Welcome back! I hope that everyone had a great break. Summer vacations and excitement can keep students up later than usual, but trying to go to bed earlier and wake up a little earlier can ease the transition back to school. The start of a new school year and be both an exciting and nerve-wracking time, and school anxiety can surface during the transition. It is important to send your student the when school returns so we can all ease back into the routine together.
This school year Mrs. Foley from Nelson Ridge will be joining us twice a week and I will have an intern, Nicolette Giblin. We look forward to a great year!
Adolescents can be a stressful time for both students and parents. Students may bend rules or test their parents boundaries as way to tryout their new independence. A common parent concern, "Is my child's behavior normal?" or "Is this concerning" will be different for each child and family. It is typical for teens to need multiple reminders to complete chores or homework, be emotional and to push boundaries. Parents should be concerned if they notice a sudden, profound change in their child's personality, extreme disrespect for themselves or others, a sudden drop in grades or change in friends. Quickly gaining or losing weight, as well as self imposed isolation is also a cause for concern.
Even typical teen behavior can be maddening. It is important to show your child that you care about them even when their behavior pushes your buttons.
School Anxiety/ School Refusal
School anxiety or refusal is most common at the start of the school year or when returning from a school break. It can also follow student or parent illness, or family change. Some students will complain of stomach ache or headache before school. Although frustrating in the moment, we can partner with parents to make going to school a better experience for everyone.
- Remain calm. It is important to acknowledge your child's fears, and let them know that you can help.
- Ask questions. If there is a concern with another student, class or subject we can help you and your student navigate those concerns.
- It is very important that your child attend school every day, even if it is a partial day. The longer a child spends out of school, the more their anxiety can grow. We work with students and parents to break the day into manageable pieces.
- Emphasize the positive! Find something your child enjoys at school, a friend, teacher, class or subject, or join a team or club that interests them.
Identity Spectrum and Allies Club
The Identity Spectrum and Allies Club welcomes all students to attend meetings. Meetings are mix of supporting each other, having fun with our friends, and advocacy. We look forward to meeting you!
When: 3:00-4:00 on the following Thursdays:
9/1, 9/15, 9/29
Where: Choir Room, upstairs near the elevator
Please see Mrs. Tiffy, social worker, if you have any questions!