JTMS Counseling Newsletter
October 26, 2020
JTMS Loses a Shining Star
Students, we are here to support you through this difficult time. If you need to talk with us, cry or grieve, all JTPS counselors and Child Study Team members will be available for you on google meets today and tomorrow, which you can find on our google classrooms and in the link below. Families, thank you for your help in supporting your children through this loss. We are here for you.
JTMS Welcomes Students Back to School
Faculty Bitmojis with Masks on a JTMS Bulletin Board
This Week's Events: Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon Week is a a yearly event from October 23-30th to promote drug-free life in young people. It's the largest drug abuse prevention campaign in the country. And this week presents a chance for students to learn about how to avoid the dangers of drugs, cigarettes, vaping and alcohol.
One important way that helps young people stay drug free is by having positive things in their lives, called "Protective Factors." Here are some ways that you can build your own protective factors, and build a healthy, satisfying and happy young adult life.
• Talk with your parents and other adults. Positive role models will be there to listen and help you through both the good times and the bad.
• Participate in activities. Get involved at school, in your community, church, or at home. Physical activities and social interactions will keep you happy and healthy!
• Manage your stress. Take a break and do something you like to do: go for a walk, exercise, listen to music, meditate, or speak with someone about what is going on.
• Take care of yourself by eating healthy foods and getting enough sleep every night.
• Build positive self-esteem and develop self-control, which will help you make good decisions and be successful in your relationships and life in general.
• Avoid negative behaviors such as aggression, bullying, and distancing yourself from others.
More information and tips can be found there.
National Red Ribbon Photo Contest
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Essentials with Miss Ellingsen
STOP for Mindfulness
When it feels like you have a busy day every day, it may seem hard to take a few minutes to care for yourself but it can be just that, a few minutes. Take time to “STOP” for mindfulness - Stop, Take a Breath, Observe, and Proceed.
Some Helpful Links
Q&A with Natural High Storyteller, Matt Bellace on 10/29
Matt Bellace, PhD., is a psychologist, comedian and the author of A Natural High. As a part of Red Ribbon Week The National Family Partnership is hosting a special Question and Answer session. As a psychologist and comedian, Matt Bellace is the perfect combination to help us better understand substance abuse and the importance of living naturally high. Join the crew at 1PM Eastern on October 29th. Click on the link for details:
Jefferson Township Middle School Counseling Department
Miss Ellingsen, Mrs. LaCatena, Mrs. Carroll and Ms. Martino