Canyon Ridge Elementary School

FAMILY SPECIALIST & COUNSELOR NEWS / OCTOBER 2021

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the NEISD Family Specialist is to build communication between parents, the school, and the community; to assist students and families who are experiencing barriers; and, to empower all parents to fulfill their role as their child's first teacher.

FAMILY SPECIALIST NEWS

Family Specialist

Juan A. Velasquez

NEISD Family Specialist

jvelas2@neisd.net


Canyon Ridge Elementary School

https://www.neisd.net/site/default.aspx?PageID=23043

20522 Stone Oak Parkway, San Antonio, TX, 78258

(210) 407-1639 Office

(210) 269-8899 Cell

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OCTOBER CLASSES

ESL Class / Canyon Ridge Elementary

MONDAY & WEDNESDAY 9:00-11:30 AM


English as a Second Language (ESL) is a program of instruction designed to help individuals achieve competence in reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension of the English language. Beginners, intermediate, and advanced levels welcome. Classes for adults who do not speak English as their first language

ESL Class / Stone Oak Elementary

MONDAY & WEDNESDAY 12:00-2:30 PM


English as a Second Language (ESL) is a program of instruction designed to help individuals achieve competence in reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension of the English language. Beginners, intermediate, and advanced levels welcome. Classes for adults who do not speak English as their first language

Family Garden Club / Canyon Ridge Elementary

TUESDAY 3:00-4:00 PM


Come and learn how to plant your own family vegetable garden! You will learn gardening tips to maintain healthy plants! We will discuss what types of plants and vegetables are good starting points! We will share nutrition information along the way and will provide materials for you to get started! This is a great activity to maintain a healthy mind and a healthy body! We hope you will join us!

Daddy or Mommy & Me / Virtual

THURSDAY 10:00-11:00 AM

Join Zoom Meeting

https://neisd.zoom.us/j/4538139520


Do you have a 2–5-year-old that is not in school? We have a great interactive program for you! Join us for this web series starting on October 21st! Each week we will read books and participate in educational activities! Students will receive FREE books during each session and can meet other preschoolers.

Coffee & Donuts With Counselors / Stone Oak Elementary

TUESDAY OCTOBER 26th 8:30-9:30 AM


Provides parents with information and resources to help parents develop a support network. We recognize that many parents have similar questions regarding how to navigate through their child's everyday life. Our class is a great venue to meet other parents who share common experiences.

COUNSELOR NEWS

Counselor

Coral Bacon

Counselor PK, 3rd, 4th, 5th Grades

cbacon@neisd.net


Canyon Ridge Elementary School

https://www.neisd.net/canyonridge/counselor

20522 Stone Oak Parkway, San Antonio, TX, 78258

(210) 407-1634 Office

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Help Kids Fight Cyberbullying and Other Mean Online Behavior

Most kids will encounter mean behavior at some point in their digital lives. For some kids, this experience is a blip that's easily forgotten, while for others it can have deep, long-lasting effects. For parents, the key is staying involved in kids' lives -- both online and off -- so they can step in and offer help if necessary. With guidance from parents and educators, kids can learn how to dodge the drama and stand up for others.


Define your terms.

Make sure kids understand what cyberbullying is: repeated and unwanted mean or hurtful words or behavior that occur online (through texts, social media posts, online chat, etc.).


Check in about online life.

you'd ask your kid about their sleep, exercise, and eating, stay on top of their online life. Who are they chatting with? How do people treat each other in the games and on the sites they're using?


Role-play.

If kids feel like they might have trouble removing themselves from digital drama, experiment with some different ways they can make a graceful exit. Talk through words they can use, ways they can steer conversations in positive directions, etc.


Encourage upstanding.

Let kids know that supporting a friend or acquaintance who is being bullied can make a big difference. If they feel safe confronting the bully, they should. If not, a private message to the victim can be enough to help someone through a tough time. Speaking up against hate speech is important, too.


Take breaks.

If you notice your kid getting pulled into digital drama, help them take a break. It's great if they can determine for themselves when they need to step back, but they might need some help setting limits. Putting devices to bed at a specific time, plus breaks for mealtimes and face-to-face connection, can help kids recharge.


Review worst-case steps.

Walk through what to do if your kid is being bullied online. First, step away. Ignoring a bully can be very effective. If the bullying continues, take screenshots or print out evidence. Then block the person. If it gets worse, report the behavior to a trusted adult. Talk about who those people are and make sure your kid has their contact information.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

San Antonio Food Bank

210-431-8326

Neighbor Helping Neighbor Response Effort

Sign up for emergency food at upcoming mobile food distribution.

https://safoodbank.org/cvresponse/getfood/

Texas Diaper Bank

The Diaper Assistance Program focuses on providing families access to diapers, wipes, and other healthcare items through the Texas Diaper Bank facilities or partner agencies. In addition to basic baby needs, this program also offers educational parenting and health classes, all free of charge.

The City of San Antonio has been working to create tutorial videos for WSA to include how to register for unemployment benefits and how to register for Work In Texas.

YouTube Channel – WSA Video Library

https://youtu.be/pszGs8h5bp8 - Register for Work In Texas

https://youtu.be/--F2zbav2y0 – Apply for Texas Unemployment


Work Solutions https://www.workforcesolutionsalamo.org/business-services

Work in Texas https://www.workintexas.com/vosnet/Default.aspx

BCFS Health and Human Services will continue services to youth and families with virtual services. Families in need who are receiving STAR services may also be eligible for emergency assistance.


FLYER https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-FCAckBFpgO1blbt0BwQ3AtX28EZA9fl/view?usp=sharing

Endeavors is providing services to military and their families.

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