Guidance Counselor's Corner

A message from your guidance counselor.

Ms. Malcolm,

Guidance Counselor

Dear Parents/Guardians:


Greetings and welcome to P.S. 201.  We are committed to a strong educational program that promotes academic and personal growth for all of our students.  Each student will become productive, responsible, confident individuals with strong academic foundation and the ability to make intelligent choices.  Our goal is to cultivate a sense of pride in all of our students, our school and community.  Every staff member, parent, and other members of the community share this philosophy.  We have implemented a variety of programs and frameworks that will help your child be the best they can be while attending our school.



Ms. Malcolm

Guidance Counselor




Useful DOE Links


Use the resources below to learn more about mental health and break through the stigma that is often associated with mental health especially during these times.

  • Feelings Bingo: This website provides printable cards to play "Feelings Bingo" with your family and friends. 

  • Pathways 2 Success: This website offers more information about mindfulness and 5 activities to practice mindfulness.

Summer Camp

Below you will find several links to virtual summer camp options.

Juneteenth Resources

June 19, Juneteenth, originally commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865, is celebrated throughout the U.S. to honor African-American freedom and achievement. Please find the resources below helpful to learn more about this historical day and its celebration.

PBS Video: Juneteenth, All About The Holidays Watch this video to learn more about the importance of this day in history and how it is celebrated across the United States.

National Museum of African American History & Culture: The Legacy of Juneteenth View historical primary documents and read the article about this historical day in U.S. history.

Morningside Center Juneteenth: Why is it Important to America? This webpage provides a step-by-step instruction in discussing the importance of Juneteenth with children and provide a video to inform the discussion. World Wide Celebration! This article provides a history of the celebration of Juneteenth.

Family Resources for Talking About Race and Current Events

Please find the links below useful for helping you and your family speak with your children about race and current events.

TED Talk with Dr. Beverly Tatum:  Former president of Spelman College, and a visiting scholar at Stanford’s Haas Center for Public Service,  Dr. Beverly Tatum, conducts a TED talk where she speaks eloquently to the importance of speaking to young children about racism. She is the author of several books including the best-selling “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” and “Other Conversations about Race”


How to Talk to Kids About Race and Racism:  Parent Toolkit is a wonderful website that provides the article as a step-by-step guide to talk to your child about race and racism.


National Geographic: Talking to Kids About Race  This article from National Geographic provides helpful advice to talk to your child about race.

Talking to White Kids About Race and Racism:  This hour-long program is about talking to white kids about race and racism, specifically how white parents, families, and teachers can learn to stand up for racial justice in a way that will make a difference for generations to come  

Read Aloud: Something Happened in Our Town  This beautiful, powerful story "Something Happened in Our Town" follows two families — one White, one Black — as they discuss the police shooting of a Black man in their community. The story aims to answer children's questions about such traumatic events, and to help children identify and counter racial injustice in their own lives.

Social Justice Books: List of Read Alouds  “ is a project of Teaching for Change, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write and change the world.” Here is their suggested list of Read Alouds around Social Justice.

Talking Race with Young Children:  National Public Radio (NPR) published this article to help families with the discussion of race with children. Even babies notice differences like skin color, eye shape and hair texture. Here's how to handle conversations about race, racism, diversity and inclusion, even with very young children.

Virtual Calming Room:  This Virtual Calming Room was created by the counseling team at the Bronx Compass High School. It is a place for “students and families to find tools and strategies for managing emotions and feelings, and building resilience during this pandemic.”

NYCDOE Together for Justice: Resources for Families  The New Your City Department of Education offers many resources on this webpage for families to utilize when talking to children about race and current events.

Resources for Helping Families Deal with Grief

Burial Assistance Resources: This document provides links to several organizations that can assist with burial services for low-income New York residents and/or death of loved ones due to coronavirus.


Grief Resource Guide: This document provides guidance and resources for families and caregivers who are dealing with the death of a loved one.


Sesame Street Grief Toolkit:  This website provides families with many printable resources to help children and families deal with the death of a loved one. You will find the following printables:

  • Sesame Street Grief Caregiver Guide

  • Sesame Street Grief Caring Cards

  • Sesame Street Grief Storybook

  • Grief Feelings Journal

Responding to Change and Loss:  For many that offer grief support to children, teens and those that care for them there are many challenges as a result of the social distancing that is necessary in light of the global pandemic.  The National Alliance for Grieving Children has release this booklet to facilitate those who work with grieving families accommodating to the current reality. The booklet is also available in Spanish.

Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers  The National Child Traumatic Stress Network provides a downloadable booklet for caregivers. It describes how teens may feel when struggling with the death of someone close and offers tips on what caregivers can do to help.

When Your World is Already Upside Down: The Dougy Center, The National Center for Grieving Children and Families has published this article to help guide families who are supporting grieving children and teens during the COVID-19 Global Health Crisis. 

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Guidance  Programs

Ms. Malcolm with a group of students
Ms. Malcolm with the Heart to Heart club students
Three Penguin Patrol Students
The Heart to Heart club students with Ms. Malcolm

Kids At Hope

Kids at Hope is not another program; it is first and foremost a belief system, supported by a cultural strategy and then enhanced by programs. Kids at Hope’s vision is that every child is afforded the belief, guidance and encouragement that creates a sense of hope and optimism, supported by a course of action needed to experience success at life’s four major destinations: Home & Family; Education & Career; Community & Service; and Hobbies & Recreation. Kids at Hope inspires, empowers and transforms schools, organizations serving youth and entire communities to create an environment and culture where all children experience success, ​NO EXCEPTIONS​!

Sanford Harmony

Imagine a classroom where students are empowered to connect, communicate, collaborate, embrace diversity, and resolve conflict. Welcome to Sanford Harmony—a social-emotional program that builds strong classroom relationships and supportive learning communities.

The goal of Harmony is to integrate the evidenced-based strategies of Meet Up and Buddy Up and grade level lessons and activities into classroom schedules — and promote the development of today’s students into respectful, compassionate, and caring adults for the future.

Heart 2 Heart

Heart 2 Heart is voluntary and open to all interested female students in grades 4 and 5.  It is a program that helps girls build confidence at a critical time when self-esteem is vulnerable.  This program will also help with their critical thinking skills and empower girls to form a tight-knit group where they can develop authentic and genuine relationships.  It will help provide a safety net where girls can honestly share their feelings, challenge one-another in a proactive manner, and build their inner strength to use their voice to regain confidence.  The primary goals of Heart 2 Heart are:

*​To bring a group of girls with diverse backgrounds and forge relationships that would not have normally develop on their own


*To have them interact with one another in a safe and nurturing environment         ​


*Help them express themselves in fun & creative space that is equitable   


*Allow them to be a part of something greater than themselves and network with other students   Our group meets once a week for 45 minutes from 7:15 am to 8:00 am once a week on Fridays.

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