April 8, 2020
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope that you all have a wonderful Easter with your families and I wish you good healthy and safety.
Nicole Nolan, MPP, MSW, LSW
March 16, 2020
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.
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 (email@example.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.
Nicole Nolan, MPP, MSW, LSW