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    Welcome back!  We are so excited to have our students return to in person learning this school year. Just a quick reminder... it is important to continue having ongoing and open conversations with your children, providing them reassurance, as they prepare to return to school during this continued pandemic.  Conversations surrounding healthy choices, preventing sickness, safety precautions, managing mask wear, and building connections/friendships may be a few topics on their minds. Listen to their feelings, validate them, and help them make a plan to manage any anxiety. This will teach them exactly how to work through difficult emotions.  This is a continued new way of learning and interacting, and our children will need alot of support while they navigate their way through these unchartered times.  We can get through this together with much patience, acceptance, and perseverance. As you listen to their concerns,  it is also important to bring them back to the things they CAN control, which may help them find comfort and balance to things they feel they can't control. Remind them to use safe coping skills, such as mindful exercises, deep breathing, coloring, journaling, music, art, dance, etc.

    Establish back to school routines/schedules, keeping in mind  (a good sleep schedule, proper nutrition, physical exercise, social connections, and an optimum opportunity for learning).

    Limit your child’s access to the media. Be mindful of it being on continuously, and monitor your own reaction to the situation, as children naturally follow your lead.

    We are excited to see the children, and we will help them to get through this school year together with you!


    This poem was written by a Utica College Student Intern, Emily Loeschner 4/4/2020.

    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

    Were 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)