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Last Updated on:  May 6, 2022

April is a busy, busy month!! In case you don't believe me, here's a partial list of dates, events, celebrations, days of awareness, and holidays for the month of April (double-click on each illustration to find information and some fun links):

Shakespeare's Birthday
Easter
Earth Day
Administrative Professional Day
National Assistant Principal Week
National Robotics Week
Paraprofessional Appreciation Day
National Volunteer Month
Autism
Financial Literacy Month
Counseling Awareness Month
School Library Awareness Month
Nat'l. Internship Awareness Mnth.
Math Awareness Month

Don't forget to check out the latest edition of my Staying Connected Newsletter! 

substance use and abuse: It's a Health issue! 

Decision-making in teens involves a chemical called dopamine in the brain’s reward center. Dopamine helps transmit signals in the brain that make people feel happy. The number of brain receptors interacting with dopamine is higher in adolescence than at any other time of life. That means that when a teen is exposed to a reward—such as a compliment—the reward center reacts more strongly than it would for an adult.

Misuse of substances like alcohol and drugs is a growing problem in the US -- and teens and young adults are most at risk, with half of all new drug users being under the age of 18, and 1 in 5 high school students having abused prescription drugs. Additionally, one third of high school students currently use alcohol, 23% use marijuana, and 22% use all forms of tobacco combined.

From Compassmark's LFG Program: Conflict & Conflict Escalation

Compass Mark is a Lancaster-based non-profit organization that works with students and  families, with a mission to prevent addiction through education, skill building, and community mobilization. Their Leaders of Future Generations (LFG) program is for youth who exhibit leadership potential. Students explore different aspects of leadership and develop their potential to become leaders in their schools and communities. LFG helps students develop individual leadership skills and strengthen personal resiliency. Students grow and become part of a strong community based on trust, respect and understanding.

Watch this video focusing on Conflict and Conflict Escalation! Discussion questions: 1. Describe the last time you found yourself in a conflict 2. Did you or the other person escalate it using these common mistakes? 3. Were you able to resolve the conflict? 
Quote of the Day: "Conflict is inevitable, but combat is optional" - Max Lucado

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Covid News For Parents & Caregivers

Although the Delta and Omicron variants seem to be on the decline, Covid cases in children and teens continue to be a concern. From the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) "Children and Covid-19 State-Level Data Report":

  • 68,841 child COVID-19 cases were reported in the week from 2/24/22-3/3/22 (12,642,165 to 12,711,006) and children represented 20.2% (68,841/340,239) of the weekly reported cases

  • Over two weeks, 2/17/22-3/3/22, there was a 2% increase in the cumulated number of child COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic (195,614 cases added (12,515,391 to 12,711,006))

 

The  mortality rate in children is still extremely low, but "long Covid" has become a newer, and more urgent concern. Long-Covid  is a term that is used to describe the ongoing, fluctuating symptoms of COVID-19. The website Long Covid Kids was created to raise awareness as well as to support children and  families suffering with the condition. If you suspect that your child or teen may be suffering with long-covid, seek the advice of your physician, and check out this website for support and information. 

And please remember that I am here to assist you as you continue to navigate the sometimes murky waters of your students' social-emotional and academic needs. Never hesitate to reach out! We are a team! 

Click on the link above for a comprehensive list of resources for PA citizens as we are dealing with Covid.

  • As you may be aware, the CDC is now recommending Covid vaccines for children ages 5 and older. For information regarding vaccine eligibility and requirements for children under age 18, Please refer to THIS PAGE for additional information and FAQs related to the vaccine and adolescents. 

For Reliable Ongoing Covid 19 Updates, check these sites: 

As new information and resources become available, I will add them to this website. Please check frequently for updates, and be sure to check your school's website for any updates on policies, practices, and procedures.