Enrichment, Supports, and Programs

How do I connect with the School Counselor/Availability?

Mrs. Connor, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, trained in Northern California in 1998, and licensed in 2006 in New York State.    She is additionally, available to any and all Saint Kateri families for brief collaboration appointments, feel welcome to schedule an appointment Monday through Thursday. Email:  jeanine.connor@dor.org or the front desk 585-467-8730 will connect you to her office extension.  Always leave the ideal time to reach you, if you aren’t able to connect when you call. The Saint Kateri School Counselor can support our students per parent permission forms (filled out in collaboration with their primary teacher).

Counseling is a helpful and temporary support.

The school counselor enriches our high academic standards with supportive enrichment curriculum centered on pro-social character building skills by teaching via push in lessons in all classrooms on topics supporting the school nurse, the teachers, the principal and the encore classes.  We are learning how to share, developing friendship skills, how to make and keep friends, how to resolve misunderstandings,  disagreements, and hurt feelings.  And most of all how to manage all of their feelings and emotions, identifying their feelings, by  understanding how feelings serve each of us.  There are workshops held in her classroom on stress management, family transitions, new student/school transition, and anxiety reduction skills.  She uses a multitude of child-centered modalities, including cognitive behavioral strategies, play therapy and a faith-based approach.

I have heard of Lunch Bunches, what is a Lunch Bunch?

A fun way to meet the school counselor and learn how to connect with friends is create or join a Lunch Bunch and relax and learn about each other.

How long are appointments?

The school counselor supports our students on-site with brief pullout sessions, customized to the individual student’s particular need.  Usually sessions are no longer than 20 minutes in duration.  She also instructs our students with in class lessons and teaching strategies.

Olweus Anti-Bullying Program

The school counselor teaches Diocesan endorsed Anti-bullying evidence-based curriculum, using the Olweus program.  It is meant to be a preventative and responsive focused on changing norms and restructuring the school setting. The emphasis being skills to define what bullying is, identifying bullying behavior, whom is safe to report a concern to in addition to their trusted adults at home and have it investigated. Teaching how to be an Upstander and learning what a Bystander is.

Definition of Bullying

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program Definition of bullying is:  “Bullying is when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean or hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending himself or herself.”