Counseling Corner

Last Updated: 5/16/2022 12:06 PM

Camden Station Counseling Corner                            

 Catrisa Goodrich, School Counselor


Our students were rockstars on KSA testing! They showed stamina, perseverance, and determination. Way to go Eagles!!!

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Strategies for A Successful Summer Break

Read the article from Child Mind Institute

Wrapping Up The School Year

Read the article from Scholastic


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Do you have a child starting kindergarten in the fall? 

You may want to check out Jumping Into Kindergarten by Julia Cook and Laura A. Jana, MD. The fall will be a big transition for our incoming kindergarten students, by reading about a character named Roo that is ready to jump into kindergarten too!


7 Ways to Respond to Your Child’s Negative Self-Talk 

from Big Life Journal


  1. Acknowledge the feeling, not the words: help your child name the feeling so identify what’s actually bothering him/her and help to separate the problem from his/her own self-worth

  2. Use humor to help them see things differently: role-play the situation using the funniest possible circumstances

  3. Use specific praise to show your child how great they’re doing: praise your child’s effort or attitude so they can connect their own positivity to the situation

  4. Talk openly about negative self-talk: negative self-talk is often a symptom of fear so help your child find useful ways of dealing with with their fears

  5. Talk about having a growth mindset: Use a growth mindset and practice resiliency in reaching a goal. Talk to your child about mistakes you have made in reaching a goal.

  6. Discuss your best failures: ask everyone at the dinner table to share something they failed at that day. Practice using empathy to celebrate the learning that came from those circumstances.

  7. Create an affectionate, welcoming home: creating a strong foundation at home so your child feels safe and loved no matter the results of their efforts. 


Click on the link to read why young brains are especially vulnerable to social media: Social Media and Our Children






Benefits of eating together- check out the Dinner Table Project






Resource Highlight of the Month: Cool Koala: Bedtime Meditations for Kids 

Koala Bedtime can, at times, be a point when all the angsts of the day come flooding back, causing your child to have difficulty falling or staying asleep. According to the Cool Koala website, your child (and your whole family) are invited to join us and Cool Koala for these fun, 5-minute meditation sessions. The free meditations are available on desktop, mobile, or Amazon Alexa. There is a fee-based upgrade option available as well. 

To learn more, visit



Last week in classroom guidance, 2nd graders learned what perseverance means and how to practice it. We read The Little Butterly That Could and created self-talk bubbles with perseverance messages. The kids had fun being creative with their thinking and sharing their own personal experiences of perseverance and how it helps to have others encourage us to keep on trying and not give up! 



This April/May we are talking about Perseverance from Purposefull People. We are using this definition at school:


Perseverance: the ability to work through situations even when there are obstacles or challenges in the way. 



Over the course of the month, we will talk about inspiring people who faced many failures before they found success. We will talk about what it means to navigate tough stuff, even when it feels overwhelming or really hard. We will talk about having a Growth Mindset – to see challenges and failure as an opportunity to grow instead of a brick wall.



Conversation Starters

  • What do you know about rabbits? What do you know about turtles? Which one should win if they were to have a race? Have you heard the story about the Tortoise and the Hare? The hare proudly bragged about his speed and knew that he’d win, so he rested a lot and let himself get sidetracked and distracted. The turtle took a slow and steady approach to the race, plodding along at a pace that was right for him to make sure he had stamina and endurance. In the end, it’s the turtle who wins by a hair. What is this story trying to tell us?

  • Failure is a part of Perseverance. What does it mean to fail? Can you think of a time when you failed and were not able to reach your goal? What are some ways we can respond to failure that are both positive and negative?

  • Share a personal story of Perseverance with your child. What were your challenges? What or who helped you persevere? What tangible steps did you take? What lessons did you learn?

  • What’s a challenge for you right now? What’s the hardest part? What are some resources – people, strategies, tools, inspiration – that could help you? What’s one step we can take together to overcome this challenge?

  • How would you teach someone to persevere? What would it look like?



An article on ways you can help your child cope with challenges:


Purposefull Pursuits


That’s Puzzling- Putting together a jigsaw puzzle can be a terrific way to sharpen your ability to persevere. Put a 300-piece jigsaw puzzle on the table and invite family members to meet and connect the pieces. How long will it take? Set a timer as a goal-setting tool if you find yourself getting frustrated and tempted to leave the table too quickly. When you finish, try a 500-piece puzzle.

If you don’t have a puzzle at home or nearby, work with your child to draw one, cut it up, mix up the pieces, and recreate it together.

Practice Makes Perseverance- Collaborate with your child or the whole family to set a goal. The goal can be anything that requires regular attention or practice such as:

  • Growing a reading level

  • Learning to cook a new meal

  • Developing a new athletic skill

  • Practicing independence (morning routine, homework, preparing for school, managing medication, self advocacy, etc.)

  • Investigating your family history to create a family tree


Once you’ve set the goal, think of 1-3 habits or regular action steps that you will need to achieve your goal. Create a habit tracker and check in daily to track progress.

You can check out this article about how to track habits with kids for inspiration:

Don’t forget to set a habit goal and plan a celebration for meeting it! Achieving your original goal is one reward, but it’s helpful to have a reward just for practicing and developing habits, even if you haven’t accomplished your end goal…yet!


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Hello! I’m Catrisa Goodrich, the school counselor at Camden Station. This is my sixteenth year as a school counselor and my sixth year at Camden Station Elementary. I am grateful to be a part of such an amazing team! I attended the University of Kentucky (Go CATS!) for my undergraduate studies and earned my Masters of Education in School Counseling at Loyola College in Maryland. My family and I live in Crestwood and enjoy being a part of the Oldham County community. 


The vision for all Camden Station Elementary students to become lifelong learners and valuable citizens of the community is supported by the school counseling program as part of our students’ total educational experience. The delivery of services to students is provided through a combination of individual and group counseling, developmental classroom guidance activities focusing on Social Emotional Learning (SEL), consultations with parents, school faculty, and community organizations/agencies, and the coordination of related services. 

If you have any questions or would like to speak with me about your child, please call me at (502) 241-1271 or e-mail: I look forward to a great year and am committed to helping our children reach their optimal potential as life-long learners!


Students can see their School Counselor via:

  • Self-referral

  • Parent/Guardian request

  • Request of the counselor, admin, and/or teacher or staff referral.  


Reasons parents/guardians might reach out to the School Counselor: 

  • Family health problems

  • Social concerns, issues with friends

  • To discuss additional needs of student

  • Family changes, difficulties, or concerns

  • Recent loss of a family member or friend

  • Proactive discussion about a potential crisis

  • To discuss effective parent/child communication

  • Concerns over student achievement or behavior

  • Student is lacking motivation

  • Assistance in locating & coordinating community resources


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This year Camden Station ES will continue to participate in the Blessings in a Backpack program. The vision of Blessings in a Backpack is for every school-aged child in America to have the nourishment needed to learn and grow. As a leader in the movement to end childhood hunger, Blessings in a Backpack strives to ensure children do not go hungry on the weekends by empowering individuals and communities to take action.


Blessings in a Backpack is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization currently feeding over 87,000 children in 1,092 schools in 45 states and the District of Columbia. Better test scores, improved reading skills, positive behavior, improved health, and increased attendance have all been attributed to the success of this program.


Through this program, each Friday students receive a backpack filled with easy to prepare food staples for over the weekend. Eligibility to participate in the program is based on need. 


If you would like for your student to receive Blessings in a Backpack, please either fill out the form below or call Mrs. Goodrich, School Counselor at 241-1271 or e-mail the information below to All information will be kept confidential. 

Click this Link to fill out a form for your child to receive Blessings in a Backpack.


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  SPOTLIGHT: SEL (Social Emotional Learning) 


What is Social Emotional- Learning??


Social-emotional learning (SEL) is learning how to:

- Be aware of yourself and how you feel

- Be in control of yourself, even when you can't control everything

-Be a good friend, neighbor, classmate, and person in your community

-Make good and responsible choices 

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.


CASEL wheel of social emotional learning


We recognize that as a family member, you are our students’ first teacher and we want to partner with you to help our children become tolerant, compassionate, and caring adults. To support achieving these goals and to help our students build their social-emotional skills, we are pleased to share that we are implementing Sanford Harmony in our school community through school-wide activities and classroom guidance lessons. 


Over the course of the five units listed below, students will enhance their abilities to learn, work, and grow together.


  • Diversity and Inclusion

  • Critical Thinking

  • Communication

  • Problem Solving

  • Peer Relationships


Information will be sent home periodically, sharing activities in each unit. To learn more about Sanford Harmony please visit


 Oldham County Resources


Beulah Land Baptist Church (Foundation of Hope): (502)222-1912

3509 West Highway 146, Buckner, KY 40010

Food Pantry


Community Chest of Oldham County: (502)222-0427

1919 Covey Trace, LaGrange, KY 40031

Utilities/Rental Assistance


First Steps-Kentucky’s Early Intervention System: (877) 417-8377 

Services: First Steps can help you and your family answer questions and concerns you may have about your child’s development. 


Good News Shelter Corporation/Rose Haven Good News: (502) 225-0351 

Services: Provides temporary housing and supportive services for families in Oldham and Trimble Counties who are temporarily without adequate shelter because of catastrophes, such as fire or floods, or financial setbacks caused by job loss, disability, divorce, illness, etc. Rose Haven serves only women in crisis and their families. 


Grace and Glory Lutheran Church (Bread of Life): (502)228-0650

11952 West Highway 42, Goshen, KY 40026

Food Pantry


High Point Ministries: (502)713-7090

424 East Main Street, #7, LaGrange, KY 40031

Clothing Closet (includes household items, personal care supplies, baby supplies), Food pantry


Hope Health Clinic: (502) 225-6711

Located in La Grange on the Baptist Health campus is a low-cost, primary care clinic for those without health insurance or those people with "high deductible" insurance plans.


LaCasita: (502) 322-4036

Services: Provide support for Hispanic families in the area by connecting them to needed resources like counseling, housing, legal consultation, food, clothing, school supports and more. They also have support groups for parents.  


Oldham County American Red Cross: (502) 222-0308 

Services: Financial assistance, disaster relief, housing assistance, food bank, transportation, training programs, community winter help. 


Oldham County Health Department: (502) 222-3516 

Services: Clinical: Immunizations, family planning, physical exams, WIC, Registered Dietitian, screening and treatment (TB, STDs, cancer, hypertension, cholesterol, diabetes, childhood lead, newborn metabolic screening); Environmental: premise sanitation, public facilities; Other: tobacco coalition, HANDS, Healthy Start in Child Care, emergency response team, communicable disease monitoring. 


Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress and crisis prevention resources for you and your loved ones


Tri-County Community Action Partnership: (502) 222-1349

Tri-County Community Action Agency is a private non-profit corporation that has been serving the Henry, Oldham, and Trimble counties in Kentucky since 1974. We offer a variety of programs to enhance the quality of life of our participants. Many of our programs are offered at little or no charge to you.