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
September 16, 2020
As we welcome your children back to school either in-person or remotely, it is with the recognition that for all of us this school year will be unlike any we have experienced. Families have faced unimaginable stressors and loss during the last six months. The school routines to which you and your children are accustomed may look and feel different. Change can be difficult and feel overwhelming. Yet while the school year begins with change and uncertainties, it will also provide opportunities for growth and resilience.
We know children do best when provided with structure, especially true in times of unease. To this end the staff has been working diligently to put in place consistent and predictable schedules and routines so that all students feel comfortable and safe in their learning environments. This is our opportunity to help children take responsibility for their learning. We recognize that becoming an independent learner takes lots of practice!
The social/emotional well being of every student has always been a top priority at TCS. As usual I will deliver weekly lessons at every grade level. Social/emotional learning will continue to be carried out by all staff and woven throughout the school day.
How can you help? Let us know how your child has been faring emotionally during the pandemic, especially if there are any concerns to be aware of in order to help you and your child feel comfortable and supported upon his/her return to school.
As the school social worker I am here to assist you and your children. I am available to provide support and offer consultation as well as assistance in connecting with any resources you may need. Please do not hesitate to contact me at 508-487-1558 ext. 208 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Along with the rest of the staff at TCS I am excited to be working with your students once again!
Nancy Winslow, MSW, LCSW
School Social Worker
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.