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    Dear Families,


    Some families have remarked that they didn’t realize we have a school counselor, or they have wondered what our school counselor does.  Below is a note from Mr. Michael, our school counselor.  Our counselor is paid for by donations to the Campaign to Put Student’s First (which used to be called the Annual Fund), and we are very grateful!

    Hello JSIS families!

    As the school counselor, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for being so welcoming my first year at John Stanford International School, and talk a bit about our counseling program. 


    My goal as school counselor is to ensure your children’s needs are being met beyond the academic realm, regarding their emotional and mental well-being. 


    I work toward this goal in numerous ways. By coordinating with teachers, I can work in classrooms administering fun lessons to your children that specifically teach about social and emotional development. Much of this year’s focus has been on our RULER curriculum that includes the Mood Meter and more recently the Meta Moment. In the future I plan to explore more lessons focused on bullying, rumors and peer pressure as well.


    I also lead small groups for students that are referred by teachers and parents. These are groups of three to four students that can benefit from extra focus on social skills ranging from sharing and teamwork, to shyness and emotional regulation. Students who participate in these groups require parent permission, and we meet once a week for about five weeks. In the groups we typically have a lesson, do play acting, and games.


    I do my best to be present in our student body’s school day, so they may see me in their rooms, at recess, etc. This is because I want students to feel comfortable and aware that I am here as a resource for them. Older students especially know that I have self-referral forms outside my office for when I am not here, and I can meet with them about a friendship problem or issue they are dealing with that they may not want to discuss in a class room.


    Although I am only here 2.5 days a week, I encourage parents and staff to reach out whenever possible either via email or in person. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about your child, or the counseling program at JSIS. I also want to allay any fears that may arise if your child says “today I met with Mr. Michael” – students are not sent to me because they are “in trouble,” but sometimes I may help a student or group problem solve in an environment that is not their classroom surrounded by their peers. This allows the teachers to continue teaching, and the students I work with to return in a much better mindset for learning!


    Also, if I feel your child may benefit from a recurring meeting time, it will be discussed with you first, as I require parent permission for weekly individual counseling, etc. If your child brings me up repeatedly in conversation, odds are they are just seeing a lot of me the days I am here in the hall, their class or recess, so please do not be concerned. 😊


    I look forward to serving you and your children the rest of the school year in this amazing building, and once again thank you for your support this year. The students and staff are amazing, and I am so thankful for how welcoming they have been!


    “Mr. Michael” Ashley-Lanphear


    I have also heard many questions around disaster and safety preparedness.  We have invited a guest from the Red Cross to share a presentation with us.  Please join us on Thursday, April 5 from 6-7pm in the Library.


    We are looking for a few parents who would be willing to help us paint new lines on the playground this spring.  Please let me know if you have skills in this area, or just a willingness to help! 


    Attached you will find a flyer for the family survey which will come out in a few weeks.  Each spring, SPS asks students (in grades 3 and above), staff, and families to complete surveys.  This data is very important, as we use it in our school improvement process and also as we look at what we are doing well and what we can improve.  We thank you, in advance, for taking time to fill it out.




    Sarah Jones




    Sarah Jones

    Principal, John Stanford International School

    4057 5th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105

    twitter: @jsisprincipal

    Office: 206.252.6080

    Fax: 206.252.6081