Counseling







Hi Parents,

I hope all your children are adjusting to a new school year and you have learned from Back to School Night what is expected of them. We are so excited to have all our students here and are working hard to figure out our "New Normal".  We are wearing masks and trying to distance three feet apart, but our hope is that the children will be happy to be in their classrooms with the teacher right in front of them and their friends there to play and eat lunch with each day.  


Our academics definitely have been interrupted by the Pandemic, but our children’s social and emotional well being has also been affected.  It is so important that we remember to keep this in mind as we move forward.  I am working with our principal and our teachers to ensure that each and every one of your children feels happy and safe here at school.  Teachers are holding classroom meetings to make sure they get to know each of their students and let me know if they have any concerns.  I ask you also to please don’t hesitate to reach out if you are seeing unusual behavior for your child. If they are anxious, withdrawn or do not appear to be adjusting to being back,  I will definitely work with him/her to figure out how we can make it a better situation.


I know not all children will be happy to be back in school.  That is just a typical school year.  But friendships and relationships with teachers and staff usually make the school year bearable for all children as well as recess!


Please remember I am here for your students as well as for you.  Though we can’t make COVID go away, we can work together for our children to have as close as possible a “normal” school year.


Thank you,


Donna O'Donnell
School Counselor

A person’s most useful asset is not a head full of knowledge but a heart full of love, an ear ready to listen and a hand willing to help.

Read. Love and Learn

email: dodonnell@pthsd.net phone: 862-999-5205

donna

Meet the Counselor

Welcome! I am Donna O’Donnell, the school counselor here at Intervale Elementary School. I have been here at Intervale for twenty one years and think of it as my second home. Before becoming a counselor, I was a sixth grade teacher and then raised my four children. Having such a love for children, I decided to go back to school to become a school counselor as my kids got older. That is why I always tell parents that I have a degree in counseling psychology and school counseling but I am a mom first which helps greatly in working with my students and their parents. In addition to being the counselor, I am also the anti-bullying specialist, chairperson for the Intervention and Referral Services Committee as well as having many other duties at Intervale. I think of each student at the school as my own, seeing to their social, emotional and academic well being. I work closely with the staff to ensure that all children entering our building feel safe and welcomed. I am a firm believer that the school and home must work together in order for a child to succeed. Outside of school, you will find me spending time with my eight grandchildren, friends or reading.

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