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Resources for Parents

 

Talking to Children about the Events at the US Capitol

When frightening things are happening in the world:

1. Tell your children they are safe with you.

2. Answer questions simply and honestly.

3. It is okay to say you don't know.

4. Offer extra hugs or one-on-one attention.

5. Invite them to call a friend or family member to check-in.

6. Model managing our own feelings.

7. See and hear their feelings and ask them directly.

8. Turn the TV/social media off, as needed. Replay/re-exposure is not necessary. 

Source: Hina Talib, MD

3 Keys to Help Your Child Cope, So They Can Stay Calm, Focused and Even Happy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Mental Health Awareness Activity Book for children and families to complete together.

COVID-19 Resources This link directs you to the MTHS School Counseling Department website, which contains the document, "Supporting Our Children’s Mental and Emotional Health during COVID-19: Resources for Parents & Guardians."

Click this link for a Parent-Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with Coronavirus from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

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Feeling uncertain, worried or scared? This video explains the COVID-19 or coronavirus in "kid-friendly" terms. Talk to a trusted adult about your feelings. 

Click this link: Questions about Coronavirus for Kids

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A few resources that may help you explain the COVID-19 to your children are listed here:

Information from National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Parent-Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with Coronavirus

BrainPop Video

https://www.brainpop.com/health/diseasesinjuriesandconditions/coronavirus/

Talking to Children about COVID-19

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html

Managing Stress & Anxiety

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

Digital Citizenship Skills

https://www.commonsense.org/education/family-tips/k-12-cyberbullying-digital-drama-and-hate-speech

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Family Resource Page

 

Welcome to Ms. Praml's Webpage

Grade Level: K-5

Department: School Counselor/Anti-Bullying Specialist, 504 and I&RS Coordinator 

Contact Information

Phone: (973) 331-7100 ext. 1015

Email: heather.praml@montville.net

Ms. Praml holds her state license as a Licensed Professional Counselor and is also a Nationally Certified Counselor.  She was awarded the title of "Counselor of the County 2009" for Morris County, NJ by the National School Counselors' Association.  Ms. Praml prides herself on being a lifelong learner.  She has earned two Master's degrees--one in Counseling Services from William Paterson University and one in Educational Leadership from Montclair State University.  She completed her undergraduate education at The University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in Special Education...and is a big Terps fan! Ms. Praml loves to knit, to read (often reading 3 books simultaneously) and to ride her bicycle!  She is an avid traveler and hiker--having visited 14 states, 9 National Parks and 4 National Monuments with her husband and two children during the summer 2018.

Ms. Praml is part of a district-wide support program available to students.  She conducts individual and small group interventions, as well as classroom lessons.  She is available to consult with parents, teachers and administrators to help address specific academic, social and/or personal concerns of students.  Ms. Praml is the Intervention & Referral Services and 504 Committee Coordinator.  In 2011-2012, Gov. Christie passed The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights law (also referred to as HIB law) in NJ (P.L. 2010, Chapter 122); as a result of this law, Ms. Praml also serves as the Anti-Bullying Specialist for Cedar Hill School. Please familiarize yourself with the difference between conflict and bullying by reading Conflict vs. Bullying

At Cedar Hill School, Ms. Praml is Co-chair of the Character Crusaders with Miss Kennedy.  Cedar Hill was awarded The 3rd Kindest School in NJ award in 2009. In May 2013, our school was recognized by the Character Education Partnership as an Emerging School of Character.  During the 2013-2014 school year, we were again recognized by the Character Education Partnership as an Honorable Mention School of Character.  We also were recognized in 2013-2014 with a Promising Practices Award by the Character Education Partnership for our "home-grown" Connect with Respect program.  In 2015, we received the prestigious distinction of being a NJ State School of Character and a National School of Character by character.org.  We will continue Connecting with Respect across the globe, while also Connecting with Respect within our school & community.  The students at Cedar Hill School are learning to be Bucket Fillers...and not Bucket Dippers!  

Ms. Praml is part of the Mindfulness Committee. We lead our teachers and students toward peaceful, happier and less stressed lives. Mrs. Accardi, Miss Kennedy, Mrs. Blahut and Ms. Praml facilitate our 4th and 5th grade Knitting Club.

Informed Consent:

Information gathered in group and individual sessions with students will be held strictly confidential according to the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics, as well as the American School Counseling Association Code of Ethics.  Exceptions to this confidentiality occur when there is suspected child abuse or imminent danger to the child or to others, at which time, by law, the Division of Youth and Family Services must be notified.

What does Ms. Praml do?

  • Assists children in understanding themselves and others

  • Helps children develop successful behavior patterns 

  • Assists with goal setting and decision-making
  • Teaches career awareness, exploration and planning
  • Provides education on understanding self and others, peer relationships, coping strategies and effective social skills
  • Assists with the development of communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Provides substance abuse education
  • Fosters multicultural/diversity awareness development

  • Academic planning

  • Enhances goal setting and decision-making skills

  • Teaches an understanding of self, including strengths and challenges

  • Develops transition plans--entering Kindergarten, transferring, graduation to middle school, etc.

  • Facilitates individual and small-group counseling sessions
  • Provides individual/family/school crisis intervention
  • Conflict resolution--helps students learn to solve peer conflicts
  • Consultation/collaboration
  • Referrals

How can my child meet with Ms. Praml?

Students may request, in writing or by telling their classroom teacher that they want an appointment with Ms. Praml.  Teachers, principals and parents may also request that a student meet with Ms. Praml.  The best way to contact Ms. Praml is via email or on her confidential voicemail at 973-331-7100 ext. 1015.

Will I be notified if my child meets with Ms. Praml?

Contact is made with parents after a student has met individually with Ms. Praml on two occasions regarding the same topic.  Ms. Praml firmly believes in a partnership with parents to nourish the best social-emotional development of the child.

Why Elementary School Counselors?

The elementary years are a time when students begin to develop their academic self-concept and their feelings of competence and confidence as learners. They are beginning to develop decision-making, communication and life skills, as well as character values. It is also a time when students develop and acquire attitudes toward school, self, peers, social groups and family. Comprehensive developmental school counseling programs provide education, prevention and intervention services, which are integrated into all aspects of children’s lives. Early identification and intervention of children’s academic and personal/social needs is essential in removing barriers to learning and in promoting academic achievement. The knowledge, attitudes and skills that students acquire in the areas of academic, career and personal/social development during these elementary years serve as the foundation for future success.(From: The American School Counselor Association)

COVID-19 School Closure

Throughout this unprecedented time, the Montville Township Elementary School Counselors are actively working to provide student support. We will be providing activities to encourage the social & emotional well-being of our students.  

Please closely monitor your child’s use of the Internet during this time to encourage safe & positive digital citizenship skills.