Westwood Weekly

What's happening at WHS

Hello Westwood Students, Friends, and Family!

The Westwood Weekly will be sent out every Sunday as a way to maintain the connection between school and community. We will include updates and provide parents and students with resources during these unique times. We will focus on mental health, physical health and wellness, and strategies to use to support student learning during this non-traditional learning experience. This document be sent via email on Sunday evenings and may be posted on the NICE Community Schools Facebook page.

Education Update

Teachers will continue to send out enrichment activities to students this week. They are utilizing a number of avenues to get information to students including Google Classroom and Zoom Meetings to name a few. Students should check their school email daily, work on the activities at their leisure, and understand the activities are voluntary. We ask that you be patient with teachers as this is new to them and they are working very hard to put together resources and find ways to effectively educate their students during these interesting times. Stay positive, stay safe, and stay healthy. Go Patriots!!

Tips For Staying Sane While Quarantined

I am sure many of you are as stir crazy as I am right about now. These are stressful times and the prospect of having to educate our kids at home adds additional stress. To help with the transition, I will be sharing information each week to support parents and students as we shift to distance learning. Click on the article below for ideas on how to stay sane while quarantined. Good luck!!

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!

Social/Emotional Support

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