Fontana Student Services Newsletter


Community Events!

The Elkhorn Resilience Coalition has a community event once a month. These events are open to everyone in the community. See flyers below.

Wellness Wednesday for Families!

Wednesday, Jan. 20th, 7pm

This is an online event.

Our next Wellness Wednesday for families will be January 20th at 7 PM. This session will be held via Zoom. See link below. The topics for this session will be resilience and how to manage stress. We will also allow time for open Q & A.

Topic: Wellness Wednesdays Q&A Parent Forum
Time: Jan 20, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Grief Support Groups

Healing Hearts is dedicated to creating safe opportunities for grieving children to feel supported and connect with others their age who understand and share their stories. Healing Hearts is offering virtual support groups on Monday evenings rotating between children and adult sessions. All services are provided at no cost.

TO REGISTER: contact Healing Hearts at 262-751-0874 or

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Take Good Care of Yourself!

Area Therapy and Counseling

Please contact Nikki Christensen ( or 262-275-6881 ext. 219) if you are interested in learning more about area therapy and counseling resources.

Winter Clothing

Now that it is getting colder, you may find yourself in need of more winter clothing. If you could use winter gear please call or email Nikki Christensen.

What's For Lunch?

You can contact Nikki Christensen if you are interested in receiving two weekend lunches for each child in your household. Each child's lunch consists of sandwich or soup, and fruit. All families are invited to participate and the cost of this program is NOTHING! This program is generously sponsored by friends of Fontana School.

Free Cool, Calm and Capable work box delivered for 4th-7th grade boys and girls

The GALS Institute is offering a self-directed interactive hands on free 6-week workshop delivered to your door. This workshop will help boys and girls entering 4th-7th grades, build resiliency, self-esteem, and learn healthy coping strategies.

To register CLICK HERE

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Virtual Learning Strategies!

  • For in-person instruction, students are allowed movement breaks through activities such as recess and PE. This is just as important for virtual instruction. Encourage your child to participate in physical activities and allow your child to have frequent breaks. Older students can handle longer periods of screen time than younger students.
  • Try to create structure and follow a schedule as much as possible.
  • Acknowledge and encourage! “When a student excels at a task, parents should serve as a positive affirmation coach and encourage their child to continue what they’re doing. This behavior will create a supportive learning environment that motivates the student and can lead to future success in their studies” (Hatten, 2020). Rewards are also encouraged. Rewards could be anything from praise to your child’s favorite dessert treat.
  • If possible, have a designated work space that your child will work best in and limit distractions when your child is completing work.
  • As a parent, give YOURSELF a break. Rather than worrying about whether or not you are providing your child with the educational growth they need, focus on your child’s basic life skills and emotional health. From Melissa Cousino a pediatric psychologist at Michigan Medicine Psychology Clinic, “Help them start a gratitude journal or bake apple goods this fall and deliver them to a family or neighbors, for example” (Cousino, 2020).
  • Don’t be afraid to ask if you feel your child needs extra support!!!