Rise and Shine
We continue to learn ways that life never ceases to surprise us, and yet we also find ways to persevere while we also learn more about ourselves along the way. It is so important that we not only learn how to handle life’s adversities in healthy ways, but also model strategies for our child. Beyond modeling, we can use direct instruction to help create an understanding of mental health and wellbeing for the young people who look to us in tough times. Next week is a special week to delve into this topic as the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is providing a slew of resources for Children’s Mental Health Week 1-6 February. We invite you to explore
to learn more about this important awareness week, and ways to provide your child with tools to maintain and enhance their mental health. The theme this year is “Express Yourself,” and there is so much that can be done to help children learn how to do this in creative ways.
Another way to help children discover their ability to express themselves and learn about resiliency is through the biographies of people who have overcome adversity and found success in life. Since February is Black History Month, this is a great time to introduce children to individuals who have risen in spite of their circumstances. A great place to start is with author and educator, Dr. Maya Angelou who has given many people an anthem for resiliency through her poem ‘Still I Rise’. Just like the mountains that overlook our campuses, we can all find ways to rise and build upon our inner strength no matter what life throws at us.
On the college counseling side, we are still inviting parents of M4-D2 students to request Parent Access to their child’s Maia Learning Account.where a majority of the post-secondary planning work will take place. You can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
with your child’s name, grade level, your name, and preferred email address in order to be provided access to follow along on your child’s planning journey.
Finally, this is a tremendous time to learn more about post-secondary options that exist around the world. It is important to recognize that virtual visits by colleges and universities are not just for students, they are also a time for parents to learn more about the opportunities that exist for their child. Please take a moment to review some of the upcoming events on
and sign up to attend one or two that interest you. Then talk with your child about what you learned and how this might apply to their post-secondary plans.
Take care and persevere,
UWCEA School Counseling Team