Welcome to Derby's Counselor Corner...
As counselors, we are here to assist your child and you! We can help with all aspects of your child's day - academically, socially, and emotionally. Middle school years can be challenging on many levels for the student and/or parent(s). Our role as counselors here at Derby is to problem solve with all parties involved, and to help develop a positive solution for success.Meet Your Counselors!2020 updates:HOW ARE YOU FEELING? You can answer with this FEELINGS WHEEL:
November 6, 2020:
With all of the shifting plans,
here’s a P.L.A.N. you can keep daily:
P- play (games, sports, family games, indoors, outdoors, act silly, watch a funny movie)
L- listen (for emotion and to understand)
A- appreciate (small or big things, show appreciation with acts of service, kindness, and affection)
N- nurture yourself (rest/recharge- sleep in on a Saturday, go for a walk, breathe deeply, do something for you)
We want to remind you that we are here for you or your child(ren), even if you just need to talk or vent.
Mr. Miller (students with last names A-L) DMiller@birmingham.k12.mi.us 248-203-5010
Ms. Kelly (students with last names M-Z) KKelly@birmingham.k12.mi.us 248-203-5014
New School Year:
PTA Presentation Notes- Be Well During Virtual School (Management and Stress Relieving Activities): https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/15FpKXmwjIhfFCz_pv5-1m9aJ0IYdZhj-_zd3MbP-aGI/edit?usp=sharing
Hello Derby families,
Welcome to a New School Year! We have already been in contact with some of you, and miss seeing all of your faces. Also, we hope all are healthy and staying safe. Please, reach out to us via our e-mails listed below if you are having a hard time with anything socially, emotionally, or academically and need to schedule a phone or video call with one of us. We will work with your schedules.*Should it be an emergency and we are unable to reach you in a time of critical need, please call 911 or one of the below phone numbers:
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) (or access the chat online link)
National Child Abuse Hotline: call or text 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Before we end this note, we want to let you know that both attached and below are some documents and websites of helpful items to use to continue to take care of yourselves.
Hang in there; we’re in this together!
Ms. Kelly and Mr. Miller
Ms. Kelly (KKelly@birmingham.k12.mi.us) and Mr. Miller (DMiller@birmingham.k12.mi.us)
Your Derby School Counselors
Bingo for Calm and Connection
Virtual Feelings Scavenger Hunt
Mindfulness Scavenger Hunt
With lots of time around your family members, here are some conversation starters
DEEP breathing- what a stress reliever!
Previously shared resources:
Find a Therapist - Psychology Today
Helping Children Cope with Stress – World Health Organization
Helping Children Cope with Coronavirus and Uncertainty- Harvard University
Let It Go
Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 - CDC
Self-Care while Social Distancing: Twelve Ideas and Tips
Stop, Breathe & Think
SEL Resources for Parents, Educators & School Communities Related to COVID-19
5 Mindfulness Apps (for Children)
School’s Out, Kids Podcasts Are In (Plus Many More Educate-at-Home Resources)
100+ Free Social Emotional Learning Resources
Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus - Child Mind Institute
Talking to Children about COVID-19 - Parent Resource from NASP
Degrees and Certifications:
Dear Derby Parents and Guardians,
My name is Katie Kelly and I am the 6th-8th grade counselor for students with the last name M-Z at Derby Middle School. I am excited to work with you and your student(s) to make their Middle School experience successful.
Please contact me with any questions or concerns you have, or to simply introduce yourself at: 248-203-5014 or by email: KKelly@birmingham.k12.mi.us
I’m looking forward to a great year with your child(ren)!
Degrees and Certifications:
Dear Derby Families!
Hello, I am one of the middle school counselors and service the current 6th- 8th grade students with last names A-L.
Please feel free to contact me at 248-203-5010 or by clicking on the email link below.
Thanks in advance for your help with making your child's middle school years a positive one. Looking forward to working with you and your child!