A note from your school counselors:
To access our distance learning lessons, click the Files and Documents tab. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. It is normal for your child to feel anxious and display behavioral changes during this difficult time. There are currently many changes in their daily life, and they miss their teachers and friends. As we adjust to our new normal, we are including some social and emotional resources here on our Piney Branch School Counseling webpage to help our students and families. 

Mrs. Biegler and Miss Williams are available from 9:10-4:00. 

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Mindfulness Resources for Kids

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Mindfulness Book Recommendations (all can be found on Amazon):

1. Breathe Like a Bear: 30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focused Anytime, Anywhere. Authors: Kira Willey and Anni Betts

2. My Magic Breath: Finding Calm Through Mindful Breathing. Author: Nick Ortner

3. Calm: Mindfulness for Kids. Author: Wynne Kinder

4. Alphabreaths: The ABCs of Mindful Breathing. Authors: Christopher Willard PsyD, Daniel Rechtschaffen MA, et al.

5. Mindfulness Moments for Kids: Listen Like an Elephant. Authors: Kira Willey and Anni Betts

6. Mindful Games for Kids: 50 Fun Activities to Stay Present, Improve Concentration, and Understand Emotions. Author: Kristina Sargent

Message from PWCS:

If your student is in need of assistance from a counselor during this difficult time, please use one of the numbers below. 

PWCS cares deeply about students’ emotional well-being during their time away from school.  If a student is in need of emotional support during this time, please feel free to send an e-mail to studentsupportservices@pwcs.edu.  A school mental health or health professional will answer and offer virtual support to students to the best of their ability.  This e-mail is not to be used for emergency situations as it will not be monitored 24 hours a day.  If a student is ever in an emergency situation he/she is encouraged to call 911 or utilize one of the resources listed below:

Emergency Resources:

ACTS Helpline                                           703.368.4141

1.800.SUICIDE (24-hour hotline)               1.800.784.2433

Crisis Text Hotline (24-hour hotline)           741741   

PWC Child Protective Services Hotline      703.792.4200

PWC Community Services Board              703.792.7800

Comprehensive School Counseling Program

Our school counseling program offers a variety of services to help your children with their social/emotional, academic and career development. Services can be provided in three ways: (1) Individual Counseling (2) Group Counseling and (3) Monthly Counseling classroom lessons (for our School Counseling Objectives please click here). School Counselors are also available to meet with parents on an as-needed basis.

If you do not want your child to participate in the Social/Emotional Lessons you have the option to opt him or her out. You can fill opt-out by contacting Mr. Cerrone at cerrondr@pwcs.edu.

To contact your child's School Counselor, please call 571.261.5300 or send an e-mail to:

Mrs. Shawn Biegler: Bieglersm@pwcs.edu  (3rd - 5th Grade)
Miss Allison Williams: Williama3@pwcs.edu  (Kindergarten - 2nd Grade)

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