Fontana Student Services Newsletter
RESOURCES, TIPS, TRICKS, AND MORE!
Wellness Wednesday for Parents!
The third Wednesday of every month, a group of panelists will come together in the James A. Wehner Auditorium at Elkhorn Area High School to have a conversation on topics ranging from addiction to healthy relationships to mental health and planning for college. There will be no events in December. See below for first event in January.
On January 19th there will be a conversation on what is happening in the community, building relationships with law enforcement, and resources available.
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See Group Opportunities Below!
FREE Wellness Opportunities for Parents!
What's For Lunch Program 2021-2022 School Year
Le gustaría recibir alimentos gratis del Green Grocer cada jueves durante el 2021-2022 año escolar? Enviaremos los alimentos cada jueves con su hijo al fin del día. Déjeme saber lo más pronto posible.
Social-Emotional Learning Activities For Home!
There is a wonderful resource called GoNoodle. GoNoodle for Families is a website that engages kids in movement and mindfulness activities that are designed to promote physical wellness, academic success and social-emotional health. Enjoy!
Your family can apply for a voucher to be used at our nearby Goodwill stores to purchase whatever you may need (e.g., clothes, furniture, housewares). If interested, email or call Nikki Christensen (email@example.com or 262-275-6881 ext. 219).
A variety of FREE clothing items are available right at Fontana School. Reach out to Nikki Christensen for specific sizes.
Parenting/Mental Health Support
FREE workshops and discussion groups for parents include building self-esteem, raising resilient children, bullying, and more! For more information: The Parenting Network
Parenting/Mental Health Support
Facts About Resilience and Stress Hardiness
Stress hardiness is not the avoidance of stress, but a positive response to stressful situations and the ability to minimize their negative effects. You can learn to manage stress and become more "stress hardy" at any stage of your life. Research suggests that people who are resilient or stress hardy carry common traits. These common traits include...
#1: People who tend to be more resilient to stress also tend to have a connection to "something bigger." Often times we think about religion when we hear this. But this doesn't have to mean religion. Rather, it can mean a connection to ANYTHING. Some kind of mission/personal mantra/theme/sense of purpose, that you continue to consider or to revolve decisions around. TedTalk: Beyond the Cliff. This TedTalk is about 20 minutes long, but it is worth the watch. As the video quotes (Howard Thurman), "Don't ask yourself what the world needs...ask yourself what makes YOU come alive and then go and do that."
#2: Highly resilient people tend to focus on what they can control. This may sound easier said than done. People who are resilient are also really good at choosing where they focus their attention; they don't diminish the negative, but they have also worked out a way of tuning into the good (in psychology this is called "benefit finding"). As we know, practice does make things easier and eventually, we can shift our focus bit by bit to the things/feelings/events that are within our circle of control and let the rest go!
#3: People who tend to be resilient also tend to view problems/adversity as a CHALLENGE they want to overcome. It is all about switching your mindset in times of adversity and trying to change your perspective to something more positive; viewing problems as a challenge to overcome just makes it feel like you are running some kind of race or setting your own personal goal that you can take ownership of. It changes things. What we all know is adversity doesn't discriminate - life will always find a way to throw in some tough times. By viewing these tough times as a challenge to overcome, we can put ourselves back in that driver's seat and get to the real work, problem solving.
Area Therapy and Counseling
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: https://www.theparentingnetwork.org/triple-p-registration
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: http://parentsunitedwi.org/events/list/?tribe_paged=1&tribe_event_display=list&tribe-bar-date=2020-10-05