Mountview Road School Counselor
Welcome to Hanover Township's Elementary School Counselor's Page!
Mrs. Desai's Counseling Corner
I'm Mrs. Desai and I am the School Counselor here at Mountview Road School. A school counselor is a certified, trained and caring professional who works with all students, parents, teachers, staff and community in reaching the common goal of student achievement and success. As a school counselor, my role is to support students in their social and emotional development, as it will often intertwine with their academic performance.
As parents and guardians, you play a significant role in your child's education, thus, it is very important that you are all well informed of the services school counselors provide. School counseling services include individual counseling, small group counseling, and classroom lessons.
My ultimate goal is to maintain a safe and positive school climate through providing a confidential and non-judgemental space for your child(ren) to thrive and reach their fullest social, emotional and academic potential. If you or your child(ren) have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am here and happy to help!
Mrs. Deja Desai
Book List for Children
Reading books with children can be a great way to facilitate discussion and help them become more self-aware, express their feelings, and explore possible coping skills or solutions. Here is a list of books that may help you begin these kinds of discussions at home. These books are organized by their topics of focus, which include making friends, self-esteem, anger management, bullying, trustworthiness, divorce and death.
Links and Resources
Character CountsThis link provides information about the Six Pillars of Character which forms the basis for our weekly character education lessons for our elementary level students.
Bucket FillersThis link provides information and resources behind the bucket filling concept. This book and related activities are shared with all Hanover Township elementary students as part of the character education lessons.
Bullying InformationThis website gives helpful information on bullying including cyberbullying. Learn about the warning signs if a child is being bullied or if a child is bullying others, how to talk to children about bullying, and prevention ideas.
Eating DisordersInformation on eating disorders including the definition, symptoms, and prevention.
Grief/Loss InformationThis website provides lots of information, resources, and support for coping during loss and difficult times. Topics include helping children cope with death, divorce, bullying, self-injury, and eating disorders. It also lists books for children and adults as well as bereavement support groups in New Jersey.
Kids HealthThis is an excellent website for parents, educators, teens, and kids focusing on children’s health and development. It includes vast information on school, family life, emotions, and behaviors.
Parenting InformationThis website focuses on a positive parenting approach and includes information to help children succeed. Here you will find downloadable resources, like tip sheets, discussion guides, activities, and fact sheets.
Self-InjuryInformation on self-injury including the definition, symptoms, and prevention.
Tips for ParentsThis website provides articles for parents, giving practical advice on how to give children the best possible start in life. Topics covered include character building, health awareness, study habits and a series of how to guides for a variety of leisure activities.
Important Dates/ Upcoming Events!
Important April Dates/Events!
- April 5: Grade 1 Celebrate the Differences Concert @ 1:45pm
- April 7-14: Spring Break - School's Closed
- April 19: Early Dismissal/Parent-Teacher Conferences (afternoon)
- April 20: Early Dismissal/Parent-Teacher Conferences(afternoon and evening)
- April 20: Good Character Fair in the gym 1:30-3pm
- April 20: Art Fair in the Media Center
- April 27: Bring your child to work day!
- April 28: MTV PTA Talent Show @ MJS 6:30pm
Counselor's Corner Newsletters
Newsletters are sent home each month and are also uploaded here for your convenience!
OCTOBER: During the month of October, we focus on the character education pillar of respect. Please seethis month's newletter for more information on encouraging respect at home!
NOVEMBER: During the month of November, we continue to focus on the pillar of respect! The holiday season is upon us, which also brings the season of giving! See this month's Counselor's Corner Newsletter for ways to encourage gratefulness at home!
December: The pillar of caring is the main focus for the month of December. Check out this month's Counselor's Corner Newsletter where you can find more information on how to encourage generosity at home!
January: Continuing with the pillar of caring, please see this month's Counselor's Corner Newsletter. I've included tips on how to strengthen the family unit at home!
February: During the month of February we focus on the pillar of trustworthiness! Check out this month's Counselor's Corner Newsletter that offers some tips and tricks on how to encourage honesty at home.
March: The pillar of responsibility is the focus for the month of March! This Counselor's Corner Newsletter details ways to encourage responsibility in your child(ren).
April: During the month of April, we focus on the pillar of citizenship! Please see this month's Counselor's Corner Newsletter for ways to encourage digital citizenship and internet safety at home.
Good Character Board
As many of you know, MTV has a Good Character Board used to highlight some of the great things that students at MTV do without being asked. Read all about our Good Character Board here.
Week of Respect 2022
The Week of Respect is a week during which we encourage students to live by the Golden Rule; treat others the way you would like to be treated. This means being tolerant and accepting of differences, using good manners, being considerate of the feelings of others, and dealing peacefully with anger, unkindness and disagreements. We focus on respecting one’s self, others, the community and the Earth. Week of Respect for 2022 is October 3-7. Please see the PDF file below for more information on how we will be celebrating the Week of Respect!
Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon Week 2022 is October 24-31! A parent letter with information regarding activities for Red Ribbon Week was sent via email, but can be found below. We are also asking the students to dress up for spirit days to celebrate making healthy choices!
Digital Safety Monitoring and Discussions!
- Phone: 973-637-1553
- Email: email@example.com