As families think about the return to school, this article shares some items beyond the traditional supply list to consider. Article by Dr. Lisa Damour linked here.
If you haven’t checked it out yet, please head to the BJHS transition page.
You’ll find videos with tips from current 6th and 8th graders, a welcome packet with information about the transition process and highlights about the jr. high, The video from the Parent Information Night is also linked there.
6th Grade Welcome Packet.pdf
If you have any questions, please reach out to one of us in the counseling department.
Have a great summer! We are excited to see you in the fall!
Check out this weekly webinar series put together by Common Sense Media. This past week’s webinar “Making Room for Uncomfortable Emotions” features Dr. Damour, psychologist, and Dr. Natterson, pediatrician, as they discuss supporting the emotional and psychical needs of kids during these times at home. They suggest ways to lean in to these difficulties alongside teaching protective coping skills.
“Conversations with Common Sense brings together authors, experts, and thought leaders for meaningful and timely dialogue on what it means to raise healthy and happy kids in the digital age. This special COVID-19 edition will feature tips and advice on keeping kids engaged, entertained, and learning while at home, as well as best practices for managing stress and self-care for the whole family during this time of social distancing.”
Webinars are recorded and available to watch and share on our YouTube channel.
Quarantine with Grace
Young Kids Coping with Anxiety
Crawling the Walls with Teens
Sheltering in Place with Young Children
Parenting in New Terrain
Building Skills in Young Kids
A National Town Hall for Parents
Making Room for Uncomfortable Emotions
If you’re looking for an updated resource with recommendations on how to talk to your children about the facts of COVID-19, we recommend the information posted here from the CDC.
Common Sense Media has released a new Apple podcast called Parent Trapped. “The coronavirus pandemic has turned our lives upside down. Parent Trapped is here to help. Each week, host Ann Marie Baldonado checks in with authors, educators, and celebrities to bring you real-world stories and tips. You’ll hear from experts and listeners on everything from juggling work and school with kids at home to awesome pillow fort designs (!) and great family movies. Common Sense created Parent Trapped to capture parents’ candid stories and moments when reality meets (comic) relief. Because, let’s face it: Raising kids in quarantine is a challenge none of us saw coming.”
In anticipation of Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 3-9), G.E.A.R. is providing a variety of events and resources. Take a look here.
Likewise, NAMI Maine recognizing May as Mental Health Awareness Month by sharing a variety of resources and supports for families and teens (a new text line, webinars, distance learning tips, support groups, etc.). These are linked here.
To go along with the Remote Learning Video Guidance put out by BSD, we feel it is important for parents to be aware of some of the possible risks with video platforms including Zoom.