Counselor Connect March and April

                     Welcome Back!!! We are so happy to see U!

What’s Old: 

Continue to Wash your hands, wear your mask, and remain 3 feet apart. 

Lunch time sitting (3 to a table)

What’s New - Calming Room https://sites.google.com/nyeschools.org/hafensvirtualcalmingroom

Dates To Remember:

March  1st -5th  - Reading Week

5th - Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

8th-12th - Spring Break

14th- Daylight Savings Time Begins (Set clocks ahead one hour)

23rd - Early release 9:00- 11:45 (Parent/Teacher Conferences)

Great time to check in with the counselor or social worker with any questions or concerns.

                                                         

Tips for choosing to return to school. 

  • Routines -  Talk to your kids about routines. “Now that school is starting up again, you are going to have to get back into your old routine.” (example… going to bed on time) Set your clock close to your backpack and away from your bed. 

  • Set a screen curfew- After that time set there is no more screen time. 

  • Ask about routines to continue. “What new COVID routines would you like to continue with your family? Example, family walks, movie night,  etc…

  • Post the new COVID  schedule: Example Below

Wake up - 7:00

Leave for school - 8:00

School - 9:00-2:45 wash hands throughout the day and wear mask

Arrive Home, Wash hands - 3:15

Snack - 3:15-3:30

Homework time - 3:30-4:30

Wash Hands/Dinner - 5:00-6:00

Free Time - 6:00-8:00

Screen time finish/ bedtime routine - 8:00

9:00 - Lights out

  • Help your child continue to cope. 

  • Keep communication open. Kids do better when they feel loved and that comes with quality time, listening to them, validating and empathizing with their feelings. When I say quality time, that's really being present with them. 

  • Model healthy coping skills. Our kids are watching us even if we don’t think they are. Following public health and the CDC recommendations is a great place to start. 

  • Attach positive meaning to the pandemic. Yes, we know this pandemic is something we’ve never seen before, but we have had a chance to spend a lot of time together as a family.  

  • Remember there is the calming room on Hafen’s webpage that you can use as a tool to help your child cope. 

            The first week most kids are back (March 1st)

  • Check in with your child and teacher. If you notice any               changes (extra tired, frustrated, feeling overwhelmed) and if you notice your child is crying more than before let them know you are going to miss them too. Please communicate with your counselor or social worker regarding your concerns.  

  • Report positive feedback to the teachers and students as well.     

  • Remind your child how important it is to continue following the guidelines in order to fight COVID and that we will get through this if we work together. 

 Change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”  ------Socrates