We all have feelings! Can you guess ours?
"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all" -Aristotle
Guidance Office: Mrs. Winslow
Tips to Help Bring Closure to the School Year
Keep in mind:
How Can You Help?
Keep in mind:
- Children and families have experienced a school year unlike any we have ever known. As this school year comes to an end it is likely that you will see your children struggling with conflicting emotions much like those they may have experienced at the start of remote learning. Your child may not know how to express their feelings about what is happening.
- The end of the school year is typically filled with traditions and celebrations that your child has looked forward to and will be missing this year, particularly for our students who will be transitioning to new schools. Children may be grieving these losses.
- Summer activities will look very different as well with the cancellation of many recreational programs and camps. Your child may not have things to look forward to over the summer and child care will continue to be problematic for many families.
How Can You Help?
- Ask your child if he/she wants to talk, draw or write about their feelings.
- If and when your child exhibits strong feelings remind him/her of the calming down strategies they learned at school.
- Keep the lines of communication open. Acknowledge his/her feelings by saying things like, “I know this is hard”, “Missing the end of the school year must make you feel sad”.
- Help them reflect on the school year both before and after remote learning began. Ask “what was your favorite part of the school year?” and “what advice would you give other students entering grade ____ next year?.
- Make a list of simple activities in which your family might be able to participate this summer. Water games in the yard, a movie marathon, ice cream for dinner night, and catching fireflies are some ideas!
- Be kind to yourself. Remote learning has been stressful not only for the children but for their grown-ups as well.
TIPS FOR FAMILIES RE: COVID-19
Please know I continue to be available to students and families to offer support as we all navigate the uncertainty of the days and weeks ahead. I will be checking both my email and voicemail regularly and am happy to communicate with any of you regarding needs/concerns that may arise within your family. I have posted a few tips that you may find helpful.
Children take their cues from the trusted adults in their lives. During this stressful time allow them to talk about their feelings while offering calm reassurances that you are there to keep them safe and healthy.
Try as best possible to develop and follow a daily routine.
Monitor your child's television viewing and social media exposure and avoid watching or listening to information that might be unsettling when your children are present. Overexposure to constant updates can increase anxiety among all family members.
Explanations should be honest, accurate and age appropriate. Brief, simple information is best. Preschool and early elementary age children need the reassurance that the adults in their lives are working hard to keep them healthy and safe. Give examples of the steps your family takes to stay healthy such as hand washing. Upper elementary students may ask more questions. Assisting them in separating factual information from rumors and opinions may be necessary.
Thinking of you all. Be well and do not hesitate to contact me.
What Is The Role of a School Social Worker?
The goal of a school social worker, as a member of the educational team, is to contribute to the positive social, emotional and academic development of all students. Providing support and guidance through prevention and early intervention practices, helps set the stage for optimal learning and success as children develop into responsible and productive citizens. I am available to you and your children Monday-Friday, please do not hesitate to stop by my office of leave me a message at ext. 208. If you do not hear back from me in a timely manner please contact the main office and I will be located within the building.
As the school social worker I am here to assist families, children and staff. Please do not hesitate to call me if you have any concerns about your child or family needs.
The social worker:
* provides family support/consultation as needed with a multitude of social and psychological issues that may arise at school, at home, or in the larger community, such as child development; sibling relationship; stress/anger management; death, divorce and other family changes; substance abuse.
*helps families find and connect with the resources they need to address issues of housing, fuel, transportation, food, medical care, counseling, clothing, etc.
* directs classroom guidance activities on a weekly basis to assist students in developing a positive self-image; in understanding themselves and others; in developing responsibility for their actions; in learning to cope with stress; and to develop decision making skills.
* facillitates educational support groups for students, i.e. Changing Families, Friendship Groups, Conflict Resolution.
* consults with families to help them: participate effectively in their children's education; to understand and meet their children's social and emotional needs; to utilize school and community resources effectively.
* offers parenting education and workshops
* consults with staff to: discuss students' needs; to facilitate parent/teacher involvement; to provide materials/guidance as needed in the classroom.