Tuesday, May 5, 2020
From Assistant Superintendent Patrick Larkin:
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and we will continue to share resources and ideas that can support staff, students, and families during this time. Today’s article is titled Best ways to help kids through the pandemic. It reiterates a few key practices that can help us help our kids get through some of the anxiety they may feel during the pandemic:
Talk to your children. Sharing can be helpful.
Write about feelings or do art to express emotions.
Mindfulness techniques can help you and your children focus and keep calm.
Exercise at home or in your yard.
Memorial Elementary School
Dear Memorial School Families,
During this uncertain time, your child may feel stressed and anxious. Remember, most children are likely feeling this even if they are unable to identify or verbalize their feelings. Stress presents differently in each individual. We encourage you to continue conversations with your child about how they are feeling and any fears or stresses they may be experiencing. If you feel like your child needs to speak to his/her Guidance Counselor or our School Psychologist, please contact us at emails provided below.
In the next few weeks, Mrs. Alper and Mrs. Ouellette will be focusing on social emotional learning and providing mini lessons for your child to work on. We encourage students and parents to try out some of the different strategies in these lessons throughout the next couple of weeks. It will be a great opportunity for you to determine what works best for your child and your family. While we will be talking a lot about coping, mindfulness, and gratitude, there are many other calming strategies and coping skills that can be helpful during this time. Many of you find deep breathing, counting to 10, going for a walk, practicing yoga or talking to a friend to be helpful. Remember, coping skills should be healthy and safe and should help you manage your thoughts and feelings. Below we have attached some social/emotional resources. We will also be posting more resources and helpful information to the Memorial School Guidance Blog in the upcoming weeks.
If you have any questions, concerns or need additional support for your child or your family during this time, please reach out to your child's counselor or school psychologist.
Mrs. Alper Mrs. Ouellette Ms. Sedovic
Guidance (K, 2, 4) Guidance (1, 3, 5) School Psychologist
Coping Strategies for Children: