Flandreau Indian School

School Counselor Newsletter

Dear Students and Families,

This week we will be covering Self-Management in the final component of the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) wheel. The past several weeks we have covered: Self-awareness, responsible decision making, relationship skills, and social awareness. Each of the newsletter can be found at www.flandreauindianeducation.com under "Distance Learning."

Again, THANK YOU, to our students and families. We greatly appreciate the kindness, patience, helpfulness, and collaboration throughout the past several weeks.


Kendra, KC, and Mrs. Tantype


What is it?

Self-management, according to CASEL, is the ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations. This includes managing stress, controlling impulses, motivating oneself, and setting and working toward achieving personal and academic goals.

Why is Self-Management Important?

Self-Management helps in many different areas in a person's life to be successful. It helps in communicating and working with peers, teachers, and co-workers. It gives us the ability to control our emotions and behaviors especially during stressful situations and make responsible decisions. It also helps in having the tools to successfully deal with set backs and overcome failures. Self-management is one of the most important tools to use in a person's life from professional areas like school and work to personal areas like relationships and family. By having the ability to self-manage gives humans the tools to successfully navigate life.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation Technique

Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) is a simple technique to relax the body and brain when you are tense or have anxiety. By tensing parts of your body and slowly relaxing those muscles, you bring the ability to feel again. This also releases the tension in your body which leads to reducing your anxiety.
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How your brain works when dealing with stress

Brain & amygdala hand model explains how thoughts & emotions fuel anxiety https://empoweru.education

Practicing Mindfulness

When it comes to managing your emotions and behaviors, it can be very difficult especially when you add stressful situations. Stress can be similar to a bucket of water. As the day goes on, stress can be added to your bucket like adding water. If you continue to add stress, your bucket fills to the top and can eventually overflow. Once your bucket overflows, you have no control on what happens and where it goes. Practicing mindfulness is having the control to release the stress in your bucket so you can handle another stressful situation before your emotions and behavior is overflowed with stress. Your emotions and behavior is easier to control when it isn't overflowing. Practicing mindfulness a few minutes a couple times a day can help in a major way.
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Grounding Technique

Sometimes stress can cause your brain to overload, which makes it hard to focus, pay attention, control your emotions and behavior or even do simple activities. Grounding helps when your brain is in overload. By bringing your attention to your senses, you begin to bring the stresses below your stress thresh hold and have the ability to do the things that your brain wont let you do when it is in overload. Grounding also helps with stress reduction before brain overload.
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Helpful Links for Parent(s) and Caregivers

Don't Slack

Anderson .Paak, Justin Timberlake - Don't Slack (from Trolls World Tour) (Lyric Video)

If in Crisis...

If you find yourself in an emergency, please, call local law enforcement or 9-1-1.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

(800) 273-TALK or (800) SUICIDE


2-1-1 (helplinecenter.org)


FIS Directory

To view the directory, please, open the pdf file below. This is the contact information for teachers at Flandreau Indian School. Communication is key for students to be successful during this time. Families, please be sure your child(ren) is/are reaching out to their teachers, and that our teachers have current contact information for you and your child(ren). Thank you!