EWRSD Wellness Newsletter

Second Edition

Dear Families:

We hope the second edition of our newsletter finds you and your families healthy and well. Below you will find a list of resources that you may find useful.

As we look toward returning to school on November 9, we ask that you begin to monitor your student/family for COVID 19 symptoms on a daily basis. If anyone in your family develops symptoms suggestive of COVID 19, please seek the advice of your medical provider. If anyone in your family tests positive for COVID 19, please notify the school nurse where your child attends school.

Housing Resources

If you are experiencing an issue related to housing, the Department of Human Services may be able to assist. The link for the department can be found here.


Families who lose their housing due to economic hardship may be covered under the McKinney-Vento Act, which protects the rights of displaced families. The rights covered under the act can be found here, and if you have any questions, please contact McKinney-Vento Liasion David Roe at droe@ewrsd.k12.nj.us.

Urgent Information for New Jersey Tenants During the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 Resources

School-Age Tuition Assistance for Working Families

Families can now apply for child care tuition assistance to help with care for children

who have remote learning schedules due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Please see the flyers below for more information.



Free Testing NJ

This link includes links to free testing as well as other resources.

NJ COVID Helpline

Medical professionals of the Poison Control task force answer 24 hours a day to direct NJ residents about Covid testing, self-monitoring, isolation, and symptoms to report.

Parent Presentations

During the past month, the EWRSD has hosted several parent presentations. Two of the presentation descriptions with the links are below:

Proactive Parenting to Promote Positivity

Board-certified behavior analyst Dr. Laura Lyons covered proactive parenting strategies for establishing routines, creating quality interactions (for all ages), dealing with power struggles, and promoting desirable behaviors. Strategies were discussed in the context of remote learning and applied to all ages and developmental levels of students.

Trauma and Resilience: Gaining an Understanding for Parents and Guardians to Help Support Their Child and/or Adolescent

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Trauma y La Capacidad De Recuperacion

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Topics covered included:

  • What are trauma and resilience?
  • The different types of traumatic responses in children/adolescents.
  • How to identify signs of trauma.
  • Mindfulness and other coping strategies to incorporate in the home and school setting.
  • How Parents can assist their child in dealing with trauma and promote resiliency.
  • Self-care for Parents

Social-Emotional Learning Corner

How to Create a Positive Mindset and Attitude

It is important for us to remember that we are constantly modeling mindset for our own children. In this article, there are strategies that you can use today to make an impact on your own life and watch how the benefits overflow into the lives of your children.

Keeping a Love for School Alive

It’s only the beginning of October, and we are already seeing that some kids are struggling with being virtual every day. Certainly, reaching out to your child’s teacher and brainstorming ideas should be your first step, but talking to your child to identify what is really the issue at hand is also important. This article is full of great reminders and possible problem-solving suggestions that might be useful if the love of school is starting to wear off.

Why Self-care has Never Mattered More to Parents and Caregivers

The saying, “You can’t pour from an empty cup” has almost become cliche at this point, but it doesn’t make it any less true or timely. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle and tasks of everyday life. It’s easy to neglect yourself in order to take care of everyone else’s needs, but this article is a good reminder of why it’s important not to lose focus of your own health and wellness.

Capitol County Children’s Collaborative

As a part of the New Jersey Children’s System of Care, Capitol County Children’s Collaborative is here to help engage, educate, and empower youth and families!

CCCC is a CARF accredited Care Management Organization (CMO). We serve youth up to the age of 21 in Mercer County and are committed to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.

With an integrated, wrap-around approach our Care Managers help the youth and family develop a child family team that will support them in various ways. This team includes the youth, caregivers, and CMO Care Managers and informal & formal supports such as extended family, teachers, clergy, therapists, mentors, family support workers, and anyone else that would be a support to the youth and family.

We engage face to face with our youth and families in their homes, schools, and communities. With youth & family-driven individualized plans, our Care Managers educate our youth and families on ways to navigate the children’s system of care, find resources, and help empower them to achieve their goals.

With linkage to sustainable community-based resources and team collaboration, quality of care, and culturally competent support, CCCC can help our youth and families overcome challenges, increase positive outcomes, and decrease negative or risky behaviors.

CCCC also offers special Behavioral Health Home supports to youth with eligible chronic medical conditions. This specialized service integrates a Behavioral Health Nurse and a Health & Wellness Educator into the Child Family Team for added support.

We support the belief that children and their families are remarkably resilient and are more than capable of positive growth and development when provided with effective community-centered service and support. CCCC is here to help Mercer County build a village one child at a time.

If you or someone you know could benefit from intensive Care Management services, call PerformCare at 877-652-7624 for a referral. For more information on our services please visit www.capitolkids.org or call 609 584 0888.

Mental Health Podcast

Recently, clinician Andy Dean started a podcast for Princeton House where he interviews therapists and psychiatrists about different mental health-related topics, the purpose of which is to help our patients and the community at large manage their mental health during this difficult time.

It’s called “Mind on Mental Health” and the current series is about how parents can help their kids manage their mental health. Essentially, three things are covered in this series – communication, DBT skills, and how parents can manage their own mental health during the pandemic. The links are below.


Apple Podcasts


Google Podcasts


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Icare and Be The Light Foundation hosts the Young Adult Peer Support Group for Suicide/Overdose virtually every second Thursday of the month from 7-9 pm.

For more information, please email rachelle@icareofewh.org.