March 24, 2020
How to Cope with National Disaster
The amount of damage caused by a national crisis or pandemic can be overwhelming. The emotional impact can depend on one’s characteristics and experiences as well as social and family outlets. Not all children and adults will respond in the same way. What we can do to help our children cope with a national disaster is to start by setting a good example through managing our own stress.
Healthy lifestyle choices such as eating healthy, exercising regularly and getting plenty of sleep is just the beginning. Stay calm and reassure your children and encourage them to open up about how they are feeling. Give them hope and remember yourselves that we will get through this situation. Talk to your children about what is happening in a way that they can understand appropriate to your child’s age.
The COVID-19 pandemic is giving families an opportunity to bring our bonds closer and getting to know our children better. Use this time to practice healthy choices, limiting your television and social media exposure and instead inspiring creativity, optimism and resiliency amongst your families. If you feel that this situation has become too overwhelming there is help out there with many therapists offering telehealth and phone sessions. Stay positive, stay hopeful and be well.
Mrs. Vanessa Sposato, MS
March 20, 2020
As you are aware, we are currently facing a global health crisis forcing our schools to close and for all of us to alter our daily lives. In facing a catastrophe like COVID-19 it can be frightening to both children and adults alike. As the counselor of St. Nicholas of Tolentine Catholic Academy, I plan to implement weekly resources, tips, activities and a referral list for the parents, as well as continued evidenced based prevention counseling to the students.
Uploaded to the school site the students will find activities and lessons from the Too Good For Violence program. I will also be available to speak with any of the students and parents who may require support at this time or have questions pertaining to the program.
If you are concerned about your child’s response to this current crisis, please direct your attention to the referral pages provided to you (under Resources tab). All of the staff at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Catholic Academy wants to ensure that our student’s emotional needs are cared for so that the jobs of teaching and learning can resume at the earliest time possible. Thank you and be well.
Mrs.Vanessa Sposato, MS
- Aggressor – is the person committing the violence/crime
- Victim- is the target of violence
- Witness- is a person who might see it happen