Counselor Connection

Woodside K-8 * April 2021

Managing Anxiety

Welcome back, Cougars!

This year has been full of changes. Whether you are coming back to school for Hybrid Learning, or staying in Distance Learning, we are in the middle of another adjustment phase. Students on campus have met their teachers - some of them for the very first time! Students staying at home may have new schedule to get used to. No matter if your child is coming to school or staying home, there are bound to be some big emotions coming up. Students have been out of a school routine for so long that it is understandable they may struggle. Any big shift in routine can cause children to become dysregulated. You might see some anxiety (separation anxiety or otherwise) and some mood and behavior changes. These are to be expected, and the best thing you can do is to let your child know they are heard and understood. You can help them by validating their feelings and helping them reframe into positives.

For more help managing back-to-school anxiety or separation anxiety, take a look at this article by Child Mind Institute: "Back-to-School Anxiety During COVID"

Rachel Garcia

School Counselor

(916) 314-5271

Character Trait: Patience

Patience is the ability to wait for a long time without becoming annoyed or upset, by keeping a good attitude while waiting.

Request for Assistance

For parents and guardians - This form can be used to request a check-in with a counselor for your student, and/or to get connected with resources.

Earth Day April 22, 2021

Our planet is an amazing place, but it needs our help to thrive! That’s why each year, more than a billion people celebrate Earth Day to protect the planet from things like pollution and deforestation. By taking part in activities like picking up litter and planting trees, we’re making our world a happier, healthier place to live.

You can celebrate and protect the planet at the same time. Check out these Earth Day ideas to help save the planet any time of year.

  • Become a waste warrior and recycle!
  • Plant a tree
  • Turn off the lights
  • Limit your water usage
  • Offer your time and volunteer to help clean the community
  • Spread the message

Family Stories / Cuentos Familiares

Family Stories is an interactive class for parents, guardians and caregivers that teaches families the importance of creating a reading routine at home. this class will be taught in Spanish.

In the Family Stories class, families will:

  • Receive bilingual books to read with your children at home
  • Meet and share family stories with other parents
  • Create a family photo album with your children.

The first class is Wednesday, April 21 at 6:00pm on Zoom. See the attached flier for more information!

Positive Behaviors at Home

Our San Juan Unified Behavior Support Team has put together a video showcasing methods and techniques for parents and caregivers looking for ways to encourage their children during remote/hybrid instruction and help form positive habits at home. The routines and practices modeled in the video–by San Juan Unified employees with their own children-include some normal struggles, and how to turn them into success!

GoGuardian Parent

Welcome to GoGuardian Parent!

San Juan Unified School District will provide families whose learners use district-owned devices access to GoGuardian Parent, a mobile app to help parents/guardians monitor and regulate their children's browsing activity and app usage outside of school hours. GoGuardian Parent is a companion to the classroom management and internet filtering tools that your child's school uses for devices issued to students. Through the use of this app, we hope to encourage more open and honest conversations between parents and children that will result in safer practices and responsible browsing habits.

Watch a very short introduction to GoGuardian Parent.

What is included in this app?

  • Top 5 summary of student browsing (apps, extensions, documents, and websites visited)
  • View the teacher interventions that were used in GoGuardian during the school day
  • Access a 30-day view of websites, videos, documents, apps, and extensions
  • Block websites on school-issued devices outside of school hours
  • Pause the internet on demand or at a scheduled time (on school-issued devices)

What limitations are there?

  • The app only provides families with reports and filtering tools on school-issued devices
  • The settings that families choose to enable are only operational outside of school hours.
  • Similarly, settings that teachers use in GoGuardian are only operational during school hours.

When will families have access to the app?

  • The app will be enabled for families on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020.

How do I get the app?

  1. To access the app, please follow the instructions below on or after Oct. 12, 2020:
  2. Download the GoGuardian Parent app: iPhone: Visit the App Store, search for GoGuardian Parent, and tap the download button. Android: Visit the Google Play Store, search for GoGuardian Parent, and tap the download button.
  3. After the app is successfully downloaded and installed, open it and enter the parent or guardian email address that is registered with your learners’ school. Note: If you forgot your registered email address, please contact your child’s school and they can assist you.
  4. Login/Check Email: Check your email on your phone for a link to log in to the app. Tap the "Verify your email", and it will take you straight to the app. Note: If you don't have access to your email through the device you used to log in, tap on "Login with verification code", and copy and paste the verification code from the email into the app.

It is important to note that GoGuardian also provides the district’s content filtering (a service to prevent students from accessing inappropriate language, images, videos, etc.). This content filtering is in place 24/7 on all student internet activity when they are logged into Chrome browser with their San Juan Unified School District account, even on personal devices. Once logged in to Chrome browser with their San Juan credentials, district content filtering is active and stays active until the student logs out of the Chrome browser.

If you have any questions, please contact Technology Services by phone: (916) 971-7195 or by email:

Individual Counseling Referrals through Care Solace

San Juan Unified students, families, and staff can find referrals to pre-screened counseling, mental health, and substance abuse providers through the Care Solace service. This 24x7 service is simple, fast and safe.

Families visit or call (888) 515-0595. There is no cost to use the service and Care Solace can provide referrals for people with private insurance, Medi-Cal, and those without insurance. Costs may incur for the actual services.

Local Food Banks

San Juan Unified Family Resources

Below you will find a list of local food banks along with their website information. It’s important to visit the website for the most current and accurate information. Should you have additional questions, please feel free to reach out to the food banks directly.

Sacramento Food Bank


Please click on the link below. Families are able to put in their address in order to look up the food options closest to them. Families should call ahead or visit their website as some agencies may not be operating at this time.

Sacramento Food Bank - Emergency Response Agencies

Mental Health Resources

If you or your student is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest ER. If you or your student is experiencing a mental health crisis you can visit the Mental Health Urgent Care Clinic during business hours (10AM-10PM weekdays or 10-6 weekends) or call one of the following emergency numbers.

Mental Health Urgent Care Clinic

2130 Stockton Boulevard, Building 300, Sacramento, CA 95817

(916) 520-2460

24-Hour Suicide Prevention Crisis Line: (916) 368-3111

National Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255