EWRSD Wellness Newsletter

Third Edition

We hope that the latest edition of the Wellness Newsletter finds you well! As we break for Thanksgiving, we wish you and your family a healthy, safe, and relaxing holiday. In a time of unprecedented change, stress, and loss, we hope you are able to find some time to reflect and relax with your loved ones. We continue to be thankful and impressed by the creativity, resilience, patience, and flexibility we have seen from the community during the past eight months.

As always, we hope that you find the resources and information contained in this newsletter useful. To view past newsletters, please visit our website.

COVID-19 Reporting and Quarantine Procedures

Although we remain remote until January 19, we would like to bring to your attention the reporting process should you or someone in your household test positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19 Reporting Process

If you do test positive, the nurse in your school will reach out to your family to review isolation and quarantine procedures. Please see below for the protocol we follow, which are based on CDC and the New Jersey Department of Health guidelines.

COVID Quarantine

The “Self-Care for Parents” presentation received very positive feedback and will continue on a regular basis as a bi-monthly process group. Jule Bond, LAMFT, will facilitate the group. The group focuses on supporting parents and how to prioritize self-care during the pandemic. If you are interested in attending the next group, please reach out to Julie at Julieb@jfcsonline.org. Please note that space is limited.

Webinar: Resilient Families and Communities, Friday, December 11, 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Below is the flyer for the upcoming December “Resilient Families and Communities / How to Best Support Our Youth in a Virtual Environment” free workshop with Dr. Lori Desautels and Michael McKnight and sponsored by Ocean Inc.

This presentation is for anyone who supports children in these trying times: parents, grandparents raising grandchildren, foster parents, teachers, coaches, etc. You can register here.

Webinar Flyer

There will be a session on December 11, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. (register www.capeassist.org/dec11).

COVID-19 Testing

Mercer County is providing free at-home self-test kits to Mercer residents and will send them directly to your home. You must first complete a telehealth visit with a provider, and then they direct and observe as you administer your self-test. For more information, please visit www.mercercares.org.
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We are excited to report that Rise is organizing its 2020 Toy Drive in a pandemic-friendly format! If you are in need and would like to participate, please complete the Holiday Gift- Child Application. Alternatively, if you would like to donate, please visit this page.

Wellness Resources

Your family is the foundation on which much of your happiness, success, and physical and emotional well-being is based. If your family relationships are unstable, that can cause a ripple effect that impacts work, friends, finances, and even your health. In this article, discover several key factors for building and sustaining healthy family relationships.

7 Keys to Healthy Family Relationships

Worn out? Exhausted? Bleary-eyed? If you need a little something to ease your frustration and get you back in the spirit, this collection of talks should help.


Listening can feel at times like a lost art, maybe because we are communicating so much more electronically. That’s too bad because being a good listener can help you in every aspect of your life – with family and friends, and with your colleagues at work. Want to improve your listening skills? Here are some tips to get started.

How To Be A Better Listener