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Valley View Elementary is excited to announce a father-focused volunteer program called WATCH D.O.G.S. Click on icon above to watch a video!

Program Goals

1) To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important.

2) To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.

How WATCH D.O.G.S.® Works

WATCH D.O.G.S.®, is a national K-12 program which invites fathers, grandfathers, uncles, or other father figures to volunteer at least one day at their child’s/student's school during the school year. Individuals can sign up for a particular day(s) through the year. We are focusing on the lunch recess times between 11:30 - 1:15. Watch DOG volunteers will be asked to play with the students while they are at recess, organize games and promote good sportsmanship. Volunteers will not be alone with kids, nor will they be asked to do anything they are not comfortable with. We want this to be a positive and bonding experience for you and your child. Overall, your role is to have encouraging interactions with students and be a positive role model for kids at Valley View.

How to become involved in WATCH D.O.G.S. at Valley View?
If interested, you must complete a volunteer registration form which can be obtained from Mrs. Ross in the main office. All volunteers at Valley View are required to complete this form and have their background checked to ensure the safety of all students & staff. Once this is done and Mr. Moffat has signed off on the application, you are welcomed to sign up for any day you would like to volunteer.

All participants will be given a WATCH D.O.G.S. T-SHIRT to wear during the day.

If you have questions about the program, please contact Mr. Botten (counselor) at 925-8138 or

Kelso's Choices
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 Kelso's Choices Conflict Resolution Program
This highly effective program teaches kids the difference between "Big Problems" versus "Small Problems."  Beginning in Kindergarten, students are taught the 9 strategies to minimize conflict.  Students are also given opporunities to practice, share and discuss concerns during regularly scheduled lessons taught by Mr. Botten.  You may also want to look at the website for additional information and ways to use this program to help solve conflict between siblings within the home!
Valley View Bucket Fillers
Bobcat Bucketfillers...
We Practice Kindness Every Day!

Please check out the Bucket Filling website
( for great ideas and resources to use at home!
Every parent needs a copy of the award winning books "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?" and "How Full Is Your Bucket?" and " Bucket Full of Happiness" and "Will You Fill My Bucket?" by Carol McCloud  
Click on the Link to learn more about Bucket Filling

What is Bucket Filling?
Actions or words that show that you care about someone. Saying or doing something kind. Giving someone a heartfelt smile. Using names with respect. Helping without being asked. Giving sincere compliments. Showing respect to others. There are hundreds of wonderful ways to fill buckets. The language of bucket filling has become synonymous with being kind and thoughtful. Your bucket will be filled when, at the close of each day, you reflect on the ways in which you have filled buckets.

What is Bucket Dipping?
Making fun of someone. Saying or doing unkind things. Refusing to help. Failing to show respect or being intentionally disrespectful. This is a partial list of ways in which it's possible to dip into another's bucket. Another is bullying, the behavior that has become the essence of bucket dipping. It is very important that we learn to understand the motivation for these behaviors.

How Do I Contact Mr. Botten?
Mr. Botten's regular school hours are M-F, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. His office phone number is 925-8138. You may also email him at
Mission Statement
The mission of the Valley View Elementary Counseling Program is to nurture and support EVERY student in reaching his/her full potential academically, socially and emotionally.  The program strives to promote and enhance student achievement by delivering prevention, intervention and referral services.  It is our goal to work collabortively with students, parents, staff and the community to provide a safe and encouraging educational experience.
What Are The Limits of Confidentiality?
Elementary students are beginning to understand the value of privacy for themselves, their families and others.  Respecting the child's (and family) right to privacy, confidentiality, is fundamental to the counseling relationship.  It allows students an opportunity to share their concerns with a trusted adult who will listen non-judgmentally and help them problem solve in an enviroment of physical and emotional safety.  Because the safety of ALL students is paramount, there are limits to maintaining confidentiality.  As required by Washington State Law and Ethical Standards of the American School Counselor's Association, the following are instances where a school counselor MUST report disclosed information to the appropriate authority:
1.  Intent to harm one's self or someone else is expressed.
2.  Suspected abuse or neglect of a child or adult. 
3.  An appropriate court order is recieved and verified.
4.  Legal consent is given to share specific information.

For more information about the legal and ethical requirements of a school counselor, please visit
How Are Students Referred To The Counselor?
Parents / Guardians, teachers or other staff may refer a student by simply discussing their concern with Mr. Botten.  There is not a formal process.  Parents who are concerned about their child's academic, social or emotional well-being are encouraged to contact Mr. Botten to set up a meeting.  It is our goal to work collaboratively with a student's caregiver to offer support and encouragement while they are a student at Valley View Elementary.  Students are also welcomed to make appointments or stop in when Mr. Botten is avaialbe to discuss any issues or concerns they might be dealing with.  If Mr. Botten intends on meeting with a particular student on a regular basis, the caregiver will be notified and consent given.  If you have any question, please contact Mr. Botten at 925-8138 or by email at
Developmental Assets
Many factors influence why some young people have early success, while others kids may struggle.  Research has identified many concrete, positive experiences and gualities (Developmental Assets) that have a tremendous influence on young people's lives.  Here are a few.
1.  Support:  Young people need to experience support, care and love.
2.  Empowerment:  Young people need to feel valued
3.  Safety:  Young people need to feel safe to grow, develop and learn.
4.  Boundaries/Expectations:  Young people need to know what is expected of them and whether certain behaviors or activities are acceptable.
5.  Various Opportunities:  Young people need constructive, enriching opportunities for growth through creative activities, youth programs, community involvement, etc.
6.  Positive Values:  Youth need to develop a value system to guide their choices.
7.  Positive Identity: Young people need a strong sense of their own purpose, worth and promise.
8.  Social Competence:  Young people need social skills that equip them to make positive life choices and build relationships with others
9.  Commitment to Learning:  Young people need to develop a lifelong commitment to learning
10.  Sense of Belonging: Young people need to feel that they belong to a family, school, community, etc.

For more information about Developmental Assets in Children, please click here
Guidance & Counseling Program Benefits
1.  Enhance EVERY child's self-esteem
2.  Empower youth to set and reach goals
3.  Increase classroom performance
4.  Increase knowledge of self and others
5.  Develop effective decision making skills
6.  Increase leadership skills
7.  Celebrate differences and learn from each other
8.  Improve conflict resolution skills
9.  Promote respect for ALL students
10. Increase school and community Pride
Mr. Botten's Belief Statements
1.  I believe ALL children deserve to be loved and respected each day!

2.  All students deserve a school environment which is safe, positive and celebrates the individual differences of every child!
3.  I believe parents, students, staff and our community are partners in the education of children.  Through effective communications, positive role modeling and love; all students can achieve personal success!

4.  Learning is a lifelong process.  It is our goal to provide your child with opportunities to learn new information and gain the skills and strategies that will benefit them for a lifetime.

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