Meet the Counselor
Mrs. Christina Bain is the school counselor at North Elementary School. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Longwood University. She started working at North in 2013. Mrs. Bain enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, going to the beach, and being outdoors.
Classroom Guidance Lessons
Classroom guidance is a developmental program of classes designed to foster students' academic, career, and personal/social development. Classes are preventative in nature and empower students with self-knowledge, coping strategies, and life skills that will assist them in becoming problem solvers, collaborative workers, and responsible citizens.
Common Classroom Guidance Topics:
We focus on a new character word each month. Students learn about what the word means and how it is demonstrated during classroom guidance time. Teachers select one student from their class per month who demonstrates the character word. The student is called on the morning announcements to receive an award, pencil, and have their picture taken. The picture is displayed outside the classroom until the next character student of the month is chosen.
Small Group Counseling Services
Throughout the school year, I will organize several small groups. These small counseling groups center around a number of different topics. Topics include (but are not limited to) the following: divorce or separation, anger management, behavior choices, social skills, study skills, and friendship issues. Children are given the opportunity to talk to each other about their own personal situation and are taught strategies for handling certain common feelings. This time together helps children process emotions while decreasing feelings of isolation.
Please contact Mrs. Bain if one of the groups sounds like it would be beneficial to your child. Keep in mind that teachers may refer students for groups, too. Groups usually meet once a week for a half an hour. Teachers are able to select times that work with your child’s schedule.
Our school is actively involved in teaching students about all forms of bullying. From our school counselors, to administrators, to teachers and staff, we are all united in preventing bullying of any form at our school.
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School Wide Programs
At North Elementary School, we have several school-wide programs to reinforce the importance of good character and citizenship.