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    Guidance & Counseling Office

    To Whom It May Concern:

    I hope that this letter finds our Whitesville Central School family happy and healthy. I am taking this opportunity to check in with all of you in an effort to remind you that I am still available to support any needs that you or your family may have in these uncertain times.

    Although I miss seeing the Whitesville Central School students on a daily basis, I want to remind you that I am available via epotter@whitesvillesd.org or 607-281-7084, (the school cell phone), Monday through Friday from 7:45 – 3:15. With our children being home, and many feeling as though we have been forced into isolation, it is of the utmost importance to take the time to check in with ourselves and our loved ones regarding mental wellness. With this having been said, I am including some social emotional learning (SEL) resources that were shared with me that might be helpful for both you and your children’s social emotional learning. I hope to be able to help our WCS families cope during this time of added stress and anxiety, and thus, encourage you to explore these resources. I have found them beneficial and hope you might as well. Also, please feel free to reach out to me as needed, sometimes it is helpful to have a real conversation with someone over the phone!

    My thoughts are with all of the Whitesville Central School students and their families and I cannot wait to see everyone once again in the actual school building.

    Sincerely,

    Elizabeth Potter
    Whitesville Central School Counselor
    607-281-7084
    epotter@whitesvillesd.org

     
    SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING (SEL):
    Great parent resources can be found at https://apertureed.com/parent-portal/.
    This site has free resources that can be utilized at home with your children.

    MINDFULNESS ACTIVITIES AND USEFUL APPS:
    (These were ideas that I gleaned from resources that were provided to me to assist my daughter while staying at home during these trying times- I thought I would share).
    As if life was not stressful enough without the Coronavirus COVID-19, now we are immersed in a pandemic. Mindfulness and meditation can help ease the onslaught of scary news and health concerns. You can start by simply taking ten minutes in the morning and evening to clear your mind, center yourself, and find your inner peace. This may be helpful for people who struggle with sleep loss, anxiety, ADHD, and feelings of sadness.

    Mindfulness apps: (free content)
    Insight Timer
    Stop, Breathe, Think
    Relax Melodies

    GOOD ARTICLES TO PERUSE ABOUT MAINTAINING A HEALTHY MINDSET:
    https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/pandemics
    https://copingskillsforkids.com/calming-anxiety

    CALMING AND GROUNDING TOOLS CAN BE FOUND AT:
    https://www.developgoodhabits.com/mindfulness-jar/
    https://www.youtube.com/watchtv?v+Fz5iEBdJM84

    WEBINAR FOR KIDS TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THE CORONAVIRUS:
    https://register.gotowebinar.com/record…/1228871964358078723

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  • Elizabeth Potter, School Counselor
    (607) 356-3301 Ext. 234
    epotter@whitesvillesd.org

    Jill Milton, School Psychologist
    (607) 356-3301 Ext. 239
    Jill_Milton@caboces.org

    Melissa Waters, Guidance Secretary
    (607) 356-3301 Ext. 235
    FAX:  (607)356-3529
    mwaters@whitesvillesd.org
     


    Whitesville Central School
    692 Main Street
    Whitesville, NY 14897

    Phone: (607) 356 - 3301
    FAX: (607 356 - 3598