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,
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:
- Second Step Social Emotional Learning at Home: Resources for Remote Learning
- COVID-19 Second Step Response: Resources for Students and Families
- Free Centervention Social Emotional Activities
- Why Do We Lose Control of Our Emotions: YouTube Video: For students Grades 4-8
- Growth Mindset: ES and MS Activities (Khan Academy): For students Grades 4-8
- Storyline Online: Online SEL activities; ex: Empty Pot (Honesty), Someone Loves You Mr. Hatch (Kindness), Enemy Pie (Friendship), A Bad Case of the Stripes (Self-Confidence) for students Grades Pre-K to 3
- Sesame Street: Online SEL activities for students Grades Prek-1
- Howard B. Wigglebottom: Online pictures books read aloud, songs for students Grades K-2
- Daniel Tiger (PBS Kids): Interactive picture books read aloud, songs, interactive games for students Prek-1
- Epic! books: Online picture books and others for students 12 and under
- EVERFI: has 20 digital courses, including SEL courses, for 2-8th graders. Sign-up instructions for teachers and students.
Mindfulness for Kids:
- Smiling Mind - Smiling Mind is a great FREE mindfulness app/website for the whole family (Age 7+). You can create an account and on your dashboard choose YOUTH or FAMILY programs.
- Go Noodle: Movement and mindfulness
- Cosmic Kids - Yoga and mindfulness for kids ages 3+. It is a great way to get the whole family moving and has themes related to favorite characters such as FROZEN, HARRY POTTER, and others.
- FREE Mandalas
- FREE Podcasts from Bedtime FM: Includes bedtime stories to slow down and relax to a program called Peace Out to assist with calming and reducing anxiety as well as mindfulness.
- Calming Strategies for Home
- Social Emotional Learning Packet for Home
- FREE audible stories for the family!
Online Safety and Etiquette:
- BrainPop Digital Etiquette: For students Grades 3-8, take the quiz after watching the video and related readings.
- BrainPop Online Safety: For students Grade 3-8, take the quiz after watching the video and related readings.
Coronavirus Specific Information:
- BrainPop Coronavirus: For Students 2-8, take the quiz after watching the video
- Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus (Child Mind Institute)
- 8 Different Podcasts to listen to regarding Anxiety: For Parents
- GoZen for PARENTS-Coronavirus and our own anxieties
- GoZen for Anxious Kids: This is if you feel you need more and are able/willing to pay for online help.
- Managing anxiety age by age: from Hey Sigmund. A guide about what to expect age by age around anxiety, strategies and tips on when to get help.
- Parenting in the time of Corona: Elementary School Children
- Parenting in the time of Corona: Preschool and Kindergarten ages
- Coronavirus Latest Updates and Resources (Understood by All)
Books on how to cope/talk about worries:
- Coronavirus Social Story
- Wilma Jean – The Worry Machine, by Julia Cook
- Not-So-Brave Penguin, by Steve Smallman
- Worry Says What? by Allison Edwards
- Saturday Is Swimming Day by Hyewon Yum
- Talk About The Monster by Mistofer Christopher
- When I Feel Scared by Cornelia Maude Spelman
- Something Bad Happened: A Kid’s Guide to Coping with events in the News, by Dawn Huebner -Ages 6-12. How to process different world events.
- What To Do When You’re Scared & Worried: A Guide for Kids by James J Crist -Ages 9-13. A help guide to processing fears and worries.
- Have You Filled A Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud -Encourages positive behavior and expressing kindness and appreciation
- How are you Peeling: Foods with Moods by Saxton Freymann & Joost Elffers -Explores how emotions look through pictures of Foods. A good way to talk about emotions with young kids.
- The Way I Feel by Janan Cain -Explores Feelings. A good way to talk about emotions with young kids.
- A Terrible Thing Happened by Margaret M Holmes -Ages 4-8. A story for children who have witnessed violence or trauma.
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!
- Fine Arts and Wellness (FAW) Team Remote Activities: Check out these awesome activities created by Jahn's FAW team
- Virtual Field Trips: Check out this link to explore museums and zoos around the world!
- 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)