#BeWellCCESC Newsletter

March 27, 2020

Take Care of Yourself

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, it's important that we take good care of ourselves. As we learn more about COVID-19 and the impact it's having locally and globally, please remember to seek help if you're feeling stressed or experiencing flu-like symptoms.

Local healthcare systems like Jefferson Health, Inspira Health Network and others even offer telehealth options. Telehealth allows you to be screened by a medical professional by phone or video chat from the comfort of your home. Check with your healthcare provider and health insurance carrier for more information.



"At first, I thought it would be very difficult to work remotely especially for someone who is an extrovert and enjoys human contact with his peers. During this past week, I realized the best way to tackle this new work environment is to have a schedule. Every morning before I start, I write out what I plan to do for that day. It’s very important to be organized and consistent. Don’t be afraid to attempt new things by using technology."

Marc Mucci, Teacher


"Teaching employability and job skills remotely is not exactly the easiest task to do. Project SEARCH is based on hands-on employability and job skill training. How is the Project SEARCH team going about teaching skills remotely? We are staying in constant communication with lessons around job readiness and connecting through Zoom. Staying connected with Zoom allows the Project SEARCH crew to see everyone…from a social distance view."

Jaimi McWilliams, TD Bank/Project SEARCH Special Education Teacher


Many of us have wished for a remote, work-from-home job, even if only on those cold January mornings. But, not like this with all the uncertainty surrounding us. We are thinking about whether our students are getting enough knowledge, food, attention at home, exercise, sleep, time for schoolwork. We are worried about a multitude of scenarios, the unknown. What we all need to focus on is what we have and that for which we are thankful: We are all employed! We have a job where people care about what they do as much as with whom they work. We are enough. We are doing the best we can and it is most definitely appreciated. I appreciate all of you and being able to contribute to our wellness effort. I appreciate being able to spend the day with Ginger by my side and being able to indulge her in a walk in the middle of the day!

Krisann Farnoly, Teacher


Staying connected is more important than ever. Social media is a great way for our staff to stay in touch with colleagues locally and with education professionals in New Jersey and beyond. In particular, Twitter is where many educators “go” to share best practices, learn from others and “chat” virtually.

  • If you’d like to learn how to use Twitter for professional purposes, Lori Perlow, CCESC Communications Manager, will be hosting a virtual learning session (details to follow) to help you get started. Current Twitter users are welcome to join in too.

  • If you’re a Twitter user, please follow and tag @CamdenCountyESC in tweets that relate to your work. Remember to include hashtag #BeWellCCESC. Camden County teachers from nearby districts are joining together to use hashtag #CCRLC2020 (Camden County Remote Learning Community) as a way to share resources and ideas. A twitter chat is scheduled for this Sunday night. Follow the conversation using #CCRLC2020.

Please click here to indicate your interest in participating in an optional virtual learning session about Twitter.



Please exercise caution when accessing free resources online. Legitimate sites will not ask for personal information or to download any software.


Below are a few resources to help you with remote learning. We're gathering many more in a shared folder. Click here to access the folder.


Have a positive story, helpful tip, strategy or thought to share in the next #BeWellCCESC enewsletter? Please email Lori Perlow at LPerlow@camdenesc.org. Maximum length for "We are CCESC" section is 75 words. Photos welcome.


The NJ Poison Control Center and 211 have partnered with the State to provide information to the public on COVID-19:

  • Call (24/7): 1-800-962-1253
  • Text: NJCOVID to 898-211
  • Visit nj.gov/health for additional information

This e-newsletter is joyfully prepared by the CCESC Wellness Committee for our colleagues.

#BeWellCCESC Committee

Kris Farnoly, Marc Mucci, Lori Perlow, Elizabeth Racobaldo, Kathleen Richter, Patricia Russo ​