JTMS Counseling Newsletter
October 5, 2020
Week of Respect
The week of October 5-9, 2020 is the Week of Respect. This year, ALL JEFFERSON SCHOOLS, from Preschool to High School, will come together to join in these themes displaying respect. Please send pictures (school-appropriate, please!) of yourself wearing your spirit attire celebrating respect, to Ms. Martino, so that we can post them on the JTMS website. Have a great – and respectful – week!
A Message from Ms. Martino Student Assistance Counselor /Anti-Bullying Specialist
I recently had the opportunity to view a webinar titled “Resilience: Getting Through Stressful Times” provided by the NJ State Bar Foundation. Given our current circumstances, I thought this would definitely be something to share.
Resilience means being able to bounce back from difficult times and grow from our challenges. Part of it is our genetics, part of it is our life experiences. If we have ever needed to be resilient, now is certainly the time. So, what skills do we need to help ourselves, or help our children, to become more resilient?
Become more self-aware – of our thoughts, our reactions to things, how our body reacts, our emotions, our strengths
Learn to self-regulate – look at things from different points of view, focus on problem-solving skills to help feel less frustrated / what we can control vs. what we can’t control, set goals
Control impulses – Don’t act on impulses but rather stop, think and then decide and choose a reaction that will make the situation better
Empathy – Understanding how others are feeling helps create positive relationships which, in turn, helps us to be more resilient
Optimism – believing that problems can be handled
Self-Efficacy – knowing our strengths and believing that we can handle challenges
Connect/Don’t isolate – Connecting with others helps us to be more resilient. Children who connect with one or more adults become more resilient in life.
Resilience Helps Us Deal with Mental Health Challenges
Building our RESILIENCE will help us throughout our lives, with whatever kinds of struggles we face, whether they are mental health issues or not. Take some time this week to focus on how you can become STRONGER and MORE RESILIENT in the face of adversity.
JTMS Counseling Staff
Ms. Ellingsen, Mrs. LaCatena, Mrs. Carroll and Ms. Martino