Hello Southside Elementary School Family! I am Mrs. Johnson your new School Counselor. I am very eager to get to know each of you this school year. It is my goal to help students, families, staff, and our community to continue to build authentic relationships in pursuit of student and school success. It is my hope that parents, students, and staff feel welcomed to utilize school counseling services to acquire the necessary supports for overall student and school success.
I am a native of Franklin, VA, where I first found my love for working with others and being of service. I have 14 years of experience in Education, Mental Health, and Counseling. My educational background includes Bachelors of Science (VSU), Masters of Counselor Education (VSU), and Masters of Mental Health Counseling (Walden University). I am currently licensed as a Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia. I hold a Pupil Personnel License (PreK-12), Anger Management Certification, and National Board Certification as a National Certified Counselor-NCC. My work experiences include being a middle school teacher (Health/PE), Case Manager (Adult/Children’s Mental Health Support), Clinician, Clinical Supervisor, and Local Human Rights Committee Chair. I am currently seeking a Doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision at Walden University.
My school counseling expertise is in Brief Solution Focus counseling with children and adolescents, ages 4 to 17 years old, who have experienced difficulties with academics, social/emotional behaviors, and career/post graduate development. I have a passion for working with children and adolescents through expressive art techniques, music, and the utilization of play therapy techniques. Working in the profession of being a School Counselor is both a personal and professional passion for me.
Comprehensive School Counseling Program
My mission is to actively inspire all students to become lifelong learners and responsible community leaders to reach their maximum potential, while developing the necessary skills to be successful academically, socially/emotionally, and become aware of various career options.
I believe that every child should come to school and feel safe, nurtured, and supported. I believe that the more positive social interactions a child is exposed to, more positive connections are made to their environment; therefore, children will be comfortable embracing their own unique characteristics and soar the great heights.
Some students can benefit from one-on-one counseling regarding academic, social, or emotional challenges, as well as career and personal plans. Please note that school counselors do not provide therapy. Referrals for outside counseling services are available for students who need long term counseling services.
Small Group Counseling
A variety of small groups are offered to students who may benefit from spending some extra time developing academic, social, or emotional skills along with their peers, and to students who are coping with similar life situations. Groups can have anywhere from 4-6 members and usually meet once a week during lunch for several weeks.
Classroom Guidance Lessons
The classroom lessons will be facilitated through the Second Step program for kindergarten through fifth grade. The lessons typically last 30-45 minutes in length and cover topics such as school readiness skills, understanding feelings of self and others, problem solving skills, friendship skills, and study skills.
Middle School Transition
Student Success Team
Student Attendance Support
School Wide Programs
Hello Week-September 23rd-27th
Mix It Up Day-October 22nd
Red Ribbon Week-October 23rd-31st
Veterans Day-November 11th
Career Day-November 12th
Student Council Association-SCA
Project Love and Duck Tape-Anti Bullying
No Name Calling Week-January 21st-25th
Kindness Day/Month-February 17th
Month of the Military Child-April
Academic and Core Values Recognition Ceremony
Full Circle of Grief
A local place to help children and families with loss.
Comfort Zone Camp
A nonprofit bereavement organization to help children with loss.
Department of Children’s Services: 804-469-5391
District 19 Crisis Hotline: 804-862-8000
Department of Social Services: 804-469-4524
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255
Dinwiddie Food Bank: 804-712-0190
Western Heights Baptist Church Clothes Closet: 804-733-8172
Salvation Army: 804-732-8449
VA Referral Services: 211
United Way: 804-861-9330
Strategies for ChildHood Anxiety- https://instituteofchildpsychology.easywebinar.live/replay-2?attendee=6cb3f240469a249a5916f9b75c7f6a2a
Virginia Career View–Help your child explore the many career possibilities through games and videos on Virginia career view.
Mind Yeti-Teaches mindfulness, growth mindset, and relaxation techniques.
Military Kids Connect
How to Explain the Coronavirus-19 to Children
Explaining the Coronavirus-19 to children can be challenging. Please use these resources to help you explain this complicated concept to children.
Julia Cook reads The Yucky Bug (K-2 grade)
Vimeo (2-6 grade)
Brain Pop Video
Just for Kids: Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus from NPR
How to Talk to Your Kid about Coronavirus
How to Destress with your family
SES Check In Form
Coronavirus-19 Social Story
Yucky Bug PowerPoint
A Story to Help Children Understand Coronavirus from Music City Counselor
Coronavirus Talksheet from Counselor Keri
PBS How to Talk to your Kid about Coronavirus
Talking to Your Child About COVID-19: A Parent Resource
Many counselors around the country have been sharing resources for families to help with Social-Emotional Learning. The resources below are options to help. Please click on them as fun activities to help during this challenging time.
SEL Scavenger Hunt
25 At Home Socio-Emotional Activities
30 Things Kids Can Do
School Closure Wellness Activities
SEL for K-2 (PowerPoint) – Counseling with Ms. Ramirez
SEL for 3-5 (PowerPoint) – Counseling with Ms. Ramirez
Howard B. Wigglebottom Books, Animated Books, Songs, Posters, and Lessons
Giant List of Ideas for Being Home with Your Kids
Supporting your Children’s Social, Emotional, and Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic
BrainPop Videos and Activities
10 Days of Live ‘Choose Love’ Lessons For Parents and Children
Calm My Worry
Action for Happiness Coloring Posters
Grounding Techniques Instructions
Keys to Resiliency
Coronavirus Stress Activities – from Bright Futures Counseling
Mindfulness Choice Board – Free Download on Teachers Pay Teachers from Mindful Counselor Molly
Yoga, Mindfulness and Relaxation Designed for Kids Aged 3+
Videos for Sleep, Meditation, and Relaxation
Progressive Muscle Relaxation for Kids
Coping Skills Resources
Feeling Anxious or Worried? Listen to These 8 Podcasts
Apps, Games, Websites
Device Free Dinner
https://positivepsychology.com/mindfulness-for-kids/ 18 Mindfulness Activities
Mental Health First Aid
Self-Care/Mental Health (Covid-19)
Love in a Time of Corona:A Homebound Self-Care Guide for Parents and Students – from School Counselor Stephanie
ASCA Coronavirus Resources
Ultimate Guide to Mental Health and Education Resources for Kids and Teens
Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty
5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety about the Coronavirus
Activities to do at Home
Time for Kids (K-6)
Ideas for Activities During School Closings
Stuck at Home? These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch (Video)
ByrdseedTV (Educational Videos)
Epic! Digital Book Library (for kids 12 and under) (there is a cost – $7.99/month)
Storyline – Streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations
Best Music Apps and Games for Kids
New Kids’ TV Shows
50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They’re 12
Best Family Movies
Common Sense Selections highlighting the best movies and TV shows
Sibling Watch-Together TV
Best Documentaries for Kids and Families
Common Sense Media (reviews for what your kids want to watch before they watch it)
Write notes, letters, draw pictures to send or drop off at local nursing homes – the elderly in nursing homes aren’t allowed to have visitors right now and it will brighten their day!
Scratch Jr. – Coding is the new literacy! With ScratchJr, young children (ages 5-7) can program their own interactive stories and games. In the process, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer
Code.org – Learn computer science
Kodable – Programming for kids
Hello Ruby – Hello Ruby is the world’s most whimsical way to learn about computers, technology and programming. The story started with a book, and now Ruby continues her adventures in exercises, activities and videos. It’s suited for kids age 5 years and older (but even adults might learn something new)
Stick Figure Art YouTube channel
450 Ivy League courses you can take online right now for free
Met to launch “Nightly Met Opera Streams” – A free series of encore Live in HD presentations streamed on the company website during the coronavirus closure
Emotional ABCs – We teach children ages 4-11 how to figure out WHAT they are feeling, WHY they are having that emotion, and HOW to make better choices
TED-Ed Video Playlist – Sorted by categories
Virtual Field Trips – Over 30 virtual field trips with links
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
Educational YouTube channels
Unite for Literacy – free online audiobooks
Cincinnati Zoo is Bringing the Zoo to You!
100 things to do while stuck inside due to a pandemic
Story time from space
11 Amazing Places Around New York That You Can Virtually Travel To Without Ever Leaving Your Home
Podcasts for Kids
Calendar/list of live streams to watch
Netflix Party Chrome extension – a Chrome extension for watching Netflix remotely with friends
15 Broadway Plays and Musicals You Can Watch On Stage From Home
20 Virtual Field Trips
Entertainment for a Quarantine
Math card games
Library of Congress digital collections
NASA has made their entire media library – images, sounds, and video – public
Mix.com – formerly stumbleupon, Mix is a social content curation site that allows you to collect articles, and content about specific interests or topics that you like. When you curate and add to your collections, your content is shared with friends and made discoverable to others on Mix who share similar interests.
Use DuoLingo to learn a new language or practice one you already know!
You Can Now Tour 2,500 World-Famous Museums From the Comfort of Your Own Sofa
The Actor’s Fund will be producing daily Broadway Virtual Concerts featuring stars of the stage and screen, singing and performing live (from home)! Tune in each day at 2pm and 8pm
Getting outdoors and connecting with nature is a way to help maintain our physical and mental health (as long as you are maintaining social distancing!). Find a location near you at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.
The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with videos, activities, and games!
Tour Yellowstone National Park
Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover
The Canadian site FarmFood 360 offers 11 Virtual Tours of farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs
40+ Best Indoor Activities from Busy Toddler
Wash Your Lyrics – Generate a hand washing lyrics meme based on your favorite song lyrics
Google Earth Has Virtual Tours of 31 National Parks in the U.S.
50 Ways to Keep Kids Engaged at Home During the Coronavirus Shutdown
Chris Field – live streaming Afternoon Adventures on Facebook every Monday-Friday until April 3rd at 3pm Eastern time (previous videos will be saved for viewing at any time)
Coronavirus: Kids stuck at home should go on these virtual Disney World rides
The Palace of Versailles is offering a free virtual tour
Free virtual tours of museums, parks, and cities
Audible.com – all stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet
Coach Edson’s PE Classes on YouTube
Calming Activites to do at Home- https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1yb5saVM_of3lGXkqedGWfzDIyh4kCBqLgyKkHJ0GVOk/present
Kimberly Johnson, MS, M. Ed., NCC
10305 Boydton Plank Road
Dinwiddie, VA 23841
804-469-4480 (phone) Extension: 227