JTMS Counseling Newsletter

December 14, 2020

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New Schedule Reminders!

As we move into our first full week of our new middle school schedule, here are a few important reminders:
  • All students have a new schedule to follow (periods 1-8 on your schedule)
  • Many students have a new homeroom/Flex. For all students, homeroom and flex are with the same teacher in the same room
  • If you are fully remote (or on your asynchronous days), you must fill out the google attendance form posted on your homeroom google classroom between 7:25 and 7:30, every morning (including Wednesdays!)
  • You only attend PE on your cohort days (whether you are remote or in-person)
  • ALL other classes have google meets for remote students or students on non-cohort days on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
  • Band and Chorus have synchronous rehearsal on Wednesdays
  • All students must wipe down their desks and chairs before leaving each class

If you still have questions or are confused, please email your school counselor.. we are here to help!

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Coping With Change

It's no secret that this year has been full of change, and lots of it! Change is something that we experience often in life, many times planned but other times not. Change that is unplanned is sometimes difficult to deal with, but if you use the right coping strategies it can actually build strength and resilience and get you ready for any future change that you may or may not see coming. Since we know change has been at a high most recently, we want to provide you with some coping skills to help you through what may be a difficult time:

  • Be flexible and don’t fight it – Recognize that some stress is OK so go with the flow.

  • Allow yourself time to adjust – New habits and routines take time but you will get there.

  • Name your fears and turn to others for support – think about the worst case scenario that comes to mind and talk with others about how you would cope with it.

  • Find the positive – Change can be good. Keep repeating this to yourself.

  • Find the humor in the situation – This will help you see things from a different perspective.

  • Take care of yourself – Focus on eating well, getting enough sleep, exercising and relaxing using deep breathing, meditation or yoga.

Most of these coping skills have one thing in common: they involve changing your mindset (the way you think about things.) Just like a computer, our brain can only provide us with information based on how we program it. A great way to describe that is “garbage in, garbage out”. If you focus your brains on the negative, scary things, you will feel negative and scared. If you start to program your brain with uplifting, positive information you will start to feel less stress about the changes and will become more resilient and able to handle any change that comes your way.

Mindful Walkabout- Grade 6

As mentioned several weeks ago, the 6th graders learned about mindfulness during their Enrichment classes, including a technique for gaining mindfulness called the Mindful Walkabout. They had the option of going on a slow and mindful walk in their neighborhoods in nature, or even just in their yard to observe the simple, everyday things that they could notice. Some students chose to participate, and then wrote a short, two-line poem, or a couplet, about what they observed, with a picture, if they so chose. Below is another one of their mindful observations.
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Essentials with Miss Ellingsen

The Science of Kindness

Being kind to others not only positively impacts the beneficiaries, but you too! If you practice at least one act of kindness per day, your stress and anxiety levels can decrease while your levels of energy and happiness increase. How can you be kind to someone today? Let’s start a chain of random acts of kindness!
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JTMS Counseling Department

Your counselors are here for you! Parents, students, teachers: please get in touch with us any time you have a question or concern. We care about you!

Miss Ellingsen, Mrs. LaCatena, and Ms. Martino