Mrs. Joy McDonald

Mrs. Joy
School Social Worker
Grades 3rd - 5th
Room B106
267-599-2440 ext. 3256
Joy.StickneyMcDonald@bristoltwpsd.org

"Our prime purpose in this life is to help others.  And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them." - Dalai Lama

     I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the school social worker for Mill Creek Elementary School, serving students in grades 3rd through 5th.  A school social worker is a certified professional who supports students academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally.  

      As a school social worker, I interact with students, teachers, parents, and community agencies on a daily basis to ensure that students’ needs are being met.  I provide individual and group counseling to students in areas such as social skills, anger management/relaxation, friendship skills, organizational skills, dealing with life changes, and coping with grief.   

     I also assist parents with medical applications, provide referrals to outside agencies (e.g., counseling and Big Brothers/Big Sisters), and connect families to various resources (e.g., food banks).

      If you ever have any questions for me or would like me to work with your son/daughter, please contact me at 267-599-2440.  I look forward to working with you and your child.

 Joy McDonald MSS, LSW

SCHOOL-BASED SERVICES:

 Family Services:  Contact Lauren Kradoska ext. 2447 for grades K - 2, or Joy McDonald ext. 3256 for grades 3 - 5. 

Big Brothers/Sisters: Contact Lauren Kradoska ext. 2447 for grades K - 2, or Joy McDonald ext. 3256 for grades 3 - 5.

Weekend Backpacks for food:   Contact Lauren Kradoska ext. 2447 for grades K - 2, or Joy McDonald ext. 3256 for grades 3 - 5.

SCHOOL-BASED EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS:

NOVA: Bully-free education classroom lessons.

"Peace Works!" through A Woman's Place:  Skill training for healthy relationships.

"Steps for Success" through No Longer Bound:  Small group lessons on prevention and training.

IMPORTANT COMMUNITY RESOURCES:

Contact (24-hour telephone counseling information and referral):  215-355-6611

Bucks County Children's Mobile Crisis Support:  1-877-435-7709

Bucks County LIFE Program:  Assists families who have a child that struggles with emotional, behavioral, social, and/or learning issues.  1-888-442-1590

Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA):  1-800-675-6900
http://www.novabucks.org/

Bucks County Housing Link:  1-800-810-4434

Bucks County Opportunity Council, Bristol (Focuses on self-sufficiency):  215-781-2661

Penn Community Bank (Reviews Credit Options, no counseling fee):  215-946-7400

Big Brothers/Big Sisters:  215-343-8260

PA Healthcare:  https://www.compass.state.pa.us/Compass.Web/public/cmphome

"Welcoming the Stranger."  Free educational opportunities to immigrants and refugees in the United States:  215-702-3445

PA Bullying Prevention Consultation Line:  1-866-716-0424

Lenape Valley Foundation Suicide Prevention:
https://www.lenapevf.org/educationtraining/bucks-county-suicide-prevention-task-force/


PARENTING:

Parenting Classes through Family Services:  215-757-6916 ext. 356 Annie Wise

St. Mary's Family Resource Center, Bensalem (Parenting):  215-245-8563

St. Mary's Parenting Center, Langhorne:  215-710-5976


CHILD CARE:

Child Care Information Helpline:  1-877-4PA-KIDS

YMCA:  215-949-3400

Kid Time:  215-783-0521


THRIFT STORES:

Emilie United Methodist Church, Levittown:  215-945-5502

Impact Thrift Store, Bristol:  215-788-5485

Suited for Success, Bristol (Clothing for interviews):  215-781-0200

Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, Penndel (Thrift/Furniture Store):  215-741-1010

Salvation Army Thrift Store, Fairless Hills:  215-946-1271

St. Mary Thrift Shop, Langhorne:  215-750-8400

 
FOOD BANKS:

"Weekend Back Packs for Kids" through St. Mary's Parenting Center (food and snacks for the weekend for your child(ren):  Contact Joy at Mill Creek 267-599-2440

Mary's Cupboard, Levittown:  215-949-1991

Emergency Relief Association United Christian Church, Levittown:  215-547-1676

Martha's Cupboard, Levittown:  215-945-4486

Salvation Army, Levittown:  215-945-0717

Bristol Borough Community Action Group:  215-785-3296

Penndel Community Food Pantry:  215-752-8422

Loaves & Fishes Pantry, Fairless Hills:  215-946-5800


MENTAL HEALTH: 

 Please contact me directly for more information regarding outside behavioral and mental health services.  I have an extensive list that specifically states what insurances are accepted.

COMMUNITY GROUPS:


"Defeat Your Anxiety Monster:"  Children between the ages of 6 - 9 may practice and improve upon their coping skills.  Contact Jaime Mctaggart at Child and Family Focus 215-957-9771.

"DBT Group - Emotion Regulation:"  Manage your emotions and build healthy relationships.  Ages 14 - 18.  Contact Jaime Mctaggart at Child and Family Focus 215-957-9771.

Social Skill Groups at Spectrum of Solutions Therapy:  Contact 267-270-5527. 
http://www.sostherapyservices.com/groups

Bucks County LIFE Program:  Contact 1-888-442-1590 http://lifeinbucks.org/resources-events/