Health & Wellness Break: Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Ms. Shaw has tools and resources on her webpage to help families prioritize and take care of their mental health.  She has also created a page entirely dedicated to COVID-19 resources to help children understand COVID-19, answer their questions, address their anxious, sad, angry feelings, and share ideas on fostering family connection and harmony during this stressful time.

Some May highlights from Ms. Shaw include:

Ms. Shaw also continues to facilitate the following weekly activities for:

    • Primary:   15-minute read-aloud videos with mini-counseling lessons that help students process their feelings.  Videos include simple art projects, puppets, mindful moments, and breathing techniques.
    • Intermediate:  Ms. Shaw has a new program called “Stempathy,” which combines STEM and empathy.  Stempathy requires the innovator to first listen to and emphasize with a person’s problem, and then build a solution for them. This is a fun activity to do with whatever materials you have at home. You can learn more here.
    • Middle School:  Ms. Shaw and Ms. Tsagalakis are hosting a weekly 30-minute “Virtual Recess” on Fridays.  Students play games, chat, and catch up with one another.  It’s a fun and informal way for them to connect with friends. RSVP here:  6th grade7th grade8th grade

Ms. Shaw is also available for emails, calls, or video chats at any time during the school week.