Welcome Bulldogs!

We are excited for a great 2020-21 school year...

New opportunity for parents/ guardians

 

Learn how to better understand and support your child through their experiences of anxiety.

 

The BLMS Counseling team is partnering with Swedish Health to facilitate a 6 week book club, starting on February 23rd. We will be reading Freeing your Child from Anxiety, by Dr. Tamar E. Chansky. For more information & to sign up, click here. 

***If you need urgent support, you can access services through the following organizations:

 

Crisis lines:

***If you are concerned for someone's immediate safety, please call 911. If you don't know the student's address, tell the operator know what school the student attends- that will help them connect with the student faster. 

 

24-hr Suicide Lifeline: 800-273-8255

24-hr Crisis Chat: www.contact-usa.org/chat.html

24-hr Crisis Line: Text ‘HEAL’ to 741741

Teen Line: Text ‘TEEN’ to 839863

Trevor Project—LGBTQ: 866-488-7386

Trevor Project Chat: www.thetrevorproject.org

Trevor Project Text: Text ‘START’ to 678678

Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860

Teen Link — Call in 6-10pm: 866-427-4747

Safe Place — For Shelter: Text ‘SAFE’ to 4HELP

 

Youth Eastside Services:                    

Mental health and substance use assessments  

Walk-in appointments on Tuesdays & Thursdays 12 - 4 p.m.

Scheduled appointments available Mondays & Wednesdays

999 164th Ave NE, Bellevue 98008                              

425-747-4937 

BLMS Counseling

Mission Statement

We provide counseling services based on the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) model. Working through an equity lens, our goal is to partner with students, families, staff, and community agencies to provide a comprehensive support system that facilitates and encourages academic success, social-emotional health, and high school and beyond readiness. All students should feel welcome at BLMS and we advocate for every student to have a sense of belonging.

What Does a School Counselor Do? 
  • Provide short-term counseling for students to support academic achievement and personal well-being (examples include peer conflicts, family and friendship concerns, support with teachers, goal setting, academic grade checks...)

  • Facilitate small group counseling activities determined by student need

  • Teach school counseling classroom lessons based on student success standards, including zero-tolerance harassment expectation and the importance of creating a safe and welcoming school climate

  • Collaboration with families/teachers/administrators/community to advocate for student well-being and success

  • Support students and their families during times of crisis and/or provide school and community resource information and referrals for long-term support

  • Advocacy for students at individual education plan meetings and other student-focused meetings 

  • Data analysis to identify student issues, needs and challenges

  • Assist students with transitions including 8th grade students making a successful transition to high school, welcoming 5th grade students and parents to BLMS, and supporting new students throughout the year

How Do I Talk to My School Counselor? 

While we are learning virtually, school counselors can still be reached! Students can email us, send us a message through Canvas Inbox, drop into our office hours on Mondays after school or text us on our Google Lines. For the Zoom link access, students may visit our virtual counseling office in Canvas

We look forward to connecting with you!

Confidentiality 

Counselors at Beaver Lake take student and family confidentiality seriously. Conversations with school counselors are confidential, meaning that we only share information with other important people if you give us permission. Like all school employees, we are mandatory reporters.  We must break confidentiality if students reveal any of the items below:

 

  • If someone is harming them 

  • If they are harming themselves 

  • If they are going to harm someone else 

Keeping students safe is our #1 priority.  Please feel free to contact us anytime if you are concerned about a student. 

Parents 
  • MEDICATION DROP BOXES

    • Find locations of ​medication drop boxes at www.takebackyourmeds.org 

      • Issaquah Police Department

      • Walgreens on E. Lake Sammamish Pkwy

      • QFC Pharmacy on NW Gilman BLVD

      • QFC ​Pharmacy on Klahanie Dr SE 

      • Lakemont Pharmacy on Lakemont Blvd SE​​

  • ParentWiser:

    • ParentWiser is a parenting lecture series comprised of local and nationally-known experts who are invited to share the latest information in effective parenting with parents of the Issaquah School District.  We offer speakers, discussions and documentary films throughout the school year to engage parents in timely educational topics for raising healthy, confident K-12 students. 

  • Aha Parenting Tweens (10-12)   |    Aha Parenting Early Teens (13-15)

    • Parenting is tough, but it isn't complicated. From tantrums to texting, the secret of happy parenting is a close relationship with your child. Thousands of research studies over the past four decades show us exactly what kids need to turn out great: Love (nurturing, respect, empathy, cherishing) and High -- but age-appropriate -- expectations. As both a mom and a Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Laura Markham sounds two clear themes in her advice to parents.

  • Isaquah School District Family Resources

    • Food Services: Free and Reduced Lunch 

    •  Family Resources 

    • Community Resources 

*If you or someone you know needs support urgently, contact the crisis text line by texting  "hello," to 741-741. You will be be connected to a 24/7 hour live crisis counselor. If you think someone is in immediate danger, call 911. 

Equal Opportunity Notice

The Issaquah School District complies with all applicable federal and state rules and regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities, or employment related matters, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees are designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, District Title IX Coordinator, Section 504/ADA Coordinator or Compliance Coordinator for 28A.540 and 28A.642 RCW, in writing or by telephone. The Issaquah School District will also take steps to assure that national origin persons who lack English language skills can participate in all educational programs, services and activities. For information regarding interpretation and translation services or transitional bilingual education programs, contact Kathy Connally in writing or by telephone.

 

For general information or to be directed to a specific department, please contact the ISD Receptionist at 425-837-7000.

Amanda Dorey, Title IX Coordinator Stacey Zachau, District HIB Coordinator  Lisa Hechtman, Civil Rights Compliance Officer  Pam Ridenour, Section 504 Coordinator

425-837-7000  5150 220th AVE SE, Issaquah, WA 98029

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