Waitsburg Elementary School

Serving students in Pre-K to 5th grade
184 Academy
Waitsburg, WA 99361
Ph: 509-337-6461
Fax: 509-337-6902

2018-19 Waitsburg Elementary Student Handbook

Parent Involvement

Student Hours

8:10 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.

Office Hours

Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


It is my honor and privilege to serve the community of Waitsburg. I look forward to continuing the great work and legacy established in community.

I have been a professional educator since 1990. I have worked as a teacher, counselor, coach, and administrator in districts of varying sizes. Integrity, humility, and passion drive what I do on a daily basis. My moral imperative is to serve children.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, concerns. I look forward to meeting you.

Counselor’s Corner

Rosy Nechodom is our counselor. Ms. Rosy provides a number of services to our students. Her role will be a bit different in 18-19. 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.