Parent Support Newsletter

Parent Support Newsletter
Posted on 09/11/2020
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Welcome to the first week of school! 

It was amazing to see students back in the building. It also made it very clear how different this school year is going to feel. And, as Mental Health Staff in the building, our minds immediately got to thinking about the best way to support students this school year. We quickly came to realize that means supporting families. One way to do this is to write a bi-weekly parent newsletter filled with our observations, as well as activities to support mental health and tips and tricks to navigate this unique and difficult time as parents and as a family unit. 


Here are some of our observations from this week. Students seem so happy to have in-person social interaction and some sense of normalcy! That being said, there are many differences this school year, such as: walking in through different doors, sanitizing their hands throughout the day, wearing masks, sitting farther apart, etc. We were amazed with how well they followed all of these new procedures. This made us wonder: What are the students thinking? How are the students feeling? 


Here are some tips and tricks on how to support your children when they come home from school and during their at-home learning days:


High Low Buffalo

Consider using this game to learn about your child’s day: 

High: The best thing of their day/week

Low: Something that was upsetting/disappointing in their day/week

Buffalo: Something random or unexpected in their day/week

Help your child name their feelings
Children may show their feelings about these new school procedures in different ways. For example, anxiety or frustration may look like refusal, irritability, or other challenging behaviors. Try helping your child in labeling these emotions. For example, “I think you are saying you don’t want to go to school today because you are feeling nervous.”


Set realistic expectations 

This school year is unlike any other. The expectations that have previously worked well for your family might not work well this year. Allow yourself flexibility. 


Meet your child where they are at

During at-home learning days, allow for breaks. We want kids to maintain their love for learning regardless of whether they are at home or in school. If you are looking for tips on this, feel free to reach out to one of us!


During in-school learning days, allow them to decompress when they get home. 

Consider giving 30-60 minutes of demand-free time: engaging in their favorite activities, going outside, screen time, etc. 


Balance

Try to find a balance between learning academics and ensuring that the mental health of you and your child is prioritized. 


Finally,
We are here to help. Please reach out to us for support, to vent to, or for anything else that you may need. We are here for you, and together we will not only get through this, we will thrive. 


Kristin Salazar, School Social Worker

651-425-4724

ksalazar1@sowascho.org


Kayleigh Krech, Behavior Interventionist

651-425-4785

kkrech1@sowashco.org