School Counselor Connections

March, 2021

Dear Cedars Families,

February was certainly a challenging month for most of us but we hope you enjoyed the snow in spite of losing power and water. March is here and spring is my favorite season of the year.



This month our guidance lessons will focus on the value of Appreciation, Apologizing, and sharing Aha moments. We will cover the following standards:

CASEL Social Awareness: Understanding and expressing gratitude & Demonstrating empathy and compassion

CASEL Relationship Skills: Communicating effectively & Resolving conflicts constructively

CASEL Social Awareness

● Showing concern for the feelings of others

CASEL Relationship Skills

● Communicating effectively

● Resisting negative social pressure


CASEL Social Awareness: Developing positive relationships & Taking others’ perspectives.


Please feel free to reach out to me.


Sincerely,

Roxanne Contreras

School Counselor

Cedars International Academy

rcontreras@cedars-academy.org


512-419-1551

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MINDFUL MARCH 2021

There's more to LIFE when you stop and NOTICE

The key to taking notice is 'mindfulness'. Mindfulness is often defined as "the state of being attentive to and aware of what is taking place in the present". [1] Two critical elements of mindfulness are that:

  • It is intentional (i.e. we are consciously doing it); and
  • We are accepting, rather than judging, of what we notice. [2]

AWARENESS. LIVE LIFE MINDFULY

Ever felt there must be more to life? Well good news, there is! And it's right here in front of us. We just need to stop and take notice. Learning to be more mindful and aware can do wonders for our well-being in all areas of life - like our walk to work, the way we eat or our relationships. It helps us get in tune with our feelings and stops us dwelling on the past or worrying about the future - so we get more out of the day-to-day.

For more information see: Live life mindfullyhttps://www.actionforhappiness.org/poster-4-

awareness#

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Action for Happiness

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Mindfulness

Guided Meditation

Mindfulness Resources


  • Book:
    Get Some Headspace

    Encourages you to take 10 minutes out of your day to sit in the here and now

  • Website:
    Be Mindful

    Promoting mindfulness as a way of improving mental and physical problems

  • Website:
    Breathworks Mindfulness

    Training in mindfulness based approaches to pain and illness

Educator Well-Being

On Demand Guided Meditations for Educators

B4C Meditation Video with Tui and Ilana - Breathe For Beginnings

Classroom Connections

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Family Connections

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Virtual Parent University-Online Child Safety

Thursday, March 25th, 5:30-6:30pm

This is an online event.

Center for Protection Services will present virtually (bilingual). Please join us on March 25 @ 5:30pm.



Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7835740879?pwd=S29iZXNRUk0zMGc0QVFvR2pncDRJZz09 Meeting ID: 783 574 0879 Passcode: 942979

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Family Support and Resource

Rental Assistance

Family Support Services provides emergency financial assistance with rent (including first month's rent and rent for transitional housing), and mortgage payments.

Assistance cannot pay for rent deposits or late fees.

How to Apply


https://www.rentassistance.us/ci/tx-austin


Call 2-1-1 for Health, food, housing, and other assistance


Local Programs Providing Housing Resources


Resources for Renters: Help With Eviction or Displacement


Covid-19 Resources HousingWorks Austin: Affordable ...

housingworksaustin.org › education › covid-19-resources


UTILITIES

×If you are a residential customer and are having trouble paying your utility bill due to the impact of COVID-19, help is still available. Visit austinbillhelp.com to apply.


Additional Help Paying Your Rent/Utilities


Austin Energy Customer Assistance Programs


COVID Information and Resources

COVID-19 Resources | AustinTexas.gov

www.austintexas.gov › ... › COVID-19 Information


COVID-19 Testing Information · ‎Basic Needs Support · ‎Veterans


COVID-19 Resources for Providers | AustinTexas.gov

austintexas.gov › ... › City Manager › Initiatives


Coronavirus Resources - Austin Disaster Relief Network

adrn.org › coronavirus


Mental/ Emotional Resources. Suicide Hotline: 800-273-TALK (8255). Safe Place : 512-267-SAFE (7233). Texas Health and Human Services COVID -19 Mental ...


Coronavirus Updates : Coronavirus ... - CommUnityCare

communitycaretx.org › coronavirus-updates › coronavi...

Coronavirus Resources · Austin Public Health is providing emergency food deliveries on a limited basis. Call 512-972-5133 for more information. · Travis County ...


Financial Assistance - Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Information ...

library.austintexas.libguides.com › COVID19 › financiala...


Financial Resources — HAAM

www.myhaam.org › financial


Coronavirus Resources — Andy Roddick Foundation

www.arfoundation.org › coronavirus-resources

Central Texas Foodbank To find the nearest food distribution site to you, visit here or call (877) 541-7905. Austin Achieve AISD will continue to provide free ...


COVID-19 Resources | Texas Center for Disabilities | The ...

disabilitystudies.utexas.edu › covid19

... of Education. A COVID-19 page with information and resources for schools and school personnel. ... The University of Texas at Austin School of Law.


Coronavirus – NAMI Central Texas

namicentraltx.org › coronavirus

Resources. Coronavirus Information. Austin Public Health Response austintexas. gov. Information on the Austin Public Health Response to Covid-19 and Q&A …


MENTAL HEALTH AND CRISIS SUPPORT

CRISIS Contact Information


Integral Care
24/7 Crisis Hotline
(512) 472-HELP (4357)
(512) 703-1395 TTY
www.integralcare.org

(800) SUICIDE
(800) 784-2433
TTY: (800) 799-4TTY (4889)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
(800) 273-TALK (8255)

Texas Suicide Prevention

Integral Care Provides:


24/7 CRISIS HELPLINE

A helpline for anyone who needs immediate emotional support.


MENTAL HEALTH URGENT CARE

A walk-in clinic for adults and children having a mental health crisis. Counselors are there to help 7 days a week.


MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS CARE

Short-term, overnight mental health crisis care provided in a safe environment. Help is available 24/7.


COUNSELING & CASE MANAGEMENT

One-on-one mental health support for people experiencing a mental health crisis.


EMOTIONAL SUPPORT IN DISASTERS

Mental health crisis services for adults and children who have experienced a natural or man-made disaster. We help at the scene of the disaster.


SUICIDE PREVENTION

Information and programs to help prevent suicide in our community.


MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID

A one-day class that teaches people how to help someone experiencing a mental health crisis or showing signs of mental illness.


CALL US TO LEARN HOW WE CAN HELP YOU

If you’re experiencing a mental health crisis, call us 24/7 at 512-472-HELP (4357). Press 1 for English, then 1 for mental health crisis support. We’re here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

To learn about our other programs and services, call us at 512-472-HELP (4357). Press 1 for English, then 3. We’re here Monday through Friday, from 8am to 5pm. Integral Care can also connect you to trusted community resources.


CALL US

EXPLORE CRISIS SERVICES


Cedars International Academy

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