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School Counseling Department at East!

My name is Heather Kreider.

Feel free to contact me at 610-678-9901 or at

Have a terrific day!

  • Classroom Guidance Curriculum
    • Kindergarten:
      Jellybeans Visiting Kindergarten This year five colorful jellybeans will visit Kindergarten throughout the school year. First Angry Arlene, the Grumpy Red Jellybean, will come to teach children about the anger they may feel from time to time. We will all learn that all feelings are okay and that anger needs to be released in a safe way. Next Emotional Eugene, the Feeling Blue Jellybean, will visit and teach the children about a variety of feelings and inform them that we can let our feelings out with our words or through pictures. Decision Making Dean, the orange jellybean, will help children learn strategies on how to make a wise decisions. Two strategies that will be taught are to ask for help and “stop, think, go”. Friendly Francine, the pink jellybean, teaches us all how a good friend acts. And Ordean, the Mean, Green Jellybean, learns how not to be a bully in Jellybean School.
    • Grade 1:
      Miss Grasshopper and Bug School Boys and Girls in Grade 1 will meet Miss Grasshpper, a green grasshopper puppet this school year. She is a teacher at Bug School and teaches her bug children how to be good friends. Students will meet three other puppets, Brenda Bee, Anthony Ant, and Big Beetle who are all members of her class. Unfortunately Big beetle still needs practice on how to be a good friend. Through the use of these puppets first graders will learn how good friends treat each other with words, good deeds, and actions. The children will also learn and practice strategies of how to handle themselves if they ever meet another classmate who acts like a "Big Beetle Bully."
    • Grade 2:
      "Conquering Bullies" The Second grade guidance lessons this year will center around jungle animals. Each animal has some type of conflicting or bullying behavior. The three main types of bullying will be taught: verbal, physical, and exclusion. Loud Mouth Lion likes to gossip and spread rumors. Hurtful Hyena and Gloating Giraffe exclude others from a group. This is often not seen as a bullying type of behavior but can be very hurtful. Walloping Warthog uses physical bullying and threats. Erupting Elephant's way is to use verbal bullying and give put-downs. Harassing Hippo is a name caller. Tyrannical Tiger likes to be bossy and Menacing Monkey gangs up on others.
      Each lesson features a story about that animal, an activity that the students can do, and a discussion on how to handle each type of behavior.
    • Grade 3:
      “Hunter And His Amazing Remote Control”
      • Third graders will meet Hunter and learn how they, like Hunter, can use their “very special remote control” to regulate their thinking to become more successful. Each remote control button is a reminder how to self- monitor our brains. Buttons on the remote include:
        1. Channel Changer- to filter out distractions
        2. Pause- stop to think, relax, and create a plan
        3. Fast Forward- think before acting
        4. Rewind- shift focus from past failures to change
        5. Slow Motion- slow down and manage stress
        6. Coach- problem solve
        7. Zapper- recognize and reject negative thinking
        8. Way To Go- use positive self talk
    • Grade 4:
      "Don't Laugh At Me" The guidance curriculum that will be used in Grade 4 this year is from the "Don't Laugh At Me" program. A song and video will be discussed and each month lessons will center around how we treat one another. The lessons deal with empathy building, conflict resolution skills and bully prevention skills. These skills are necessary for life development in our ever-changing world. They also reinforce our school's character themes- Making the "WEISER" choice!"
  • General Info:
    About Heather Kreider

    Hello and welcome to my website!

    My name is Heather Kreider and I love being a school counselor. I started my educational career in elementary teaching. I have taught grades one, two, and three. I also was the instructional support teacher for East Elementary and the guidance counselor for our middle school. Currently this is my tenth year as the East Elementary School Counselor.

    I am married to my husband, Jim, and we have a daughter, Sarah, who began her teaching career this year in the county as an elementary music educator. Lily, our golden retriever, completes our family.

    My favorite summertime activity is relaxing at the beach. I am a Longaberger basket collector, and when I'm not teaching I love spending time with my family!

    Feel free to contact me anytime.

  • Morning Announcements
    Every Monday and Friday mornings school wide announcements are made at 9:15. Each message begins with a greeting and the pledge is recited together. Each announcement ends with a one to two minute message from the "Project Wisdom" program. These messages deal with words of wisdom to ponder and think about. Each thought provoking message ends with the following statement " Make it a good day... or not. The choice is yours... make the "Weiser" choice!"

  • Testing Information:
    School-Wide Testing

    During February students in grade two will be given the Cognitive Abilities Test and The Iowa Test of Basic Skills. From these assessments ability levels and achievement levels are derived. Please help your child by making sure he/she gets enough sleep and has a good breakfast each morning. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.
  • PSSAs- The State testing window for PSSAs for our elementary school are: Reading and Math for Grades 3 & 4 and Science for Grade 4 occur in April. More information will follow.