Our House Annoucements

October 25, 2020

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We Belong Here!

Hello Falcons!

This week's edition is includes a message from Ms. Stromberg on Science of Addiction for teens, the dangers of vaping, A Mindful Moment on Mindfulness being a Super Power, the Social/Emotional Lesson from Thrively on the necessity of Rest and Recharging, and upcoming Parent Events.

With Kindness,

Ms. Bohn, Mr. Lightner, Ms. Stromberg, and Mr. Tahapary

Jocbethem Tahapary: A-Le jtahapary@powayusd.com

Kenya Bohn: Li - Z ebohn@powayusd.com

Andrew Lightner: alightner@powayusd.com

Student Services Specialist: Sandra Stromberg sstromberg@powayusd.com

OVMS Counseling Canvas 2020-21

Make sure to check out our OVMS Counseling 2020 canvas site at the link Here

You'll need to be a student or observer of your student's canvas site to view the link.

Student Support Services' Corner

Hello Falcons,

This week's Student Support Services' Corner begins with a video relevant to Red Ribbon Week. The message and video pertain to addiction with teens. The second video covers the dangers of vaping.

Understanding Addiction:

below is a video that will help you understand addiction. Drugs alter the development of the brain. The teen's brain is susceptible because it is still developing.

Teens can become addicted much quicker making addiction extremely difficult to overcome. 9 out of 10 teens who use drugs can become lifelong addicts.

Please watch this video

Understand addiction as a disease (wait 21)

Understanding Addiction as a Disease (Wait21)
Vaping: The Hit Your Brain Takes

Why Mindfulness is a Super Power!

Following up on last week's Mindful Minute, we are diving a bit deeper into Mindfulness. Not only is it a strength, it can be a down right Super Power!. Take a few minutes to check out this video to develop your own super power!.
Why Mindfulness Is a Superpower: An Animation

Social Emotional Lesson-Recharge and Refresh!

This week's Social Emotional Learning is about the importance of Recharging and Resting! Everybody needs a break from time to time and you should take the time to do so.

To access Thrively please click on the link below


Once prompted, enter your username and password which are the following

Username: Student Id Number (ex:1234567)

Password: qx1fpv

Once you are in you will be prompted to change your password. If you have logged in before, please use the last password you created. Feel free to look around.

Once you are logged in click on the link below.


This activity should take you less than 30 minutes.

Supporting Your Child's Mental Health During COVID-19

Please see the video and article to help keep your child mentally and physically health during this time.

PUSD Parent Courses

Poway Unified has 21parent education workshop being offered this month online through Zoom.

The fliers is located below with more information and the cost for the course. Parents are able to enroll and pay online at Poway Adult School for the classes they are interested in attending!

Please visit our website for the parent education workshops that will be coming up at https://www.powayusd.com/en-US/Parents/Active-Parenting. Parents can view and enroll in the courses they are interested in!


· Preparing Positively for Puberty – TK-8th Grade

We can prepare our children for puberty by teaching them what to expect as their bodies transition from childhood to adulthood. Learn how to break down "the big puberty talk" into tiny talks that are more comfortable for both caregivers and children. Participants will review resources such as books and web sites that can simplify the process of starting a tiny talk. Activities that can promote a positive and practical attitude toward this important life stage will be discussed.

Monday, October 26th from 6:30pm-8:00pm Online Course via Zoom

Class fee: $16/individual or $27/couple

Please note, scholarships are available to parents who may be in need. Parent can contact the Caring Connections Center for more information.

Thank you for supporting PUSD Parent Education!

Parent Technology Presentation Week 2

Just in case anybody missed this last week....New to PUSD, Oak Valley or Middle School? Wondering what all these different applications and programs are? Take a few minutes to look the following Power Point. This will give you the basics of the different applications we use and how to check on grades, assignments, and contact teachers.

COVID 19 Resources

Your Oak Valley Counseling Team

Jocbethem Tahapary: A-Le jtahapary@powayusd.com

Kenya Bohn: Li - Z ebohn@powayusd.com

Andrew Lightner: alightner@powayusd.com

Counseling Assistant: Belinda Pagaduan bpagaduan@powayusd.com

Student Services Specialist: Sandra Stromberg sstromberg@powayusd.com

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK

The Access & Crisis Line San Diego 1-888-724-7240

The Crisis Text Line - Text HOME to 741741.

California Warmline: 1-855-845-7415

Text TEEN to 83986

TEEN Support Guide