Administrative Departments

Welcome to the No Excuses University at Los Peñasquitos Elementary School

Contact: Fran Hjalmarson, School Counselor,
(858)672-3600, ext. 3104

At Los Peñasquitos Elementary, we have a comprehensive student services and school counseling program. In order to prepare our children for the future they need to have basic skills such as reading, writing, and math. They also need to have interpersonal skills and communication skills in today's competitive work place, the ability to work as a team, think independently, have a good attitude and be motivated to stay in school. Did you know that the most common reason people lose their jobs is not because they are not smart enough or don’t know their job well enough? It is because they cannot work as a team and get along well with others. Research shows that Early Intervention is key. Elementary School Counselors are one of the links to success. We are here to help! Here are the components of the Los Penasquitos Student Services and School Counseling program:

Student Services Room: This room is open at lunch time recess as an alternate choice to the playground. Students may play with game boards, Legos, and art supplies.

Classroom Lessons: Students participate in class lessons about friendship skills, problem-solving and bullying prevention. Lessons are facilitated by the School Counselor or the Student Services teacher.

Small Student Groups: Groups are available to students with parent permission. Topics of groups are based on the needs of the students. Some of the possible topics are friendship skills, study/organization skills, dealing with change, anger management, and conflict resolution.

Individual Sessions: Students may meet one-on-one with the School Counselor. These sessions are approximately a half an hour once per week for four to ten weeks. Focus of session is individualized for each student. Parent permission is required.

Parent University: Parent education and information are provided throughout the school year offering such topics as “Communicating with Your Child”, “Developing Responsibility and Consequences”, “Managing Your Child’s Behavior”, and “Developing Capable Young People”.

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