Wishing everyone a happy and healthy school year!  This year may be challenging as we continue to move ahead during this unprecidented time and the challenges that this pandemic continues to create.   

    But together we will strive to make this new school year a  positive and memorable year.  With you help,  we will continue to be resilent and open to communicating any concerns, worries or pertinent information as it becomes available. 

    We are here to help and guide our students and families.  We are very thankful to have the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful school and community.  We encourage you to reach out as we are here for you! 


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  • Manasquan Elementary School Counseling Services
    March 16, 2020 
    Dear Parents/Guardians,   
    We would like to encourage you to please reach out to us during the emergency shutdown due to the Corona Virus, COVID-19.  We are providing Virtual / Distance School Counseling as needed.  You may email myself, Nancy Sanders at nsanders@manasquan.k12.nj.us and Anthony Cinelli at acinelli@manasquan.k12.nj.us.  We will be listing some resources for you on our website.  We would also encourage you to also check out the district home page.  Reach out to us by email if you need assistance as we will be checking our emails. Check out this great resource, click on this link.............
    Thank you and be safe and stay healthy!
    Professional School Counselors are certified/licensed professionals with a master's degree or higher in school counseling and are uniquely qualified to address the developmental needs of all students, including those who are considered "at risk" and those with special needs. 
    We deliver a comprehensive school counseling program ecouraging all students' academic, career and personal/social development to maximize their potential. 
    We also work directly with school adminstrators, teachers, special education staff and various other stakeholders to advocate on behalf of all MES students. 
    Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns:

    Nancy Sanders 528-8810 Ext. 2014
    Anthony Cinelli  528-8810 Ext. 2013
    Comprehensive Counseling Program
    The following is a brief description of some of the services available to students, parents, and staff from the counseling office. There are many way in which counselors intervene with students and their families. Here are just a few ways:
    Classroom Lessons: Many times throughout the year we teach or co-teach lessons in various subject areas. This may include lessons on anti-bullying, drug use and prevention, suicide prevention and awareness, diversity and acceptance, college and career readiness etc. 
    Individual Counseling: We provide one-on-one couseling on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Some areas of counseling may include, family issues, friendships, self-confidence and identity, stress and anxiety, follow-ups from discipline referrals or HIB behvaiors. 
    Group Counseling: We provide counseling in a small group setting based on various needs and goals. This may be a grief group, anger management, gender-specific groups and/or co-ed groups, stress management etc. 
    Crisis Management: In the event of a crisis we intervene imediately to ensure the safety of the student and others. We connect with parents and outside agencies for resources and support. We do this in collaboration with the school nurse and school administrators. 
    Intervention and Referral Services (I&RS): We are the grade level coordinators for the I&RS committee. This means we oversee the referral process and collaborate with teachers and specialists to create a plan addressing the needs of students.
    504 Accomodation Plan: We are the case managers for students with 504 plans. We work with families and teachers to make sure the needs of our students with 504's are met in the classroom and the school building. Click here for a quick descriptor of what a 504 Accomodation Plan is: 504's and IEP's; What's the difference?
    Conflict Resolution: On a daily basis we intervene with students to address the more typical and everyday conflicts children have. This may look like a one time conversation, small group mediation or a few meetings to discuss behavior or issues in a class etc. Many times these are normal growing pains and teachable moments.   
    A child may see the Counselor for:
    •  academic difficulties
    •  behavioral issues 
    •  social and relationship/friendship issues 
    •  adjustment to school
    •  family situations
    •  difficult decision making 
    •  success and accomplishments
    •  happy occasions
    •  crisis
    • mental health issues 

    A Note About Confidentiality:


    An important component of the counseling relationship is trust. The counseling sessions involving all students and/or parents are confidential, meaning the information cannot be shared, expect in those instances covered by law. Parents and guardians of minor children have certain privileges and can be entitles to information about their minor children in a counseling relationship. Other situations might include, but are not limited to the following:

    -Threat of harm to another person

    -Threat of harm to self

    -Suspected child abuse or neglect

    -Referral for long-term counseling or other services not provided by the school

    -If a judge is involved and your counselor is ordered toprovide information

    -If there is a violation of school policy and administrationis required to be informed