A Note from the Counselor
I am thrilled to join Prairie Point as your new school counselor! My mission is to provide unwavering social and emotional support to all students, and foster a safe, inclusive environment through classroom, small group, and individual lessons. I am passionate about cultivating a warm, inclusive atmosphere where every student feels valued and heard.
Before this year, I taught first grade in my hometown, Lincoln, Nebraska (Go Huskers!), while completing my Master’s in Elementary School Counseling. I moved to Kansas City last year and have loved every minute. My dream has always been to be a school counselor and encourage social and emotional well-being in children’s lives. I feel incredibly grateful to continue my career at Prairie Point this year! When I am not working, I enjoy reading, spending time with family, and playing with my dog, Blue.
If you have any questions regarding the counseling program or would like to refer your child, please feel free to contact me directly at email@example.com, or you can refer your child online by scrolling down this page or going to my personal counseling website.
I am looking forward to a great year!
Virtual Counseling Room
If a student, needs to check in with Ms. Prenda to discuss a problem or feeling they are experiencing, they can complete a referral form. To access this form, students will need to use their "park hill email." Responses will be recorded and sent to the school counselor. This referral is for non-emergent situations. If there is an immediate need for help, please call Ms. Prenda at (816) 359-6394 or Miss Anderson at (816) 359-6379. If this is a mental health emergency, please call 911, or the Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255 or text HELLO to 741741
Zones of Regulation
Regulation is something everyone continually works on whether or not we are cognizant of it. We all encounter trying circumstances that test our limits from time to time. If we are able to recognize when we are becoming less regulated, we are able to do something about it to manage our feelings and get ourselves to a healthy place. This comes more naturally for some, but for others it is a skill that needs more attention and practice. This is the goal of The Zones of Regulation (or Zones for short).
The Zones of Regulation creates a systematic approach to teach regulation by categorizing all the different ways we feel and states of alertness we experience into four concrete colored zones. Integrating in cognitive behavior therapy, students build skills in emotional and sensory regulation, executive functioning, and social cognition. The framework is designed to help move students toward more independent regulation while also honoring and respecting each student and their unique self.
Have your child take the pre-survey.
Zones Check-In For Home
You can use this document to do a home check in, or watch the video below.
Read Aloud Videos
Pick a category and listen to books about that topic.
To support life-long success for all Prairie Point Elementary students, the School Counselor works with students, parents, and staff to facilitate a comprehensive guidance program that teaches respect, responsibility, and positive role modeling.
Visit Student and Family Support on the district website for a list of helpful resources.
Small Group Counseling
Small group counseling sessions, with parent permission, for students focusing on: divorce, grief, anxiety, study skills, friendship/social skills, and anger management. If you feel that your child needs assistance in any of these areas please let me know.
Parents and/or Teachers-- If you would like your child or student to participate in a small group with Miss Prenda, please fill out the reach out to me directly.
According to the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, "Bullying is when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean or hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending himself or herself."
The program also shares that, "Bullying can take many forms, such as hitting, verbal harassment, spreading false rumors, not letting someone be a part of the group, and sending nasty messages on a cell phone or over the internet."
Please contact school administration, the counselor, and/or social worker if you feel your child is being bullied.