Newsletter – January 2024

January 2024 School Counselor Newsletter

Dear St. John Families,

Happy New Year! I’m so excited to be back at St. John following a wonderful maternity leave with my baby boy and husband.

Now that I’m back at school, I’m eager to begin a new session of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) groups! Groups focus on a variety of SEL skills, including emotional regulation and coping skills, friendship and social skills, and executive functioning skills such as self-control, flexible thinking, and focus strategies. Groups are formed with 4-6 same-grade peers and meet weekly for 30 minutes during the school day for 10 weeks.

This is the last call to sign up for the winter session of groups. Please fill out this online form by Monday, January 8th if you would like your child to participate in a group.

As always, feel free to email me at I look forward to reconnecting with you!

Ms. Shaw

January Resources

– The start of a new year is a great time to take a step back, take a breath, and look at how you’re caring of yourself and others in your family. Check out this article with awesome ideas to help your family kick off the new year strong, happy, and healthy.

– On January 23rd, PNW Parent Education is hosting a free talk with Dr. Michele Borba titled, “Resilience Building: Solutions to the Youth Mental Health Crisis.” The talk will cover science-backed strategies to teach self-regulation, reduce anxiety, and respond—not react—to dysregulated behavior. Learn more here.

– If you or your child needs mental health support, Care Solace is a free and confidential care coordination service that can help you quickly find treatment options matched to your needs. This year the Archdiocese of Seattle partnered with Care Solace to support the well-being of students and their family members. If you would like to use Care Solace to find a provider, call 888-515-0595 or visit their website here. St. John families are also welcome to contact me for support in navigating Care Solace.