is paramount, there are limits to maintaining confidentiality. As required by Washington State Law and Ethical Standards of the American School Counselor's Association, the following are instances where a school counselor MUST report disclosed information to the appropriate authority:
1. Intent to harm one's self or someone else is expressed.
2. Suspected abuse or neglect of a child or adult.
3. An appropriate court order is received and verified.
4. Legal consent is given to share specific information.
I will ask families and/or the child to share information with the teacher should the information be useful in allowing the teacher to assist on a day to day basis. We want to wrap care and concern around your child while they spend their days in our school community.
At Lincoln Elementary, the school counselor presents guidance curriculum to all students in grade K-5. In grades K-3, students are taught academic skills, skills to help with identifying feelings and regulating emotions, and problem solving skills. Bullying prevention is taught to 4th and 5th grade students. Additionally, in grades K-2, Personal Safety curriculum lessons are presented as well.
Kelso's Choices: This curriculum is taught to kindergarten and 1st grade, however, the skills learned are promoted and reinforced schoolwide.
Second Steps is the curriculum offered for 1st grade through 3rd grade. This curriculum is taught to 1st grade through 3rd grade students and focuses on teaching academic skills, emotional management skills, and problem solving skills.