Counselor's Corner

 

Roscoe R. Nix Elementary

School Counselor

Mrs. Jennifer Jurgrau

 

I am honored to be the school counselor at Roscoe R. Nix Elementary School.  I love our community, parents and students!  As your school counselor, my role is to teach, support, guide and develop social emotional skills and well-being in all of our students and families.  Classroom guidance lessons, small lunch groups and school wide initiatives are just some ways we promote that important learning.

You can reach me at 301-422-5070 or Jennifer_P_Jurgrau@mcpsmd.org.  Your children may  know me more commonly as "Mrs. J."

 

This 2020-2021 school year, I am excited to say that Ms. Carla Sanchez will once again be with us a our Student Support teacher.  Ms. Sanchez is bilingual and we work together to ensure that all of our students are getting the support that they need.  Ms. Sanchez is available Monday, Wednesday and Friday..

 

Click here to see the google website for the Counseling Department.  

Below are some of our schoolwide initiatives and events that we would like you to be aware of-  

 

Mindfulness  

As part of the Innovative School Year, our school wide focus is on Mindfulness. Mindfulness is paying attention to what is happening in the present moment.  It can help us regulate our emotions so we can make good choices in our behavior.  Students are taught specific Mindfulness lessons and practice the skills they learn on a daily basis.  We have a Mindfulness Minute each morning to further enhance the skills we are learning.

 

PBIS - Roscoe R. Nix Elementary is a PBIS school. PBIS stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support.  PBIS is a nationwide framework for teaching children expectations and promoting positive behaviors.  Roscoe R. Nix Elementary students follow our 3 school rules

  • Be Respectful
  • Be Responsible
  • Be Safe.

We model for the students what that behavior looks like in different areas of our building.  Students can earn our special Blast Off Bucks or Class Dojo points when showing those positive behaviors. Students can spend their bucks/points on our Special School Cart or save for a big event for their class such as a lollipop party, popcorn party or being a special helper.

To find out more information about PBIS, click here

www.pbis.org  

 

Personal Body Safety Lessons  

MCPS has a mandated curriculum on Personal Body Safety for all students.  The lessons are age appropriate and are taught by myself, in conjunction with the classroom teacher.  The purpose is to take an active role in the prevention of child abuse/neglect through early prevention and intervention.  For more information, please click here

http://montgomeryschoolsmd.org/childabuseandneglect/#resources  

 

 

PEACE DAYS  peace

Peace Days are another way in which we promote positive behaviors. Peace Days are earned by a grade level when there is a day with no office referrals from that particular grade level.  We expect the students to achieve a specific percentage of days each month, with increasing percentages as the year progresses. When that percentage is met, the school celebrates with a PEACE event.  Some examples of our Peace Events are dance parties, extra recess, coloring activities and crafts. 

 

Meeting with the Counselor  

Administration, teachers and parents can refer a student to me. Students themselves can request to meet with me.  I may meet a student individually, in a lunch bunch with friends or in a small counseling group.   I implement different counseling groups throughout the year and you will receive a permission slip if your child is invited to be a part of the group!  They are held during lunch/recess time for six meetings.  Some of the topics may include Social skills, Banana Split group ( children of divorce), grief group or Superhero group ( motivation).