Welcome Back Students, Parents and Faculty!!
I am looking forward to a positive school year full of firsts!!! This is our new normal for at least this year and lets get a great jump on welcoming this change. Change can be scary and make us uncomfortable at times but we need to be open to it and move forward by asking questions and expressing our feelings. That is what I am here for as your counselor. I want to make this process as easy and stress free as possible for all of you. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me at the school or reach out via email. I will do my best to answer your questions.
Looking forward to seeing you all, meeting new faces and working by your side in this upcoming school year.
Parents and Students,
YOU DID IT!!!!
You made it to the very LAST week of Virtual Learning.
We can all agree this year did not go as planned. Our every day routine was pulled from under us and we had to create a new normal. There have been wonderful things that have come out of quarantine, but I know this time has been difficult as well. THANK YOU. For all that you are and all that you do! I am looking forward to seeing all of you next school year.
Love - Ms. Russell
Information changes weekly please scroll down to find information on home-school activities, books, coping skills, physical activity challenges and much more.....
During Quarantine, I will be available via email: firstname.lastname@example.org and through weekly Sign Up Genius Facetime calls.
Dear Parents and Students,
I hope all of you are staying safe and abiding by the stay at home order and practicing safe social distancing at this strange time in our lives. I wanted to reach out to you to let you know I am here for any parent, student or teacher/faculty member that would like to talk or get information regarding stress/coping skills, educational games and activities to do at home or anything you feel I can help you with to make this unprecedented time at home easier for everyone. I am calling students daily to just check in and see how everyone is adjusting to this new distance learning. Please take some time to access the site below to update yourself on this pandemic as well as using this site as a resource for stress and coping skills. I have added a list of activities for Homeschooling/Academic, keeping kids entertained and structured physical activities.
Remember, if you need to talk, please feel free to reach out to me at email@example.com, I will personally call you to discuss any topic you would like confidentially. Together we will get through this and WE will be stronger as individuals and as a community.
• Keep a to-do list to reduce the anxiety of forgetting something
• Keep routines as normal as possible (meal times, bedtimes, and exercise)
• Make a schedule to establish feelings of normalcy and stability
• Need to calm down? List 5 things you can see, 4 things you can touch, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you want to smell, 1 thing you want to taste
• Remind yourself and your family that this will be temporary
• What has worked in the past for your family when you have endured a hard time? Do you play games together? Listen to music? Pray? Watch movies? Use things that have worked before.
• Shift expectations- do what is meaningful and purposeful
• Take small breaks when you find yourself feeling overwhelmed
• Establish a quiet time each day of no electronics
(adapted from Heather Tullier, MHS, PLPC)
Supporting your Children at Home
• With younger children, encourage free, imaginative play to allow for the expression of feelings- children often act out wants, needs, desires, or what they are experiencing in free play. They can’t process verbally like adolescents and adults
• Reinforce the things that are already in place to keep them safe-parents, washing hands, social distancing
• Older children- help them stay in touch with peers and family through phone or internet (monitor)- establish an appropriate amount of time and set a timer
• Older children- encourage expression through play or conversation-don’t force
• Limit media exposure
• Maintain limits, boundaries, rules- without limits there is a feeling of instability
• Model calmness and healthy coping skills- deep breathing, exercise, journaling, reading, sitting outside for a few minutes, etc…
(adapted from Heather Tullier, MHS, PLPC)
COVID – 19 RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYEES AND THEIR FAMILIES March 2020
Work Out Challenge
Here's a great video to challenge yourself and stay fit while at home. I would love to get videos of students or families doing this Hip Hop routine, just email them to me. Have Fun!!
New workouts for you to try:
Avengers Workout (for younger kids)
Black Panther workout-
A kids Coping and Coloring Book
My Helping Book (guided workbook on coping skills)
Coping Skills worksheets- (taken from Closet Counselor)
Worry Monster Activity
PDF link at top of page
(Great books to read)
Corona Virus and Me
PDF link at top of page
Find your Calm
The Color Monster
One Drop of Kindness
The Way I feel
I Am Human
Wilma Jean the Worry Machine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpAijfP99Ng
Is a Worry Worrying You?
Bubble Gum Brain
Relax Music for Stress Relief, Study Music, Sleep Music, Meditation Music
Journal Writing- One of the best ways to let go and relax is to write. Here are different topics you can write about in a journal: (topics will change periodically)
Final Week 9
1. What was your favorite memory of
this school year? Explain
2. If you could own a business, what would you do and why?
1. Free writing- write about anything you want (at least 6-10 sentences long)
2. How excited are you to start summer!! What will you do this summer?
1. If you could create your best day EVER, describe what would it look like?
2. The perfect place in the whole entire world is......
1. What is your favorite song and why?
2. What is the one thing you are afraid to do and how can you overcome your fear?
1. What is your favorite movie? What are your favorite scenes and actors/actresses?
2. Earth Day was April 22, what can you do to help our environment?
1. What is your favorite animal and why?
2. What are your thoughts on Social Media, has it made our life better or worse and explain?
3. If you had a Hot Air Balloon that let you visit any time and place in history, where would you go first and why?
Week One and Two topics
1. What does your home work area look like? What items do you have around that make it easier for you to do your work?
2. What are some things you did on your first week of Distance Learning?
3. If you could have one super hero power, what would it be and why?
4. April Fool's Day is coming up. Did you or anyone in your family ever get fooled? (if not, make something up)
Keeping kids entertained
Five minute Fun Activities – Five Minute Mum
Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Magical Oven - Amazon
PicassoTiles 100 Piece Magnet Building
Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems - Youtube
Kennedy Center – Youtube Channel
Melissa & Doug: Paint Your Own Wooden Magnets - Amazon
101 Things To Do While in Quarantine – Kansas City Mom Collective
Take Your Kids on Virtual Disneyland Rides - Romper
Ideas for Children – Slack Channel
23 Fun Activities To Do With Kids Using Stuff You Already Have – Seattle Times
33 Virtual National Park Tours – TotallyTheBomb.com
Over 30 Virtual Field Trips (with links)
12 Virtual Museum Tours – Travel & Leisure
Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China – The China Guide
44 Netflix Documentaries to Add to Your Homeschool
Farm and Food Tours – Farm Food 360
Virtual Tour of Mars’ Surface – Access Mars with Google
Story Time From Space – Website & Facebook Page
101 Ideas for Children
Yoga Exercises for Kids – Cosmic Kids
Movement and Mindfulness Videos - GoNoodle
Smart Fitness for the Family – Dribbleup.com
GoNoodle Games – Youtube
Frozen: A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure – Cosmic Kids
P.E. With Joe – The Body Coach
Math Learning Games – Prodigy
Hands-On Stem Projects - Kiwico
Thread for Interesting Homeschooling Resources - Twitter
Education and Training Resources– King County Library System
Free Homeschooling Resources – Khan Academy
National Geographic Kids
Curiosity at Home Activities: Pacific Science Center
Live Animal Cams – Monterey Bay Aquarium
List of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions – Kids Activities Blog
Milk Street Cooking School Online Classes – Milk Street
Learn to Design Video Games – Gamestar Mechanic
Storybooks Brought to Life – Vooks
Educational Audio and Music Player - Timio
Vtech Explore and Write Activity Desk - Amazon
Homeschooling Daily Activities
Learn at Home by Grade Level – Scholastic
5th Grade Lesson Plan
8 Digital Education Resources from the Smithsonian – Smithsonian Institute
What will you choose today?
John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, "If I were any better, I would be twins!"
He was a natural motivator.
If an employee was having a bad day, John was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.
Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up and asked him, "I don't get it!
You can't be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?"
He replied, "Each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or ... you can choose to be in a bad mood
I choose to be in a good mood."
Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or...I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it.
Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or... I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life.
"Yeah, right, it's not that easy," I protested.
"Yes, it is," he said. "Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people affect your mood.
You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It's your choice how you live your life."
I reflected on what he said. Soon hereafter, I left my job to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.
Several years later, I heard that he was involved in a serious accident, falling some 60 feet from a communications tower.
After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, he was released from the hospital with rods placed in his back.
I saw him about six months after the accident.
When I asked him how he was, he replied, "If I were any better, I'd be twins...Wanna see my scars?"
I declined to see his wounds, but I did ask him what had gone through his mind as the accident took place.
"The first thing that went through my mind was the well-being of my soon-to-be born daughter," he replied. "Then, as I lay on the ground, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live or...I could choose to die. I chose to live."
"Weren't you scared? Did you lose consciousness?" I asked
He continued, "..the paramedics were great.
They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read 'he's a dead man'. I knew I needed to take action."
"What did you do?" I asked.
"Well, there was a nurse shouting questions at me," said John. "She asked if I was allergic to anything 'Yes, I replied.' The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, 'Gravity'."
Over their laughter, I told them, "I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead."
He lived, thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude... I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully.
Attitude, after all, is everything.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
After all today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday. - author unknown