Dear Winn Brook Families:
Below, please find information from our Guidance Counselor, Ms.Colton, as well as two shortĀ updates.
Helping Children with Anxiety & COVID-19
Children and teens react, in part, on what they see from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers deal with the COVID-19 calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children. Parents can be more reassuring to others around them, especially children, if they are better prepared.
Not all children and teens respond to stress in the same way. Some common changes to watch for includeĀ
- Excessive crying or irritation in younger children
- Returning to behaviors they have outgrown (for example, toileting accidents or bedwetting)
- Excessive worry or sadness
- Unhealthy eating or sleeping habits
- Irritability and "acting out" behaviors in teens
- Poor school performance or avoiding school
- Difficulty with attention and concentration
- Avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past
- Unexplained headaches or body pain
- Use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
There are many things you can do to support your child
- Take time to talk with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child or teen can understand.
- Reassure your child or teen that they are safe. Let them know it is ok if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
- Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
- Try to keep up with regular routines. If schools are closed, create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities.
- Be a role model.Ā Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members.
Learn more about helping children cope.
New resource pack: Positive Parenting In COVID-19 Isolation external icon
See more at: cdc.gov
Connecting with Students in Phase II
As educators, ourĀ top priority isĀ the safety and well‐being of our students.Ā To ensure we reach everyĀ child, educators will be connecting with students and families in their classrooms through direct contact (by email,Ā phone,Ā google meet, or another teacher-directed platform)Ā at least once a week.Ā Morning meetings and recess are efficient opportunities for students to connect with their teacher and classmates.Ā This may include an asynchronous pre-recorded message, activities, or synchronous Google Meet.Ā
As announced in Superintendent Phelan’s recent newsletter, the district has appointed Anita Mecklenburg as the next principal of the Winn Brook School. She will start her work in Belmont on July 1, 2020.Ā Ms. Mecklenburg comes to us from the Norfolk Public Schools where she currently holds two positions—as an Assistant Principal and as a Director of Curriculum, ELA/History and Social Science.