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June 12, 2020

 

Dear parents,

 

As we close out on a unprecedent school year, I wanted to take the time to again thank you all for your dedication to our online learning. More importantly, I am immensely proud of the efforts put forth by your children in working through a time of immense anxiety and moving forward with grace, grit, and resilience.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or if your child presents with any social, emotional or academic needs. I am also available to discuss and plan for any needs you may see fit for the upcoming school year. I am available by phone at 732-741-3133, ext. 219 or via e-mail at nnolan@saintleothegreatschool.com

 

Various mental health resources and programs are listed under my "School Closure Resources" tab. You can also contact me directly if you'd like information or resources for your child(ren).

 

I hope you all have a wonderful summmer!

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Nicole Nolan, MPP, MSW, LSW

 

 

May 6, 2020

 

 

Dear Parents,

 

Thank you again for all of you who supported our Lion's Pride Spirit Day last week. It was truly moving to see all of our students doing such great things while we are all away from each other. You can now find all of these videos and slideshows right on the main page of our website.

 

As we continue with remote learning, I have added counseling lessons to this site by grade. Your teachers may have directed you here, or you received them directly. These will be updated periodically and are available for your use with your children. I have already received great feedback from parents about how helpful the content has been during such an uncertain and anxious time.

 

Please know that I continue to be available for your needs. Do not hesitate to contact me directly at 732-741-3133, ext. 219 or via e-mail at nnolan@saintleothegreatschool.com

 

Stay well,

Nicole D'Amore-Nolan, MPP, MSW, LSW

School Counselor

 

April 8, 2020

 

Dear Parents,

 

During this time of uncertainty, I want to take a minute to commend you for providing control, support, and structure to your children and to our Saint Leo the Great Students. We have been presented with a unprecedented scenario, which certainly has created anxiety for all. Yet, in the face of adversity, we are seeing our students rise to the occassion of virtual learning. 

 

As we move into the Spring Break, I want to remind everyone of the resources available to our Saint Leo the Great families. I have truly enjoyed being able to connect with students via telephone to check-in and to help support parents navigate the world of helping educate their children at home. 

 

Please know that I continue to be available for your needs. Do not hesitate to contact me directly at 732-741-3133, ext. 219 or via e-mail at nnolan@saintleothegreatschool.com

 

I hope that you all have a wonderful Easter with your families and I wish you good healthy and safety.

 

Sincerely,

Nicole Nolan, MPP, MSW, LSW

 

March 16, 2020

 

Dear Parents,

 

As we continue to monitor the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we know that being away from school for an extended period may be a challenging and stressful time for our parents, students and school community. As a result, we wanted to provide you with some useful information and resources that may help to alleviate some of the anxiety associated with our school closure.

 

During this time, I will be updating the Character Education page on the school’s website with additional resources and handouts. These will include both mindfulness and social emotional learning activities that you can do together as a family or that your children can complete independently. Attached to this letter, you will find some general handouts that may help you work through some anxiety and stress with your children.

 

Other activities that you may be able to do with your children include board game night, movies, and working out! There are many apps for children that focus on mindfulness and mediation. These include: Stop, Breath & Think, Breathe, Think, and Do with Sesame Street, the Virtual Hopebox, and My Life, My Voice Mood Journal. All of these apps are free.

 

Additional Resources

 

The NJ Department of Health (DOH) has created a 24-hour Coronavirus Hotline to answer general questions about COVID-19. Trained health care professionals are standing by to answer your calls at 1-800-222-1222

 

The Center for Disease Control has established a website on “Mental Health and Coping during Coronavirus (COVID-10)”. You can access their resource guide here.

 

For information and support on how to talk to your children about Coronavirus and the stress or anxiety they may feel, please visit this website.

 

For more ways to discuss Coronavirus with your children and for additional handouts and activities - please select the "School Closure Handouts" on the lefthand menu of my website.

 

Many medical practices have begun to deliver virtual care through online applications. If you are concerned about the health of your child but would like to avoid the doctor’s office, PM Pediatrics has begun to deliver virtual care through their online app, PM Pediatrics Anywhere.

 

If for any reason during this time you feel that your child is voicing concerning thoughts or feelings, you may access in-home support through the New Jersey Children’s System of Care and Children’s Mobile Response Stabilization Services (1-877-652-7624). These services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with the goal of helping children and youth who are experiencing an emotional or behavioral crisis.

 

If you feel that your child is in imminent danger to themselves or others, please take your child to the closest Emergency Room immediately, where they can conduct a screening and refer your child to the appropriate level of services.

 

Please know that if you need to reach out to me for any reason, I will be available via e-mail (nnolan@saintleothegreatschool.com) during hours of operation from 9:00am to 2:00pm Monday through Friday during the school closure.

 

We look forward to being back together as the Saint Leo the Great School Community as soon as possible.

 

Sincerely,

Nicole Nolan, MPP, MSW, LSW

School Counselor