Fontana Student Services Newsletter
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Summer Social-Emotional Learning Activity!
Wellness Plan for the Summer!
What's For Lunch Program 2021-2022 School Year
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
Support Group for Adults
This group meets Monday evenings from 6-7 PM via ZOOM rotating between children and adult sessions.
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
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
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