Small Groups with the Counselors
Small groups will be starting soon. In the past, groups offered through the School Counseling Department have proven successful in helping students with their academic endeavors and personal challenges. Each group meeting will last approximately 30 minutes for six to eight weeks. Groups are always scheduled with the students’ classroom teacher in order to minimize interruption of instruction time.
Suggestions for students to be included in small groups will be taken from teachers, school personnel, administration, and parents. The counselors will then organize the small groups to be run throughout the year. If you have questions or concerns, or would like for your child to participate in one of these groups, please contact the school counseling department at Bennett Elementary at 703-361-8261 or Erin Flaherty at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lisa James at email@example.com.
Middle School Specialty Program Information Nights
Bennett 5th graders have the opportunity to apply to Middle School Specialty Programs for 6th grade. Our students are eligible to attend Parkside's World Language Program, Stonewall's International Baccalaureate Programme, Marsteller's Math and Science Program, and Pennington Traditional School. Online applications for the programs will be due on February 1, 2016. Information Nights will be held at the Kelly Leadership Center on October 12th and 13th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Nights at the KLC will provide information on all programs. Each school that your child can apply to will hold information nights as well. Please see the table below to find information about each school's prospective parent night and contact person.
Mrs. Flaherty and Mrs. James would like to welcome all of our Bennett Bears back to school! We are excited for the new school year. Mrs. Flaherty will be Bennett's full-time School Counselor this year, and Mrs. James will be here part-time on Wednesdays and Fridays. Both counselors will work with all grade levels. We have lots of fun things in store for our students. In addition to seeing us in the Encore rotation, students can visit us individually, or might be a part of a lunch group. You can read more about our groups on the bottom of the webpage in the 'Groups' folder. Please don't hesitate to contact either one of us if you have any questions or concerns. We look forward to working with you and your child this school year!
We are pleased to announce that Bennett's School Counseling Program has earned RAMP. RAMP stands for recognized ASCA Model Program. What this means is that our school is a model program for other schools across the United States.
This year Bennett will be continuing our 600 Club. The 600 Club serves to recognize students who have scored a perfect 600 on one or more of their Virginia
October 30th – Music
November 20th – Art
January 22nd – PE
February 26th – Technology
March 18th – Library
April 29th – Guidance
School Counseling Mission Statement
The mission of the school counseling program at Bennett Elementary is to build a comprehensive and developmentally appropriate, culturally aware counseling program. It will address the academic, personal/social, and career needs of our students through classroom lessons, small group counseling, and school wide programs. We will continually respond to each student’s individual needs. Together with students, staff, parents, and community members, we will empower all students in a safe and respectful environment to become the productive citizens and lifelong learners of tomorrow.
Updated and approved by Bennett's School Counseling Advisory Council 10.6.2009
School Counseling Belief Statement
The professional school counselors of Bennett Elementary School believe:
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