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May Newsletter, 2023

Hello there Line Creek Families,

This year as a counseling department we supported 71 students for individual and small group counseling. Our total enrollment at Line Creek is 373 students and to know we were able to reach 71 students to help them with their social-emotional learning shows the importance of student, parent, and teacher partnerships.

A HUGE thank you to our parents who completed the Parent Needs Assessment Survey in April. Those results will help drive Line Creek's and Park Hill's School Counseling Department to ensure we continue to support all students in their social emotional developement.

I hope you and your child had a successful year of learning, growing, and building relationships. It was a pleasure serving as your school counselor for another year. I hope you and your child(ren) benefited from counselor materials and services this year.

I am not working summer school this year, but I look forward to welcoming everyone back in August. Be sure to do something this summer that makes you and your family happy!

With Gratitude!

~Mrs. Collins

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Parent Support

Learning and Engagement:

Social Emotional Learning & Awareness:

  • As you go through this year and your child(ren) experiences big emotions, Park Hill has created a virtual relaxation room on our website for students to access anytime.
  • To learn more about creating a calming corner at home, read this article: "Setting up a Calming Corner at Home."
  • 5 Easy Calming Bottles You Can Make this Summer
  • The first week of May was National Screen Free Week. This summer will be a great time to include some activities in your child's routine that does not involve technology.
  • Hot Chocolate Talk: Second Step has put together a public awareness campaign designed to help families navigate conversations about child sexual abuse. Their research-based how-to guides and free online resources teach simple, age-appropriate body safety rules and help families create a sense of warmth and comfort when talking about serious topics. All campaign materials are available in English and coming soon in Spanish.

Reaching Out

During school breaks, I will not be available to respond to email and phone messages. If you or someone you love is struggling with suicidal thoughts or ideation, don't be afraid to ask for help. The resources below are free. In case of life threatening emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

  • If you need a Safe Place, go to any QuikTrip, Police Department, or Fire Department and tell them you’re in need of a "Safe Place" and they will help. Or call 816-741-8700.
  • If you are in need of other community resources or assistance, visit or dial 211 (United Way).
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 988 (24-hour access)
  • text 741741 (24-hour access)
  • CommCare Access Crisis Intervention: 888-279-8188 (24-hour access)

Taneka Collins, School Counselor

If you have questions regarding your student, the information shared in this Counseling Connection Newsletter, or need help finding a mental health professional in the Kansas City area, please reach me at either of the contact options listed at the bottom of this page.

You are also welcome to reach our School Social Worker, Bonnie Maloney at 816-359-6744 .

We look forward to partnering with you and your student!