Special Edition Guidance Newsletter

March 2020

A letter to Parents

Please click on the link above for helpful information and resources.

Keeping a Routine

Many of us are trying to figure out a new routine which can be challenging, especially for those of us balancing our children's schedules as well as our own workload. Having a routine helps both children and adults feel more in control and less anxious. Below is a sample schedule that has been widely shared online.

Here are a few tips that we are finding helpful as we find our own new temporary work/life balance:

  • remember that this too shall pass
  • manage our own anxiety as our children quickly respond to our energy
  • ask for the children's input in creating a schedule that works best for each other them
  • be flexible and be kind to yourself - we can't do it all and that is okay
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Coping Strategies

Good news! Your child has learned many different coping strategies this year to use when they are feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Maybe they could even teach you!

  • deep breathing (smell the flower, blow out the candle)
  • star breathing
  • lazy 8 breathing
  • movement breaks
  • muscle tense and release
  • 5 finger breathing

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Scheduling Update

Mr. Pellettier is currently working on schedules for next year. If students have requests or questions please contact him via email at mpellettier@wajcs.org or text at 518-323-5812.

Attention 9th Graders!

Current 9th grade students did not get a chance to make class requests in eschool. If you would like to request classes for next year please do the following:

  • log on to eschool
  • click on the class icon
  • click on the request tab
  • make selections accordingly by going into each department, make a class selection and then click save

Please email Mr. Pellettier at mpellettier@wajcs.org or text at 518-323-5812 with any questions.

Ronald McDonald Read-a-thon Update

Elementary students can keep up the great work with the Ronald McDonald House Read-a-thon. Keep reading each day and log the minutes you read on the calendar throughout the month of March.
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Fun Career Activity

Looking for something fun for your child to do? How about a super quick and engaging career match activity? Check out www.careerzone.ny.gov and have your child click on the "assess yourself" button at the top. Follow the steps and your child will quickly have a list of careers to check out! This activity is most appropriate for grades four and up.

A Note From Greene County Mental Health

GCMH services will continue to be opened. Clients may be seen at the clinic by appointment or over the phone. Darcy Rossignol will be in touch with her WAJ clients.