Counselor: Mrs. Marissa Fried

Counseling Program

Hello Bethesda Elementary School families! My name is Marissa Fried and I am thrilled to be joining Bethesda Elementary’s team as the new school counselor. I am looking forward to working with your students throughout the school year to help address individual needs and maximize success! As a Montgomery County school counselor, I will address four areas of your child’s education: Academic Achievement, Personal Development, Social Development, and Career Development. These areas are addressed through the following ways:

Individual Counseling

One-on-one counseling is available to all students in grades K through 5. This support is intended to address specific emotional, behavioral or social concerns that a particular child may have. I see students for a variety of reasons including difficulty with school work, conflicts with friends, bullying, self-esteem issues, anxiety, death in the family, etc.

Small Group Counseling

Small group counseling provides support for students in grades K through 5 with similar academic, social, or personal concerns. When students are exhibiting difficulty in a particular area, teachers or parents can refer a child for group counseling. Small groups will take place during lunchtime. Topics may include: friendship, self-esteem, social skills, divorce/separation, anger management, self-esteem, cooperative play, etc. Occasionally we will also have lunch groups just to enjoy talking with each other!

Classroom Guidance Lessons

Classroom guidance lessons are provided for grades K through 5. I will visit all classrooms on a monthly rotation to discuss topics such as conflict resolution, respect for self and others, decision making, friendship, bullying, inclusion, career exploration, and cooperation/teamwork.

If at anytime I can be of assistance to you or your family, please do not hesitate to contact me at 240-204-5300 or I am looking forward to a wonderful year!

Marissa Fried

BE Counseling Brochure

Bullying, Harrassment and Intimidation

Bullying, harassment, or intimidation are serious and will not be tolerated. This is a form to report alleged bullying, harassment, or intimidation that occurred on school property; at a school-sponsored activity or event off school property; on a school bus; or on the way to and/or from school, in the current school year. If you are a student victim, the parent/guardian of a school victim, a close adult relative of a student victim, or a school staff member and wish to report an incident of alleged bullying, harassment or intimidation, please complete one of these forms below and return it to the principal.

Bullying Reporting Form


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