Aloha Aiea Elementary School Ohana,
We would like to introduce ourselves as the new School Counselors here at Aiea Elementary School. We are so honored to be a part of the AES family. In addition to us, we also have Ms. Geri Gonsalves, the counselor EA, and Ms. Meghan Chin, our school Behavioral Health Specialist.
With things constantly changing, we would like to provide students and families with counseling resources that you can use throughout the school year. We will continue to add news and information, as it becomes available. For more information on the counseling services click HERE to check out our website.
Should you have any questions throughout the school year please contact your child's designated grade level counselor using the contact information below. We look forward to working and meeting with all of you this school year.
Aiea Elementary School Counseling Team
Ms. Juli Shinn Mr. Gavin Takeno
Grades PreK-2 School Counselor Grades 3-6 School Counselor
Ms. Geri Gonsalves Ms. Meghan Chin
Counselor EA Behavioral Health Specialist
COUNSELING DEPARTMENT MISSION
Our school counselor mission at Aiea Elementary School is to provide a comprehensive guidance program by supporting the Choose Love Program that will assist all students in acquiring the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to become effective students, responsible citizens, productive workers, and lifelong learners. We are committed to each and every one of our students and will help them reach their maximum potential academically, socially and behaviorally.
THE COUNSELING TEAM
Ms. Geri Gonsalves
COUNSELING REFERRAL PROCESS
How Do Students Talk to the School Counselor?
Meetings with the School Counselor, can be in a variety of ways. Most commonly, School Counselors get to work with students in the following ways:
INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING: Student and counselor meet independently to go over any concerns.
GROUP COUNSELING: Peer groups of 2-5 students meet to work on character development or group issues.
When do People Request a Meeting with a Counselor?
When a student is very sad, confused, shy, angry, or worried
When severe changes in a student's behavior occur
When something seems to be bothering a student to the point of distraction or intense anxiety
When a student is having difficulty dealing with family changes or situations
When a student is dealing with a loss of a family member, friend, or pet
When stressors at home are affecting school performance or self-concept
If you notice any changes in your child's behavior these may be signs of anxiety or depression:
Crankiness or Anger
Continuous feelings of sadness and hopelessness
Changes in appetite
Changes in sleep
Fatigue, tired, and /or low energy
Physical complaints stomachahes/headaches
If you see these signs/behaviors please contact the school counselor and/or contact your child's physician. Thank you!
How Do Students See the Counselor?
How Do Students See the Counselor?
Appointment made by the counselor to meet with a student
Self-Referral to meet with the counselor
Parent/Guardian referral for a student to meet with the counselor
Administration, Teacher, Staff referral/request for a student to meet with the counselor
Request by a friend/peer for a student to meet with the counselor
A counselor-student relationship must be built on trust and confidentiality. This means that we are bound by ethical codes of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) to keep conversations between ourselves and students private. We do our best to keep parents and teachers updated on the progress and relevant information for the betterment of your child. There are times when we may need to break confidentiality and tell appropriate people. This is when students may be susceptible to:
Abuse and/or Neglect
To make a referral to the School Counselor, please contact your child's grade level counselor or complete one of the following forms:
WE ARE HERE TO HELP
The pandemic has changed our lives in many different ways throughout the past several years. We know that it has been tough and difficult for many of our families and students. Please know that we are here to help your child be successful academically, behaviorally, and socially. Please also check out the community resources below for additional information.