Counseling & PBSES Newsletter

Newcastle Elementary

Dear Families,

Longsuffering is a word that comes to mind as we think about where we are in our school year. With 8 weeks to go, many students (and families!) are struggling to maintain motivation in order to "stay strong till the end!" Meanwhile, our global community is trying to persevere and lean into resilience after an exhausting year of fear and unknowns. For the remainder of the school year we will be sharing articles and resources we hope will offer some empathy, perspective, humor, and practical strategy. Something to cling to in these final weeks before summer. We continue to be in this together! #Lionstrong


~Kailey & Alex

Resources for Families

ISD: Parent Workshop on Reporting Incidents related to Culture and Identity

Sometimes students face unkind and cruel behavior from other students. If you are a parent who is new to the US public school system or are unfamiliar with supports available for your child when incidents like these occur, please join us for this workshop. We will review the different ways that schools will help stop the behavior, resources within the school for you and your child to access, as well as Regulations for Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying, and Discrimination. We will also cover how to report your concerns and to whom you should report, discuss what the schools do to support students, and examples of responses or interventions that might be used by the school to help your child feel safe. ISD Family Partnership Team, School Administrators, and School Counselors will present at Zoom sessions in English, Spanish, and Chinese. If you need an interpreter in another language, please request the language in the registration form.


  • Workshop for parents of elementary students: April 27th @ 7:00pm - Register Here
  • Workshop for parents of students grade 6-12: April 28th @ 7:00pm - Register Here
Parents with children in both secondary and elementary schools can attend either session. Both sessions will be similar except for a section on what schools are doing to support elementary vs. secondary students with social skills to respond and report such incidents to school staff.

Supporting our AAPI & BIPOC Families

Resources to Use with Students:


Talking to kids about anti-Asian racism:

https://www.rebekahgienapp.com/anti-asian-racism/


Read Alouds to CELEBRATE our AAPI students:

My name is Yoon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oc6li0jFTfI

Mama's Sari's: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtSYlkehkNQ

My name is Jar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGCuOEoEXSc

A Different Pond: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVTTJUBLLvQ


Taking Care of Ourselves During Times of Racial Stress & Collective Grief:

1. Build or access a support network. You are not alone in dealing with race-related stress and connecting with other people with similar experiences and feelings can help you to successfully navigate racism.

2. Incorporate cultural foods, activities, music, books, and other traditions into your home. For example, take some time for yourself to listen to music that reflect and promote your culture, that make you feel good about yourself.

3. Get some exercise. It can be as simple as going for a walk and enjoying the outside; (OR if you're like me and indoors feels safer right now) a simple 5-10 minutes of stretching or yoga exercises. Being physically active is proven to help reduce and manage stress.

4. Take 10-20 minutes to practice deep breathing exercises or meditation.

5. Journal a. Take 5-10 minutes in the morning, before, bed or both to write down your thoughts and feelings and reflect on your day. b. You can also write down positive affirmations or positive things that happened to you today.

6. Limit your media intake. Be mindful of the media you take in and how long you spend taking it in. The media can be a source of race-related stress, through constant coverage of racial violence. Try disconnecting from social media and news for 15 minutes to one hour today and reflect on how you feel afterwards.

7. Seek out counseling/therapy from therapists who you feel you can relate to or reflect your cultural values to discuss ongoing stressful situations, process complicated feelings, and strengthen your resolve.

8. If spirituality plays an important role in your life, use your belief system to cope with stress. This could involve connecting with other groups or individuals who share your spiritual beliefs, confiding in your spiritual leaders, or participating in your spiritual rituals (e.g., prayer, meditation).

9. Take some time to listen to a podcast that you enjoy. Or watch a funny tv show or funny animal YouTube videos.

Report an Incident of Hate or Bias

CISC is a partner of the Coalition Against Hate & Bias, which is supported by the King County Office of Equity and Social Justice. CISC is here to help. If you have recently experienced or witnessed an assault, verbal harassment, denial of service or employment or other discrimination due to race, national origin, gender, religion, abilities, age, sexual orientation, please report the incident to CISC. You can click on the image for a list of phone numbers to multi-lingual staff, or email antihb@cisc-seattle.org. This is not an emergency service. If you are in danger, call 911.

Swedish School Based Health Counselors

The Issaquah School District, in partnership with Swedish, have our Swedish School Based Health Counselors (SBHCs) available to offer virtual mental health services to students in the Issaquah School District! See the file below for more information:

Coal Creek YMCA LEAP Program

The Y is pleased to introduce Y LEAP Academy, a full-day program designed in partnership with individual school districts to support kids and families with distance learning and school-day care along with the enrichment activities, social emotional learning, and play that the Y is known for. For more information visit: https://www.seattleymca.org/programs/child-care-and-school-enrichment/y-leap-academy?_ga=2.68988439.764144461.1599693120-838531828.1598471759

Schoolhouse Rec!

“Schoolhouse Rec!” provides children with a safe, quiet and supportive environment for successful online schooling participation with the added benefit of socialization during lunch, recess and Wednesday afternoon art, PE and crazy shenanigans! February spots are available for Issaquah School District students, grades K-5. Create a schedule that works for your family. $60/day; $50/day for Issaquah Residents.
** If you have complications with accessing our available district food supports (or know someone who does), or if you are needing school supplies, please reach out to Ms. Mutter (mutterk@issaquah.wednet.edu) and she will assist in finding a solution that best meets your needs**