Marisa Kadar

School Counselor / VES Title IX Coordinator 

March 23, 2020

Dear Voluntown Families,

Throughout the school year, students have learned about coping skills as part of our comprehensive school counseling curriculum. These are skills that can help them cope (or “deal with”) a variety of emotions that they may face. These skills can help children process emotions, express themselves, and feel better.  As each individual person is unique, so are the coping skills that work best for them. The attached sheets in your packet, provides some suggestions. I encourage students to identify the coping skills that are most effective for them. Students in grades K-4 can cut out their favorite coping skills and glue them into their toolbox. Students in grades 5-8 can use the checklist to mark the skills that help them. Kindly encourage children to use their own coping skills as they need them. They may find it helpful to regularly engage in some of the suggested activities and maintain routines.  Thank you for supporting our social-emotional learning program, and I hope you find it useful during this time. Talking to kids about Corona Virus Coping Skills

What's happening this year

Short term individual and group counseling will be offered to all students. If you would like your child to see me, just let me know! Students may also be referred to counseling groups by family and/or teachers. Group topics vary and are determined by the needs of the school. Topics can include but are not limited to friendship, anger, organization and test taking skills. Each week informal lunch groups to help children work on social skills are offered. Your child may be invited to lunch by some of the members in the group to serve as peer role models to help members learn appropriate and health social skills from others.

All students K-8 will be given developmental guidance lessons in their classrooms every other week. The lessons will include kindness, goal settings, career exploration and development, study skills, understanding feelings and emotions, mindfulness, relaxation skills for anxiety, understanding feelings and how to appropriately express them and healthy choices.

We will also continue to use restorative practices to promote positive and behavioral changes in our students. We will be doing this through "conference circles." As a reminder, conference circles are voluntary, vary in duration and size, and strive to include all those affected by the students’ behavior. We hope that with the learning and teaching of these skills we will continue to promote a positive and safe school climate and will benefit our students in the future. 

As a school counselor, privacy and confidentiality are important to me. I maintain confidential relationships with students, families, and faculty. I share information on a “need-to-know” basis only and will assess what information needs to be shared with the best interest of our students in mind!

Please contact Marisa Kadar, school counselor at (860) 376-2325 ext. 302 or with any questions or concerns. Thank you!



Be a Mentor!

Join the VES Mentoring Program


Why Mentor?

  • It’s fun, rewarding, and takes only a half hour per week

  • Children in need of one to one attention are now waiting for a mentor

  • Children who have a mentor do better in school and in the community. It’s a fact.

  • One person really can make a difference


What do Mentors do?

  • Take an active interest in the life of a student

  • Serve as a guide, coach, and an understanding friend

  • Model patience, confidence, warmth, dependability and flexibility

  • Build a connection that enhances self worth, sharing of ideas, and offers support

  • Meet with mentees weekly for about 30 minutes

  • Play games, read together, have lunch together, or participate in some other similar activity.


How do I get involved?

To find out more about volunteering, please call or email Emily MacEwen, School Counselor, at (860) 376-2325 ext. 302 or  



High School Choices

8th grade students will be visiting each High School starting in mid October. We encourage you to also attend each High School's Open House.


Norwich Free Academy

Norwich, CT



Griswold High School

Griswold, CT



Ellis Technical High School

Danielson, CT



Norwich Technical High School 

Norwich, CT



Marine Science Magnet High School

Groton, CT



Killingly Agricultural Education Program

Danielson, CT



Quinebaug Middle College

Danielson, CT