A NOTE FROM DW

Your School Social Worker

Hello Meadow Ridge Jaguars!!!

Can you believe we are down to the last two weeks of school? I can't. In some ways this time has gone by quickly, and in other ways, the days have dragged on and on. In thinking about friendship lessons I'd normally be teaching, the one about mean teasing comes to mind. My older students may remember this week's message...A joke's only a joke if everybody's laughing. If we're teasing someone, and they're not laughing, that is our clue to stop and talk about something else. We can practice being social detectives at home and watch people's body language. What are they trying to tell us? Can you guess? Even if they don't say a thing? Research says if my body and my words don't agree, for example if I'm kicking the grass while saying I'm fine, people will believe my actions. In this case, that I'm mad.


Until next time, stay kind, be brave, and remember...we can do hard things.

-DW

WHY DO WE LOSE CONTROL OF OUR EMOTIONS?

Simple, easy-to-understand whiteboard animation to help early Elementary-aged children gain an understanding of the way their brains work to recognize and manage their emotions. This is intended as a beginning resource to help children, parents, educators, and those who work with children to encourage mindfulness, empathy, and emotional regulation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bKuoH8CkFc

LET ME KNOW

If you need anything, please reach out. I'll do my best to find a solution. And remember, if it's urgent, the 24 hour Crisis Line 1-877-266-1818 is an amazing source of support, staffed by mental health professionals. Take care of yourself. -DW