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Counselor's Corner

Online appointments available!
Jennifer Yankovich [email protected]
Courtney Bennett [email protected]
Jennifer Yankovich 971-238-4154 or 503-350-8144 x 6504
Courtney Bennett 503-359-8144 x 6508
Zoom Meetings: please email or call 

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CourtneyMrs. Yankovich
Dear Parents,

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year.  This year we have added a second school counselor to support our school!!  Welcome to Courtney Bennett, who comes to us from Utah with a wonderful background in supporting students with anxiety.  She will focus on 3rd-6th grade.  Jennifer Yankovich is starting her 17th year at Echo Shaw and will focus on PK-2nd grade.  Both counselors will be available to support all students.  As the school counselors at Echo Shaw, we wanted to tell you a little about what we do. Every week, we teach a 30-minute lesson in your child's classroom on the topics of academic success, planning for their future, as well as learning how to handle the different social and emotional issues that children face. Among giving lessons in the classroom, we assist teachers with the academic and social success of students, work to connect families with resources, meet with students individually and in groups, direct the leadership and tutoring programs, participate on several academic and behavior support teams, connect with agencies in the area to help with community outreach, and more.

It is a privilege and honor to be a part of this school and the surrounding community. We speak Spanish and continue to spend free time studying to improve. If you would like to know more about lessons we teach, small groups we facilitate, finding resources, or any other questions, feel free to call us at 503-359-2489.

Guidance Lessons

Every class receives weekly guidance lessons with topics pertaining to social-emotional, academic and career. Beginning of the year lessons focus on Skills for Learning, such as focusing attention, ignoring distractions, listening, self-talk and being assertive. The next lessons focus on Kelso the Frog which is a Conflict Resolution program used to help solve small problems. Once the students gain knowledge on using these options to solve problems then lessons move onto how to handle bigger issues, such as bullying. Once lessons on bullying wrap up, we move onto Empathy, noticing our own feelings and those of others. We continue this discussion by moving onto lessons about Emotion Regulation and how to handle our own strong emotions. Students are taught about the brain and the different parts that are connected to our emotions. Once the students have a good understanding of how to calm strong emotions we have lessons about solving problems using the STEP format. Saying the problem (without blame), Think of solutions. Explore consequences. Pick the best solution. Near the beginning of the year we have lessons on safety in the neighborhood, at home and during the summer months, such as bicycle safety and wearing helmets. This also includes safety regarding personal space, including unwanted/unsafe touches and what to do if someone breaks the touching rule.  Other lessons may include understanding diversity and looking forward to the future (careers and college).

Small Group Counseling

These groups will meet once a week during school hours. They will be made up of 4-6 children, and will be run by the school counselors. The children will have opportunities to build relationships and trust with other children their age in a small group setting. The children will learn and practice new skills that are intended to understand and communicate feelings, make responsible choices and create lasting friendships. Groups: School Success, Feelings, Friendship, Grief and Divorce.

Jennifer Yankovich
School Counselor, PK-2nd
503-359-8144 x6504
[email protected]
Courtney Bennett
School Counselor, 3rd-6th
503-359-8144 x 6508
Students in 6th grade may turn in applications for Leadership positions in September.  Leadership runs all year.  Jobs include the Monday morning announcements, Recycling, Poster making and helping at Assemblies.
Students in 4th, 5th and 6th grade may turn in applications for Tutoring positions in September.  Tutoring runs all year.  Jobs include helping the PK, Kinder, 1st and 2nd grade students in their classrooms as well as helping those teachers.