Welcome to NES School Counseling! I am Ms. Carly, the NES Coordinator of Student Support, otherwise known as School Counselor. In this helping capacity, I strive to provide the right connections for you and your children in my supportive role. Please reach out and ask me ANYTHING! I am here to help!
Welcome to Northfield Elementary School Counseling
School counselors create school counseling programs based on four sets of standards that define the profession. These standards help school counselors develop, implement and assess their school counseling program to improve student outcomes. These standards include mindset, academic, behavior, and career development.
This year Wellness lessons will occur in a forest classroom and will be called Out & About with Ms. Carly. The annual wellness curriculum can be found on this website. It covers topics like problem-solving using Kelso's choices, healthy relationships, managing feelings using Zones of Regulation, postiive communication, flexible thinking using Superflex and the MindUp curriculum, and many other life skills.
This year's Out & About lessons will embrace Nature-Based Learning in an emergent curriculum guided by the cohort's curiosity. It is focused on nature routines such as Sit Spots, practicing gratitude in a Thanksgiving circle, animal form games, sensory awareness, song, and storytelling. Prior to becoming a School Counselor, I was an Outdoor Educator and am excited to incorporate these routines into my time with students this year!
Individual check-ins will happen as well to fully support each and every child at school. I utilize Restorative Conversations to help kids work through peer-to-peer conflicts. I can be reached anytime at Chumke@cvsu.org or 485-6161, ext. 3236.
Degrees and Certifications:
This is my 4th year at NES and it's a pleasure to serve your community. I drive from Worcester where I live with my immediate family of two high school boys and my husband, a middle school math and science teacher in Montpelier. We have built our home and spend a lot of time working the land for firewood, food, and beauty. I enjoy nature in every form, playing board games, tai chi, yoga, and HIIT, learning the ukelele, cooking, and reading.
WOW Team Time (Wise Owl Way) groups will meet Wednesday mornings from 8:20-9:05 AM. This is an additional SEL (Social Emotional Learning) component. In advisory groups led by two staff members, multi-grade level students will meet weekly to practice collaborative skills and to promote positivity. WOW Time is an opportunity to communicate in the Zones of Regulation, practice focusing, participate in a group activity, and reflect together.
Each classroom participates in monthly Wellness lessons with the school counselor. Sometimes we meet more than once a month, sometimes every week, depending on scheduling. These lessons are designed with regard to the American School Counselor Association's (ASCA) National Standards for students' personal, social, academic and career development. They meet the NES developmental needs of our students based on annual needs assessments.
Northfield Elementary's EarlyAct program is a service-learning club available for any student in grades 3-5.
Meetings are held Tuesday mornings (7:40-8:10) in room 234.
Our 1st meeting of the 2019-2020 school year will be September 17. We are focusing on developing Leadership Skills while we carry out school-based and community-based projects to make a positive difference.
EarlyAct provides young students the opportunity for gaining an increased awareness and knowledge of their community and the world. At a young age, all students can easily be encouraged to be caring and helpful. Their minds are open to recognize the dignity and worth of each individual which builds respect for others.
EarlyAct also engages students in character-building activities and prepares them for leadership roles to identify and carry out projects which benefit their school, local and global communities.
Buddy Up is a youth mentoring program sponsored by Norwich University. Dates for the year are:
October 11th *Norwich Family Weekend
Mentee’s Winter Vacation
Junior Ring Weekend
Buddy Up 2019-2020
meets at the Wise Campus Center from 4PM-7PM.
Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run is a positive youth development program offered to girls in grades 3 through 5. GOTR combines an interactive curriculum and running to inspire self-respect and healthy life-styles in pre-teen girls. The program is available each Spring at NES & scholarships are available. For more information about Girls on the Run please click here.
Spring 2020 Season:
Please check back in February for more details about the upcoming GOTR season.
Any adults interested in volunteering to coach please contact CArly HUmke at Chumke@cvsu.org or extension 3234.