Counselor's Corner - January

Hello and Happy New Year American River Families,

What a year 2021 has been already! If nothing else, 2020 taught us that life can be full of challenges and uncertainty. Although we are not out of the woods yet, I am hopeful that this new year will bring some sort of normalcy back into our lives.

It is hard to believe that we have just over four months remaining in the school year. Second Step lessons, lunch bunches, and check in zoom sessions are still going strong. The focus of the Second Step lessons for all grade levels right now has to do with recognizing strong emotions and how to best manage those feelings so they don't control us. Now, more than ever, it is important for students (and adults!) to be aware of what they are feeling and how they respond to stressful situations. Having a conversation with your child(ren) about the emotions they are experiencing can be helpful and insightful for you both.

I discovered a wonderful new resource for parents and caregivers that was recently introduced by Solution Tree, a company that offers professional development and learning to educators throughout the country. This new website, Our Parents As Partners, includes tips and information designed to provide assistance to parents and caregivers.
Based on direct insights from teachers and school leaders, the information on this site will help families:

  • Address their children’s needs
  • Facilitate distance learning at home
  • Support their children's emotional needs
  • Ensure distance learning is on-track with curriculum standards
  • Keep their children on the pathway to fulfilling their potential

You can check out this new website here: OurParentsAsPartners

Don't forget about the California Parent & Youth Helpline website that I sent in a previous post which offers emotional support for families during COVID-19.  

As always, I can be reached via ParentSquare or email at

Stay safe and healthy,
Ms. Stacey

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