Social Work Newsletter

Fall 2016

Welcome Back!

As everyone is now into the swing of another school year, I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I had a great first year last year and enjoyed getting to know many of you and your children. I am looking forward to another happy, successful school year!!

Marcy Ryan, LCSW

School Social Worker

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What to Expect from School Social Workers

Elementary school is where children develop their competence and confidence as learners, as well as their attitude toward school, self, and peers.

Elementary school social workers play a crucial role in helping to develop academic, social, and emotional skills that serve as a foundation for career and personal success.

In order to support and build a strong relationship with students through their elementary school years, social workers:

  • meet individually with students
  • work in groups with students to develop specific skills or strategies
  • conduct structured lessons in classrooms
  • consult and collaborate with students, families, staff, and community resources to promote student adjustment and academic success.

Throughout the year, your child may be invited to have lunch with the school social worker. They may be invited by a friend who is one of our regular counseling students, or they may be invited as part of a lunch bunch.

If you do not want your child invited to have lunch, please let us know. Otherwise, we will assume we have your permission.

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A "minion" great reasons to see the school social worker:

  • problem solving
  • good news
  • making new friends
  • stress/anxiety
  • being teased or bullied
  • anger management
  • changes in behavior
  • new students
  • loss of a loved one
  • family changes

Halloween Costumes

Every year we find that we have students in our school who do not have Halloween costumes due to financial need. As a way to support our families at Tanglewood we are asking if you might have lightly worn (or even new, maybe!) costumes from past years that you would be willing to donate this year to our children in need. If you do have costumes to donate, we will make sure to get them into the hands of children who need them. We have a box in the lobby for any costumes or accessories you would like donate, and we will be collecting donations between now and Monday, October 24. We will also accept donations during the Halloween Party on October 23 if you would like to drop some off then. Thank you in advance for any help you can give.

And, if you are in need of costumes for your child due to financial limitations, please return the form that was sent home by October 24 and we will do the best we can to get a costume to you. This information will all be kept confidential.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

This year, we are teaming up the the Anti-Defamation League to become a School designated as No Place for Hate. We will be having activities throughout the year to raise awareness to help combat bullying.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on November 21st and 22nd. If you would like to meet with me while you are at school for your child's parent teacher conference, please let me know so that I can schedule a time to meet with you.

We are here to help!

If your family is experiencing financial hardship, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to assist you in any way that we can - including holiday assistance and information about resources available.