Student Services

Ponoka Elementary Student Services Team (PESST)

The goal of our team is to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of all students at PES.  Our team meets weekly to identify students in need and determine steps / strategies to best meet their needs.  Student needs may range from needing supports with acdemics, social/ emotional and physical concerns.



Nicole Rawlinson (Assistant Principal) - working with students, staff and families to identify needs and implement necessary supports for student success

Jennifer Erick (Inclusion Coach) - working with students, teachers and parents to implement optimum programming based on individual student learning needs

Michelle Green (Family School Liaison Worker (FSLW)) - working with families and school to provide supports necessary for success in all areas


Programs Available for Students

*If you would like to sign your child up for any of the programs below, please follow this link for the PESST consent form, complete our consent form and return it to your child's homeroom teacher.*

Buddy Up!  - This is a program to help students improve their social skills in a safe and enjoyable environment.  Topics for gr.1-2 are sharing, taking turns, making friends and identify feelings.  Topics for grades 3 are positive statements, group inclusion, personal uniqueness, role models, and teasing/criticism. Topics for gr. 4-6 are teasing, identifying feelings, being a good friend, fairness, dealing with pressures, appreciating yourself.  (Grade 1-6)

Power Up! - This group will help children to develop positive self-esteem and learn coping skills to better manage their stresses and emotions. Children will develop new skills through a discussion and activity-based program which includes role-playing, expressive art activities, cooperative games and discussion. Children are grouped according to their ages/grades and needs.  (Grade 1-6)

RAINBOWS “Guiding kids through life’s storms” -  dedicated to helping children grieve and grow after loss.  RAINBOWS build the confidence and self-esteem of hurting children, improves their communication, and works to prevent destructive behaviors. RAINBOWS is for children suffering significant loss, whether from the death of a loved one or a loss due to separation or divorce.  (Grade 1-6)

Volcano in my TummyThis group will help children better manage anger issues. Children will develop skills to manage anger through a discussion and activity-based program. (Grade 1-6)

“What to do when you worry too much”This program will help children learn some strategies/skills to manage stress and anxiety issues.  Children will develop these skills through a discussion and activity-based program. (Grade 4-6)

In-School Mentoring (in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ponoka) - This is a program that matches students with safe, caring adults who spend an hour per week together during the school day.  A mentor is a role model to a student; through friendship, guidance and sharing, a mentor helps build a child’s self-esteem.  (Grade 1-6)

One-on-One / Individual Counseling (K-6) -available to students who need support or help dealing with challenges, or facing difficult situations by developing decision making & problem solving skills, and building strategies to navigate through life.

Family School Liaison Worker (FSLW) working with families/school and community to provide supports necessary for success. (K – 6)

If you have any questions about the above programs offered at our school please do not hesitate to contact any one of our PESST members.