Counselor Update

Posted Date: 1/19/2022
Updates from the Counselor Corner
School Counseling Updates
Hello parents! I’m Roni Nocon, the ABES school counselor. I want to provide a quick update on the counseling program at ABES as we continue to embark on some school-wide programs to support student’s emotional well-being. 
  • All students and staff members have been trained in how to utilize Kelso’s Wheel, an effective conflict management tool.  The wheels are up in all of our classrooms, and our noon duties have mini versions of the wheel to reference during recess and lunch time. (Choice wheel – Kelso's Choice (
  • All classrooms are also receiving Second Step lessons.  Due to the generosity of our foundation, we have the newest digital version of this powerful life skills curriculum that focuses on growth mindset, emotion management, empathy/kindness, and problem solving.  All hands are on deck as our teachers, our student service assistant, and I are collaborating to ensure students receive these lessons on a regular basis.  (What Is Second Step? | SEL | Second Step)
  • In the next few weeks, I will be setting up calm corners in all of our TK-1st grade classrooms.  I have a received a grant from PUSD’s management group to purchase the materials needed to provide students a space to practice emotional regulation.  I will be teaching students 4 main strategies (STAR, Balloon, Drain, Pretzel), and other tools will be available including peaceful coloring books, stress balls, a comfortable mat, etc.  Here is an example of what was purchased (Product: Self-Regulation Value Pack - Conscious Discipline)
  • As a reminder, I am on campus Monday-Wednesday.  More information about the counseling program and how to contact me can be found on the ABES Counseling Website


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