Guidance Newsletter

Social Emotional Learning

Spring 2021

Spring 2021

Hello, Students and Families!

We hope you are all well and excited for the spring and warm weather!

Tomorrow, Friday March 26th, is Social Emotional Learning Day! This day is meant to bring awareness to the importance of taking care of ourselves and each other.

We thought it may be helpful to provide you with some Social Emotional Learning resources and activities. Included in this newsletter is an important survey that we are asking all of our students in grades 3-8 to complete. You will also find a packet of fun and helpful social emotional learning activities.

As school counselors, we will continue to support all of our students’ social-emotional health through individual meetings, conferences with families, and grade-wide live SEL discussions and pre-recorded lessons.

If you or your child would like to make an appointment, please reach out to us at any time!

Jennifer Ripatrazone (Middle School) (973) 948-3727x222

Jessica Pistone (Elementary School) (973) 948-3727 ext. 210

Student Social Emotional Wellness Survey: Grades 3-8

This survey contains questions about how you are feeling overall and your support system. Please answer the questions honestly, accurately, and with as much detail as possible. We hope to use these results to give you tips and help with your specific needs. Please click on the link below to complete the survey.

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Social Emotional Learning Activity Packet

In this activity packet, you will find different games, exercises, and suggestions to help with Social Emotional Health. Enjoy!!

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General Remote Learning Tips for Parents:

  • Encourage a structured and detailed schedule that is followed every remote day

  • Set aside time to have discussions with your children and listen to what their struggles/stressors are. Talk about the importance of perseverance and accountability and offer whatever help you are able to provide (sitting with them to do some of their work, emailing teachers and counselors to check in and see how your child is doing or to update with concerns you have).

In the morning, you might ask:

~What classes/subject do you have today?

~Do you have any assessments?

~How will you spend your time?

~What resources do you need?

~What can I do to help?

At the end of the day you might ask:

~How far did you get in your learning tasks today?

~What did you discover? What was hard? What did you do well or what were you proud of?

~What could we do to make tomorrow better?

  • Choose an appropriate learning environment where your children have what they need to be successful learners:

*Ample space for materials and to spread out as needed

*Devices that are charged and hotspots that are being used if needed

*Quiet environment where distractions are limited (unnecessary websites, television, phones, pets, etc.)

*If possible, an adult present to monitor learning

  • At the conclusion of each day, check your child’s agenda book and Google Classroom to ensure assignments due have been completed thoroughly and turned in on time.

  • Expect your children to do their part. The adults that care about them are not expected to do it all. Students should be held accountable and do their part, while being provided with support and encouragement; give age and mistake-appropriate consequences.

  • Connect with others and encourage kindness in your children. Remind them to reach out to their friends and family, behave appropriately during virtual meetings, and to treat others the way they would want to be treated.