Birches Elementary

Star School/Governor's School of Excellence

General Information About the Guidance Program
Mrs. Kelly Chropka
856-232-1290 ext. 3032 

My professional experience includes 18 years of both teaching and counseling work with elementary children. I have earned a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from The College of New Jersey and a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Rutgers University. I look forward to working cooperatively with the students, parents, and staff this year to help our students to experience personal success and confidence.

Below you will find information about some of the counseling services that I will provide. Please call or email me with any questions or concerns regarding your child's academic, social, or emotional development.

Individual Counseling
Students are referred to see the counselor by parents, school staff, or often seek counseling on their own. Children receive support from the counselor on a variety of topics such as making friends, social skills, conflicts with peers, family changes, problem solving, grief, anger management and self esteem.

If a child would like to see the counselor they may ask their teacher or put a request in the guidance counselor's mailbox. Parents may call the guidance office to conference by phone or in person regarding concerns about their child.

Group Counseling
Mrs. Chropka offers a variety of counseling groups throughout the school year. These groups generally meet once or twice a month and are designed to be fun and educational. The children learn together through discussions, activities, and role playing. Parents are contacted by letter before the group begins for permission for their child to participate. Some topics that are often addressed in groups are: Friendship Skills, Anger Management, and Divorce/Separation in families.

Classroom Lessons
The counselor teaches lessons in each classroom on a regular basis . The lessons are based on the Birches Ten Pillars of Character Program and are tailored to the social and emotional needs of the students in each class. Some of the topics included in the lessons are: identifying and expressing feelings, communication skills, problem solving techniques, friendship skills, and anger/stress management.
Please see my individual web page for more information.  I look forward to working with you and your child this year.