School Counselor's Weekly Updates!


Week of April 20th


You are not alone! E-Learning comes with many struggles and we are all learning how to navigate through this difficult time together. Looking at a computer screen and getting frustrated with our children, ourselves and the situation is very normal. Enjoy this fun video from Elmo’s dad. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEmaWIxyhj8


I have attached a wonderful Webinar from another school district in Illinois. It is about Stress Management during the Covid-19 Crisis. It is very informative and insightful into dealing and managing our stress.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oa3hPwVvmSA&feature=youtu.be


This weekend I came across this very insightful post in regards to the students who missed school due to Hurricane Katrina. As you may know, I was a teacher during the hurricane and displaced to Chicago. This really spoke to me and the need to pause and enjoy this time together as families and know that we will make it through this difficult time.


Hurricane Katrina taught the teachers on the Gulf Coast that an interrupted year is not the end of the world. It’s okay if you don’t get to cover all the content. It’s okay if your grades are inflated because you can’t test as normal. It’s okay if your students are not able to complete the coursework as assigned. We worried missing part of the year would have lasting effects, but it didn’t. Our Katrina kids are doctors, lawyers, teachers, hairdressers, nurses, business owners, engineers, you name it they are doing it all over the world. Don't sweat what is probably ultimately insignificant, but embrace the opportunity to stay connected with your students in order to build relationships and to reinforce a sense of normalcy for them. Developing Skills for the next level of success takes many forms, so don't worry you’ve got this!”


Lastly, I will continue to have weekly meetings with each class to simply check in. If you would like me to meet with your child individually please reach out. Also if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out through either email, lyoung@ststanschicago.org, or Class Dojo.


Enjoy the beautiful weather this week!


Ms. Young






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