August 25, 2014
Dear Saint Luke Parents,
The purpose of this letter is to introduce you to the Saint Luke School Counseling Program. Counseling services are integrated into the total school program and include academic performance, social/emotional development, and career awareness and exploration.
The mission of the counseling program is to maximize the full potential of all students and encourage them to become responsible members of their school and society with the moral values and attitudes emboldened by our Catholic faith.
The counseling program’s philosophy recognizes that:
- All students have dignity and personal self worth that is respected and valued;
- Parents are the first and most important educators and counselors;
- Each student has the right to participate in the program;
- All students’ ethnic, cultural, racial, and gender differences as well as individual special needs are considered in planning and implementing the school counseling program.
The school counselor’s responsibilities include:
- Providing opportunities for students to discuss individual personal or social problems occurring at school or home that adversely affect their learning, motivation, behavior, and emotional development;
- Serving as the student’s advocate and empowering them to make healthy choices;
- Presenting a school-wide guidance program by incorporating guidance lessons in the classroom and conducting small group sessions that focus on specific issues germane to their age group such as self-awareness, managing feelings, empathy, decision making, managing stress, self-concept, and personal responsibility;
- Providing information to the Saint Luke community addressing particular issues of interest or concern.
You are invited to contact the School Counselor if you:
- Notice a significant change in your child’s behavior or attitude towards school;
- Wish to share pertinent information about your child.
Students at Saint Luke may request to see the school counselor by notifying their teacher.
- The Arlington Diocese school counseling policy permits the school counselor to meet with a student twice without contacting his/her parents unless a serious problem concerning the child’s safety is disclosed. Sessions with the school counselor are confidential. If you do not wish your child to meet with the school counselor without your permission, please notify me via email or in writing.
I look forward to working with your children and hearing from you if you have any questions or comments about the School Counseling Program. I can be contacted at 703-356-1508 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
John D. Shurtliff