I hope you are all doing well! I am deeply saddened that our school year had to end so upbruptly, but I also understand the importance for all of us to stay safe during this time. I miss each and every one of our OMS students and hope that everyone is doing his or her part in helping keep youself and your families safe. Although we are not physically in school, our teachers have worked hard to give you tools in which to keep learning, So, PLEASE, KEEP LEARNING! That’s one thing that life is about, to keep learning and growing every day. Use your time wisely; be helpful to your family; be responsible; and, be a good friend to everyone. Please know that I am just an email away. If any of you want to talk, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will get back to you as soon as I can! Take care and be safe! Much love to you all and hope to see you all soon!
I have included some links and flyers with information on how to talk to your children about the virus, some ideas on how to stay connected to others while staying isolated, and some educational links concerning drug awareness and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). I hope you find this information helpful and can use some of it during your child’s distance learning. Also, please take time to check out my Educational Websites tab where you will find links for higher learning, resources for college tuition, homework help, etc. Please feel free to email me with any questions or suggestions you may have.
Check back with me on occasion as I will continue to update this page as I come across more resources.
Firstly, how about a “How to Survive Middle School: A Parent’s Guide” – https://www.bark.us/blog/middle-school-survival-guide/”
(FYI: Bark also offers a free trial to “help monitor text messaging, YouTube, email, and social media platforms and apps -- 4x more than any other child monitoring app. You'll get automatic alerts to signs of cyberbullying, depression, online predators, adult content, and more. Click here for an extensive overview of what Bark monitors.”)
Helping Children Understand COVID-19
Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – https://s3.amazonaws.com/scschoolfiles/222/outbreak_factsheet_1.pdf
National Association of School Psychologists – Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting from COVID-19 – https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/helping-children-cope-with-changes-resulting-from-covid-19
Social and Emotional Learning resources
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is defined by casel.org as “the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.”
Virtual and Distance Social and Emotional Learning During Coronavirus/COVID-19 Outbreak Educators and Family Guide – https://s3.amazonaws.com/scschoolfiles/222/student_support_sel_educators_resource-2-2.pdf
MAWI Learning Powered by ACT – Finding Success and Support for Home Learning through SEL – https://www.mawilearning.com/covid-19-help-resources/?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTURWbE5qQXhabU5rTVRjeSIsInQiOiJhdm9ZV1N6Y0dVZHpiV2FcL0RQYnhQRk9oYzlSa3A3WkU5S21jNzRJalM1bDFmbzBVaWNcLzFLNUtCckdEeGN4aWVUalM4bysrWjJ2TkFwK3FTMkxRZFV5RjVsUkJjMVAzeVFJOUFxZ0I4MVlRK3lGNSt0NzRRVWNON2dmTUJDUnluIn0%3D
Center for Parent and Teen Communication – Five Coping Skills Teens Need to Know – https://parentandteen.com/coping-skills/
Very Well Family – Teaching simple skills to kids to help them embrace their emotions – https://www.verywellfamily.com/coping-skills-for-kids-4586871
Ideas and Activities for Families
Kids for Peace: Uplifting Our World Through Love and Action – Ideas and Activities for Families During the COVID-19 – https://s3.amazonaws.com/scschoolfiles/222/ideas-activities-for-families-during-the-covid-19-pandemic.pdf
Natural High is a website that “believes in the power of storytelling to transform lives. This playlist is designed to be used for distance learning, and students and parents can easily access it from home. These resources are recommended for middle and high school students, and there are opportunities for reflection, discussion and activities that are paired with each Storyteller video. Feel free to work on this playlist independently, or try adding virtual discussions to the mix and get creative with the suggested activities! Activities like “Strategies to Manage Stress,” in the Bethany Hamilton section, are also great to adapt for family discussion at home. Enjoy!” – https://naturalhigh.org/playlists/nh-distance-learning/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=coronavirus&utm_content=distance_learning_playlist