A Message From School Counselor, Mr. Resh

Posted by Kimberly Snyder on 7/29/2019 12:45:00 PM

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year at Landisville Primary Center! As School Counselor of LPC, I have the pleasure of working with each and every student as well as their families. As I enter my tenth year working within the Hempfield School District, I want to take time to briefly explain what my role looks likes as school counselor as well as how I may be a “Lego Piece” to help support the overall foundation of your child’s social, emotional, and academic development while with us at the Landisville Primary Center. Please consider me as an extension of your family here at LPC!

As LPC’s school counselor, my job involves a variety of duties that allows me to come into the lives of your children and create a positive relationship as well as supply them with tools to help them be happy, positive learners and friends to each other. Some of these include:

Classroom Guidance Lessons:

This year I will be visiting with all classrooms (K-3), once a month and teaching guidance lessons on a variety of topics. Together we will learn how to handle conflicts, develop strong friendships, cope with emotions, and become creative and successful learners. During my visits to the classroom, I include a great deal of hands-on learning experiences, role-plays, and even MAGIC. You may hear your son/daughter talking about the guy who does magic in school; this would be me. I use magic as a means I like to call “Learning Undercover” in which I am able to present beneficial pieces of information and connect it with memorable/fun tricks that will help them pair and remember certain concepts thus bridging the gap between memory and meaning.

Small Group Counseling:

Throughout the school year I will be working with students in small intervention groups to provide various learning opportunities related to topics such as worry/anxiety, creating/maintaining positive friendships, dealing with strong emotions such as anger, handling conflict and social issues, building positive self-esteem and confidence, understanding family and life events such as death, divorce, or incarceration, and many other topics.

Small groups are an opportunity for the children to share ideas and practice skills in ways that are not always possible in large group lessons. Children who share a common concern/interest meet together with the counselor to receive information/support through talking, learning, and sharing.

Groups will take place throughout the year based on student needs, behavioral data, and teacher/family feedback and referrals. Mr. Resh will reach out to families prior to working with students in small intervention groups but also welcomes feedback and referrals from families at any time to assist with concerns and needs of children as they arise.

Individual Counseling/Crisis Response:

Through referrals from teachers, family members, and students, I meet with students 1-to-1 to assist with any type of issue or concern that may be impacting his/her life. As a school counselor, I do not offer therapy but rather listen and help the student to brainstorm solutions and help families make therapeutic connections in the community. If you see or know of any issues of concern please contact me anytime via email.

Consultation:

I am always happy and available to lend an ear to listen to parents and teachers, assisting in any way that I can. If you should ever have any questions or concerns, I would be happy to talk with you to offer information, ideas/support, or direct you to appropriate community resources.

Bucket Filling & PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support:

This year you will hear a great deal about something called “Bucket Filling” from our school and our students.

In our ninth year of school-wide implementation, students will learn four important school-wide expectations: Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful, and Be a Bucket Filler. Mr. Resh organizes our school-wide programming to teach and reinforce important character-building skills in our students. Once a month student names are drawn from buckets all around LPC and our kids are recognized as being LPC Bucket Fillers of the Month (rewarded with his/her picture on our Wall of Fame located near the front entrance of the school, lunch with Mr. Resh & Mr. Swantner, and many other fun prizes. Bucket Filling positively reinforces kindness and care for all.

Other Programs:

School-wide program that teaches students to “Have Each Other’s Backs” and help build self-advocacy, empathy, and empowerment in our students. A special Aevidum Club for 3rd Grade will allow students to become strong leaders at LPC.

Career Development:

A separate letter will be coming home to you explaining the many career development initiatives LPC is planning for this school year including monthly Career Cafes, Career Day in March, and Careers on Wheels. If interested in talking about your job/career at LPC, please contact Mr. Resh via email and/or complete the Career Survey. Thank you in advance for your support!

School-Based Counseling is available for students at LPC through Community Service Group (CSG) agency. Therapists work with students while at school during the day once a week.

Please contact Mr. Resh if interested in having your son/daughter participate or for more information.

I am excited to work as a team member alongside you to make your child’s experience at LPC very positive and memorable. We want your son/daughter to enjoy coming to our school each morning and leave school with positive memories and knowledge that will help him/her be successful for a lifetime!

I would like to extend an invitation for you to contact me at any time. I can be reached through the main office

at school (898-5519) or via email (mike_resh@hempfieldsd.org). If you would like to talk in person, I am

always available to schedule appointments with flexibility to your own schedule. Please do not hesitate to

contact me if you have any questions or concerns, I am here for you and your kids anytime!

Here’s to a happy, healthy, and memorable 2019-2020 school year!

Mr. Mike Resh M.Ed

LPC School Counselor