Counseling

Welcome to the CKMS Counseling Department!


CLOSURE UPDATED MESSAGE:
Hello CKMS families, your counseling team is working hard during this closure on a couple different items. Please look for more information in the following days about these topics:
~Sharing supports during this historic time
~Opening up communication between the counselors and families/students
~Requests for classes next year

See below for a letter to our families from our counseling team:

Dear CKMS Families, 

COVID-19 has been declared a national emergency and global pandemic, causing our school and other places in our community to temporarily close their doors. This most certainly is an uncertain time for us, it can bring about worry and fear in children and adolescents. It is important to remember that our children and adolescents are looking to us for reassurance and cues on how to react and respond. 

Five strategies to build resilience and have reassuring conversations are:  

Stay Positive: 

Remember to keep calm. If you show anxiety or fear, your child will pick up on this and also feel nervous and afraid. Changes to one’s environment and routines can create unease. Having calm, panic-free discussions can ease emotions around these changes. Check-in on how your child is feeling and acknowledge and address their worries. Listen, Listen, Listen!

Stick to the Facts: 

Be thoughtful as you have conversations regarding COVID-19 to dispel anxiety or fear. Look at the facts. Consider the age of your child as you frame the conversation in a way your child will understand. Let them know that our community is doing everything they can to keep you updated with current information. Highlight positive news. Discuss that not everything they hear or see  is accurate. 

Consider Media Consumption: 

When looking online, consider the source and fact-check to prevent fake news, and think  before you share. Be especially mindful of news received through social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and etc. While it is important to stay informed, be mindful of how much media you are checking, and minimize how often you are reading stories. Try to keep a healthy balance (both online and offline) in your daily routines and lifestyle.

Eliminate Stigma: 

It is important to be aware of how COVID-19 is explained to your child to avoid any person/group being blamed. Communicate that if someone has a fever or cough, this does not mean this person has COVID-19. 

Use Coping Strategies:

Uncertainty and change can create varying levels of worry or anxiety. When this occurs, it is important to use positive coping strategies to manage these emotions. Some examples of positive coping strategies are: positive self-talk, mindful breathing, reading, journaling, drawing, music, exercise, spiritual activities, talking to a friend/family member, or other activities that give you joy! If you notice your child is still worried or anxious, be assured that this is a normal reaction. If you find that additional support is needed, please reach out to one of the counselors. 

The Counseling department is still working for students and families. Currently, we're only available by email, so please reach out! Morgan Collins (all 6th, 7th A-J) morganc@ckschools.org David Keller (all 8th, 7th K-Z) davidk@ckschools.org Linda Roberts (counseling secretary) lindaRob@ckschools.org

Here are some great resources to get you started in your conversations and plans: Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource (National Association of School Psychologists)

University of WA Mental Health Resources-- recommends Mental Health Apps and provides Mindfulness and Relaxation Videos and Podcasts As we navigate these changes to our school and community, please continue to check the school’s website, the counseling page, and email for additional resources and information.  Warm Regards, CKMS Counseling Team (David, Morgan, and Linda)

 



Middle School is an exciting adventure, and your counseling department is here to help! During your time at CKMS, you'll be met with increasingly challenging academic standards. You will also be busy exploring and forming your own individual and social identity; growing into the teenage you! Your counselor is here to support this growth in your academic, social, and emotional life. We believe that every student comes with incredible strengths, and that it is our job to help identify those gifts, nourish them, and help students use what they have to meet life's hurdles. 


Students can also use this website to Request an Appointment with your counselor. Parents, feel free to call or email for appointment.

We Can Help With

Academic Needs: scheduling, academic skill building, transition assistance, 504s

Social/Emotional Needs: friendships, mediation, digital citizenship, stress/anxiety, grief and loss, etc.

Future Planning Needs: academic planning, high school readiness, college/post-secondary options, career exploration

Community Resources: mental health, poverty, homelessness, etc

Your Counseling Department Staff 

Get to know your counseling team by contacting them or visiting the Meet the Counseling Department page.

Morgan Collins
Counselor for all of 6th grade and 7th graders with last names A-J*
360.662.2343
morganc@ckschools.org

David Keller
Counselor for all of 8th grade and 7th graders with last names K-Z*
360.662.2344
davidK@ckschools.org

Linda Roberts
Counseling Secretary and Registrar
360.662.2340
LindaRob@ckschools.org

 *Counselors will "loop up" with the cohorts, so students will remain with the same counselor throughout their time at CKMS.