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Michele Kelley Turner, M.S., Evergreen School Counselor - Last names A-K

The code for students to access my Virtual Counseling Office (google classroom) is 4fjqrnx.

I will be regularly checking email (throughout the day on weekdays) during the Coronavirus closure.  Please reach out by email if you need anything and I will respond as soon as possible!  I am happy to call, video conference, or email you!  My contact information is at the bottom of this page.  

In addition, here are some resources that may be helpful during the Coronavirus School Closure:

NEW! 5/20/20 -  Parents, are you struggling trying to balance your kids' virtual schooling, your job, family needs, health concerns, and other stressors?  Check out this video and supporting document for helpful tips:

Pennsylvania Support and Referral Helpline
The Department of Human Services (DHS) has launched the statewide Support & Referral Helpline staffed by skilled and compassionate caseworkers who will be available 24/7 to counsel Pennsylvanians struggling with anxiety and other challenging emotions due to the COVID-19 emergency and refer them to community-based resources that can further help to meet individual needs.
The toll-free, round-the-clock support line is available at 1-855-284-2494.

Are your kids running out of fun things to do during the school closure?  Below is a resource for some EASY, quick ideas of activities to help keep them busy!

This link is for a site that can be helpful in teaching your child to do deep breathing for relaxation:

Go Noodle is an awesome website to keep young students moving!  Many of our teachers use it at school, so kids will be familiar with it!

Caregiving Amidst Coronavirus: How Do We Support Our Children During a Pandemic?
This article is a quick read and shares some very clear, specific ideas about how to support kids during this unprecedented time.

Anxiety Resource 
In addition, the following website is a wonderful general resource (not specific to Coronavirus) for families whose children are experiencing anxiety:

Apps such as "Calm" are highly rated for relaxation strategies and sleep support.

How to Talk with Your Child About the Coronavirus
Great New York Times article that discusses how to talk with kids of various ages given the current situation in our country.

Coronavirus: Latest Updates and Tips from  Includes many links for helpful information during this challenging time.

Julia Cook is an author who has written many wonderful children's books that I often read with students.  She is going to be reading on Facebook during the Coronavirus outbreak!  See the link below for more info! 
In addition, one of Julia Cook's books called The Yucky Bug, does a nice job of explaining the concept of a virus to young children.  The following link is The Yucky Bug read and illustrated by children.

Contact Me
Mrs. Michele Kelley Turner, M.S.
School Counselor, Last names A-K
Evergreen Elementary School
610-409-9751 x4006

The mission of the Perkiomen Valley School District is 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.  This is similar to the medical model where the school nurse addresses issues that arise during the school day, but your child's ongoing medical needs are managed by their physician.

What if my child is having a problem at school?
It is always best to start by contacting your child's teacher.  They spend the most amount of time with your child and often can be very insightful regarding your concerns.  If you need additional support after contacting the teacher, please feel free to e-mail or call me.