Washington Guidance


School Counselor - Susan Manno

(973) 777 - 8519

Mrs. Susan MannoWelcome to Mrs. Manno's Counselor Corner!

You can find me at Washington and Wilson Elementary Schools:

Mondays, Tuesdays,

alternating Wednesdays

Wilson School

Thursdays, Fridays,

alternating Wednesdays

Washington School

Role of the School Counselor:

To promote positive development for all students academically and socio-emotionally. What does that mean? I actively work to ensure that the students achieve academically through collaboration with stakeholders (teachers, administrators, parents, special services, related service providers and community resource providers) and acquire the necessary coping skills needed. Specific topics I make a point to address each year are the following: bullying, conflict resolution, conflict management, self-esteem, and fostering a sense of community.

What I do:

o Individual counseling

o Small group counseling

o Classroom counseling lessons

o Observe students in various school environments

o Consult and collaborate with parents, teachers, administrators, and students

o Respond to school crises or emergency situations

o Provide information and resources to parents on a variety of issues


Highlights of the in Classroom Counseling Lessons:

o How To Fill Your Bucket: Students Will Be Able To (SWBAT) identify the difference between bucket filling and bucket dipping. Each student is empowered to take on the mission of being a bucket filler, someone who is positive, kind and caring.

o A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue: SWABT distinguish between tattling and reporting. Each student is empowered to be a "Danger Ranger", "A Problem Solver", and determine if the problem needs to be addressed immediately or later.

o Cooperation: SWABT acknowledge what cooperation is....TEAMWORK. Through role playing and interactive activities students can transfer skills used during the lesson into everyday life.


Bullying Versus Conflict

Bullying is a persistent pattern of unwelcome or aggressive behavior that often involves an imbalance of power, and the intention is to harm or humiliate someone.

Conflict is generally a disagreement or difference in opinion between peers who typically have equal power in their relationships. It's usually an inevitable part of a group dynamic.

Read the example below to determine if it is an example of bullying or conflict...

Two students (a boy and girl) on the co-ed school basketball team are arguing with each other over the loss of a recent game. One of the student players is blaming the other for letting the opposing team knock the ball of his hands before she could throw it. The other teammate is saying it's the other teammate's fault because she didn't pass the ball to him during the last few seconds of the game. They continue to fight until their coach gets involved and tells the players to stop arguing. This is an example of conflict. Both players have equal power and are disagreeing over the outcome of a game. Neither is threatened or harmed, and neither is showing signs of humiliation or distress.

Helpful Website Resources:

Website Theme Description

Connect with Kids

Child Development Connect with Kids uses the power of real stories to produce interactive videos and documentary style programs

Sandbox Learning

Child Development Articles and resources for parents

Stress-Free Kids

Parenting / Discipline Stress Free Kids introduces you and your children to a variety of research-based, stress management techniques in a storytelling format
American Academy of Pediatrics: Discipline Guidelines Parenting / Discipline PDF of Discipline Guidelines

101 Worthwhile Summer Activities

Minimizing Summer Learning Loss A listing of fun summer activities to do with your child

Printable Checklists

Back to School Checklists to help establish morning routines

Common Sense Media Internet Safety

Internet Safety Provides assistance on internet safety and helpful tips
Connect Safely Internet Safety How to use social media safely

Bucketfillers 101: Kindness and Respect

Character Education Promoting a positive community
PBS Kids: Arthur's Feelings Game Great "EI" (emotional intelligence) Work on identifying feelings with faces

Books on Loss from pinterest account

Grief A list of potential books on death, loss, and grief

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