Counseling & PBSES Newsletter

Newcastle Elementary

Dear Families,

Happy Fall! This is a great time of year to be intentional about slowing down and reflecting on the beautiful changes we see around us. Especially in the midst of trying times-like the ones in which we’re living-it is important to remember that lovely things are still happening too. We can celebrate the amazing growth we see in our children, the positive differences people are making in our community and world. And of course, fall also reminds us that there are certain rhythms, like the changing of the seasons, that are wonderfully predictable. We hope as you watch the colors change and feel that familiar nip in the air, that it gives you some comfort this week.


~Kailey & Alex

Creating Space for Learning

Resources for Families

Swedish School Based Health Counselors

The Issaquah School District, in partnership with Swedish, have our Swedish School Based Health Counselors (SBHCs) available to offer virtual mental health services to students in the Issaquah School District! See the file below for more information:
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Coal Creek YMCA LEAP Program

The Y is pleased to introduce Y LEAP Academy, a full-day program designed in partnership with individual school districts to support kids and families with distance learning and school-day care along with the enrichment activities, social emotional learning, and play that the Y is known for. For more information visit: https://www.seattleymca.org/programs/child-care-and-school-enrichment/y-leap-academy?_ga=2.68988439.764144461.1599693120-838531828.1598471759

Schoolhouse Rec!

Starting September 8th, the Issaquah Parks & Community Services is launching a new full-day program to help with online learning. Schoolhouse Rec! is available for students in grades K-5 and will be assigned to a classroom cohort based on their grade. Each cohort will have a dedicated classroom and staff team to help ensure a healthy learning environment. The school day and program calendar will follow the Issaquah School District plan. Health and Safety plans are in place. For more information and to register: https://www.issaquahwa.gov/3235/Schoolhouse-Rec

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT): Emergency Schools Meal Program

Get help buying groceries while schools are closed. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm on 9/11. This is applicable for children who receive free or reduced-price meals or families enrolled in Basic Food Benefits. This resource is separate from the summer meals programs or current school meals program. Families are eligible for both. https://www.k12.wa.us/about-ospi/press-releases/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-resources/nutrition-meals-guidance/pandemic-ebt-guidance-school-districts

Keeping Your Family Emotionally Healthy

September is Suicide Prevention Month. The University of Washington's Forefront Suicide Prevention created these steps to keep your family emotionally healthy during these times.


1. Check in with your children every day • Checking in with your child for even 15 minutes every day will do wonders for your relationship with them and will let them know you’re there for them. • Listen carefully to them.


2. Seek support • If your child’s level of isolation or other behaviors concern you, call your school counselor and/or doctor to discuss mental health support. • If you have concerns about possible suicide risk, go to LEARN by Forefront Suicide Prevention at the University of Washington.


3. Put these crisis lines in your phone

• National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 –- or text ‘Heal’ to 741741.24/7

• WASHINGTON LISTENS:1-833-681-0211 Mon-Fri 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sat-Sun 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. For COVID-19 related stresses.


4. Lock up medications • Secure ALL medications in a lock box or home safe—including over-the-counter medications and anything beyond a one-week supply. This can help prevent overdoses and suicides.


5. If you own firearms • If your family owns firearms, make sure your children do not have unauthorized, unsupervised access to them. Be aware: kids often know where the keys are hidden. • Lock your firearms in a safe or lockbox. Use a fast-access lock for home defense firearms.

** If you have complications with accessing our available district food supports (or know someone who does), or if you are needing school supplies, please reach out to Ms. Mutter (mutterk@issaquah.wednet.edu) and she will assist in finding a solution that best meets your needs**