Social Work Newsletter

April 2020

Your school social worker is here to help!

As the school social worker for Lake View, I wanted to remind you that I am here to support and assist families in connecting them with community resources. Please feel free to reach out to me or the school counselor Dr. Blackburn.The best way to contact me is through email at or my work number at 205-547-0864. The best way to reach Dr. Blackburn is .

Along with helping with physical and social needs of our students, I am also here to help support the emotional and mental well-being of our students and families as well. Each week of May I will send a new digital newsletter with an encouraging message and a quick social-emotional idea or activity!

Big Emotions

I want to start by saying that I hope you are beginning to settle into a new type of normal.

Dealing with the uncertainty of the current situation is difficult for everyone as we try to balance everything that comes with trying to keep up with our families’ health, finances, and responsibilities. Many of us feel overwhelmed with everything— and that includes children as well! Sometimes our feelings can feel too big and we don’t know what to do with them. Sometimes our “big feelings” may not seem as big to others.

Here is a YouTube video that explains social distancing for children. It not only explains what social distancing is and how it can make us feel, but it also explains why we are doing this for those that are having a difficult time waiting and wanting for things to “go back to normal”. And for those that do have a better understanding on everything going on—it can help to change our mindset and look at the bright side of things!

I also wanted to share two pictures to help with these big emotions. One is more examples of ways to take care of ourselves. If I could encourage you with anything this week, let us all have a little grace for ourselves and each other during this time. The second is a reminder for us adults. We do not need to have all of the answers. Sometimes just being there is more than enough.

Please remember to reach out if there is anything we can do to support your family at this time.

Ms. Wells

Elizabeth Wells, LMSW

My name is Elizabeth Wells and I am the school social worker for Lake View and Vance Elementary Schools. I love my job that allows me to connect with and support our students and their families. When I'm not at work I love listening to music & podcasts, reading, and cuddling with my two dogs Bella and Harley.