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The School Counseling Program is a comprehensive program providing services to all students from Kindergarten through High School.  School counselors collaborate with students, staff, and families to make The Pinnacle Charter School a place where everyone is prepared to succeed.  Utilizing the standards of the American School Counseling Association, Pinnacle Charter School's counseling program focuses on providing services to its students in three domains: academics, college/career planning, and social/emotional support.  Services are provided through individual counseling, group counseling, classroom guidance lessons, community resource connections, and school-wide events.
 
Platiquemos!
We have launched a new parent group in Spanish! We want to hear from you, the parents, and also provide you with information and tools. (English translation provided upon request.)
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Special Message in Response to COVID-19
In this time of uncertainty, the Counseling Department is here to provide as much support as we can to our students and families. We understand there may be increased worry and concerns surrounding our current events, how it will affect our community and loved ones.
Below are some resources and tools to support you in talking with your students. Please reach out to your student's counselor if you have any questions as we will be checking our email between March 16 - 20.
 
For the entire resource, please click here
Please see the Spanish version here
 
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Maintaining Positivity and Well-Being
This is a time of unprecedented uncertainty in our country. While we do not have control over outside events, we do have control over how we respond to them! Please find a list of tips and resources below to to support you and your students with coping skills that may help during this time.
 
1. Remember you are not alone, we are in this together
2. Know the facts. (State Public Health Web Page)
3. Stay away from constant input from news and media to avoid feeling overwhelmed
4. Practice the following ways to calm down:
  • BreatheImage result for mindful breathing techniques
    • Square Breathing Technique: Anxiety can cause us to feel that we are losing our breath and our touch with reality. Breathing techniques help to to support you in staying calm and connected to the present.
    • Butterfly Breathing (in Spanish): video on YouTube
    • Rainbow Breathing: video on YouTube
  • Meditate
  • For even more child-centered techniques, check out Asset Education's FREE online toolkit
5. FREE online Yoga classes for the next 8 weeks through CorePower Yoga 
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Resources:
FREE INTERNET
Internet Essentials is a low cost internet program offered by Comcast. Traditionally, they offer internet to qualifying customers for $9.95/month. Comcast is making the program FREE to new low-income customers for two months, amid the coronavirus outbreak. For more information and to enroll in their program please visit: https://www.internetessentials.com/
 
MAP OF FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION for YOUTH
Pinnacle is offering sack lunch distribution on select bus routes, see information here.
In addition, local schools are offering meal distribution to all children during the school closures. Click on the map below for more information
EMERGENCY FOOD ASSISTANCE SITES for ALL
Food Bank of the Rockies is updating daily their list of Food Assistance Sites that are open. Please click on the link below to get the most updated list:
 
Click here for a list of food banks listed by proximity to The Pinnacle Charter School. 
 
FREE CLOTHES FOR YOUTH
Clothes to Kids Denver is a local program dedicated to providing free clothing to the students in the Denver Metro Area. To access your referral for free clothing please click HERE
 
CDE Coronavirus Hotline:
Available Support Services
 

If your children attend The Pinnacle Charter School and are living in the following situations, there may be additional education support available to you.  Supports that may be available include: transportation services, information about additional health or education services, resources for after-school program, and payment of costs associated with uniforms or graduation.

Contact
 
Meghan Hampe
Elementary Counselor (K-1st Grade)
(303) 450-3985
   ext. 1255
meghan.stets@pinnaclecharterschool.org
 
Hope Smith 
Elementary Counselor 
(2nd-3rd Grade)
(303)450-3985
hope.smith@pinnaclecharterschool.org 
 
Aubrey Adain
Elementary Counselor (4th-5th Grade)
(303) 450-3985
   ext.1200
aubrey.adain@pinnaclecharterschool.org
 
Morgan Harksen 
Middle School 
(6th Grade & 8th Grade)
(303)450-3985
morgan.harksen@pinnaclecharterschool.org 
 
Denise Edlowitz
Middle School 
(7th Grade & 8th Grade)
(303) 450-3985
   ext. 1305
denise.edlowitz@pinnaclecharterschool.org
 
Christy Elwell
High School
(303) 412-2940
   ext. 2108
christy.elwell@pinnaclecharterschool.org
 
Andrew Ponn
High School
(303) 412-2940
   ext. 2123
andrew.ponn@pinnaclecharterschool.org
Violeta Apodaca
K-12 Career and College Coordinator
Future Center
(303)412-2940
   ext. 2004
violeta.apodaca@pinnaclecharterschool.org