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    Letter to Families from Kathy Hanson - Updated June 19, 2020
    Posted on 05/22/2020
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    Dear Falcons Parents,
    As this school year draws to a close, I want to recognize YOU. YOU have had to step up and work/parent/teach this spring, all during a global pandemic. YOU have supported your children through the global outrage over police violence and racism. YOU are holding your families together as we stand in this place of uncertainty over just about everything. 

    This summer, a group of us will be meeting to talk about what worked, what didn’t, and what we can do to support you and your children in the fall. In her final newsletter, Amy posted links to surveys for students and parents. Please take a moment to complete these surveys. We need to hear from you so we can make the best decisions for the fall. 

    For my final family letter of this school year, I wanted to share with you the letter that I posted in Schoology for your students:

    Dear Falcons:
    There are so many things to recognize, and each thing truly deserves its own week, at the VERY LEAST!

    Juneteenth:
    Each year around June 19, Black communities across the country unite for a family reunion of sorts. Juneteenth activities feature the sights and sounds of Blackness: People enjoying art, music and food that connect them to a shared ancestry and history. They celebrate being their authentic selves. They celebrate freedom in both solemn and festive ceremonies.

    This celebration marks a day in 1865 when enslaved Texans learned they’d be free—two months after Robert E. Lee surrendered and ended the Civil War and two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Initially a uniquely Texan observance, Juneteenth has now been recognized in some form in every corner of the country. -Teaching Tolerance

    Pride Month:
    “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as "Gay Pride Day," but the actual day was flexible.” -Library of Congress

    “Diversity” makes me think of flowers. Each person, culture, language, ability, faith, race, is unique. This is what makes our world beautiful. And yet, we are also connected through our humanity. One of our great opportunities and challenges in life is to recognize both the beauty of our similarities and differences. This summer, I hope that, when you see flowers, you will reflect on the vital importance of celebrating the ways we are the same and different, and that you will also find ways to make the world a better place by helping others, so we can ALL feel safe, respected and equal. 

    Have a wonderful summer, everyone. 

    Counseling Supports:

    If you or your family is in emotional crisis, call the Crisis Line at (206) 461-3222 or call 911.  During the summer, I will periodically checking my emails.

    Resources specific to COVID-19:

    Support for Families During Covid-19 (Sound Supports)
    Talking to Children About Covid-19 (National Association of School Psychologists)
    Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety (Mental Health America and Shine)

    Health Resources:

    How to Care for Yourself While Practicing Physical Distancing(Mental Health First Aid)
    Mental Health Resources (SPS Coordinated Health)
    Fitness and Character Videos for Families at Home (Access code: AtHome)
    Coping With Loneliness During the Coronavirus- Very Well Mind

    Basic Needs Resources:

    Basic Needs Emerald City Resource Guide
    Office of the Mayor: COVID Resources
    Rent Assistance- United Way King County
    Rent Assistance- All Seattle Kids Home

    Racial Equity Resources:

    (Amy Schwentor recently posted many excellent resources on her Principal newsletter.  Please see her letter for these.)

    Culturally Responsive Online Teaching-Teaching Tolerance
    Seattle Student Tech Exchange
     (technology donations and requests for students of color) 
    Culturally Responsive Distance Learning (webinar, Zaretta Hammond) (this webinar costs money. I will be working to get the highlights to you in a future letter.)

    Parenting Supports:

    World Health Organization's Healthy Parenting tips
    ReStart: Net Addiction Resources (resources for support with internet/screen addictions)
    Sound Discipline (parenting resources and supports during school closures)
    Digital Citizenship (K-8 lessons on healthy use of digital media)
    Supporting learners with ADHD
    Parenting Advice During COVID-19- A Bulleted List to Keep on the Fridge
    - Psychology Today
    A Parent's Guide to Virtual Playdates
    - Parents Magazine
    Parenting Teens During the Coronavirus
    - LA Times
    Social Distancing With an Only Child
     - Washington Post
    Remote Playdates
    - Good Housekeeping
    COVID-19 Social Distancing: Together apart, screen time connects isolated kids with family, friends
    - USA Today

     

    Books I use to support students:

    Treating Childhood and Adolescent anxiety Disorders, Eli Lebowitz, Haim Omer
    Helping Your Anxious Child by Ronald Rapee, PhD et al.
    Freeing Your Child from Anxiety by Tamar Chansky, Ph.D.
    Yoga Calm for Children by Lynea Gillen, MS and Jim Gilen, RYT
    What to Do When You Worry Too Much, What to Do When Your Temper Flares, What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck, What to Do When You Grumble Too Much by Dawn Huebner
    The Invisible String by Geoff Stevenson - for young children to discuss difficult feelings related to death, loss and separation
    Impulse Control and Evidence-Based Insights and Activities for Teaching Kids Impulse Control by Tonia Caselman

    Counseling Video “Library”:

    Week of 4/24/20:
    K-2: Making Lemonade Out of Lemons 
    3-5: Caring for Ourselves and Others
    6-8: ANGST trailer

    Week of 5/1/20
    K-5: The Seeds We Water Will Grow & Creating Worry Time
    6-8: ANGST Resource Page (video is no longer available, but resources ARE available)

    Week of 5/8/20:
    K-5: Steps to Success- Taking on Big Challenges, Step by Step
    6-8: Letter to Middle School students on exposure therapy and breaking down big challenges into smaller steps (In Schoology)

    Week of 5/15/20:
    K-2: Using Our Senses to Feel More Peaceful
    K-5: Respectful Disagreement
    6-8: Rumi and the Metamoment (In Schoology)

    Week of 5/22/20:
    K-5: Loneliness
    6-8: Letter to students about loneliness (In Schoology)

    Week of 6/6/20 and 6/12/20:
    K-8: How to be a Love Warrior

    Kathy Hanson, M.A.Ed., Licensed Mental Health Counselor
    kbhanson@seattleschools.org