April School Counseling News

Mr. Zanartu, Cole Canyon's School Counselor

Student Check-in form

Please click the button below to connect with Mr. Zanartu. You can just say Hi, share how you are doing this year, ask a question and how he will see how he can help you!

When life throws you curveballs, there are people to support. When parents and your child's teacher can be enough. Have your child check in with our school counselor, Mr. Zanartu. Clicking on the button above will take you to his check-in form where he will follow up with students whenever there are any issues. If there is a need for more intensive counseling, he will follow up with you the parent and our instructional team (where appropriate).

Stress Relief for Children

As your child continues to adjust to the changes and different expectations, you might see changes in their attitude, behavior, and emotions. Here are a few tips for helping your child manage their stress:

  • Recognize that a negative attitude or poor behavior choices can be a result of stress. This doesn’t mean that your expectations for respectful behavior should change.
  • Acknowledge your child’s stress. Let them know you understand that change can be hard.
  • Listen to your child. Let them tell you about their school day, the good parts and the bad parts.
  • Help them identify their feelings. Are they frustrated, mad, sad, confused, overwhelmed? Finding the correct feeling word(s) can help reduce stress.
  • Validate their feelings. Never tell them they shouldn’t feel a certain way. Tell your child about the importance of school and doing their best, even when it’s hard or they don’t want to. Hold firm to your expectations.
  • Try not to take away their stress for them by letting them stay home from school or doing their homework for them. This will not help them in the long run.
  • Talk about stresses they can control vs. stresses they can’t. Write them down and ‘get rid’ of the ones they can’t change (rip them up, throw them away, put them in a box).
  • Help your child develop a growth mindset and positive self-talk habits. When they’re stressed, they can begin to talk themselves through it – “I can do this,”I am good at this,” “I’ve gotten through this before,” or “I’ll try my best.”
Visual Books for Kids to Help with Change

Click on the button above to read stories with your family on how to overcome challenges in life. These would be great to read together with your children or with your whole family.

Autism Awareness Month

Autism Awareness Day is observed on April 2. The day recognizes and spreads awareness for the rights of people with autism. The United Nations sanctioned day was created to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism, fostering worldwide support. There is no better way to celebrate this day than by becoming aware of the characteristics of people with this condition and how all of us can do better to increase our own understanding and promote kindness. In April 2021 AustimSpeaks.org is inviting the community to #LightUpWithKindness. For more information visit their website www.autismspeaks.org.

Earth Day! March 22nd

Earth Day is an annual holiday—celebrated on April 22nd every year—that supports and spreads awareness about environmental protection. And in honor of this yearly event, people around the world get together to partake in a variety of fun Earth Day activities, from planting trees to picking up litter. In the spirit of getting out doors and getting fresh air, why not work with your family to participate in service to our community to keep our planet clean for generations to come! You can start by going for a walk and picking up trash along the way, participating in beach clean up or just working to ensure we recycle, reduce & reuse thing so we can keep our planet amazing!

As an Earthling yourself, you may think you already know all about the benefits our blue and green planet has to offer and the role we, as humans of the world, need to play in order to help and protect our Earth for the long-run.

Celebrating the Military Child

April is the Month of the Military Child. This awareness month was established to underscore the important role children play in the Armed Forces community. There are approximately 2 million military children, ranging in ages from newborn to 18 years old; over 1 million military children are school-aged. Care of military children sustains our fighting force, and strengthens the health, security, and safety of our nation's families and communities.

Military families make remarkable sacrifices as they deal with separation from their families and make adjustments to new living situations and communities. However, most Military Families exemplify strength, resilience, and courage. We appreciate and acknowledge the incredible contributions that our Military Families at all of our MVUSD schools make to our Nation.

Helpful Links for Parents

Coping Skill of the Month Coping with Change

Transitions and coping with change can be difficult. There are many different feelings that come with change – some comfortable and some not so comfortable. As we prepare to return to school, it is important to know school will look different for all students whether they are returning to campus or staying virtual. Students and families will be adjusting to a new schedule. Here some things we can do to supports all students during this time of transition:

  • Create a schedule to reflect new routine and expectations. Be sure to post it as a visual reminder.
  • Talk about and answer your child’s questions regarding their hybrid or virtual transition. This can helps reduce anxiety regarding the unknowns. Encourage your child to dialogue with you or journal about their feelings.
  • Remind your child to continue practicing the emotion management skills they have been learning with their School Counselor. Some of these skills include deep breathing, positive self-talk, counting to calm down, journaling feelings, and mindfulness.

Diversity Library Highlights

Social Emotional Learning Topics

We are continuing our focus on emotion management. Digging deeper into managing strong feelings such as: frustration, anger, anxiety or disappointment, as it is especially challenging for children. This month the counselor is teaching specifically how to identify when one is having a strong feeling, what the feeling is and how to calm down with healthy tools.

Please Feel free to go on your child's Canvas page and click on CC School Counseling for more information as well as prerecorded lessons that have been shared to their class.