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School Counselors
Instructor: Mrs. Leischner, Mrs. Snipes   


May 20, 2016
Dear 4
th Grade Parents and Prospective Patrols/News Crew,

Applications are now available for 4th grade role model students exhibiting quality student behavior at all times to fill positions on the Safety Patrol and News Crew Teams at Bristow Run!  If your child is interested in being a Safety Patrol or wants to apply to be on the News Crew for the 2016-2017 school year, please have your child complete the application and return it to their classroom teacher no later than Friday, May 27. The application is available in available in the "Program Details"  section below and is called "Safety Patrol and News Crew Application 2016". Patrols and News Crew are expected to be punctual, therefore, late applications will not be accepted. Applications became available on May 20, and a discussion was held with all 4th grade classes.  If your child did not ask for an application at that time, please email me and I will get one to you.  Students can submit applications for both the News Crew and the Safety Patrol or can select one application to submit for the position they are most interested in.  Upon receiving the application, I will give their teacher a recommendation form to confidentially complete. 


Applications will be reviewed and students will be informed of their acceptance by June 3. Students invited to become members of the Safety Patrol or News Crew Team will receive information about our first training meeting at that time. The meeting will be held in August, the week prior to students returning to school.  All other patrol/news crew meetings will be held during the school day.  Patrol meetings will be held once a month, and news crew will meet with me prior to their scheduled month for a brief training during the school day.  If you have any questions, please contact me at 703-753-7741 or  I look forward to working with all of the wonderful Safety Patrols and News Crew in the upcoming school year.




Mrs. Leischner, MA, NCC

School Counselor & Safety Patrol Sponsor

Comprehensive School Counseling Program
Guidance Schedule for 2015-2016
Counselors teach the grade level PWC Guidance objectives .in three domains: Academic (Work Hard), Personal/Social (Be Kind) and Career (Do your Best).  Each class will receive three units of four weekly lessons.  
The dates below indicate the start week THROUGH the end week. 
Unit 1
4 weekly lessons
Unit 2
4 weekly lessons
    Unit 3                
4 weekly lessons      
Kindergarten Oct. 26- Nov.16 Jan. 18-Feb.8 April 19- May 9
1st Grade Oct. 26- Nov.16 Jan. 18-Feb.8 April 19- May 9
2nd Grade Oct. 26- Nov.16 Jan. 18-Feb.8 April 19-May 9
3rd Grade Sept. 21-Oct. 12 Nov.30-Jan.4 March 7- April 4
4th Grade Sept. 21-Oct. 12 Nov.30-Jan.4 March 7 - April 4
5th Grade Sept. 21-Oct. 12 Nov.30-Jan.4 March 7- April 4
Have you filled someone’s bucket today?
Throughout the year teachers, students and parents will be encouraged to fill others’ buckets by giving compliments and doing and saying nice things.  A bucket is invisible and within us all.  We can fill or dip into it by either being kind or unkind to others.  How to use your lid will be discussed in lessons.  Bucket fillers will be pulled daily and announced on the announcements.  On Fridays, 3 bucket filling tickets will be chosen and these students will win the weekly prize (their picture taken for the bulletin board, and the choice of a plush panther on their desk for the next week or lunch with a staff member).
Special School-wide Guidance Activities:
  • Code of Behavior Assembly – Bucket filling and Quality Student will be discussed  September 24 at 9:15 for K-2 and at 2:45 for 3-5
  • IM4U Anti-Bullying Assembly starring Uncle Jim Wednesday, September 16 at 1:50- 2:30 for grades 3,4,5  and 2:45-3:25 for K,1,2.    
  • Heritage Night March 16, 2016 at 6:30-7:30pm
  • Celebration of Learning Wednesday, April 27, 2016 (SOL Pep Rally) 2:45-3:20
  • Groups will begin in October.  If you feel that your child would benefit from small group counseling, please contact the counselors.  We offer work habits groups (focus on organization, time management, attention), changing families (for students whose parents are separated or divorced), Super Sibs (for students who have a sibling with special needs), Communication Skills (for students who need help making friends, keeping friends, speaking skills, or assistance with anger). 
The counselors are also the sponsors for the following programs:
Rising Reporters (4th graders write stories for the weekly newsletter The Panther Press)
Safety Patrols (5th grade students) 
Student Mentoring Programs (5th Grade)
BETA Club Patriot HS Volunteer Coordinator (volunteers from the BETA Club at Patriot HS some of our teachers every Thursday through April from 2:40-3:25)

Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you!!
Full-time Counselor: Melissa Leischner - Lessons in Gr. K, 1, 4, and 5   (Ext. 231)
Part-Time Counselor: Antoinette Snipes -Lessons in Gr. 2, 3 (Ext. 232) M,W, Th

Guidance Schedule 2015-2016 Days and Times
Grades 3,4,5 dates:  
3rd Grade
Manning-Mondays 2:45-3:30
Aram- Wednesdays 10:40-11:25
Emerick- Wednesdays 11:30-12:15
Kingston-Wednesdays 2:45-3:30
Hillis -   Thursdays 10:40-11:25
4th Grade
Ference- Mondays 11:30-12:15
Gallion -Tuesdays 11:30 - 12:15
Bankston-Wednesdays 11:30-12:15
Gorham- Thursdays 11:30 -12:15 
Clayborn- Fridays 11:30-12:15                 
5th Grade
Gigler – Mondays 2:10-2:55   
Porter-Tuesdays 1:20—2:05
Goodwill- Tuesdays 2:45-3:30
Hanlon –Wednesdays 2:45-3:30
Stephens –Fridays 2-2:45
Grades K, 1, 2 dates:
Blanco- Tuesdays 2:15-3:00
Heltibridle- Wednesdays 2:15- 3:00
Cook- Thursdays 2:15- 3:00
Poole- Fridays  2:15-3:00
1st Grade
Ashley-Mondays  1:00-1:45
Gregory-Tuesdays  1:00-1:45
Riello-Jones- Thursdays 1:00-1:45
Starnes-    Fridays 1:00-1:45
2nd Grade
Dickens-Mondays 1:00-1:45
Shrauder- Mondays 2:45-3:30
Lewis-Wednesdays 1:15-2pm
Winklemann-Wednesdays 2:45-3:30
K. Gallion-Thursdays 2:45-3:30

"Keeping students on track...for the long run."

Our school counseling department delivers a comprehensive, developmental program that is aligned with the American School Counseling Association National Model ® and is organized to ensure accountability. Our counselors are educators who are specially trained in childhood development and collaborate with parents, teachers, administrators, and support staff to help ensure success for every student. Data is obtained from needs assessments, pre and post tests, and surveys. Programs are analyzed for effectiveness and decisions are made on how best to provide students with knowledge and skills in the areas of career, academic, and personal/social development.

At Bristow Run, the school counseling program is an integral component of the academic mission of the school. 

Meet the Counselors

Melissa Leischner, MA, NCC (Monday through Friday)
Thank you for taking the time to read a little bit more about me. Originally from Long Island, NY, I love to travel and I love the beach!  While in college I studied in London.  I visited many exciting places while there including Ireland, Scotland, Austria, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and France.  I also had the opportunity to visit most of the states in the US when I worked as a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines. 

My career in education started in 2004 as a School Counselor at Potomac View Elementary in Woodbridge, VA.  During my six years there I was privileged to receive the Business Partnership Award with the Quantico Marine Corps and an Above and Beyond Award from Student Services. I was also selected as one of eight finalists for the National School Counselor of the Year Award from the American School Counseling Association in 2010. 

After completing my certification in Administration and Leadership at Mary Washington University, I become an Assistant Principal (AP) at PB Smith Elementary in Fauquier County.  After three years, I returned to Prince William County and worked as an AP at Piney Branch Elementary. 

When I'm not at Bristow Run, I enjoy spending time with my family.  I live in Gainesville with my husband, Ryan, who is a Lieutenant in the Arlington County Fire Department, and our two young children.  In my spare time, I enjoy attending football and basketball games at my alma mater, the University of Maryland (Go Terps). 

Please email me at if you have any questions or comments.  I look forward to working with you!

Antoinette Snipes, MA (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday)
It’s a pleasure to be a part of the Bristow Run Elementary family for another year. For those who are new to our school, here are a few tidbits about my background that might interest you. I have worked in Prince William County Schools since 2000 after a year with Manassas City Schools where I started my career as a school counselor. I have a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Benedict College and I earned my Masters in Counselor Education from Virginia Tech. I am married and I have an 11 year old son who also attends school in Prince William County. I look forward to working with you and your child(ren) this school year.  You may email me at

Program Information
View the Latest Videos
View the videos we helped to make to get students and staff excited for the rest of the year and for the 3,4,5th graders to do well on the SOL Test:
School Counseling Program Achieves The Distinguished RAMP Designation
American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Program

Bristow Run Elementary School has again attained the coveted Recognized American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Program designation. While this is the third time BRES has achieved this distinction, this is the first time under the direction of Mrs. Leischner and Mrs. Snipes. Also known as RAMP, this designation proves that our school counseling department is top notch! Mrs. Leischner and Mrs. Snipes worked very hard to complete the application process using information from the previous school year to re-RAMP our school. The application process is rigorous and proves that our BRES Counseling Department is making an exemplary commitment to providing a comprehensive and data-driven school counseling program. RAMP applications are reviewed once a year by a national panel of school counseling professionals who assess a school counseling program in 12 different areas of program expertise. More than 600 schools have been designated as RAMP since the program’s inception in 2004.

FLE Letters Grades K and 1
The FLE Letters are posted in the program details folder below titled "FLE LETTERS GRADES K AND 1." These letters will also be sent home in your child's folder the day the lesson is taught. The letter explains the lesson and gives you the titles of the books used for instruction.
Specialty Programs
Three types of optional specialty programs are available for rising Middle School students: Math/Science at Marstellar, World Language at Parkside, International Baccalaureate at Stone Middle. There is also a traditional school for grades 1-8 at Pennington School. All of these programs require an application. These are OPTIONAL programs. If accepted, the student would attend the program at the school where the program is provided. For example, if a student resides in the boundary for Gainesville Middle School, but applies and is accepted to the Math and Science Specialty Program at Marstellar, the student would attend Marstellar. Please check the PWCS website for more information regarding each of the specialty programs:
Scroll down to the bottom for the link to the Middle School page or click here:

Middle School Specialty Program Applications must be completed online and are due February 1, 2016.
Each program has a program information night which can be found at the links listed above.

Summer Camp Information 2015
2015 Summer Camp Guide for Prince William County
Registration Began March 6

Bucket Filling
“Bucket Fillers” are those who help without being asked, give compliments, and generally spread kindness and good feelings to others. “Bucket Dippers” rob us of happy feelings by refusing to help with a task or by saying or doing cruel things. Our mission is to create a school of bucket fillers! See the program folder below called "Bucket Filling" to learn more!
Bullying Prevention
Bully Prevention at
Bristow Run Elementary School
Dear Parents:
We want to make you aware of the anti-bullying lessons we are teaching your children. Our school is an official Olweus Bully Prevention School. We teach students that bullying is a repeated offense that cannot be corrected by them, or a bigger issue that we refer to as “Big Stuff”.
We teach a STAR tool called the People Problem Solving Star that has 5 ways to solve problems that we call “little stuff.” If a student has a “little stuff” problem, they can use any of the five methods on the People Problem Solving STAR. When they come to an adult we will usually ask “Have you tried at least three ways to solve your problem?” An example of this would be if a student is cutting in line, the student being cut should say, “Please stop I don’t like you cutting in front of me,” just ignore them, or talk it out by asking the student why they cut or make a deal that they can be first today and tomorrow someone else will be.
“Big stuff” is when the student is unable to solve the problem by using the 5 ways listed on the STAR or other ways you may discuss with them. “Big stuff” is also defined if the problem is against school rules, such as someone calling them an inappropriate name or putting their hands on them in any way. Basically if a student breaks school rules a teacher or other adult should know about it. This is called reporting and not “tattling”.
Also, as a part of the Olweus Program every class in the school has a weekly class meeting. Many issues are brought up and solved at these meetings.
Thank you for your continued support in helping us be a Bully Prevention school, and encouraging students to be problem solvers. You can read more about the Olweus program at this website:
Referrals for Counseling
Students may be referred for counseling in different ways:
* by their parent (call 703-753-7741)
* by their teacher
* by the administration and/or Intervention Committee
* by themselves
(Each classroom has a supply of self-referral forms
which students may complete and deposit in one of
two designated mailboxes). 
Parental permission is required for students to see
the counselor on an on-going basis for the same issue.
Written permission is required for
participation in small group counseling sessions.
Most groups are held during lunch time once a week for approximately six weeks.
Program Details
What is a bully?
Quiz on bullying behaviors
To take a quiz, you must be logged in and a member of the class.
Program Details
 Informational Slideshows
Powerpoint Slideshows on a variety of topics.
 Informational Handouts for Parents
Information of a variety of topics related to parenting and child development
 Mission and Vision Statement
The Mission and Vision Statement for the School Counseling Department
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Discussion Topics
Class Web Pages

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