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School Counseling
Instructor: Mrs. Flaherty and Mrs. James   
The School Counseling Department at Bennett Elementary serves to provide a comprehensive and developmentally appropriate counseling program. The school counselors enhance and support the academic, personal/social, and career development needs of our students. Our work is done through classroom lessons, small group counseling, and school wide programs. We also strive to meet each individual student's needs. In addition to maximizing student achievement, we strive to incorporate leadership, advocacy, and collaboration within our Bennett community. 
Bennett's school counseling program is aligned with the PWCS school counseling curriculum as well as with the ASCA National Model. The school counseling curriculum at Bennett is supported by special programs such as parent education workshops, character counts, and first friends. These special programs further encourage and empower students and families in an ever-changing 21st century.
Class Announcements
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 or Lisa James at
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.

Middle School Program Information Nights Contact Person
Parkside Middle School World Language October 21st @ 7:00
​November 11th @ 7:00
January 7th @ 7:00
Abbey Jones
Stonewall Middle School International Baccalaureate (IB) November 19th @ 6:30
January 7th @ 6:30
Nate Beard
Marsteller Middle School Math and Science January 11th @ 7:00
January 13th (SNOW DATE)
Sheryl Quinlan
Pennington Traditional 1st-8th Grade November 17th @ 7:00
January 6th @ 7:00
Kim Frerichs
Welcome Back!
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.
600 Club
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 SOL tests from the previous school year.As a member of the 600 club, your child will participate in a special academic project with our Encore specialists. Students will meet with their assigned Encore specialist for approximately 30 minutes per month during Bennett’s core extension block. Each month the project will be focused on the Encore specialist’s area of expertise (the schedule can be found below). If you have further questions, please contact Erin Flaherty at or 703.361.8261.

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:
  • All students can achieve with access to resources
  • All students’ dignity and culture is respected and valued
  • All students will have access to a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate, and culturally aware school counseling program run by masters level, state certified, professional school counselors
  • The school counselors will proactively act as advocates for all students, including collaborating with stakeholders for needed systemic change
  • The school counselors will lead a collaborative effort to design, implement, assess, and continuously improve the comprehensive, data driven school counseling program
  • The school counselors will collaborate with families, stakeholders, and community resources to assist student development
  • The school counselors will abide by the American School Counseling Association’s professional school counseling ethics
  • The school counselors will engage in professional development including regular supervision and activities to enhance cultural competency in order to address the changing community.
Updated and approved by Bennett's School Counseling Advisory Council 10.6.2009
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