Fontana Student Services Newsletter


Child Therapy Resource

Candace Rutkowski, MA, LMFT, RPT

Family Therapist/Registered Play Therapist/Child Therapist/Early Childhood Therapist
Holding Space Therapy, LLC

Direct: 651-564-8456

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Wellness Wednesday for Parents Calendar!

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Wellness Opportunity!

Through our mental health grant, we are now offering monthly yoga classes with Ms. Courtney at Fontana School at no cost to you. See flyer below for more information.
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Clothing Closet

Cold temperatures are here! Make sure you are sending your kiddos with warm clothes for recess time.

Need help? Please reach out to Nikki Christensen (, 262-275-6881 #219) for access to our clothing closet at Fontana School. We have a variety of shirts, pants, shoes, etc., in a variety of sizes!

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Therapy/Counseling Resources

Please contact Nikki Christensen ( or 262-275-6881 ext. 219) if you are interested in learning more about our partnerships with area therapy and counseling resources.
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1. Always bring healthy snacks everywhere you go.

Carrots & hummus

Cut up apples


String Cheese

Yogurt (plain, without added or artificial colors) & add whole fruit.

Meat sticks without nitrates or sugar added

Kale chips

Hard Boiled Eggs

2. Avoid “sugar-free”, “low-cal”, “light” or diet products. As they contain artificial sweeteners such as aspartame (Nutra-sweet, Equal).

Like MSG, aspartame is an excitotoxin, which alters brain chemistry by reducing levels of serotonin, the feel good hormone. Aspartame has been linked to blindness, seizures, migraines, to name a few.

Instead choose products that do not have added sugar. If adding a sweetener to a food choose: honey, molasses, stevia, dates, maple syrup, or an organic cane sugar.

3. Keep them on a good sleep schedule. Children need 8-12 hours of sleep each night depending on age.

Children thrive on a good night’s sleep. They will be in a much better mood when they get the right amount of sleep they need.

4. Get your child a gym membership. That’s right. For as little as $10-20 per month your child can go to a child friendly gym like the YMCA to swim & play. A well exercised kid is a happy and healthier kid.

5. Practice gratitude. Before bed, encourage your child to tell you 3 things they are grateful for. Gratitude helps boost the immune system and encourages a positive attitude.

6. Avoid artificial ingredients and dyes. For holidays or birthdays try substitutes like YumEarth & Annie’s for goody bags or snacks. Instead of candy, have fruit or dried fruit available. Make it fun! Put the fruit on toothpicks to make fruit kabobs. Be a good example and walk the talk, kids are always watching what we do!

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Sound Bath Experience!

Kim Lempart offers private and individual sessions for 60 or 90 minutes in her home or yours. See flyer below for more information regarding sound baths and specific information for upcoming sound baths.

Please feel free to contact her via this email,

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20 Coping Skills for Children & Adults!

Write it out
  • write it out and throw it out
  • journaling
  • write a letter to yourself or someone else


  • give yourself a hug
  • rub your ears
  • hold your own hand

Use your body

  • stretch
  • push against a wall
  • exercise
  • yoga: child's pose, downward dog


  • walk in nature
  • put technology away


  • imagine a train of thoughts
  • identify five senses
  • focus on your breath


  • music
  • guided meditations


  • art
  • make a picture for someone
  • write someone a letter

Free Early Childhood Parenting Resource

Walworth County Food Pantry

The Walworth County Food Pantry has amazing fresh produce, meat/protein items, dairy, and anything you could imagine to make wonderful meals. In addition, they have diapers, feminine hygiene supplies, baby formula, senior nutrition drinks like Boost etc. The link is below to get started. Pick up is on Friday afternoon 1-4pm or Saturday morning 9-11am. Please note an ID is needed to be a part of the program. ​ They have Christmas turkeys and ham right now in addition to the regular service, and they have an amazing hydroponic garden for nutritious fresh produce that is really impressive.

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Parenting Resources

The Parenting Network: More free workshops and discussion groups for parents including Dealing with Disobedience, Taming Temper Tantrums, Behavior at School, Self-Esteem, and Bullying. More information here:

Parents United: Free workshops for parents and professionals, which can now be attended virtually! Workshop topics include: Supporting students with ADHD, Resiliency, Mindfulness, and from ACES to Assets. More information here:

Energy Assistance

Need rent or utilities assistance? Contact or call 262-427-8505