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    Hart's Hill Social Worker



    Welcome back! We are excited for the 2023-2024 school year!

    Just a quick reminder as your child/children come back to school, to continue having open dialogue with them about their feelings related to their return. Listen, ask questions, provide support, and give positive messages. Establish a back-to-school routine, with a good sleep schedule, proper nutrition, physical exercise, and social connections are all ways to support optimum learning.

    Children who struggle with change or transition, may experience some anxiety upon returning to school, so in addition to listening and validating how they are feeling, work together to make a plan to manage their anxiety or worries. This will teach them how to work through difficult emotions and cope in life.  Remind them to use safe coping skills, such as mindful exercises, deep breathing, coloring, journaling, music, art, dance, etc.

    We are so excited about seeing your child/rchildren, and are looking forward to a wonderful school year ! 


    This poem was written by a Utica College Student Intern, Emily Loeschner, back in April 2020.

    Our hope was to provide your child with some helpful tools to manage his/her feelings.

    Have them recite it...and try to memorize it! 



    Emotions come and go

    Ups and downs happen

    We're all just humans.


     You need to cope

    To have hope

    That you can deal

    With how you feel.



    Take your time

    These feelings don’t disappear

    By the flip of a dime.


     Take a walk

    To talk it out

    If you want to yell

    Go to a friend and tell!


     If you don’t want to show

    When you're feeling low

    Go have alone time

    That's not a crime.



    Take your time

    These feelings don’t disappear

    By the flip of a dime.


     If you would like

    Hop on a bike

    Take a ride around the block 

    Let the clock go tik tok.


     If your day

    Didn’t go your way

    Go leap in your bed

    After being fed.



    Take your time

    These feelings don’t disappear.

    By the flip of a dime.


     If your scared in this time

     Remember this chime!


     Be smart

    And stay 6ft. Apart!

    Make sure you wash

    Because oh gosh!


    If you touch too much,

    You may fear a germ

    That can make

    You squirm!


    If you decide to not

    Stay inside

    Wear a mask to

    Do the task!


    Don’t be scared

    Just be prepared!



    Take your time

    These feelings don’t disappear

    By the flip of a dime. 

     (Emily Loeschner 4/4/2020)