Social and Emotional Learning at Greenvale School

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  • Hello! My name is Rachel Moczarski and I am the School Counselor at Greenvale Elementary School.  I am excited to be joining the Eastchester community this year!  My role as a School Counselor is to educate students, staff, and families on the importance of social-emotional learning.  I will be conducting classroom lessons based on the curriculum Second Step, as well as provide Individual and Small Group Counseling.  I value a positive school culture of inclusion and respect.   My goal for the school year is to be an integral part of your child’s learning by incorporating the skills and tools necessary for a students’ success.  I look forward to getting to know you and your child!  Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.

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  • Hi Greenvale! My name is Dr. Francesco Bello and I am the School Psychologist. My role is to support students academically, socially, and emotionally. All children can face problems from time to time related to learning; social relationships; making difficult decisions; or managing emotions. As the School Psychologist, I am able to help students, families, and educators understand and resolve both long-term and short-term issues that students may face. My goal is to partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.

  • Tips for Managing Anxiety

    Just like adults, children feel worried and anxious at times. Children can feel anxious about different things at different ages. When young children feel anxious, they cannot always understand or express what they are feeling. Furthermore, many of these worries are a normal part of growing up. Anxiety is not all bad. It can motivate us or help us avoid danger. The problem is when anxiety gets out of hand and makes decisions for us that are no longer helpful.

    When kids are anxious or worried, it’s natural to want to help them feel better. But, by trying to protect kids from the things that upset them, you can accidentally make anxiety worse. The best way to help kids overcome anxiety is to teach them to cope with anxiety as it comes up. With practice, they will be less anxious.

    Here are some tips to help manage anxiety…

    • Don't try to eliminate anxiety; do try to help a child manage it.
      The best way to help kids overcome anxiety is to help them learn to tolerate it as well as they can. Over time the anxiety will diminish. Helping children avoid the things they are afraid of will make them feel better in the short term, but it reinforces the anxiety over the long run.


    • Don't ask leading questions.
      Encourage your child to talk about her feelings, but try not to ask leading questions: "Are you anxious about the big test?” Instead, ask open-ended questions: "How are you feeling about the math test?"


    • Be validating and encouraging.
      Let your child know that you appreciate how hard they are working, and remind them that the more they tolerate their anxiety, the more it will diminish. So if a child is terrified about going to the doctor, do listen and be empathetic, but encourage them to feel that they can face their fears. 


    • Think things through with the child.
      Sometimes it helps to talk through what would happen if a fear came true—how would they handle it? For some kids, having a plan can reduce the uncertainty in a healthy, effective way.


    • Try to model healthy ways of handling anxiety.
      Don't pretend that you don't experience stress and anxiety, but do let kids hear or see you managing it calmly, tolerating it and feeling good about getting through it.


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  • Here Are 10 Tips on How to Ask Your Children About Their Day at School: 


    1. Tell me about the best part of your day.
    2. What was the hardest thing you had to do today?
    3. Did any of your classmates do anything funny?
    4. What questions did you ask at school today?
    5. Who did you play with today? What did you play?
    6. What subject has been challenging for you so far?
    7. How were you kind today?
    8. Who did you sit with at lunch?
    9. Can you show me something you learned (or did) today?
    10. What are you looking forward to tomorrow?


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