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MaryEllen DiValentino

Oh, The Places You'll Go! --Dr. Seuss



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School Counselor
South Elementary
mdivalentino@pvsd.org
610-489-2991, ext. 4504


Welcome and Thank You for visiting my Counselor Page!
Hi! My name is Mrs. DiValentino (most people call me Mrs. DiVal), and I love being a part of the Perkiomen Valley family!  As your child's school counselor, I strive to create a positive and supportive environment in which, students can learn and grow. Through classroom lessons, small groups, and individual counseling, I will help students navigate through life's twists and turns in order to help them achieve their goals! This year, I will primarily be working with Kdg, 2nd, and 4th grades, and I am thrilled to assist them in their journeys through elementary school!

The Mission of Perkiomen Valley School District 
 To provide a rich academic and cultural learning environment that maximizes available resources to assure that all students grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally, attaining the skills necessary to become successful citizens. 

What do PV Elementary School Counselors do?
Elementary school counselors are responsible for helping students with their social and emotional growth and adjustment within the school setting.   One primary role that school counselors have is teaching age appropriate classroom guidance lessons at each grade level.  We also support students by consulting with staff, parents, and outside professionals regarding student behaviors and concerns, working closely with the Student Support Team regarding academic concerns, and initiating the first steps of  multi-disciplinary evaluations.  Counselors typically serve on various committees such as the Student Assistance Program, Emotional Support Team, School Wide Positive Behavior and Intervention Team, and School Improvement Team.  We also have a wide variety of responsibilities including case management of 504 Plans, acting as LEA Representative at IEP meetings, discussing attendance issues with parents/guardians.  Counselors are responsible for conducting the first stage of gifted screenings and gathering data for full evaluations for students who qualify.   Other tasks include assisting students with financial need through programs offered during the school year, working with students in small groups, assisting with PSSA testing, and assisting the principal as requested.  In general, counseling offered in the school setting is short-term in nature and families are referred to outside agencies for ongoing therapeutic needs.







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SMALL GROUP DESCRIPTIONS


FISH (Families in Separate Houses): A group for students who have experienced, or are experiencing, a parental divorce or separation at home. This group gives students specific coping skills and strategies needed for living in two homes or having an absent parent. Students will explore their feelings about divorce, changes that can or have occurred in the family, their own personal strengths that they bring to the family, and comfort knowing that their feelings and emotions are shared with other kids their age who are experiencing something similar.

Stress Busters: A group aimed to help students develop strategies to reduce worries and learn how their thoughts can affect their emotional responses.  We will focus on helping students think positively while developing healthy coping strategies. This growth-centered small group will consist of other students with similar needs, and will provide students with an outlet to learn more about themselves while gaining support from others.  This group is most appropriate for 1st and 2nd grades.

Mindfulness:  Mindfulness means being fully present with your experience of the current moment without judging your thoughts, emotions, or feelings. This group will accomplish this through the use of learned strategies, such as deep-breathing and reflective practices, in order to cultivate self-awareness and self-acceptance. With practice, students will find that this allows them to respond to difficulties in more intentional and healthy ways (i.e. anger and stress). We often operate on “autopilot” which can lead to increased stress and general feelings of anxiety. Practicing mindfulness has been found to improve mood, decrease stress, and improve concentration. This group is most appropriate for 3rd-5th grades, but can be adjusted for any age!

ZONES of Regulation: This group encompasses lessons and activities that help students gain skills in the area of self-regulation.  Self-regulation can go by many names such as self-control, self-management, and impulse control. Most importantly we are hoping to obtain the best state of awareness of the body and mind. The curriculum is designed to help students recognize when they are in different “zones” as well as how to use learned strategies and “tools” to change, or stay, in a particular zone depending on their specific situation or environment.  In addition to addressing self-regulation, the students will gain an increased vocabulary of emotional terms, skills in reading other people’s emotions and facial expressions, perspective about how others see and react to their behavior, insight into events that trigger their behavior, and calming or problem-solving skills.

Heart Prints: A group for students who have experienced a loss of a family member, friend, or somebody close to them. This grief group helps students recognize and express feelings of extreme sadness, encourages open communication and remembrance, and assists students in developing skills to cope with the loss of someone close to them while in a safe and supportive group environment.

*Friendship (General): A group for students to learn appropriate skills for social interaction, and help them develop skills to make and sustain healthy friendships in school and life. Some topics that will be covered are how to initiate conversations, resolving conflicts, understanding and respecting the feelings of others (empathy), self-advocating, understanding individual strengths, and many more.

*Girl’s Friendship Group: This group will focus on the ins and outs of social relations from the girl perspective.  Students will learn and practice social skills and interactions to help them develop and sustain healthy friendships in school and life.  This group focuses on relational aggression, self-esteem, cliques, inclusion versus exclusion, self-advocating, understanding individual strengths, and other important topics.

*Boy’s Friendship Group:  This group will focus on the ins and outs of social relations from the boy perspective.  Students will learn and practice social skills and interactions to help them develop and sustain healthy friendships in school and life.  This group focuses on conflict resolution, understanding the feelings of others (empathy), self-advocating, inclusion, understanding individual strengths, and other important topics.