Counselor's Corner - April 2021
Dear McAnally Students and Parents,
We have 7 weeks of 6th grade left! Students will be working hard these last few weeks so continue healthy habits. Plenty of sleep and a healthy diet are important as many families get busy during the spring.
McAnally Intermediate School Counselor
APRIL SEL Theme - Managing Stress & Anxiety; Child Abuse Prevention Month
Aledo ISD Social Emotional Learning Website
Resources for Assistance
Aledo ISD has set up a page with an abundant amount of helpful information. Please refer to: https://www.aledoisd.org/Page/6010 for websites and resources regarding financial assistance, food assistance, health care and mental health information. Email me if you have any questions and I can help direct you to the appropriate resources.
Free Resources and Websites
Parenting is an on-going process of learning who your child is and what he/she needs to thrive. These resources are designed to help guide you in thinking about the best way to meet your child's needs.
Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media is one of my favorite websites! Common Sense Media offers programs for families and educators on how to navigate the digital world with our children. They have created an AMAZING website (Wide Open School) in support of families and teachers during the Covid-19 outbreak. They offer lessons for core content areas, social/emotional learning and strategies for parents working with their children at home. Click on the link here to see some of their daily activities or the website below (Wide Open School) for specific lessons and activities per content area. Let me know what you think!
Please continue to monitor your child's use of technology while at home. Many of our students have district issued devices with filters. However, new websites have been created that our filters may not pick up. Be mindful of what sites your children use while online!
Social Emotional Learning ActivitiesFilter Lessons by: Free Social Emotional Learning ActivitiesWelcome to our free Social Emotional Learning Activities page. Below you will find free resources - lessons, activities, and printables - in the following skill areas: Communication, Cooperation, Emotion Regulation, Empathy, Impulse Control, and Social Initiation.
Managing Stress and Anxiety during Covid-19
Feeling anxious or stressed?
Taking care of your mental health is very important as we are living through a challenging time right now! Children may be worried about a loved one getting sick, missing friends and their normal school routine. Talk to your children about how they are feeling, have them journal or draw their worries and encourage a positive mindset to promote healthy coping skills.
How to Deal with Anxiety: Simple Tips for Challenging Times - brief article from Mesa Springs that offers some useful tips.
Follow Aledo ISD's Social Media, Download App During Closure
In addition to providing emails for parents and the community during the closure, Aledo ISD will be regularly posting information and photos to its social media accounts. Be sure to become a follower to stay connected with the information.
"Like" Aledo ISD on Facebook
Follow Aledo ISD on Twitter
Follow Aledo ISD on Instagram
Also, the Aledo ISD Mobile App can also keep you connected during the closures and will include instant notifications and button links to helpful information.
Click here to download in the App Store.
Click here to download in Google Play.