The Counseling Corner

Ms. Fisher & Ms. Hughes

Dear Families,

Welcome to the Counseling Corner! Here you will find information and resources on social/emotional learning and wellness, as well as general community resources. We will focus on informative tips on a different social emotional learning skill each trimester, and bring you up to date information on community resources throughout the year.


Julie Fisher ~ School Counselor Website and

Jennifer Hughes ~ School Psychologist

Tips on Creating a Daily Routine or Schedule for your Family

It’s a new school year and a new way of teaching and learning for everyone. We are probably all experiencing some level of anxiety, worry, and stress due to the uncertainty surrounding the Pandemic.

Establishing a routine helps you plan, organize, and structure a schedule that best fits the needs of your family. This allows children a sense of security and safety knowing that there is consistency, familiarity, and predictability.

Some tips on creating a daily routine or schedule include:

  • Scheduling time in blocks to have it structured but leave flexibility

  • Have it posted so everyone can see it

  • Include your student in creating the schedule

  • Be patient and flexible, this is new for everyone

  • Set up your schedule to fit your student’s and family’s day

  • Schedule time for non-screen time breaks throughout the day

What about those times when you’re working or busy and the kids say they're bored, and need to do something independently? Try an activity jar!

Below is a template for a daily schedule below and more schedule templates here

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Hot Cocoa Breaths

Here is a video of the Hot Cocoa Breaths that Ms. Fisher showed students in her Community Circle. This can be used as a relaxation technique or calming strategy.



Since we are starting a new school year, we thought it would be fitting for our first Social Emotional Learning skill to select growth mindset to focus on, so that we will have an optimistic and positive outlook on the year.

What's a growth mindset? A growth mindset is a belief that with hard work and perseverance, we can develop the skills needed to take on challenges. Our talents and strengths are just a starting point—we can get better at anything with hard work. Rather than seeing mistakes as failures, mistakes become opportunities to learn and grow. When adults have a growth mindset, it helps us feel more positive—and it sets a good example for our kids!

Here are some tips to foster a growth mindset in your family:

Praise effort rather than results. Whether your child strikes out or hits a home run during the baseball game, tell them you’re proud of their hard work.

End negative statements with “yet.” If you start to say “I can’t” or “I’m bad at,” try ending your sentence with “yet.” You’ll feel more determined and hopeful when you say, “I’m not good at this… yet!”

Learn from mistakes. Making mistakes is frustrating. Take a deep breath and ask, “What can I do differently next time? What can I learn from this?”

Make a plan to improve. A written plan can give concrete steps of what to do next to get better. Celebrate even small steps towards improvement!

10 Growth Mindset Statements:



Resources for Food, Housing, and Counseling

Food and Housing resources

General Health, Housing, Human Services Resources

Crisis Support Services of Alameda County or call 211

Castro Valley Food Pantries

Alameda County Food Bank: (510) 635-3663 Or, visit

Counseling Services

Call National Suicide Hotline (800) 784-2433

Text HOME to 741741 to text with a crisis counselor

After hours:

Alameda County 24/7 Crisis Hotline: 1-800-309-2131

Family Paths- Parenting Stress Help-1-800-829-3777 to call their parenting support hotline

Eden Counseling

Axis Community Health

Asian Community Mental Health Services

General Health, Housing, Human Services Resources

Crisis Support Services of Alameda County

Alameda County Youth and Family Services (510) 667-3642

La Familia Counseling Service