To Our Pitner Family,

Our goal is to continue to provide school counseling and wellness check-ins for our students and families despite schools being closed.  Learning and counseling services are still available for you although we are not physically in the building!

Your school counselors are accessible to you via Zoom.  Please check-in with us for all of your social and emotional, as well as academic and college/career needs.  We remain committed to our students’ mental wellness and academic success.

Office Hours:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:30-11 9:30-11 9:30-11 9:30-11 9:30-11

Simple Steps to Reach Out:

  1. E-mail your school counselor
  2. In your e-mail, let them know your concern and what time you would like for them to contact you
  3. Also include your full name as well as contact information
  4. Check your email for a link to your appointment via Zoom
  5. Click the link
  6. Begin the counseling session

Counselor Contact Information:

Grade Levels Counselor Name Counselor E-mail
K, 1, & 3 Aricia Whitton
2, 4, & 5 Aisha Perry



Some resources to help you talk to your kids about COVID-19

Resources for How to Talk to Your Kids About COVID -19

“The Yucky Bug” An online story book for kids about the coronavirus.
Julia Cook is a popular author who created this book/video yesterday to help younger kids understand the coronavirus, or as she calls it “the yucky bug”.

Two really good articles with tips for parents.


Welcome Back Pitner Patriots!!

“Our greatest national resource is the minds of our children.”

― Walt Disney


Welcome back to our Pitner Patriots for an exciting 2019-20 school year at Pitner!

We look forward to getting to know each one of you this year!

Aisha Perry (on left) will be the counselor for Second, Fourth and Fifth grades.

Aricia Whitton (on right) will be the counselor for Kindergarten, First, and Third grades.



Starting a new school year is exciting and daunting at the same time. Students and their parents hope for the best year possible as they meet their teachers and learn their new routines. Here are tips that allow students to function optimally, overcome the jitters, and give them the opportunity to do their best.

TIP 1: Get enough sleep. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following guidelines to ensure children are rested and functioning well during school.

  • Children 3 to 5 years of age should sleep 10 to 13 hours per 24 hours (including naps) on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
  • Children 6 to 12 years of age should sleep 9 to 12 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health.

Our brains have important work to do while we are sleeping. Our bodies need time to rest and renew for a new day’s activities and learning. Read more about sleep recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics on their link below:

TIP 2: Establish a routine. Children perform better at school if they have a regular schedule at home for mornings and evenings. Ensure an established time for doing homework, playing outside, and then a daily bedtime routine. Help your child gradually start working toward going to sleep and waking up at the same time as during the school year. Create some rituals around bedtime to help your child’s mind and body prepare for sleep (i.e. reading, taking a warm bath or shower, and setting out clothes for the next day). Allow your child to prepare clothes and backpack the night before to reduce confusion and rush in the morning.

TIP 3: Connect with friends. Intentionally attend events before school begins so your child can meet new classmates as well as old friends. Sneak-a-peek is a great way for your child to interact with classmates and alleviate anxiety the first day of school. Arrange play dates for your child with other children in his or her grade level.

TIP 4: Communicate with your child’s teacher. Start building a relationship with the teacher by attending school events such as Open House and Sneak-a-Peek. School staff invest precious time into preparing for these events and look forward to connecting with parents. The investment of your time in keeping open communication with your child’s teacher will pave the way for a successful school year.

TIP 5: Read, read, read. Reading 20 minutes per evening is a standard guideline for students. By setting aside specific times, rather than trying to squeeze it in between soccer and gymnastic lessons, you send the message that reading is an important activity, and something your child will enjoy. A language rich environment ensures that children have ample reading material including books, magazines, comics, and other reading material. Storytime at the library is a fun activity for summer that can help instill a love of reading.

The Great Kindness Challenge

The Great Kindness Challenge is one week dedicated to creating a culture of kindness on campuses nationwide. Our school is proudly participating in this proactive, positive kindness initiative in conjunction with Palmer Middle School and schools nationwide in January 2019.


All students will receive a GKC checklist with 50 kind acts. Kindergarten and first grade checklist has 12 kind acts. Please encourage your child to have fun and complete the checklist.

Link to the GKC Family Edition that students and families can complete at home:

Link to the GKC Parent Letter, Kindness Theme Dress Up Days, and Service Project:

Parent Letter with KINDNESS THEME DRESS UP DAYS Service project back-1sj1ge7


Together, let’s show the world that…KINDNESS MATTERS!

“Just one act of kindness that you perform, may turn the tide of another person’s life.” (Unknown)

(More details to come in the new year!)