Dear St. John Families,
During these unusual times, please know that you can reach out to me for help. My number one job is to support your child’s mental health and well-being. Know that I am here for you! I would love to email, hop on a call, or do a video chat with you or your child any time during the school week.
You may be unsure how to talk to your child about COVID-19 or how to address their questions and concerns. I’ve complied a number of resources that can help give you some guidance. I’m also working on regularly updating my site with easy ways for you to enrich your child’s distance learning experience with valuable social and emotional learning, too. Please take a look at the pages to the left. I have curated multiple pages with resources such as: mini counseling lessons, fun ideas and projects, and online resources. I will be continually adding ideas to these pages, so do check back!
In addition to these resources, I continue to work with students in a variety of settings. Here are the primary ways I will be working with students this year:
- Google Classroom: All students in Kindergarten through 5th grade are added to my Google classroom. Each month, I’ll be focusing on a different topic and will upload recorded lessons and activities that correspond to that month’s topic. September’s topic is “Back to School,” with lessons and materials focusing on returning to online learning and strategies to be a successful distance learner. Note that all of the resources posted are optional and offered as a way to enrich your child’s school experience with valuable social-emotional learning.
- Virtual Calming Room: Older students are invited to check out what I’m calling my “Virtual Calming Room”. This “room” has many resources to support positive mental health, including: guided meditations and breathing videos, journaling prompts, healthy coping skills activities, yoga videos, and much more.
- Small Groups: Beginning in October, I will be forming small social-emotional learning (SEL) groups that will consist of ~5 students of the same grade that will meet for 6-8 weeks to work on a common SEL goal (e.g., emotional regulation, anxiety, etc.)
- 1-on-1 Counseling: I’m available to work with students as requested on a goal-oriented, short-term basis. Please email me to arrange this service.
If there is anything that I can do to support your child or family, please do not hesitate to contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will strive to be as creative as I possibly can to continue to support the mental health of our students and deliver social-emotional learning!