Alcott School Counseling Program

Dear Alcott Family,

My name is Andrea Jones, and I’m the School Counselor at Alcott Elementary. To let you know a little about myself, I completed my BA in Psychology and then went on earning my Masters in Counselor Education at Portland State University. When not at school, I love spending time with friends and family, hiking, and cheering on the Mariners and Seahawks. This is my 2nd year at Alcott, and I’m so excited to work with your children!

As a counselor, I provide students with comprehensive school counseling services addressing areas of; academic, social-emotional, and career success. I work with students either in the classroom, in small groups, or individually. My job also includes the support of staff, parents/families, and the greater community.

Here are some of the programs I offer at Alcott and the type of activities I will be engaging in with your children:

Classroom Guidance Lessons

I reach 100% of the student population through teaching classroom lessons. I enter all classrooms, Kindergarten through 5th grade, utilizing the districts social emotional curriculum (Kelso’s Choices K-2 and Second Step K-5). In the lessons we’ll address problem solving, empathy, emotion management, bullying, and careers. More information on lessons will be sent home throughout the year.

Small Groups

Throughout the school year, I will hold small group sessions for students needing extra support. Parent permission is required to join. Invitation to a group is student (self), parent, or teacher referral. Some of the groups that I will have this year will focus on: friendship skills, emotion regulation, organization, family changes, and anxiety.

Individual Support

Students can meet with me whenever they wish to discuss an issue. Parents can also refer their children to me, as well as teachers/other school staff. I can provide short term, individual check-ins with students as needed, however, if we feel that more support is needed, I can provide outside referrals.

Community Programs and Resources

There are several programs and opportunities throughout the year that provide support for families who are facing financial hardship. More information is listed below.

I’m looking forward to the 2019-2020 school year! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely, Andrea Jones, MS

Community Programs and Resources Available

There are several programs and opportunities throughout the year that provide support for families who are facing financial hardship. If your family is in need and you would like to be considered for these types of programs or services, please reach out to the School Counselor, Andrea Jones. If you have a school-related need that is not mentioned, please let me know and I will work with you to see if we can fulfill that need.

Pantry Packs This is a resource for families who are struggling financially and need help with food for the weekends. With Pantry Packs, qualifying students will get a grocery bag full of food to take home every Friday. The types of food in the packs vary, but usually include items such as snack, breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.

Operation School Bell This is an event sponsored by the Assistance League of Eastside. This “Shop for Clothing” event takes place at our local Fred Meyer store on one evening in October. Students who are selected for this event shop for new clothes/shoes on the scheduled night. Students who are selected will be notified by a note home in late September.

December Assistance Let us know if you would like to be considered for food, gifts, or gift cards that may be available during the end of the calendar year.

Field Trip and Activity Scholarships Scholarship money for grade-level field trips and activities.

Youth Eastside Services (Y.E.S) Mental health counseling, education and prevention programs to children and youth, ages birth to 22, and their families.