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Austell Elementary School Counselor

Austell Elementary School Counseling Program

Counselor: Dr. Gretchen R. Kea   Email:  Office Hours: 9:00am-10:30am

Hello Austell Elementary Parents & Students,

While our school building is closed, I will continue to provide a comprehensive counseling program that entails counseling activities, services and support for you and your child(ren)! Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns. I check my email daily. Please make sure that you check my blog each week for new activities and resources that will be beneficial for you and your child(ren). Please review the following parent resources & student counseling lessons:

Weeks 1 & 2:  A Parent Resource: Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Weeks 1 & 2: Student Activities: 2 Weeks of Social Emotional Learning Lessons

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Week 3:

How to Focus on What You CAN Control

“Let go of all the stuff you can’t control and start using your time to master what you can control.”

Right now there are many aspects of our life that may seem out of control (or out of our control). Instead of focusing on the items that we cannot control, it is helpful to focus on the many items that we can control. This is true for adults and students. Here are some things that we can each control, and will help to make a large impact in our overall health:

  1. Your Breath
  2. Your Self-Talk
  3. Your Gratitude
  4. Your Body Language
  5. Your Physical and Mental Health
  6. Your Diet
  7. Your Sleep

Week 4: k-5  Free Mindfulness Video Games & Lessons in English & Spanish. In order to sign up, you must type in your email address and create a password. You will watch the character, “Yeti” and learn how mindfulness works in the brain and how it can help you calm your mind!

Week 5: K-2 YouTube  Character Education Resilience Video Keeping Calm and Building Resilience With Hunter & Eve

3rd-5th: Weekly Wellness Journal Challenge

Weeks 6&7

K-5 Students visit:

This website provides several free online activities such as: Virtual  Counseling Lessons, Virtual Tours/Field Trips, Audio Books & Virtual Storytime, Arts, Film & Music Lessons and Fun & Games. The activities are very interesting and you will enjoy them all! Please make sure that you share this website and activities with your parents!

End of the Year & Summer  k-5  Virtual Calming Room Activities:

Students, you all have done a great job of learning and connecting with me, your teachers and classmates on the  virtual learning platform. I would like for you to visit the website: The Virtual Calming Room. This is a place for students and families to find tools and strategies for managing emotions and feelings. The various activities on the website are: Live Animal Cameras, Exercise, Games, Puzzles, Yoga, Sounds & Mind plus more!

I hope that you all enjoy the activities and have a great summer!

                                          Austell Elementary Counseling Program

Mission Statement

The mission of the Austell Elementary School Counseling Program is to establish a safe and positive environment in which students will excel in the areas of academic, career and personal/social development. Austell Elementary School will work in partnership with the parents and community in order for the students  to become successful learners and productive citizens. Austell Elementary staff and students are responsible for our learning and actions. We will treat others as we would like to be treated.


The counselor at Austell Elementary believes:

*  All students should be provided with a quality comprehensive counseling program in a safe and nurturing environment.

*  All students have the right to a counselor who advocates for the students’ safety, rights, needs and success.

*  The counselor will participate in professional development in order to maintain current knowledge.

*  The counselor will work together with families, communities and staff in order to provide student support and success.

*  The counselor will adhere to ethical standards in the delivery of the school counseling program.

Counselor Services:

Individual Counseling-One on one counseling provided for the students with signed permission from the parent/guardian. Students may be referred by parents, teachers, or administration.

Small Group Counseling-In order for students to participate in small group counseling, signed parent/guardian permission must be provided to the the counselor. Small group topics may include: Divorce, Feelings, Anger Management, Self-Esteem, Loss, Friendship and Behavior Management.

Classroom Guidance- As part of the Austell Elementary School Counseling Program, all students receive classroom guidance for 30 minutes, every other week. Topics are aligned with the National ASCA model  and within the three critical area domains:

Academic Development-Assisting students with the acquisition of attitudes, knowledge and skills which contribute to effective learning.

Career Development-Providing activities which allow students to investigate the world of work.

Personal and Social Development-Working with students to encourage responsible behavior, planning and goal setting and develop the ability to deal with group pressure, resolve conflicts and interact positively with others.


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