• Hello, North Star Elementary students and parents! My name is Mary Baisa, the school counselor. The 2017-2018 school year will be my first year at North Star Elementary School. I'm excited to get to know the students, staff, and parents here at North Star. I am proud to have the opportunity to become part of the North Star team.

    As a School counselor, I perform the following roles in order to promote positive development in academic, career, and personal/social domains:

    • Individual counseling
    • Small group counseling
    • Classroom Guidance Lessons
    • Attend and participate in academic intervention meetings
    • Observe students in various school environments 
    • Support students and staff 
    • Consult and collaborate with parents, teachers, administrators, and students
    • Respond to school crisis and emergency situations
    • I work closely with families in need
    • Provide information and resources to parents on a variety of issues

    My job is to make sure that all students are happy and safe at school. 



    There are many ways that kids end up in conversation with me/ in my office; here are the most common ways:

    •  Self-referral: Students are able to give me notes if they wish to visit with me or let their teacher know.  This is a great way for kids to advocate for themselves when they have something they want to talk about.
    • Staff-referral:  Teachers and other NS adults come to me when there are social-emotional concerns or when there's a behavior that they would like help with.
    • Referral from home: Parents and guardians are welcome to call me with questions or concerns that they have.  If there is something that has the potential to impact their time at school, I would like to work with you to help support them while they're here.
    • Peer-referral:  When students see a friend or classmate in need of help, can leave me a note to express their concern.

     

    I can be reached by email at mbaisa@bethelsd.org or by phone at 253.683.8870. 

     

    **Mary Baisa**