Our School Counselor, Therese Schreiner, has been teaching and counseling students for 52 years, and she has learned a lot on her journey. Every week she shares words of wisdom with our community. This week Mrs. Schreiner is helping us cope with the completion of a disturbing school year.
BELIEVE IT OR NOT!
Yes, believe it or not, the 2019-2020 school year is drawing to a close very quickly. Some children, especially those who have been in school for the last three or four years or more, may find that comforting; others do not. All children, when thinking about how the school used to be, before E-learning, I think may also wonder what is going to happen next year? Will we be leaning remotely or in a classroom? Who will my teacher be? When will I meet my new teacher?
It is so true that children need support in structure, familiarity, connection with friends, and an opportunity to focus on something positive. Last week, after spending time on three-class zoom meetings, I observed that children are being supported in all ways both by you their parents, and their teachers. Kids are unique and resilient! They will learn to adapt, given the necessary time. Handling their anxiety about the unknown, parents should take small steps to familiarize their child with what is happening, by answering the questions as they occur. This is where mindfulness comes into play. Enjoy the moment; enjoy the summer with them. As school time approaches, our Principal and Assistant Principals will give you the explanation you need. As I used to say to my own children, “Take a deep breath!”
As I have said many times, children do look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. From what I have observed, all at NCA have put forth extra efforts to assist you in this trying time. I will be available, as well, to help in any way I can. Don’t hesitate to ask. I’d like to end with a realistic prayer.
Grant me the serenity to accept the things
I cannot change…
The courage to change the things
And the Wisdom to know the difference!