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    ALL DISTRICT FIELDS & RECREATIONAL FACILITIES ARE CLOSED. MTHS fields, track and tennis courts will reopen on July 10th.

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School Counseling

School Closure Resources

Information for students and parents is being shared on Schoology in Grade Level Groups. I will post resources here as well:

June 9, 2020

June 2020 School Counselors’ Newsletter full of resources for families to access over the summer during these uncertain times.

May 19, 2020

3 Keys to Help Your Child Cope, So They Can Stay Calm, Focused and Even Happy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 12, 2020

Mental Health Awareness Activity Book for children and families to complete together.

May 11, 2020

COVID-19 Resources This link directs you to the MTHS School Counseling Department website, which contains the document, "Supporting Our Children’s Mental and Emotional Health during COVID-19: Resources for Parents & Guardians."

May 6, 2020

Click link to read Ms. Praml's May Counseling Corner Newsletter

April 15, 2020

Click link to read Ms. Praml's April Counseling Corner Newsletter

April 14, 2020

FEA and PTA Bring You This Series of Webinars 

Tools for Families:
Partners in Supporting Our Children 

Are you struggling with the new normal of life? Today, we are faced with juggling many new responsibilities that we never envisioned. How are you taking care of yourself? Join us in this webinar series designed specifically for families to explore strategies, resources, and supports to strengthen families as they navigate life today.

Addressing the Social and Emotional Well Being of the Whole Family

Apr. 14, 2020; 7 pm - 8 pm 

Fee: Free

Using Social Media Responsibly to Engage
Your Kids

Apr. 28, 2020; 7 pm - 8 pm 

Fee: Free

 

April 3, 2020

The Montville Township Schools SACs created this information to help families during spring break:

April 1, 2020

Social-Emotional Learning is so important for children. Try these daily SEL activities at home with your child this month.

March 31, 2020

Fun and creative ideas for parents to do with their children during 'down-time' or over spring break. Click here: 52 Creative Ideas for Parents

March 18, 2020

Click this link for a Parent-Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with Coronavirus

from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

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Do you have questions about why we are learning from home? Feeling uncertain, worried or scared? This video explains the COVID-19 or coronavirus in "kid-friendly" terms. Talk to a trusted adult about your feelings. I will also be posting ways to reduce worries in this group.

Click this link: Questions about Coronavirus for Kids

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When you need a break from school work, go on a virtual field trip with your family!

Let me know what you discover! Click this link: Virtual Field Trips

 

Welcome to Ms. Praml's Webpage

Grade Level: K-5

Department: School Counselor/Anti-Bullying Specialist, 504 and I&RS Coordinator 

Contact Information

Phone: (973) 331-7100 ext. 1015

Email: heather.praml@montville.net

Ms. Praml holds her state license as a Licensed Professional Counselor and is also a Nationally Certified Counselor.  She was awarded the title of "Counselor of the County 2009" for Morris County, NJ by the National School Counselors' Association.  Ms. Praml prides herself on being a lifelong learner.  She has earned two Master's degrees--one in Counseling Services from William Paterson University and one in Educational Leadership from Montclair State University.  She completed her undergraduate education at The University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in Special Education...and is a big Terps fan! Ms. Praml loves to knit, to read (often reading 3 books simultaneously) and to ride her bicycle!  She is an avid traveler and hiker--having visited 14 states, 9 National Parks and 4 National Monuments with her husband and two children during the summer 2018.

Ms. Praml is part of a district-wide support program available to students.  She conducts individual and small group interventions, as well as classroom lessons.  She is available to consult with parents, teachers and administrators to help address specific academic, social and/or personal concerns of students.  Ms. Praml is the Intervention & Referral Services and 504 Committee Coordinator.  In 2011-2012, Gov. Christie passed The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights law (also referred to as HIB law) in NJ (P.L. 2010, Chapter 122); as a result of this law, Ms. Praml also serves as the Anti-Bullying Specialist for Cedar Hill School. Please familiarize yourself with the difference between conflict and bullying by reading Conflict vs. Bullying

At Cedar Hill School, Ms. Praml is Co-chair of the Character Crusaders with Miss Kennedy.  Cedar Hill was awarded The 3rd Kindest School in NJ award in 2009. In May 2013, our school was recognized by the Character Education Partnership as an Emerging School of Character.  During the 2013-2014 school year, we were again recognized by the Character Education Partnership as an Honorable Mention School of Character.  We also were recognized in 2013-2014 with a Promising Practices Award by the Character Education Partnership for our "home-grown" Connect with Respect program.  In 2015, we received the prestigious distinction of being a NJ State School of Character and a National School of Character by character.org.  We will continue Connecting with Respect across the globe, while also Connecting with Respect within our school & community.  The students at Cedar Hill School are learning to be Bucket Fillers...and not Bucket Dippers!  

Ms. Praml is part of the newly formed Mindfulness Committee with Mrs. Notte and Miss Kennedy. We lead our teachers and students toward peaceful, happier and less stressed lives. Mrs. Accardi, Mrs. D'Angelo, Miss Kennedy, Mrs. Blahut and Ms. Praml facilitate our 4th and 5th grade Knitting Club.

Informed Consent:

Information gathered in group and individual sessions with students will be held strictly confidential according to the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics, as well as the American School Counseling Association Code of Ethics.  Exceptions to this confidentiality occur when there is suspected child abuse or imminent danger to the child or to others, at which time, by law, the Division of Youth and Family Services must be notified.

What does Ms. Praml do?

  • Assists children in understanding themselves and others

  • Helps children develop successful behavior patterns 

  • Assists with goal setting and decision-making
  • Teaches career awareness, exploration and planning
  • Provides education on understanding self and others, peer relationships, coping strategies and effective social skills
  • Assists with the development of communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Provides substance abuse education
  • Fosters multicultural/diversity awareness development

  • Academic planning

  • Enhances goal setting and decision-making skills

  • Teaches an understanding of self, including strengths and challenges

  • Develops transition plans--entering Kindergarten, transferring, graduation to middle school, etc.

  • Facilitates individual and small-group counseling sessions
  • Provides individual/family/school crisis intervention
  • Conflict resolution--helps students learn to solve peer conflicts
  • Consultation/collaboration
  • Referrals

How can my child meet with Ms. Praml?

Students may request, in writing or by telling their classroom teacher that they want an appointment with Ms. Praml.  Teachers, principals and parents may also request that a student meet with Ms. Praml.  The best way to contact Ms. Praml is via email or on her confidential voicemail at 973-331-7100 ext. 1015.

Will I be notified if my child meets with Ms. Praml?

Contact is made with parents after a student has met individually with Ms. Praml on two occasions regarding the same topic.  Ms. Praml firmly believes in a partnership with parents to nourish the best social-emotional development of the child.

Why Elementary School Counselors?

The elementary years are a time when students begin to develop their academic self-concept and their feelings of competence and confidence as learners. They are beginning to develop decision-making, communication and life skills, as well as character values. It is also a time when students develop and acquire attitudes toward school, self, peers, social groups and family. Comprehensive developmental school counseling programs provide education, prevention and intervention services, which are integrated into all aspects of children’s lives. Early identification and intervention of children’s academic and personal/social needs is essential in removing barriers to learning and in promoting academic achievement. The knowledge, attitudes and skills that students acquire in the areas of academic, career and personal/social development during these elementary years serve as the foundation for future success.(From: The American School Counselor Association)

COVID-19 School Closure

Ms. Praml will be available via email Monday through Friday from 8:30AM - 2PM.  Should you need to speak to Ms. Praml, an appointment may be scheduled via email for future phone correspondence.  Please be advised, the school counselors do not have access to school phones/voicemail during this time.  Throughout this unprecedented school closure, the Montville Township Elementary School Counselors are actively working to provide student support. We will be providing activities to encourage the emotional well-being of our students.  Access to these resources may be posted on the School Counseling websites, available via Schoology and via email.

Please closely monitor your child’s use of social media during this time to encourage positive digital citizenship skills.