Pembroke School Counselor Update- March 20, 2020

Hello Pembroke Families & Students, 

We hope this letter finds you well in these unprecedented times.  As the school adjustment counselors of Pembroke, we actively work to address barriers that students might face in the home, school, and community that may impact academic achievement. We work to provide coordination of services, referrals to community agencies, and school-based individual and group counseling. Due to the closure of the district per the state of Massachusetts, many of these services have been disrupted.

However, we understand the need to address students' social-emotional well-being is great. To assist in addressing the social-emotional needs of the students in Pembroke, we are sharing relevant resources to help during this challenging time.  

Please remain encouraged and stay safe.  Also, know that we continue to be available to provide resources and answer questions via email.  Do not hesitate to contact us and don’t forget to visit our website for more information on Social-Emotional Health & Wellness.

Sincerely, 

Pembroke School Adjustment Counselors 

 

Pembroke High School

Holly Gerety - holly.gerety@pembrokek12.org

Rachel McGowan - rachel.mcgowan@pembrokek12.org

Pembroke Community Middle School

Amanda Carr -  amanda.carr@pembrokek12.org

Bryantville Elementary School

Cheryl Larson - cheryl.larson@pembrokek12.org

North Pembroke Elementary School

Caitlin Martin - caitlin.martin@pembrokek12.org

Hobomock Elementary School

Amanda Carr - amanda.carr@pembrokek12.org

 

Local Pembroke Resources

  1. Town of Pembroke Food Pantry
  2. Pembroke Firehouse Pantry

Drive-up/pick up only

Thursdays 3:00-7:00 pm

  1. Pembroke Public Schools: Grab-n-Go

          Pembroke Public Schools sponsored Breakfast and Lunch program

Other Resources

  1. XFINITY INTERNET ACCESS.  Comcast is providing 60 days of free access for people who are not current Comcast subscribers. Please go to www.internetessentials.com for more information.

Talking to Children About Coronavirus

  1. Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019: Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children
  2. Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) A Parent Resource
  3. Corona Virus Info for Young Children.pdf

Mental Health and COVID-19

  1. Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 | CDC
  2. Being Mindful of Your Mental Health During the COVID-19 Outbreak
  3. Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741  http://www.crisistextline.org/

          Crisis Text Line is a free, 24/7, confidential text message service for people in crisis

 

Tips for Families

  1.  Establish and maintain routines: Develop a schedule that includes activities to keep your mind and body active, such as enrichment work, chores, time outside, exercise, virtual socializing, family time, games, planned breaks from screens, etc. Make sure to eat regular, healthy meals and maintain personal hygiene routines (e.g., getting dressed, showering, brushing teeth, etc) just as you would if you were going to school. 
  2. Practice healthy sleep hygiene: Try to stick to a consistent sleep schedule--i.e., wake up and go to sleep at a consistent time each day.
  3. Be mindful of media intake: Keep up to date with new information and recommendations from reputable sources (e.g., CDC), but take breaks from screen time and news media. Limit exposure to sources that increase anxiety, depression, loneliness, fear or anger, and stick to content that helps you feel hopeful, calm, connected, inspired or uplifted.
  4. Recognize what is NOT in your control (e.g., school closures and other public health measures) as well as what IS in your control (e.g., following guidelines such as hand-washing and social distancing; doing something to help others; etc)--and focus on the latter.
  5. Practice healthy self-care/ coping strategies: keeping daily routines, getting outside, exercising, eating healthy foods, getting plenty of sleep, staying hydrated, practicing mindfulness, etc.
  6. Utilize online resources: Apps/ websites including Calm.com, Headspace, and Insight Timer offer guided mindfulness activities.
  7. Connect with loved ones: Although it is important to follow social distancing guidelines, you can still connect with others via phone calls, text messages, video chat, etc.
  8. Maintain communication with out-patient providers (therapists, medical providers, etc). If possible, try to keep scheduled mental health appointments. 

 

Looking For Something To Do?

The residents in nursing homes are not allowed to have family, friends or anyone to visit them during this health crisis. Many residents are sad that no one is visiting them and are very much missing these visits. So let’s send them thinking of you cards, notes or pictures to give them some cheer and let them know they are not forgotten. 

Wingate at Silver Lake

17 Chipman Way

Kingston, MA 02364

Bridges by EPOCH at Pembroke

49 Cross Street

Pembroke, MA 02359

The Village at Proprietors Green

10 Village Green Way

Marshfield, MA 02050

 

Hearts For Healthcare Workers

Make and display large hearts on your door, windows, and mailbox to support healthcare workers on their way to work. They need our support! Hearts for Healthcare Workers

Inside and Outside Scavenger Hunts

Scavenger Hunt Ideas

 

Practice meditation. Try these apps and websites:

  • Buddhify
  • iZen
  • RelaxApp
  • Momicoloring
  • stopbreathethink.com
  • 3 minute mindfulness
  • Chill
  • Happify
  • Headspace
  • Mindshift
  • Mood Monster
  • Ambiance
  • Guided mind
  • Breathe2relax
  • eCBT
  • Hope Box
  • Mood 24/7
  • Mood Meter
  • Colorfly
  • ColorDiary
  • Sosh
  • Mindtools.com
  • Createinnerpeace.com
  • Calm.com

 

Exercise
Peloton (the spin bike company) is offering a 3-month free trial. They have many different yoga classes beginner, intermediate and advanced

Yoga International is offering a free trial.

 

A Message from Bodie (PCMS & Hobomock Elementary Therapy Dog):

I miss going to work and seeing my friends at school.  My mom says even though we are practicing social distancing I still have to do things like reading, brush my teeth, And spend time outside to get fresh air and exercise. I’m looking forward to giving you doggie kisses and snuggles as soon as school returns!

Love, 

Bodie

Bodie