Hello Parents and Guardians,
My name is Kate Riggio and I am a licensed social worker graduating with my MSW from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in 2013.
For over six years, I have had the pleasure of working at SMRS as a social work consultant through an initiative named the Child Connection Center (CCC), which has been funded by the Pascale Sykes Foundation. Through my role, I am able to support families and help meet their concerns by connecting the home environment, school setting and community together. Concentrating on the well-being of all individuals involved, the CCC provides an array of services based on the needs of the family, whether they are of the academic, social, emotional, behavioral, spiritual or financial capacity. This school year, the CCC will continue to offer:
- Individual and small group counseling
- Parent and teacher consultations
- Behavior support and intervention plans
- At-home and in-classroom strategies
- Newsletters and information on community resources
I am pleased to announce that for a fourth year, I will be returning as SMRS’ school counselor. Every other week, I will be meeting with students K-5 and providing them with their guidance special. For those students in middle school, I will be meeting with them for one marking period for their elective. The theme of the lessons include, but are not limited to:
- Bullying and peer pressure
- Digital Citizenship and safety
- Communication and building friendships
- Feelings and emotion management
Problem solvingand conflict resolution
- Personality and Careers
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out at any time. I look forward to working with your family this school year and couldn’t be happier to be back at SMRS! Thank you for all of your support!