Waitsburg Elementary School
184 Academy Street
P.O. Box 217
Waitsburg, WA 99361
Student Hours: M-F - 8:30 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
WelCOME FROM MR. MARK PICKEL
(SUPERINTENDENT AND ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL)
I hope that everyone has had a chance to enjoy summer. I am so excited and honored to be a part of the Waitsburg family. I look forward to meeting the students and families as the excitement of a new school year begins to fill the air. Your commitment to ensuring that Waitsburg Elementary remains a celebrated and successful school is fantastic. It is an honor and privilege to serve as your principal. Please stop by and say hello. Together, I know we will make this school year one of growth and achievement for all children. I’m looking forward to a fantastic and productive school year.
Yours in Education,
Rosy Nechodom is our counselor. Ms. Rosy provides a number of services to our students. Please see below for a description of how she will be helping our children this year.
The Waitsburg School Counselor’s role is to empower families and students to get the most out of their education by teaching them to identify and express their emotions appropriately, to get along with peers, to solve problems, and to attend school regularly. This will be done through scheduled classroom presentations on social and emotional skills, as well as through informal opportunities of contact in the halls, on the playground, or in the cafeteria; intervening when necessary with individual students in crisis or needing assistance with emotional regulation.
The school's goal is to keep students in the classroom to the fullest extent possible. To assist with this goal, the counselor is a resource for families to overcome attendance and other barriers. However, there may be times when the student’s behavior requires intervention. An attempt will be made to refer the student to the counselor for intervention as appropriate prior to a student being sent to the principal’s office for discipline. The counselor does not discipline students, but rather attempts to understand the behavior by identifying emotions and triggers for the inappropriate behavior and to assist students in considering alternatives for the future. Since the counselor works alongside school staff and supporting behavior protocol, there is no need to have express permission to work with children.
To allow the counselor to provide overall support, there will no longer be individual counseling sessions for our elementary students. However, small social-emotional groups around various topics such as grief, self-esteem, or anger management will be offered to students who receive written parental permission. The counselor is available to parents for consultation and/or referrals as requested. Furthermore, parents will also be offered educational opportunities and support for strengthening their families throughout the year.