Guidance Newsletter

May 2020

Virtual Spirit Week

We had so much fun with the first Virtual Spirit Week, let's do it again!

Monday, May 4th - May the 4th Be With You - Star Wars Day

Tuesday, May 5th - Hat Day - Happy Cinco de Mayo

Wednesday, May 6th - Crazy Sock Day

Thursday, May 7th - Pet or Stuffed Animal Day

Friday, May 8th - School Pride Day - WAJ blue and white or college gear


Free Grab and Go Food

Grab and Go Bags continue to be available for students at the Windham Community Food Pantry at the Hope Restoration Church in Windham on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 and to noon and Saturdays from 9 am to noon. There is no need to call first. The food will be brought out to your car.

If you have other additional needs, please contact Nicole Baldner at 508-314-9406 or

Free Sunflower Plants

Kern's Nursery would like to show a little kindness to the students at WAJ because they know this is a challenging time. Kerns Nursery will be giving away free pots with starter sunflower seeds from May 4th to May 10th from 9 am to 4:30 pm. Please stop by for this beautiful free gift.

Briars and Brambles Helping Students

Our local book store, Briars and Brambles is helping our students by offering to print out school work for students who do not have access to a printer. Please call their store between 9 am and 3 pm for more details at 518-750-8599.

Kindness Chain Contest

We've heard that many of you have started a kindness chain at home. Great job being kind! Please send a picture of your kindness chain along with the total number of kind acts you have already done to Mrs. Baldner at to enter the Kindness Chain Contest. The winner will be announced on the Friday Broadcast! Please submit all entries to Mrs. Baldner by or before May 11th.

Remote Learning Student of the Week

We would like to recognize the students that are going above and beyond to be successful with remote learning. We know how challenging it is to work from home. Your teachers will be on the look out for students working extra hard! Two students will be recognized each week on the Friday Broadcast and will receive a special award. Keep up the great work!

Zones of Regulation

Anyone else feeling like their emotions are all over the place? That is what stress will do! It helps to take a moment to identify and label your feelings and then you can use a coping strategy. The Zones of Regulation helps identify feelings. Can you remember what feelings are in each zone? Which coping strategies help you get back into the Green zone where you feel focused and calm? Here are a few strategies to try:

  • take a walk
  • deep breathing
  • cuddle with a pet
  • read a book
  • exercise

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Have you gone on a 518 Rainbow Hunt yet?

We found 10 rainbows last weekend!!

"Sometimes the greatest storms bring out the greatest beauty....Life can be a storm, but your hope is a rainbow and your friends and family are the gold, " - Steve Maraboli

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Daily Gratitude

Did you know that the simple practice of gratitude is one of the best ways to boost your mood? Who couldn't use a mood boost right now? Try taking a moment each day to write down one thing you are thankful for and see how much happier you feel!

Today's Boost

Showing kindness is another wonderful way to boost your mood and energy. Being kind to someone will not only fill their bucket with happiness, but yours as well!

For Today's Boost - send a quick message to someone who you know really needs a boost right now. Then sit back and watch the chain reaction of kindness unfold.

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Growth Mindset Fortune Teller

How can you change your mindset? How can you support your perfectionist child? Check out this really fun printable from Go Zen.

Motivating Your Child

Is anyone else struggling to motivate their child to do their school work, chores or really anything?? We know it's not easy, but a visual like a chart can help. Check out the example below or visit to customize your own. A few tips:

  • Keep it short and sweet
  • Be consistent with rewards
  • Keep the rewards small and manageable
  • Character Cash makes a great reward
  • Give lots of praise
  • Remember the IF- THEN RULE (If you do this, then you can do that)
  • Natural consequences - no work = no reward
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How Do You Handle Disappointment?

Do you remember when Attaboy performed at WAJ?

Did you know the lead singer was on America's Got Talent? Here how he learned to handle disappointment.
DIY | Best Stress Ball Ever!!

Please Contact Us With Questions or Concerns