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Counselor’s Corner

Dear Riley Elementary Families,
During this time of uncertainty and social distancing it is important for us to maintain our connections with one another. Although this is a challenging time, it is also an opportunity to plan creative ways to stay in touch with family and friends. I am sending home some resources that may be helpful to you, your family and your student. I will be holding office hours from 10:00am-11:00am if you or your student wish to contact me. If there is a preferable time that you wish to speak please let me know. You may email me at , text or call me at 385-240-2587. and I will be glad to follow-up with you. For any urgent needs, please see the HELPLINES below. Wishing you all peace and good health.
Mrs. Stern, Riley Elementary School Social Worker

How to Talk With Your Student

Now is a time to ensure that we are being mindful of our own feelings and sharing information with our children that is age appropriate. Here are a few helpful tips from author Deborah Farmer Kris, a writer, teacher, parent educator, and school administrator. She works on parenting projects for PBS KIDS for Parents and writes about education for MindShift, an NPR learning blog.
First, I shared age-appropriate facts and corrected misinformation. Because my kids are young, I kept it simple. “You know what it’s like to have a cold or the flu — how sometimes you get a cough or have a fever? This is kind of like that. Most people who catch this sickness stay home, rest and get all better. And we have wonderful doctors and nurses who can help people when they need it.”
Second, I reassured them that they are safe, which is the most important message my kids can hear from me. I know that they take their emotional cues from my tone. “You don’t need to worry. Right now, lots of amazing grown ups are working hard to keep people healthy. Luckily, we already know a lot about how to keep healthy!”
Third, I emphasized simple things our family can do to be “germ busters” — for all types of germs that are out there! As Harvard’s Dr. Richard Weissbourd once shared with me, kids and adults alike are “more distressed when we feel helpless and passive, and more comfortable when we are taking action.” The hygiene routines that slow the spread of the COVID-19 are the same habits that help keep us healthy all year round.

Community Resources and Supports

FOOD In partnership with the Salt Lake Education Foundation, the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office, and the Utah Food Bank, bags of food for families will be available at all of our Community Learning Centers.
The addresses for the Community Learning Centers are:
 Rose Park Community Learning Center: 1105 W. 1000 N., Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
 Liberty Community Learning Center: 1078 S. 300 E., Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
 Glendale Community Learning Center: 1388 S. 1340 W. Navajo Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84104 or call 211 for health and human resources information
These times of uncertainty may lead to feelings of stress and anxiety. Below are some ways to manage those feelings from Alan Brown at MindfulSchools as well as some resources to support you if those feelings become overwhelming and additional support is needed.
1: Manage Information Intake
Notice what happens inside of you as you take in and share information. Ask yourself: Is this bringing my anxiety up? Or calming me down? Do I already know everything you need to know at this moment? Do I need a break?
2: Keep Perspective
Use perspective and try to hold multiple truths – “both/and.” Under duress, the mind starts to narrow in and grasp onto one thing – this tunnel vision can actually feed the overwhelm. But this is not the only thing happening in our day and in our lives. Try to find one good thing that is going well in the world around you, one thing you’re grateful for, a funny moment you remember, a delicious meal….something that is pleasant. Holding that in our attention can open us up to “both/and.” The mind can hold that both – the good things and the challenges that are present. For example, “I am having a thought that I should turn on the news again, and I am so grateful to be eating this delicious snack.”
3: Don’t Forget Kindness
Be kind to yourself and others. We don’t have to beat ourselves up for how we feel. We are having biologically appropriate reactions to an unusual situation. We know that this will not last forever, so while this is here, can we offer ourselves some kindness and tenderness as we would offer a child who is frightened?
SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline Toll-Free: 1-800-985-5990 (English and español)
SMS: Text TalkWithUs to 66746 SMS (español): “Hablanos” al 66746 TTY: 1-800-846-8517
Website in English: https://
Website in Spanish: disaster-distress-helpline/espanol
SAMHSA’s National Helpline Toll-Free: 1-800-662-HELP (24/7/365
Treatment Referral Information Service in English and español) Website:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Toll-Free: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800- 273-8255) Toll-Free (español): 1-888-628-9454 TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (1-800-799-4889)
Website in English: https://
Website in Spanish: https://
WARMLINE: 801-587-1055 This line is for Salt Lake County residents who are not in crisis, but seeking: support, engagement, or encouragement. Certified peer specialists offer support and empower callers to resolve problems by fostering a sense of hope, dignity, and selfrespect. Callers may speak with peer specialists daily from 8 am to 11 pm.
CRISIS SERVICES—CRISIS LINE 801-587-3000 Services are available 24/7 both locally and statewide as the Utah affiliate for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273- 8255). Our licensed clinicians provide: prompt and compassionate crisis intervention, suicide prevention, information and referrals, follow-up services, emotional support, and assistance to individuals experiencing emotional distress or psychiatric crisis.

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