Comprehensive School Counseling Program
Guidance Schedule for 2016-17
Counselors teach the grade level PWC Guidance objectives in three domains:Academic (Work Hard), Personal/Social (Be Kind) and Career (Do yourBest). Each class will receive three units of four weekly lessons.
The dates below indicate the start week THROUGH the end week.
September 27 through October 25 Grades 3,4,5
October 26 through December 1 Grades K,1,2
January 4 through February 2 Grades K,1,2
February 3 through March 6 Grades 3,4,5
April 4 through May 10 Grades 3,4,5
May 11 through June 15 Grades K,1,2
Guidance is taught during the encore rotation in the library. Students will still have the opportunity to check out books during the lessons.
Have you filled someone’s bucket today?
“Bucket Fillers” are those who help without being asked, give compliments, and generally spread kindness and good feelings to others. “Bucket Dippers” rob us of happy feelings by refusing to help with a task or by saying or doing cruel things. Our mission is to create a school of bucket fillers!
Teachers, students and parents are encouraged to fill others’ buckets by giving compliments and doing and saying nice things. A bucket is invisible and within us all. We can fill or dip into it by either being kind or unkind to others. When students receive a bucket filler ticket or positive note, they place the ticket or note in the bucket in the main office. On Fridays, 15 bucket filling tickets will chosen as Bucket Filler of the Week and these students will win the weekly prize (a certificate of recognition and a plush panther to keep on their desk for the following week). Parents can write a note and send it to school telling us about their child's bucket filling. Please write "Bucket Filler" on the top of the note so that the teachers will know that it should be placed in the bucket.
Groups begin in October. If you feel that your child would benefit from small group counseling, please contact the counselors. We offer work habits groups (focus on organization, time management, attention), changing families (for students whose parents are separated or divorced), Communication Skills (for students who need help making friends, keeping friends, speaking skills, or assistance with anger).
The counselors are also the sponsors for the following programs:
Rising Reporters (students write stories/comics for the monthly newsletter The Panther Press)
Safety Patrols (5th grade students)
Student Mentoring Programs (5th Grade)
Adopt-A-Teacher collaboration with Patriot HS (student volunteers from Patriot HS help some of our teachers every Thursday from 2:40-3:25)
Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you!!
Full-time Counselor: Melissa Leischner (email@example.com)
Part-Time Counselor: Antoinette Snipes (Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays) firstname.lastname@example.org
"Keeping students on track...for the long run."
Our school counseling department delivers a comprehensive, developmental program that is aligned with the American School Counseling Association National Model ® and is organized to ensure accountability. Our counselors are educators who are specially trained in childhood development and collaborate with parents, teachers,administrators, and support staff to help ensure success for every student. Data is obtained from needs assessments, pre and post tests,and surveys. Programs are analyzed for effectiveness and decisions are made on how best to provide students with knowledge and skills in the areas of career, academic, and personal/social development.
At Bristow Run, the school counseling program is an integral component of the academic mission of the school.
Meet the Counselors
Melissa Leischner, MA, NCC (Monday through Friday)
Thank you for taking the time to read more about me. Originally from Long Island, NY, I love to travel and I love the beach! While in college I studied in London. Ivisited many exciting places while there including Ireland, Scotland,Austria, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and France. I also had the opportunity to visit most of the states in the US when I worked as a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines.
My career in education started in 2004 as a School Counselor at Potomac View Elementary in Woodbridge, VA. During my six years there I was privileged to receive the Business Partnership Award with the Quantico Marine Corps and an Above and Beyond Award from Student Services. I was also selected as one of eight finalists for the National School Counselor of the Year Award from the American School Counseling Association.
After completing my certification in Administration and Leadership at Mary Washington University, I become an Assistant Principal (AP) at PB Smith Elementary in Fauquier County. After three years, I returned to Prince William County and worked as an AP at Piney Branch Elementary.
When I'm not at Bristow Run, I enjoy spending time with my family. I live in Gainesville with my husband,Ryan, who is a Lieutenant in the Arlington County Fire Department, and our two young children. In my spare time, I enjoy attending football and basketball games at my alma mater, the University of Maryland (Go Terps).
Please email me at email@example.com if you have any questions or comments. I look forward to working with you!
Antoinette Snipes, MA (Wednesday, Thursday, Fridays)
It’s a pleasure to be a part of the Bristow Run Elementary family for another year. For those who are new to our school, here are a few tidbits about my background that might interest you. I have worked in Prince William County Schools since 2000 after a year with Manassas City Schools where I started my career as aschool counselor. I have a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Benedict College and I earned my Masters in Counselor Education from Virginia Tech. I am married and I have an 11 year old son who also attends school in Prince William County. I look forward to working with you and your child(ren) this school year. You may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org