School Counselor

Kris Widmann, MS

Information about the GVS Counseling Program

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The GVS counseling program is based on guidelines set forth by the American School Counselor Association and recommendations from parents, students, and staff members.

A comprehensive school counseling program focuses on supporting all students in the following skill areas:

  • Academic support, including organizational, study and test-taking skills
  • Goal setting and decision–making skills which help with planning for the future
  • Skills in communication, social situations, problem-solving, and conflict resolution

The Grantham Village School counseling program focuses on being proactive and developmental. We emphasize early development of a healthy self-concept and a respect for the feelings of others in an effort to prevent more serious problems in later school years. Throughout the year, I will be in the classrooms teaching about problem solving, social skills, and other issues as needed. I also meet with students in small topic based groups, lunch bunches, and individually. If you think your child would benefit from being in a counseling group or meeting with me individually, please contact me. You may also visit our Parent Resource in the Grantham Village School Library for additional information on parenting concerns.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me. It is our goal to make each day the best possible for your child at Grantham Village School.

Lunch Bunch News

Students have the opportunity to eat lunch with me and their classmates in the multi-purpose room once a week. If you would like your child to participate in a Lunch Bunch, please send me an email. For more information about what lunch bunch is, please read the newsletter below called "Lunch Bunch Newsletter."

Lunch Bunch books and topics:

  • Rules by Mary Kelley - Why do we have rules?
  • My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook - Being aware of interrupting
  • Personal Body Space Camp by Julia Cook - Respecting personal space bubbles
  • Tattle Tongue by Julia Cook - learning the difference between tattling and reporting when something is dangerous
  • I Can' Believe You Said That by Julia Cook - using a social filter

  • Wilma the Worry Machine by Julia Cook - anxiety
  • Lying Up a Storm by Julia Cook - telling the truth
  • But It's Not My Fault by Julia Cook - taking responsibility
  • I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont - positive self-concept
  • You Will Be My Friend by Peter Brown - friendship
  • Can I Play Too by Mo Willems - friendship
  • Why Should I Share? by Mike Gordon - friendship and empathy
  • How Full Is Your Bucket? for Kids by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer - friendship and empathy
  • Bucket Filling From A to Z by Carol McCloud and Caryn Butzke - friendship and empathy
  • The Quarreling Book by Charlotte Zolotow - how we impact other people's feelings
  • Scaredy Squirrel Finds a Friend by Melanie Watt
  • Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns We Can All Get Along by Howard Binkow
  • Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen by Howard Binkow
  • Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns It's OK to Back Away by Howard Binkow
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