Bennett Families, 
Mrs. Wilkerson and Mrs. Flaherty will be communicating with students and parents during the time we are closed through Google Classroom. The code to access our page is izaxvrk. You must login with the student's Bennett credentials (ends in @pwcsbnes.org). Please join our page for short activities to support students personal/social well being as well as some career activities. We will be posting fun videos for students to watch as well. We hope to see you there! You can also access the distant learning plans under the 'Files and Documents' tab on this page. 


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.
 

YOUR SCHOOL COUNSELORS:

Mrs. Erin Flaherty has been a counselor at Bennett for 12 years! The best part is watching all the students grow from year to year. The growth from Kindergarten to 5th grade is so fun to watch. When I am not at Bennett I enjoy spending time with my family and cheering on Penn State and the Steelers! Mrs. Flaherty will be working primarily with grades 1, 3, and 5. 

Mrs. Chelsea Wilkerson is joining the Bennett Team after moving back to her hometown in Virginia from North Carolina. She is passionate about serving kids and is excited to meet the awesome students at Bennett! When she’s not at school, she enjoys spending time with her husband, going for runs with her goldendoodle Linus, and watching Hokie football. Mrs. Wilkerson will be working primarily with grades K, 2, and 4. 

We have lots of fun things in store for our students. In addition to seeing us in classroom guidance, students can visit us individually, or might be a part of a lunch group. 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!

MIDDLE SCHOOL INFORMATION:

Have you thought about where your 5th grader will attend middle school next year? All of our students are zoned for Parkside Middle School, but there are specialty program opportunities for your child in the PWCS school system. As a Bennett student, your child can apply to the World Language Program at Parkside, Stonewall Middle, Marsteller Middle, and/or Pennington. Below you can find the dates for each middle school’s information night. There will also be information nights at the Kelly Leadership Center (KLC) on October 14th and 15th from 7-9 p.m. Information nights at the KLC will contain information on all schools.

Program

Location

Date

Time

School Contact

World Language

Parkside Middle School

October 28th & January 13th

6:00 p.m.

Erica Maibeth

maibetel@pwcs.edu

International Baccalaureate

Stonewall Middle School

November 21st & January 16th

7:00 p.m.

Jeanine Fox

foxjs@pwcs.edu

Math & Science

Marsteller Middle School

January 6th

(snow date: January 13th)

6:30 p.m.

Teresa Keener

keenertl@pwcs.edu

Traditional School

Pennington School

November 21st

7:00 p.m.

Michelle Atkins

atkinsml@pwcs.edu

 

If you have any questions or concerns about the middle school information nights, or applying to middle school specialty programs, please contact Erin Flaherty at 703-361-8261 or flaheree@pwcs.edu. Additional information can also be found on the Prince William County webpage. Go to http://specialtyprograms.departments.pwcs.edu/ to find the specialty program applications or additional information.

 


SMALL GROUPS:

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 flaheree@pwcs.edu.

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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