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Counseling Services Continue During School Closures

We are currently so bombarded with information about coronavirus and COVID-19 that it can be confusing and sometimes overwhelming. There are so many contradicting opinions that seem to evolve daily, and it’s difficult to keep up. For some young children, this uncertainty can be scary or cause anxiety. For older kids, they may be stressed because of questions about how to navigate distance learning and manage their time.

Our San Antonio- area public school counselors are available to help alleviate some of that stress and uncertainty. Many schools have set up reference pages on their websites tailored to their individual communities. Several school counselors offer guidance online via video conferencing with Zoom or Google Hangouts.  Parents and students are encouraged to explore and utilize the many free resources and support that is available through their local school districts.

Fort Sam Houston ISD counselor Jessica Garza remotely counsels a new student to Robert G. Cole Middle/High School.

Check out your district’s counseling link here:

Alamo Heights ISD

Boerne ISD

Edgewood ISD

Floresville ISD

Fort Sam Houston ISD

Judson ISD

Medina Valley ISD

North East ISD

Northside ISD

San Antonio ISD

South San Antonio ISD

Southwest ISD

 

Helpful Additional Resources:

wikiHow- How to remain calm amidst an outbreak

https://www.wikihow.com/Deal-with-Coronavirus-Anxiety 

 

Mental Health America-Resources and links to mental health and anxiety articles, hotlines, webinars, and how-tos

https://mhanational.org/covid19

 

Positive Psychology-  Breathing and mindfulness activities for children

https://positivepsychology.com/mindfulness-for-kids/

 

TEA- Counseling and mental health services in schools information

https://tea.texas.gov/texas-schools/safe-and-healthy-schools/coordinated-school-health/counseling-and-mental-health-services-of-the-coordinated-school-health-model

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North East ISD’s Helpful Tator Tot Patrols

In North East ISD’s Wilderness Oak Elementary School cafeteria, fourth-grader Ben Theesfeld remembered what it was like to be a Kindergartner struggling to open food containers and milk boxes. Ben, like many other fourth-graders, decided to become a member of the Tator Tot Patrol.
Students in the Tater Tot Patrol give up fifteen minutes of their lunchtime to help the Kindergarteners.

“The job is to help them open their food and have a good conversation with them. It’s fun to hear what their day has been all day,” Ben explained. “I have friends in Kindergarten now just from doing this! It just feels good to help them out.”

Assistant Principal Milsi Perez said, “We started it last year as a way to give our fourth graders a way to serve and show their leadership skills in the cafeteria.” Perez continued, “There was one time, a very sweet little boy came into the cafeteria and he was just extra somber that day. One of the Tater Tot Patrols that were assigned to his table went and gave him a hug and helped him open up his food. Then just sat with him for a second and that extra minute of attention, just so that the child knows, ‘I am important and can get help from everyone in the school’ because we are a family,” Perez added.

Hear the full story about this helpful group here:

TATOR TOT PATROL – North East ISD

Introducing the TATOR TOT PATROLS!!In a packed cafeteria at Wilderness Oak Elementary School, a line of hungry students are ready to eat. For the youngest diners however, it’s not always easy to get started. “I had a lot of trouble opening my stuff. Especially when I got salad, I couldn’t open the box,” fourth grader Ben Theesfeld said.Nine-year-old Ben remembered what it was like to be a Kindergartner struggling to open food containers and milk boxes. “Opening milk to drink is really important. I just think it’s really helpful to have people on the job working,” he said. So Ben decided to step in and help. He joined the school’s Tater Tot Patrol. “The job is to help them open their food and have a good conversation with them. It’s fun to hear what their day has been all day,” Theesfeld said.“We started it last year as a way to give our fourth graders a way to serve and show their leadership skills in the cafeteria, Assistant Principal Milsi Perez said. She said it opens up positive conversation between the students and helps brighten their day. She remembered one moment in particular that she found touching. “There was one time, a very sweet little boy came into the cafeteria and he was just extra somber that day. One of the Tater Tot Patrols that were assigned to his table went and gave him a hug and helped him open up his food. Then just sat with him for a second and that extra minute of attention, just so that the child knows, ‘I am important and can get help from everyone in the school’ because we are a family,” Perez added. Students in the Tater Tot Patrol give up fifteen minutes of their lunch time to help the Kindergarteners. “I have friends in Kindergarten now just from doing this! It just feels good to help them out,” Theesfeld said. Tater Tot Patrols like Ben continue to spread a positive message. “I want to be a Computer Scientist. I want to build computers when I’m older. I want to encourage these kids to get a good job and have a good lifetime,” he said. “I think that one of our purposes is to teach kids that they can serve in little ways or big ways, in any way they feel called to do so,” Perez added. Discover #theNEISDway, where our educators create a welcoming environment for every student. #RootEdWildernessOak

Posted by North East Independent School District – NEISD on Tuesday, November 5, 2019