Greetings from LCA’s School Counselor -
I earned by Bachelor’s degree from UW-Milwaukee and my Masters from Concordia University. For 16 years I’ve worked in several Washington County school districts as a substitute teacher. For 12 years I was the school counselor for an elementary school in the Hamilton (Sussex) school district. I joined the LCA team in August of 2018.
There are many aspects to the school counseling program at Lake Country Academy. I have the most contact with students through classroom guidance lessons. I go into 1st – 5th grade every other week to deliver a 30 minute classroom lesson. I teach 6th – 8th grade every Friday and I visit Pre-K monthly. I also work with students individually, either meeting with them on a regular basis or as issues come up.
I use a positive and proactive approach to help students achieve success at school and I am a resource for students, staff and families.
Please feel free to contact me with any concerns you may have for your student.
Students in grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade were reacquainted with LCA’s buddy bench. The buddy bench is where you sit if you are lonely, want someone to play with or are looking for something new to do at recess. Students practiced approaching and talking to a student on the bench and students on the bench practiced a response. If your child happens to complain about nothing to do a recess, or no one to play with, please remind them that the buddy bench is there just for that purpose. All students are encouraged to keep an eye on the bench so that they can go over and help out should someone be there.
During this unprecedented time, your children will take their cue on what to feel and how to react from the adults around them. It's natural to feel fear, frustration or annoyance. It is impossible to shield our kids from the current events, cancellations and closings. They know something big is going on. Your best response is to be age appropriate with them. If they ask questions, provide honest answers. Be aware of their exposure to news on TV or on the radio. Be aware of your feelings, words, and conversations. Be consistent in your message to your children. For example:
"This is a precaution, so more people don't get sick."
"It's always a good idea to wash your hands after using the bathroom and before eating."
"You are safe."
"Things will be back to normal soon."
This is new to all of us, but choosing to have a positive attitude will go along way to dealing with it well. I will be available through email during the school closing.
Mrs. Lynda Pesch
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