Ms. Jessie Donnelly
I am so delighted to be the school counselor at Charleston Elementary School! Among all the unknowns in the coming days, I want you to know that one thing is certain: You are not alone.
As an active member of the professional team, I provide regular social and emotional learning (SEL) lessons for preschool through 8th grade, one on one meetings, small group counseling, 504 coordination, and school-wide support.
I teach about the Zones of Regulation which is a scientifically based social and emotional curriculum. Students will learn how to notice their body’s signals, detect triggers, read social context, consider how their behaviors impact those around them, improve emotional control, self-awareness, and problem-solving skills. Please refer to the Zones of Regulation chart below.
Here are some reasons you might want to reach out to your school counselor:
Your child is feeling anxious, lonely, sad, angry, confused or any other emotion that causes them distress
You would like suggestions for positive, healthy activities during the time your student is not in school
Your student needs support with strategies for organization and time management
Your student has a connection with their school counselor and/or just wants to check-in about what is going on in their life
As a school counselor, I will not assume what is best for students, but I will give them room to access their own wisdom and honor that they are the experts on their own life. If your family is experiencing difficulties at home, I would like to provide additional support at school. I understand that you are not always able to share details and that's okay. If your child is coming to school after a difficult night, morning, or weekend, please email me 'Handle with Care.' Nothing else will be said or asked. This will let me know that your child may need extra time, patience, or help during the day.
Please feel free to reach out to me and I will get back to you as soon as possible!