Fontana Student Services Newsletter

RESOURCES, TIPS, TRICKS, AND MORE!

Summer Social-Emotional Learning Activity!

See the attached document below for a fun social-emotional activity you can do with your child this summer!

Wellness Plan for the Summer!

During the 20-21 school year, students would complete their wellness plan every Friday. You can continue this practice during the summer to help with your child's physical, emotional, and mental wellness. See document below. Enjoy!

What's For Lunch Program 2021-2022 School Year

You can contact Nikki Christensen if you are interested in receiving two weekend lunches for each child in your household during the 2021-2022 school year. 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.
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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.

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.

Area Therapy and Counseling

Please contact Nikki Christensen (nchristensen@fontana.k12.wi.us or 262-275-6881 ext. 219) if you are interested in learning more about area therapy and counseling resources.

Support Group for Adults

To register for a family grief support group call/text 262-751-0874. Parents and Guardians learn together and move through their grief as an adult group. Experienced facilitators lead these sessions.


This group meets Monday evenings from 6-7 PM via ZOOM rotating between children and adult sessions.

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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: 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

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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Energy Assistance

Need rent or utilities assistance? Contact https://energybenefit.wi.gov/ or call 262-427-8505