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February 2024

Discovery Counseling Corner

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INDEX

FAQ's

Contact Info

February Calendar

FebruaryDrop-In Day

School Counselor Services

Community Links

Coffee Talks

Comet's Tech Closet

Virtual Recess

Virtual Calming Room

All About your Elementary School Counselors

National School Counseling Week!

Discovery Team Counselors

Jasmine Childs

Alysa Vieira

Jodie Zangaro

Click the pictures below to learn more about the counselors and what teachers they're working with this school year!

Kindergarten

  • Nicole Thomas
  • Brionna Kasper
  • Christie Read
  • Kim Leinberger

1st Grade

  • Brea Cole
  • Ashley Coassolo
  • Sarah O'Brien
  • Lindsey Refice
  • Amanda Wright
  • Ashley Meyer

2nd Grade

  • Christine Lesniewski
  • Sarah Hirsch
  • Nori Jacobson
  • Heidi Cross

3rd Grade

  • Olga Scrobola
  • Sarah Abda
  • Lisa Dress
  • Rebecca Eastburn
  • Ashley Clouser
  • Kim Eames

4th Grade

  • Tara Marques
  • Cody Sassaman
  • Sarah Balucha
  • Megan Yekel
  • Ashley Selige
  • Lori Albertelli Fahringer

5th Grade

  • Michele Lesnefsky
  • Sara Pawloski
  • Jenifer Waynick
  • Keith Polly
  • Anita Gill
  • Jennifer Martin

The teachers I work with!

Jasmine Childs

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Alysa Vieira

Kindergarten

  • Michelle Gillis
  • Heather Grafton

1st Grade

  • Alyssa Androski
  • Kim Wilhide
  • Jalesha Ferencz
  • Donna Doherty

2nd Grade

  • Penny Hlat
  • Lanae Hunsberger
  • Karen Blisard
  • Ali Devarie

3rd Grade

  • Breanne Dolby
  • Suzanne Nickler
  • Cynthia Mueller
  • Cathy Thompson
  • Dana Whitman
  • Megan Cagle

4th Grade

  • Deanna Kazembe
  • Bobbi-Jo Lundy
  • Darlene Sarkady
  • Victoria Dague
  • Chad Williams
  • Abigail Rosato

5th Grade

  • Rachael Viswanathan
  • Sarah Cole
  • Emilee Alima
  • Jesica Dzurek
  • Melanie Peters
  • Brittany Puffenberger

The teachers I work with!

Click the heart below to learn more about me!

Jodie Zangaro

Kindergarten

  • Hannah Barron
  • Rebecca Jacobs
  • Melissa Metzger
  • Sarah Odell
  • Jennifer Reiger
  • Afton Gates
  • Miranda Kurzejewski
  • Molly Stewart

1st Grade

  • Jennifer White
  • Corrine Chichester
  • Gale Hood
  • Brittany Fagan

2nd Grade

  • Karen Shuma
  • Brandi Palmer
  • Allison Endres
  • Sherri Killian
  • Katie Mastrian
  • Ashley Silverstein
  • Amanda Hahn
  • Sherita Jackson

3rd Grade

  • Michelle Niemiec
  • Jenna Malingowski
  • Kate Fernandez
  • Erin Badalamente
  • Amy Steele
  • Springer Stuckey
  • Jennifer Kellachow
  • Debbie Seymore

4th Grade

  • Nicole Breen
  • Typhani Russo
  • Lauren Brady
  • Stacy Miller
  • Emily Nagle
  • Alanna Van Fleet

5th Grade

  • Brian Lewandowski
  • Gina Potter
  • Kelly Mateljan
  • Jenna Malave
  • Meredith Swartzendruber
  • Jason Baker
  • Jean Chukoskie
  • Kimberly Weise

The teachers I work with!

Click the heart below to learn more about me!

Virtual Recess

Drop-in Days

Small Group Counseling

Individual Counseling

School Counselor Services

National School Counseling Week

Valentine's Day

NO SCHOOL

CareerDrop-in Day

Groundhog Day

World Nutella Day

National Pizza Day

National Tortilla Chip Day

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

School store closes

February Awareness

Black History MonthCareer and Technical Education MonthInternational Boost Self-Esteem Month

February 5th - 9th National School Counseling WeekFebruary 12th100th Day of School!February 17th Random Acts of Kindness Day

Click here to learn more about Black History Month

Counselors will facilitate monthly "drop-in days" with different topics during the school year. February's Drop-in Day will be on February 23rd for Learners K-5. During this time, we will celebrate and learn about careers by playing a fun game and activity with your school counselor and peers. Learners will have the opportunity to be inspired to explore different careers that match their likes, interests, and skills.

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Two (2) sessions will be offered for students10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.Please sign up below using the form below!

Career Drop-In Day

National School Counselor Week

National School Counseling Week 2024 (#NSCW24) is Feb. 5-9, 2024, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. This week is sponsered by ASCA, and it highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

Your School Counselor loves when you show your heart

Your School Counselor is on your team!

Your School Counselor focuses on character skills!

Reach out to you school counselor! We're here for you

We are better together!

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Need a brain break? Welcome to CCA's Elementary School Counselor virtual calming room; use the link below to access several resources to help you fight stress and anxiety.

Virtual Calming Room

Link to join

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Fun!

Recess will be held every Thursday from 11:40 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Choose the appropriate link for your grade level

Virtual Recess

To add recess to your student's calendars, for easier access, please use the form below according to grade level.

Kindergarten - 1st Grades Recess with Ms. Childs2nd - 3rd Grades Recess with Ms. Vieira4th - 5th Grades Recess with Ms. Zangaro

Kindergarten - 1st Grades Recess with Ms. Childs2nd - 3rd Grades Recess with Ms. Vieira4th - 5th Grades Recess with Ms. Zangaro

Comet's Tech Closet

CCA is pleased to announce the opening of the new Comet's Tech Closet - a first in the industry online technology ordering system for students and families to personalize their education. From monitors, and keyboards to headsets, Comet has selected the best products and styles to provide CCA students with an exceptional learning experience, free of charge!Caretakers, please click on the link below to order new equipment.

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Coffee talk

Coffee Talk is a virtual resource for CCA caretakers and learning coaches hosted by our CCA family mentors. These sessions are fun and relaxed, sharing guidance, updates, and tips.

Caretakers and learning coaches are welcome to choose one or attend all sessions throughout the week because each session differs depending on those who attend. The warm experience of understanding and support remains in every session

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When and where?

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Throughout the school year, three sessions are offered every week in English: Tuesdays 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays 10-11 a.m.Thursdays 12-1 p.m. Se ofrece una sesión en español los martes de 10-11 a.m.

CCA COmmunity Links

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CCA School Calendar

Smiles Mobile Dentist

CCA has partnered with Smiles Mobile Dentist to bring Smiles Mobile Dentist, a free dentist program for those on medical assistance and they also accept most other insurances. Smiles Mobile Dentist provides x-rays, cleanings, fluoride treatments, and some other dental services for CCA students and their siblings from the convenience of CCA's Family Service Centers. For more information on how to participate please click on the link below. Link: https://www.myedio.com/community/news/214/

CCA Field Trips (Virtual and in-Person)

Setting up your Virtual Workspace

CCA Clubs

Important Dates

CCA School Store

Evening Support Room (ESR)

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Who do I contact with technology issues?

How can I excuse my students' absence(s)?

Who do I contact to make changes in Edio?

Questions regarding curriculum, school work, supplies, student struggles, and absences?

What If my child is interested in participating in sports and other extracurricular activities?

Does CCA follow the Common Core State Standards?

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Yes. CCA is a Pennsylvania public school, and our curriculum meets state core standards. Additionally, CCA has a personalized core curriculum that’s accredited by the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA), which means CCA provides a high-quality education that is reciprocal with other schools. The performance standards by which CCA is evaluated are research-based and examine the curriculum holistically. The accreditation takes into account more than just student test scores. The 12 major areas that make up the Standards of Accreditation include:

  • Mission
  • Governance and leadership
  • School improvement planning
  • Finances
  • Facilities
  • School organization and staff
  • Health and safety
  • Educational program
  • Assessment and evidence of student learning
  • Student services
  • Student life and activities
  • Information resources
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If a learner wishes to participate in extracurricular activities offered by their district of residence and not offered by the charter school, the Pennsylvania charter school law requires that the district provide the student with an opportunity to participate. Source: https://ccaeducate.me/frequently-asked-questions/#item-13 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) | CCAHave a question about Commonwealth Charter Academy (CCA)? Check out this list of CCA frequently asked questions to learn more about our school....K-12 PA Public Cyber Charter School

Contact information

Click the link above to visit the Elementary counselor's edio page!

Jasmine Childs

Alysa Vieira

Jodie Zangaro

  • Email: jchilds@ccaeducate.me
  • Phone: (717) 710-3300, ext. 11545

  • Email: avieira@ccaeducate.me
  • Phone: (570) 383-8711, ext. 15904

  • Email: jzangaro@ccaeducate.me
  • Phone: (412) 530-1340, ext. 23218

Individual Counseling

Students and caretakers can contact their counselor anytime with personal, social, or career questions! We can provide a variety of tools to help students achieve their goals. We can provide brief, short-term counseling (5-6 sessions). If therapeutic services are needed, we can refer to outside services.

Attendance

A learner is marked “Present” each school day they log in to edio between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. EST. Learners who do not log in to edio on a school day receive an unexcused absence.

Help your student(s) stay on track this school year by ensuring they log in every school day! If they miss a login, please log in to your edio caretaker account to submit an absence excuse! Click the link below to watch a short video on how to log in to edio and submit an absence excuse. If you cannot log in or are having technical difficulties, please call CCA’s Tech Support Center at 833-204-2221 for assistance.

Virtual Recess

This time is for learners to socialize with each other in a controlled and monitored setting. There will be time for learners to chat with each other and participate in games or activities facilitated by one of the School Counselors, according to grade. It is a time for learners to have fun, socialize, and practice social skills.

Ms. Childs - Kindergarten - 1st gradeMrs. Vieira - 2nd - 3rd gradeMs. Zangaro - 4th - 5th grade

*Please be sure to continue to read the monthly counselors' newsletter for future announcements on groups*

Small Group Counseling

The elementary school counselors run small groups with 6 to 10 students on various topics as an intervention for certain students. Small groups allow students to relate, learn, and develop positive relationships with other students who may be struggling with the same issues. Past small group topics included self-regulation, coping skills, self-esteem, and grief.

Please contact your child(ren's) teachers. They will be more than happy to assist!

Ms. Childs - Kindergarten - 1st gradeMrs. Vieira - 2nd - 3rd gradeMs. Zangaro - 4th - 5th grade

Drop-in Days

These drop-in days will be large group lessons on social, emotional, and career readiness topics.

Throughout the school year, the counselors will facilitate "Drop-in Days" that can be added to your learner's Edio calendars during small group times.