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Counselor

Ms. Cassidy DiGiorgiWelcome back to Parkwood Elementary School!

As a School Counselor it is my job to assist students in developing skills that encourage success in the personal/social, academic and career domains. I provide the following services as part of a comprehensive school counseling program:

Individual Counseling

Small Group Counseling

Counselor Led Classroom Instruction

Consultation & Collaboration with parents, teachers, administrators and other education and healthcare professionals.

Test Coordination

Recommendation of outside referral sources

Supplying resources and information to students and their families

Contact Information:

Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance to you or your child.

Direct Phone Number: (937)458-2336

Email:  cassidy.digiorgi@beavercreek.k12.oh.us
Students can be seen for individual counseling by self-referral, parent, teacher or administrator request. Possible topics for individual counseling may include but are not limited to:

Friendship/Bullying
Conflict resolution
Feelings expression
Anxiety
Grief & Loss
Crisis
Academic performance
Goal Setting
Social Skills
Transition to new school

To request that your child be seen by the school counselor please call or email.

Direct Phone Number: (937)458-2336
Email: digiorgi@beavercreek.k12.oh.us
In addition to individual counseling I also see students in a small group setting that focuses on a variety of topics based on the needs of students and staff. Some of the possible topics for small group include but are not limited to:

New Student Group
Military Kids
Changing Families
Social Skills
Grief & Loss
Self-Esteem

In most cases students are recommended for participation in a group. Parents/Guardians will be notified by letter if your child has been recommended for a group. All group participation is optional.

Cassidy Di Giorgi
(937)458-2336
digiorgi@beavercreek.k12.oh.us
Classroom Visits consist of counselor led instruction that occurs in student classrooms. Mrs. Di Giorgi will visit K-3 classrooms monthly for 30 minutes. Lessons will address topics in the academic, personal/social and career exploration domains. Examples include but are not limted to friendship, conflict resolution, accepting differences, and caring for ourselves and others. All topics will support the district's 6 pillars of character: Respect, Citizenship, Caring, Fairness, Trustworthiness, and Responsibility.

Mrs. Di Giorgi will also visit 4th and 5th grade classrooms on a schedule that meets the needs of the students and classroom teacher.

Parkwood Elementary is proud to participate in a district wide Character Education Program that teaches, encourages and models the development of prosocial behaviors in our students. The program consists of six pillars of character:

 

Each month we will focus on our "buzz word" through announcements, classroom lessons, modeling and recognizing students who act as positive role models for that month's character trait. We will kick off the month's focus on the first Wednesday of each month through Character Education day.

On Character Education Day we will introduce the character word to students and discuss what it looks like, sounds like and feels like when we practice it. Both our staff and students are encouraged to wear the corresponding pillar color to school on this day. 

The Olweus Program (pronounced Ol-VEY-us; the E sounds like a long A) is a comprehensive, school-wide program designed and evaluated for use in elementary, middle, junior high or high schools. The program’s goals are to reduce and prevent bullying problems among school children and to improve peer relations at school. The program has been found to reduce bullying among children, improve the social climate of classrooms and reduce related antisocial behaviors, such as vandalism and truancy. The Olweus Program has been implemented in more than a dozen countries around the world, and in thousands of schools in the United States.



If you would like more information about the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program please visit www.Olweus.org. This website will give you general information about bullying behavior and its impact on school climate, student health and academic achievement. You will find basic information about the Olweus Program’s components, state anti-bullying laws, overview video, and view short video clips from the program materials.

Although this program takes place at Parkwood, we need your help too. Families can talk about bullying and our school’s anti-bullying rules at home with their children as well as the difference between bullying and conflict. Please help your children examine events that upset them to determine if it is true bullying or a conflict between students. We want to work with you to educate our youth and continue to prevent bullying from happening at Parkwood.

In order for something to be considered an act of bullying, it must:

·Be an intentionally harmful act;
· Happen repeatedly over a period of time;
· Display an imbalance of power (which means the bully holds a higher social standing amongst their peers than the target).

Encourage students to use their words when they feel picked on! If they feel like they cannot use their words, then encourage them to tell an adult at school. Our goal is to address events that happen, as they happen and in the learning evironment, educate those students involved, and teach all students better ways to handle difficult situations. We need your help to achieve this.

Parkwood Elementary Anti-Bullying Rules:

· We will not bully others.

· We will try to help students who are bullied.

· We will try to include students who are left out.

· If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell and adults at school and an adult at home.

As part of the Olweus Program, each classroom will have regular “classroom meetings”. These meetings will serve as a time for students to discuss what bullying is, our school rules regarding bullying, what to do if bullying occurs, the roles of bystanders, how to avoid bullying and consequences for bullying behaviors. They will also be working extensively on building community within their classroom.

Parkwood is thrilled to have this program as an integral part of our daily building activity. Students will receive a consistent, reinforced message about bullying in a variety of settings. The Olweus program is beneficial to all students, not just those who are bullied or those who bully others. Implementing this prevention program will take a united, long-term effort by every individual involved with the Parkwood learning community. We are excited to make this effort with you!

 If you have questions regarding any of the following resources or require assistance in making contact or finding a resource that fits your needs, please contact Cassidy Di Giorgi, Parkwood School Counselor at (937)458-2336 or Cassidy.digiorgi@beavercreek.k12.oh.us   

AIM for the Handicapped, Inc

945 Danbury Road

Dayton, OH 45420
(937) 294-4611

This organization helps individuals with hearing, sight, emotional, learning, orthopedic and coordination problems to achieve their highest potential through the AIM method of Special Movement Education.  Services include one-on-one movement instruction, a water program, recreational activities for siblings and parents, referrals, information counseling and follow up, distribution of donated items, and a newsletter.

 

Alcoholics Anonymous

120 W. 2nd Street, Suite 202

Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 222-2211

Alcoholics Anonymous provides a variety of support and information for individuals wishing to be free of alcohol abuse.  Many AA groups meet throughout the area.  Call for the location nearest you.

 

American Cancer Society

1141 N. Monroe Drive

Xenia, OH 45385

The American Cancer Society provides support for individuals with or recovering from cancer, or those with life threatening diseases; a one week summer camp for children with cancer; transportation to treatments; medications; dressings; hospital stays; loans of medical items; community health education, including a speaker’s bureau; and “stop smoking” and cancer screening clinics.

 

American Diabetes Association

8899 Brookside Avenue, Suite 102

West Chester, OH 45069

Offers a one-time, one-month supply of insulin for families in need; free blood screening for at-risk persons; education; an outreach mobile unit; classes on the control of diabetes; a summer camp for children with diabetes; an informational telephone line; and education scholarships for persons with diabetes.

 

American Heart Association

124 N. Jefferson

Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 225-3571 or 1-800-242-8721

Provides several formal programs, including Cardiac Life Support Training; CPR Classes; The Culinary Hearts Classes Nutrition Program; the Worksite Wellness Program; the School Lunch Training Program; and various school site education programs.

 

American Red Cross, Greene County Service Center

130 W. Second St.

Xenia, OH 45385
(937) 372-9983 ext. 11

Provides emergency housing; youth services help for military and veteran families, including counseling; tutoring in English; health and safety education; assistance to food pantries; and loans of medical equipment to families in need.

 

A New Direction For Counseling

1411 N. Fairfield Rd.

Beavercreek, OH 45432

(937) 426-2686

Provides mental health services for children and adolescents. 

 

Ask-a-Nurse

Good Samaritan Hospital

2222 Philadelphia Drive
Dayton, OH 45406
(937) 276-8773

Ask-a-Nurse provides health care information and referral 24 hours per day.

 

Big Brothers / Big Sisters

184 Salem Avenue, Room 235

Dayton, OH 45406

(937) 220-6850

 

This program pairs a child with an adult community volunteer (male or female) to serve as a "surrogate" parent to offer one-on-one role modeling, support and companionship.


Bridge Riding for the Disabled 

 

2981 E. Lytle-Five Points Road

Waynesville, OH 45068

 

Provides therapeutic and recreational horseback riding for children and adults with any disabilities recognized by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), including physical disabilities, mental retardation, developmental delays, emotional disabilities, and learning disabilities.

 

Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation

 

1147 Bellbrook Avenue

Xenia, OH 45385

(937) 372-4415 or (937) 426-1475

 

Provides counseling and planning, personal and work adjustment training, vocational training, training supplies and books, occupational supplies, and job placement services.  Babysitting is provided for all programs.

 

Child Care Clearinghouse

 

414 Valley Street

Dayton, OH 45404

(937) 461-0600

 

Provides a database of child care agencies and individuals, telephone counseling for families needing childcare, training and technical assistance to child care providers and support and advocacy for families.

 

Children's Medical Center

 

1 Childrens Plaza

Dayton, OH 45404

(937) 641-3000 or (937) 226-8300

www.childrensdayton.org

 

Provides assessment and management of childhood medical, developmental and behavioral issues with multidisciplinary teams, including doctors, nurses, dieticians, audiologists, occupational and physical therapists, psychologists, speech / language pathologists, and social workers.  Support groups are also available.   The website contains a great deal of resources as well.

 

FISH Food Pantry

 

(937) 222-5444 (Beavercreek location - locations also in Fairborn, Xenia, and Jamestown)

 

Pantries provide a three-day selection of non-perishable foods.

 

Greene County Children's Services Board

 

601 Ledbetter Road

Xenia, OH 45385

(937) 562-6600

 

CSB provides counseling, referrals, assessment and investigation of child abuse and neglect, and determination of need for protective custody; assistance with arranging supportive services such a homemaker and daycare; and foster parent training and child placement.  Families can receive services in the home.

 

Greene County Domestic Violence Program

 

PO Box 271

Xenia, OH 45385

(937) 372-4552

 

This program offers 24-hour emergency services for victims of sexual assault, child sexual abuse, and domestic violence; 24-hour assistance with related legal matters; a domestic violence shelter for women and children; support groups and counseling; court appointment; and outreach.

 

Greene County Educational Service Center

 

360 E. Enon Road

Yellow Springs, OH 45387

(937) 767-1303

 

Provides preschool services for children with special needs as well as typically-developing children in cooperation with the seven Greene County school districts.  Their website has a wealth of information and resources.

 

Greene County Public Library

 

3618 Dayton-Xenia Road

Beavercreek, OH 45432

(937) 426-4442

www.gcpl.lib.oh.us

 

 

Greene County Juvenile Court

 

2100 Greene Way Boulevard

Xenia, OH 45385

(937) 562-4049 (Contact Grace Winner) 

 

The Greene County Juvenile Court sponsors quite a few programs designed for families that may have concerns about the adolescent in their life.  These programs are designed as preventative programs prior to the child becoming court involved. 

 

Kettering Youth Services

 

5350 Lamme Road

Dayton, OH 45439

(937) 534-0125

 

Provides a comprehensive in-patient program providing assessment and therapeutic treatment for children ages 4-17 undergoing depression, anxiety disorders, behavior problems, etc.  Staff also provide family therapy and recreation groups.

 

Miami Valley Special Education Regional Resource Center (SERRC)

 

1831 Harshman Road

Dayton, OH 45424-5094

(937) 236-9965

 

The SERRC is one of 16 regional centers in Ohio that provide a continuum of services for schools, parents and children on issues related to disabilities.  Major tasks include identification, assessment, coordination of human/financial resources, in-service training, library of resources, and informational materials and assistance to parents.

 

Oak Tree Corner (A Place for Grieving children and their families)

 

2312 Far Hills Avenue

Dayton, OH 45419

(937) 285-0199

www.oaktreecorner.com

 

A place for grieving children and their families.

 

Ronald McDonald House

 

555 Valley Street

Dayton, OH 45404

(937) 225-0047

 

Provides private overnight accommodations for families with a child hospitalized at CMC, including telephones and stocked kitchens. Free parking is also available.  The Children's Medical Center is located directly across the street.

 

South Community Behavioral Healthcare

 

3095 Kettering Blvd

Moraine, OH 45439

(937) 293-8300

 

This community agency can assist with behavioral concerns.

 

TCN / Family Solutions Center

 

287 Cincinnati Avenue

Xenia, OH 45385

(937) 427-3837 

 

This community agency can assist with behavioral concerns.
 

Parent Mentor:

Ann McGuire - (937) 427-0996