What's happening at WHS
Hello Westwood Students, Friends, and Family!
Tips For Staying Sane While Quarantined
Message from Mrs. Halamka
Hello, NICE Students and Families!
When you were last at school, we were in the midst of celebrating "March is Reading Month" by learning about each other's favorite authors, genres, and all-time favorite books! Continuing to read is one of the best things you can do to keep your mind sharp during this time at home. Did you know that you can borrow books from your local library without even stepping foot out your door? You can do this by using an app called "Libby". It's free, and the only thing you need to sign up is your library card! Sign up and instantly borrow audio and ebooks!
The changes brought about by Covid-19 can impact our ability to cope with many of life’s daily stressors. During this time, its increasingly important that we as parents, caregivers and community come together to provide emotional support for children of all ages, as they have experienced disruption to all aspects of their daily lives. Emotional and behavioral changes in children are to be expected, as everyone adjusts to changes in daily routines. Some children may show signs of emotional distress (e.g. anxiety, sadness, anger). But with strong emotional support from adults and communities, most children will demonstrate resilience. Use the 3 Rs (Reassurance, Routine, and Regulation): Reassure children about their safety and the safety of loved ones. Maintain predictable routines for daily activities such as sleeping, eating, learning, and playing. Support emotional regulation skills by helping them manage difficult feelings. Deep breathing, yoga, exercise and quiet time can be excellent tools for regulation. Make time for emotional check-ins, offering time for them to ask questions, talk about their feelings, and gather age appropriate information and support. Perhaps most importantly, emphasize the positive. Share stories of hope and resilience. Talk about ways our community is coming together to help one another. We are all in this together, and we will come through this together.
All my best,
Jamie Dieterle, LMSW, CAADC
Physical Health and Wellness Ideas
Hello everyone! I hope this finds you healthy and well. This disruption in our time together will be temporary. Try and enjoy it and take advantage of this time of rest and relaxation. Before we know it we will be back to our overly busy lifestyles that we are used to. Until then, use the resources that you have available to you to stay well. One good website is Strong4Life.com Check it out for some fun health and wellness activities. Try a new exercise routine, like yoga or Zumba. There are many fun videos on YouTube. Have fun, stay healthy, wash your hands, and don’t touch your face! All of my love, Nurse Korpi