Just Some Useful Stuff (Covid-related and More)! 

New Edits on:  May 11,   2021

It's early April and the 2020-2021 school year is beginning to wind down! For seniors, that means graduation is right around the corner, and for underclassmen, course selection and transition planning are underway.  It remains important for you to seek out and take advantage of the many resources available to help you stay informed about the things that matter to your future. As your school counselor, I am committed to finding ways to continue to be available to you both in person as well as, if necessary, virtually. In addition to this website, I will continue to work hard to produce regular newsletters surrounding topics relevant to students and families. I've been working through Freshman and Sophomore "interviews" in all of my schools, and am beginning to use Google classrooms and Schoology for short, ungraded career-related and/or academic success "assignments", so please look for those.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! The May special edition of the Staying Connected Newsletter is finally published. All articles are related to mental health and wellness! Inside, you'll find articles such as: "Did You Know That Depression Is Not A Bad Word?", "The Truth About Anxiety", "Why Optimism", "Choosing Your Mood", a social media detox challenge, and MUCH more!  Check it out today. PLEASE NOTE: All previous newsletter editions are available by contacting me at lorraine_casanova@iu13.org.  

Emotional Intelligence

Have you ever regretted something you said or did? Have you ever acted on impulse or let your emotions get the best of you? By developing emotional intelligence, you can begin to recognize yourself as the master of your emotions, there will be fewer moments of regret. To help you with that, we made a video to help you learn how to master your emotions!

From Compassmark's LFG Program: Time Mangement

Compass Mark is a Lancaster-based non-profit organization that works with families. 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.

The LFG video below takes another look at communications... this time at communication styles! Explore ideas such as 1. Which style do you use and how does that impact you as a communicator? 2. How do you respond to passive or aggressive speakers? 3. How can you use assertive communication to be a better leader?. Quote of the Day from Eleanor Roosevelt: "Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent."

Click Over There

For Parents and Caregivers

You may have questions and concerns of your own as your teens are returning to school and resuming a semblance of "normalcy" in their lives. If you are asking yourself how you can support your students as they strive to find new routines and to transition back to face-to-face interactions, you may be interested in reading this article: Return to School 2020: Supporting Your Child's Mental Health

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.

COVID VACCINE UPDATES for those interested

LG Health is currently providing vaccines to:

  • As of May 11, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is only authorized by the CDC to be used for individuals 16 and older. The CDC is expected to authorize the vaccine for children age 12 to 15 as early as Wednesday, May 12. Individuals within that age range who have registered on VaccinateLancaster.org will not be able to schedule their appointment until the CDC grants its approval. Once CDC approval occurs, those individuals may begin to schedule their appointments. Please refer back to the confirmation email from Vaccinate Lancaster to access the link to the scheduling portal. Or call us at 717-588-1020 to schedule your appointment. For information regarding vaccine eligibility and requirements for children under age 18, please click here

  • Check out the Vaccinate Lancaster  website for more info:

From the PA Dept. of Education: 

What's New?

THIS PAGE provides an overview of information, specific to COVID-19 and school communities, that has been added to/updated on the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s (PDE) website. Please note: entries may include content that is accessible from PDE’s website but is maintained on another website (ex. the Pennsylvania Department of Health).

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 don't forget to check your school's website for up-to-date information about how our "new reality" will impact your childrens' learning environment.