Guidance and Counseling Newsletter

February 2021

Dear Students, Parents and Staff Members,

As we approach the Month of February we want to share upcoming events and resources from our Student and Family Support Services Team.

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February 15th is the Last Day to Save Your Seat! Please do not miss it.

Judson and Wagner High School Students, Click on Alamo Promise Logo to Save your seat!

  • The AlamoPROMISE program is only open to graduating seniors at participating high schools. Students must submit the Save Your Seat form by February 15, 2021. Students who do not submit the Save Your Seat form by February 15, 2021 will not be eligible for AlamoPROMISE.

  • The Save Your Seat form is non-binding. Submitting the Save Your Seat form shows that you are interested in having your tuition and required fees covered as an AlamoPROMISE Scholar at the Alamo Colleges District.

  • Only one form is needed to 'save your seat' at any of the five colleges of the Alamo Colleges District: San Antonio College, St. Philip's College, Palo Alto College, Northwest Vista College, and Northeast Lakeview College.

Mindful Practices

Hello wonderful Judson staff,

Happy Friday! February is upon us! The darkest days of winter have passed. Brighter days are soon to come. Amidst all the hardship of the past year, there were necessary shifts toward simplicity, towards reprioritizing many aspects of our lives. As the road ahead starts to widen bit by bit, let us not forget the things that served to keep us on course. Let us continue to focus on these simple practices, intentions, and structures as we cautiously approach the spring.

This is your monthly check-in/update email from Mindful Practices!

For general questions about SEL implementation, your SEL On Demand Calendar, and/or self-care and educator SEL support, please email If you have any questions or tech needs related to Class Catalyst, you can reach Vienna at

The theme for the month is “managing stress”. We all respond differently and are impacted by situations in different ways. Find the SEL strategies that work best for you and the students you serve. In that needed moment, reach for these tools as best you can.

Class Catalyst

Hi I am Erin Daugherty your Judson ISD SEL Specialist. Friendly reminder that we will continue to be hosting office hours for staff who would like to connect and get their Class Catalyst questions answered live on Thursdays, 3:00-4:00 pm CT. Click HERE to join via Google Meet.

Please send any questions or tech needs to

On Demand Calendar

We have a monthly bitly link to our Live Offering SEL Engagement Calendar so you can plan ahead for webinars you or your students may want to attend, and share-out with your community so that families can do the same!

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Educator Self-Care/Well-being Tip

Bask in the Sun

“Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.” - Helen Keller

The sun is AMAZING! Without it, we wouldn’t be here. It is the most important source of energy for life on this planet. Take a moment to appreciate that star at the center of our solar system. It is always with us, whether we can see it or not.

At the next opportunity, take in the sun’s rays for a moment or two. Close your eyes, look up, and feel the warmth of the solar glow brighten up your countenance. It does wonders for us in small doses!

With gratitude,

Michael and the Mindful Practices Team

Random Acts of Kindness Week - February 15-19th

Attendance Information


  1. Set a routine: Make structure virtual learning like regular school. Post a schedule to stay on track throughout the day.
  2. Create a designated work space to help prepare your student for learning. Display work: writings. Drawings, and projects
  3. Review expectations from the teacher for virtual learning. Engaging with the teacher on zoom will help your student stay connected
  4. Make sure your child takes stretch breaks and moves in between zoom. Encourage self-regulation: Helps kids learn how to deal with their emotions
  5. Encourage self-kindness: help kids learn to think positive about themselves
  6. Make sure your child does their checkpoints in Canvas to gain credit for attendance.
  7. Give detailed praise: encourage a growth mindset, remind kids that it's not about being good or bad at something, but working toward getting better at it.
  8. Charge your device the night before. Keep all other electronic devices off to reduce distractions
  9. Keep open communication with your child's teacher, principal and counselors. Read all information sent home by the school.
  10. If your student is struggling, reach out to the teacher for assistance. After school tutoring might be an option.

Additional Resources

Are you experiencing loss of housing or need assistance with McKinney Vento/Foster Care or are you a new Military Family in JISD and need assistance contact Ms. Greenwood by

email or by phone (210) 945-5362.

If you are a teen parent and have questions or think you might benefit from services through the School Age Parent Program, contact Ms. Palmer by email or by phone (512) 553-8023.

If you are experiencing difficulty in providing basic necessities for your family and need additional assistance, please contact the following:

Linda Wilber by email or by phone (210)945-5335,

Katie Newgren by email or by phone (210) 945-5322, or

Reynae Herrera by email or by phone (210) 945-5364.

If you have attendance questions or need any other assistance please contact Monica Garcia by email or by phone (210) 945-5215.

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