School Psychologist Newsletter
Self-care, Mental Health, & Community Resources
ASSET - Our Social Emotional Learning Curriculum at DMHS
This year may be interesting and challenging for a lot of reasons, and one thing that is very important to us is supporting all of our DMHS students in managing their stress. This year, we are implementing weekly social emotional learning lessons during advisement using a curriculum called ASSET. This program is designed to teach students stress-reduction techniques and improve emotional well-being through 3 modules: mindfulness, positive psychology, and positive self-talk. We encourage you to take a look at the free "At-Home Toolkit" to get a taste of what some of these tools look like!
Here are some video resources that will support your student in further developing the skills they have already learned about and practiced:
The Brain Science of Stress:Dr. Daniel Siegel - The “Hand Model” of the Brain (2mins)
Deep Breathing Technique:
Triangle Breathing (1min)
Breathe in Breathe Out Bubble (2 mins)Guided breathing video (3 mins)
Mindful Body Scans:
School-wide Social/Emotional Screener for DMHS
As part of our effort to support the Whole Child, our school will be implementing a universal
social and emotional screening for all students. Universal social and emotional screening can provide a fair and impartial way of looking at how students are progressing in their social and emotional development. Screenings can also help identify areas where school personnel can improve or adjust our supports for students needs during this challenging time.
Universal social and emotional screening is NOT an assessment or an evaluation. Instead,
screenings are a useful tool to help identify students who may need extra social or emotional
support. They are similar to the vision and hearing screeners that your student receives every year, only that they are for social/emotional needs.
Denver Public Schools currently uses a social and emotional screening questionnaire called the Behavior and Emotional Screening System (BESS). The online tool takes approximately ten minutes to complete and consists of 28 questions for the student to answer. We plan to carve out time during advisement for students to complete this questionnaire.
If you have questions or would like to opt your student out of participating in this screener, please contact Lauren Lyon at 720-424-2636 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org before 10/12/2020.
FREE Meals for all kids this fall!
DPS received a waiver from the USDA this week to allow us to once again provide free breakfast and lunch meals to all kids 18 years and younger through Dec. 31. Families can pick up breakfast and lunch meals Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at curbside pickup sites throughout DPS. We’re also providing weekday meal delivery service to schools and community locations across the city. Yellow school buses will stop at each delivery site for 20 minutes to hand out breakfast and lunch meals.
Students do not need to be present for adults to pick up their meals, and families can visit any school site regardless of which school they attend. Breakfast and lunch meals for adults are also available for purchase at a small cost.
- Food Distribution: https://www.dpsk12.org/coronavirus/food-distribution/
- WIFI, Chromebooks, & Hotspots: https://www.dpsk12.org/coronavirus/family-resources/
- ClothesToKids Denver (contact Lauren for a referral): http://clothestokidsdenver.org/
COVID -19 Resources
- City of Denver Information & Resources: https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/covid-19.html
- Relief Support and Services: https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/covid-19/support-services.html
- Hunger Free Colorado: https://www.hungerfreecolorado.org/covid-19/
- Text FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877 to receive food distribution centers for kids 18 & up
Mental Health Crisis Supports
*Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
*National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24 hour English and Spanish
- *Colorado Crisis Services
Visit a walk-in center
Text "TALK" to 38255
- *Safe2Tell: For anonymously reporting safety concerns
Or, download the Safe2Tell App
- *Trevor Project for LGBTQ youth that are suicidal (and for other LGBTQ youth resources)
Text “START” to 678678
- CU Denver - $10 Counseling Sessions for DPS Students and Families
- Second Wind Fund
- An organization that pays for up to 12 FREE therapy sessions for students experiencing suicidal ideation. Please contact Lauren, the school psychologist, if you think your child may qualify for this service.
The Window of Tolerance
We all have a different window of tolerance. How big or small is your window of tolerance? What experiences have you had that make your window the size that it is?
How to Feel your Feelings...
It is actually healthy to feel your feelings! Many of us have learned that feelings and emotions are something to "get rid of" or to "try to control". If you are having big feelings, your mind is trying to tell you something! Try tuning in to your emotions and see what they might be trying to tell you.
Coping Skills - In English and Spanish
Help improve your well-being and widen your window of tolerance by practicing healthy coping skills!