Counselor's Corner

November and December

Hello Families! A lot has been happening here at THE public school 13. All November the counselors presented lessons relating to Self Control. They learned techniques related to practicing self control such as deep breathing, mindfulness and positive self talk. In the Fourth and Fifth grade students were put to a self control challenge using fidget toys. Be sure to ask your fourth and fifth graders how they did on the challenge and about the Marshmallow test! We are posting a related video about the marshmallow challenge below so you can learn more about why Self Control is such an important skills for children to learn. You can even try out the marshmallow test at home! 

In December we will be back in classrooms. Kindergarten and First grade will learn more about mindfulness by creating a sensory glitter jar. Second grade and up will learn about families and how they are all unique. 

As always, please feel free to reach out to the counseling department with any questions. We are here to help! 


Don't Eat the Marshmallow!

October theme: Online Safety

October is Cyberbullying awareness month. With this in mind, here at P.S. 13 the School Counselors have been presenting lessons on the topic of online safety. Throughout the month we are going to each class and discussing topics related to what to share online, what to do if you or someone you know is being bullied and common scams. We are sharing resources with you below so you can be aware of ways to keep your children safe. 



Child Sex Abuse & Online Exploitation Prevention Workshop on October 26 at 6:00pm.

Thank your for all who joined our parent workshop! Our next workshop will take place December 7th at 6pm via zoom. See you then! 



 Keeping Children Safe Online.docx 

Back to School is here!

 This year the Counseling Department looks a bit different. We have hired TWO additional counselors to support you and your children. With more support, we will be able to do even more in the school and in the community. We are so excited to get started. 


Ms. Ling will be working with our Kindergarten and 1st grade families. Feel free to reach her by email at

Mr. Cruz will be working with our 2nd and 3rd grade families.  Feel free to reach him by email at

Ms. Kump will be working with our 4th and 5th grade families. Feel free to reach her by email at

Back to School Resources: 

Summer Vacation!

Summer is here but beware of the summer slide, the decline in reading abilities and other academic skills that can occur over the summer when school isn't in session. Check out the tips below to make sure you are reinforcing and supporting learning all summer long. 

 5 Fun Ways to Reinforce Learning During the Summer Months.docx 


Enjoy the time with your families! We can't wait to hear how you spent your summer break in September. 

Your Counselors, 

Ms. Callender and Ms. Kump 

Self Care

Self Care

           Self-Care 1.docx **** This one have the most tips and videos you can utilize immediately! 

           Self-care for Educators Caregivers During a Pandemic _ Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility.pdf 

30 Things We Can Do For Our Emotional Health: 

           30ThingsWeCanDoForOurEmotionalHealthSELResourceSheet 1.pdf  

Adult Handbook on How to Talk to Teens:

           Adult-Handbook-2019 1.pdf

Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

           Coping with Stress During an Outbreak SAMHSA 1.pdf

Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook (an amazing resource that lets you create a plan for yourself!)


Managing Stress


Mental Health Tips

            COVID-19-Mental-Health-Tips-HSPH 1.pdf  


            Parent support hotlines.pdf  


For kids:

Books-   dave-the-dog-coronavirus-1-1 1.pdf 

                 CDC Coping After a Disaster storybook 1.pdf 


                  virus explained- spanish.pdf  

                  virus explained.pdf