Dear Jahn Families / Estimadas familias de Jahn:

Please see the various social/emotional learning activities and crisis resources provided below to help you and your family during this time if needed. I will be regularly checking my CPS voicemail and email (see contact information below), so please let me know if you have any questions or require additional support. I will also email our students and encourage them to reach out to me should they require additional support during this time. We may not physically be together, but please know that I am still here to support our children and families as we face this surreal situation together.

Consulte las diversas actividades de aprendizaje social / emocional y los recursos de crisis que se proporcionan a continuación para ayudarlo a usted y a su familia durante este tiempo si es necesario. Revisaré regularmente mi correo de voz y correo electrónico de CPS (consulte la información de contacto a continuación), así que avíseme si tiene alguna pregunta o necesita asistencia adicional. También enviaré un correo electrónico a nuestros estudiantes y los alentaré a comunicarse conmigo en caso de que requieran apoyo adicional durante este tiempo. Es posible que no estemos físicamente juntos, pero sepa que todavía estoy aquí para apoyar a nuestros hijos y familias mientras enfrentamos esta situación surrealista juntos.

Kind regards / Saludos cordiales,

Kellie Soendergaard

Jahn School Counselor


Jahn Community Journal

  • Students, families, and staff are encouraged to write about their current experiences in the Jahn Community Journal, a great way to collectively document and process what is happening and how we are feeling about it. Entries are anonymous (no names), and I will be sharing some of them weekly with our community to help bring us closer together during this time. If you don’t feel like writing, you can also add a video! Click here to learn more in English/Español and participate. 


Social/Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources for Teachers and Families:


Mindfulness for Kids:


Online Safety and Etiquette:


Coronavirus Specific Information:


Parent/Guardian Information:


Books on how to cope/talk about worries: 


High School and Post-secondary Preparation:

  • Naviance: Students in 6-8th grade can log in and work on their Independent Learning Plans. There are career and interest inventories available. Students have multiple tasks that have been assigned to them that they can complete online. 
  • GoCPS: Middle School students can familiarize themselves with the online search function on the GoCPS website to research Chicago high school options. 
  • CPS Scholarship Workbook: Click on the elementary school tab for more information. Some deadlines are just around the corner!


Additional Activities:


Crisis Support: 

  • In case of an emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to any emergency room
  • Check out the City of Chicago COVID-19 Reources page, which includes housing and financial resources, information for undocumented families, etc. The website has a language selection feature at the top.
  • Mental Health Crisis: The SASS/CARES program serves children experiencing a mental health crisis. Service is available by calling the CARES line. The intake worker at the CARES line will determine the need for additional assessment. If further evaluation is needed, a local area SASS worker is sent. Click here for more information.
  • Mosaic Therapy is offering free online stress and anxiety counseling for kids and families in Illinois
  • Covid19 Resources for undocumented communities
  • Crisis Text Line (for any personal support) - Text HELLO to 741741
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 800-273-TALK(8355)
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline - 800-656-HOPE(4673)
  • The Trevor Project for LGBTQ Youth - Call 866-488-7386, text START to 6786678, or chat online by visiting their website.
  • NAMI Chicago Mental Health Resource Helpline (not 24/7) - 833-NAMI-CHI (626-4244)
M.A. Counselor Education
Northeastern Illinois University

Kellie Soendergaard
School Counselor

Although originally from Wisconsin, I lived abroad for seven years in countries such as the Netherlands, Honduras, Thailand, and Germany due to a passion and innate curiosity for all human beings, culture, and language. Empowering students of diverse backgrounds has been integral to each professional opportunity in my international career thus far. At Jahn, I hope to continue to build meaningful relationships capable of inspiring intercultural leaders in all areas of life by providing the support and opportunities every student deserves.

Consejera de la escuela

Originalmente soy de Wisconsin pero viví en el extranjero durante siete años en países como Holanda, Honduras, Tailandia y Alemania debido a la pasión y la curiosidad innata por todos los seres humanos, la cultura, y el idioma. Empoderar a estudiantes de diversos orígenes ha sido integral para cada oportunidad profesional en mi carrera internacional hasta el momento. En Jahn, espero continuar construyendo relaciones significativas que son capaces de inspirar a líderes interculturales en todas las áreas de la vida por ofreciendo y brindando el apoyo y oportunidades que todos los estudiantes merecen.