Parkway Elementary School Guidance Department

     Dr. Jennifer Antoni       Director of Counseling Services & Assessment       X 2122

                                                          Mrs. Deborah Beck       Secretary to the Director           X 2121 

     Supporting Our Students through Grief and Loss

    During times of grief, adults often struggle with what to say to a child who may be struggling with grief. Younger students may have more difficulty understanding death and may experience misinterpretations when death is explained.  Older students may experience feelings of guilt or blame.  Providing a safe and non-judgemental environment to talk about any feelings of anxiety, regret, guilt, sadness or anger can be very helpful in supporting grieving children of all ages (National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, 2022).

    Here are some additional resources for parents and guardians supporting students who have experienced grief and loss:

    Dismantling Three Grief Myths

    ​ (dougy.org)

    How to Talk with a Child about Grief

    ​​Additional Resources - Coalition to Support Grieving Students

    Movement Activities for Grieving Children

    ​​ (dougy.org)

    Additional Counseling Resources

    Perform Care: PerformCare partners with the New Jersey Children's System of Care (CSOC) to coordinate the care of your child. We are committed to helping children with behavioral, mental health, or emotional challenges gain access to the services they need.

    Phone- 1-877-652-7627

    Website- http://performcarenj.org/index.aspx


    Center for Counseling Services

    George Scott

    Fee for Service - sliding scale option


    850 Bear Tavern Rd, Trenton, NJ




    101 Oakland St, Trenton, NJ

    Restoring Spirit

    Emily Anne Matteck

    Fee for service - sliding scale option


    Pennington, NJ

    TCNJ Counseling Clinic: The College of New Jersey offers a counseling clinic for community members to address a variety of mental health and behavior challenges. Couples, family and individual counseling is available for a short or long term basis.

    Phone- 609-771-2700

    Website- https://clinic.tcnj.edu/

    Guidance Counselor  
    (609) 538-9800 x 5110



    Mrs. Donato holds a Master of Arts in Counselor Education, with a specialization in School Counseling from The College of New Jersey, and is also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC).  Mrs. Donato completed over 700 hours as a school counseling intern at Bartle Elementary School in Highland Park, NJ during the 2010-2011 school year.  While completing her undergraduate degree, she attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Psychology and Criminal Justice.   Mrs. Donato began working in the Ewing School District during the 2012-2013 school year, and is always available to meet the academic, behavioral, and social needs of all students.