Student Services Newsletter
Notes from the Nest
Note #1 - May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Note #2 - Summer Programs at the Library
Note #3 - Parents Place Summer Programs
Parents Place will offer Helping Kids Manage Anger, Mindfulness, Paving the Road to School Success and more this summer. Please call or visit the website to find out more.
Note #1 - Ferrari Brain with Bicycle Brakes: Supporting Students with ADHD Presentation
Presenter: Dr. Patric Mattek, PKM Clinical Solutions, LLC, Owner/Psychologist
Dr. Patric Mattek, a clinical psychologist, will discuss the nature and neurobiology of the Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and our brain’s executive functions. The impact of potential deficits in executive functioning will be discussed, as will the construct of ADHD. Youth with deficits in executive functioning can face significant challenges in school, socially, and at home. Dr. Mattek will discuss potential interventions and strategies for promoting success across those domains.
Tuesday, April 5, 2022 9:00 - 11:30 am
Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield &
Online Presentation via Zoom
Note #2 - Library Winter/Spring Programs
Note #3 - April School Counseling Theme is Growth Mindset
Note #1 - March School Counseling Theme is Mindfulness
Note #2 - 6 Benefits of Mindfulness
Research shows that incorporating mindfulness into your daily life can boost your overall wellness. Here are some other benefits of mindfulness:
- Improves working memory.
- Increased focus.
- Better moods.
- Stress reduction.
- Less rumination.
- Stronger relationships.
For more information, check out https://www.masterclass.com/articles/benefits-of-mindfulness#6-benefits-of-mindfulness
Note #3 - Summit View Calming Room
Summit View Student Services has created a virtual calming for students to access whenever they need a quick break throughout the day. Students can listen to stories read by various staff, listen to calming music, watch yoga videos or other movement videos, or virtually color.
Click the picture to the right to explore.
Note #1 - School Counseling Theme is Appreciating Differences
Note #2 -Mental Health Connection
Have your heard about Mentalhealthconnection.life?
Mentalhealthconnection.life is a Waukesha County Initiative that provides mental health support, education and resources for people in Waukesha County. You can also find more information on the Waukesha County Suicide Prevention Initiative (SPI), including meeting information.
Not in Waukesha County? No, problem! There are some great resources for all!
Note #1 - Keeping Calm
How to Help Children Calm Down - Child Mind Institute
Tantrums, outbursts, defiance, fighting: These are all things kids do when they can't control powerful emotions. Learn how to help kids calm down before frustration, fear or anger builds into explosive behavior. Emotional regulation is a skill some kids need to be taught.
Note #2 - Growth Mindset
Note #3 - Caresolace
Introducing Our Partnership with Care Solace
The Waukesha holiday parade tragedy is understandably weighing heavily on all of us and affecting the mental health of our community. We care about your well-being and partnered with Care Solace, a mental health care coordination service, to help you and your family connect to quality care. This is a free resource provided by the School District of Waukesha in addition to the services available through our Employee Assistance Program.
If you are looking for help with mental health or substance use, Care Solace will quickly and confidentially find available providers matched to your needs at no cost to you.
What does Care Solace have to offer? The right help at the right time.
Complete Support: A multilingual team is available 24/7 to help you understand options, call providers on your behalf, and schedule an appointment.
Personalized Care: Connect to providers matched to your needs and find in-person, teletherapy, and residential options.
Care Regardless of Insurance: Connect to care with any coverage including Medicaid, Medicare, and sliding scale options for those without insurance.
Easy Access to Care: Use Care Match, a self-serve website, to find a provider on your own.
Students, staff, and families may access Care Solace services in three ways:
Call (888) 515-0595 at any time. Support is available in 200+ languages. A dedicated Care Companion™ will help you every step of the way to research options, secure appointments, and follow up to make sure it is a good fit.
For an anonymous search, answer a few questions to get matched with an extensive list of care providers at caresolace.com/sdw.
Talk to your school’s student services and they can assist with connecting you.
Please note, this service is an optional resource available by choice and is not mandatory to use. Care Solace is not an emergency response service or mental health services provider. In the event of a life-threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1 or the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
If you are interested in counseling-related services for your child, yourself, or another family member, please contact Care Solace for valuable assistance. This is a complimentary resource provided by the School District of Waukesha.
NOTE #1 - Solving Problems with Other People
Sometimes our kids come to us as parents with conflicts and need help navigating the situation. See the following UW-Madison article and video for some tips on how to navigate problem-solving. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D744ZLnZcJU
NOTE #3 - Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Peer Support Group
Note #1 - Raising Caring Kids
Note #2 - School Counselor focus this month is Personal Safety and Protective Behaviors
Committee for Children has some great resources including talking points. Hot Chocolate Talks are linked below.
Note #3 - Library Activities
Waukesha Public Library champions the power of reading and learning to enrich, empower and engage all in our community. The library is your resource for books, audio visual materials, e-resources, wifi, circulating Hotspots, zoo passes, and programs for all your educational and entertainment needs.
Welcome to Summit View!
It is super exciting to welcome all of you to the 2021-22 school year.
What a wild ride 2021 has been so far and we celebrate each one of you who has made the choice to attend our amazing school and experience the best educators in the state!
We would like to introduce our school's student services department newsletter "Notes From The Nest" which is your comprehensive source for all things related to community resources, mental health, and social-emotional learning.
Each month we will update this newsletter and encourage families to review, remember & reflect on the content.
Student services specialists are energized to support our SV school community as we continue to experience new challenges and celebrations this year.
And so the adventure begins!
School Social Worker
School Psychologist Practicum Student
Note # 1 - October is National Bullying Prevention Month
Check out the Monthly Counseling Lesson Plan for more information. (See Below)
Check out Parent's Act Now! through Children's Wisconsin for resources and a deeper understanding of bullying and how to protect your children. (See Below)
Parents Act Now!
Bullying is when someone repeatedly tries to hurt someone else on purpose, and it usually involves an imbalance of power. Bullying can include actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and purposely excluding someone from a group.
Note # 2 - Christmas Clearing Council
It's only October, but if you celebrate Christmas, it is right around the corner!
If you would like to provide some Christmas joy for families in need, or if you could use assistance with providing Christmas joy to your own family, check out Christmas Clearing Council. Applications for Christmas assistance are due by November 15. Applications are completed online again this year. Contact Kelly Bratz if you have any questions. https://www.christmasclearingcouncil.org/
Note # 3 - Parents United Community Resource
Parents United is a coalition of 26 school districts in collaboration with educators, community resources and related service providers. Their mission is to present timely and relevant information in a neutral forum for parents and professionals who work with children. The lectures and presentations offered each school year provide links, knowledge and networking to the community for the ultimate benefit of our students. Click here for more information on their upcoming programs. October’s program is MAKING IT HAPPEN! SELF-ADVOCACY, TRANSITION, WELLNESS AND EQUITY.
Note # 4 - Healing Hearts Grief Support
Healing Hearts provides peer-to-peer grief support programs for children, teens, young adults and families who are grieving the loss of loved ones due to death, divorce, abandonment, separation, military deployment, incarceration, deportation and other life-altering events. They meet in a confidential setting where trained volunteers guide and support the bereaved. The goals of the program are to build resilience, strengthen families and foster a sense of hope.
All programs are provided at no cost to the participants.
To register, go to www.healingheartsofwaukeshaco.org or call them at 262-751-0874.
Last but not least... Counting Down to Restore Calm in the Classroom and Home
This "new normal" may seem "different", or "difficult", or "unique." There are many stressors that students and families are facing both at home and school. Try this strategy! Counting Down to Restore Calm in the Classroom: This simple mindfulness activity can help reset students’ brains (and yours!) when things get chaotic during the school day or at home.