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School Counseling


Ratcliffe School Counseling

Hello Ratcliffe Students, I am Mrs. Gunn, School Counselor.  I hope that you all had a great summer and I want to welcome you all back to school for the 2020-2021 school year.  I also want to welcome our new students and their families. I am glad that you have joined our Ratcliffe Family. I look forward to seeing you all in your new classes with new teachers and classmates.  Although we are not returning to school as we have in the past, a lot of work has been done to make sure that you all will have a great learning experience.  I will continue to support you with a School Counseling Program that focuses on the areas of Academics, Social Emotional Learning and Career & College Awareness.  Remember together we can have a successful school year because we are RAMS: Respectful, Achievers, Motivated and have Self-Control.


 Crisis and Mental Health Support

Please note that School-Based Mental Health Teams are not available to provide guidance, resources, or intervention services for mental health emergencies outside of school hours.

If you or your child are experiencing an emergency or crisis, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room for immediate assistance.

For additional mental health services, Henrico Area Mental Health may be accessed at the following numbers: (804) 727-8515 (same day access) or (804) 727-8484 (emergency). 

To report suspected child abuse or neglect, please contact Child Protective Services at (804) 501-5437 (Monday – Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm) or the VA Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline outside of business hours at 1-800-552-7096.  

If you are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence, sexual violence, or human trafficking, please contact Safe Harbor’s 24-hour helpline at (804) 612-6126.

Mrs. Gunn’s Contact Information

To email Mrs. Gunn:

To access Mrs. Gunn’s Ratcliffe Elementary School Counseling Schoology Group, please use access code: XP4T-89XV-M36KR

Gifted Identification Information

If you are interested in applying for HCPS’ Gifted Program, please refer to the following FAQ document for deadlines and other questions. If you need more information, please contact Mrs. Gunn at


FAQ Gifted Identification–Spring 2021

Social Emotional Learning


Social emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults learn and apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for being a healthy adult. The Sanford Harmony Program is used throughout HCPS schools for SEL support.  The focus themes for this program are Diversity & Inclusion, Empathy & Critical Thinking, Communication, Problem Solving and Peer Relationships.

Sanford Harmony’s online toolkit supports educators, families and caregivers with social emotional learning resources for boys and girls of all ages.  Please visit the website, for more information regarding this resource.



Gifted Learning Resources

If you are interested in Gifted Learning resources available for your student, please check out the Gifted News Parent Page This blog not only gives ideas for working with your student but will also alert parents as to when to apply for gifted identification.



Henrico Christmas Mother Program


The 2020 Henrico Christmas Mother program begins today September 14, 2020 and is open for referrals until October 2, 2020.

Changes due to COVID include:

  • Applications will not be taken at the warehouse.

  • 2019 clients that were approved and received services are being pre-approved for 2020.  Parents/Guardians will be receiving a letter detailing the changes.

  • Distribution will be gift cards only and will be distributed the week of November 16 – 20, 2020.  Since it will be gift cards only, clients will not be entering the warehouse.  Following COVID guidelines, a process with appointments, will be implemented for pickup at the warehouse door.

 New 2020 clients: 

Must be receiving SNAP/TANF benefits via Henrico Social Services



 International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programs (IBMYP)

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programs in Henrico County are for students from the 6th through the 12th grades to help develop the intellectual, personal, social and emotional skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. This program is for students who are highly motivated and who have demonstrated the ability to achieve academically.  They receive a comprehensive, advanced curriculum from a global perspective.

Ratcliffe’s feeder middle schools are Wilder and Fairfield Middle, however, there is an optional advanced studies program called the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IB), which is located at Fairfield Middle School for students living in our school zone. This program is for students who are highly motivated and have demonstrated the ability to achieve academically.

If accepted into the program, students attending Ratcliffe Elementary in 5th grade would attend their IBMYP at Fairfield Middle School.  Applications will be available on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020.  For more information on this program please visit the website at



Coronavirus Lesson Resources


If you are looking for lesson ideas to share with your family about the coronavirus, please see these resources:

Lesson Resources for Kindergarten-Grade 2

Lesson Resources for Grades 3-5





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