Our House Announcements

January 10, 2021

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We Belong Here!

Hello Falcons!

This week's edition is includes a message from Student Support Services on Mental Health Awareness Month, The Mindful Minute on How to Be Present, the Social/Emotional Lesson from Thrively called "Free to Be Me" which will help with communication and self awareness, and and information about upcoming Parent Classes

With Kindness,

Ms. Bohn, Mr. Lightner, Ms. Stromberg, and Mr. Tahapary

Jocbethem Tahapary: A-Le jtahapary@powayusd.com

Kenya Bohn: Li - Z ebohn@powayusd.com

Andrew Lightner: alightner@powayusd.com

Student Services Specialist: Sandra Stromberg sstromberg@powayusd.com

OVMS Counseling Canvas 2020-21

Make sure to check out our OVMS Counseling 2020 canvas site at the link Here

You'll need to be a student or observer of your student's canvas site to view the link.

Student Service's Corner-Mental Health Awareness Month

Falcons, Welcome back to a New Year!

Recognize the importance of January as Mental Wellness Month and we are dedicating this month for promoting overall mental wellness.

Mental Health is a state of well-being in which every person realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life and feel like you can work productively and contribute to your community.

Mental Wellness is about how all aspects of your life, social, emotional, physical, spiritual, and intellectual, all come together for an overall state of wellbeing.

Mental health determines how we act, feel, and think, and it affects our ability to handle stress, connect to other people and to make decisions.

We can improve our metal wellness by these helpful tips:


Eating healthy

building resilience to cope and recover from negative events in your life

Getting plenty of rest/sleep

Helping others

focusing on the good rather than focusing on the negative

Here is a short video to watch about Mental Health Awareness

We All Have Mental Health

The Mindful Minute: Living in the Present!

Short and Simple this week.
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Social Emotional Lesson-Free to Be Me

This week's Social Emotional Learning is about showing the world who you are called "Free to Be Me". This lesson will help you communicate with others in a positive way, increase your self-awareness and help people see you in a positive light.

To access Thrively please click on the link below


Once prompted, enter your username and password which are the following

Username: Student Id Number (ex:1234567)

Password: qx1fpv

Once you are in you will be prompted to change your password. If you have logged in before, please use the last password you created. Feel free to look around.

Once you are logged in click on the link below.


This activity should take you less than 30 minutes.

Free Parent Education Classes!

These classes are through North County Lifeline for FREE Parent Education workshops offered in English and Spanish. The parenting classes are an 8 week course via virtual setting at this time. Parents that are interested need to call them directly for more specific information and the start dates for the new series. The representative informed me that the parent would need to participate since the beginning/first session as they cannot come in when the classes have already started. The next series is expected to start in January 2021.Please see the flyers attached below

Supporting Your Child's Mental Health During COVID-19

Please see the video and article to help keep your child mentally and physically health during this time.

Parent Technology Presentation Week 2

Just in case anybody missed this last week....New to PUSD, Oak Valley or Middle School? Wondering what all these different applications and programs are? Take a few minutes to look the following Power Point. This will give you the basics of the different applications we use and how to check on grades, assignments, and contact teachers.

COVID 19 Resources

Your Oak Valley Counseling Team

Jocbethem Tahapary: A-Le jtahapary@powayusd.com

Kenya Bohn: Li - Z ebohn@powayusd.com

Andrew Lightner: alightner@powayusd.com

Counseling Assistant: Belinda Pagaduan bpagaduan@powayusd.com

Student Services Specialist: Sandra Stromberg sstromberg@powayusd.com

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK

The Access & Crisis Line San Diego 1-888-724-7240

The Crisis Text Line - Text HOME to 741741.

California Warmline: 1-855-845-7415

Text TEEN to 83986

TEEN Support Guide