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Message from Student Services - March 23
Posted 3/23/20

Dear Parents, Students, Families and Staff,

 

As we continue to move through the latest developments and planning around COVID-19, the Natomas Charter School Student Services Department wants you to understand that we know these times are challenging. In an effort to limit the amount of mail in your inbox we will do our best to send information in academy communication, on the Keep Learning at Natomas Charter School, on the Natomas Charter School Facebook page, or in communication from Executive Director, Joe Wood.  

 

As always, supporting the wellbeing of our students is of utmost concern.  We know that some of our students are experiencing moments of anxiety, heightened stress, and depression. If you, your children, or other loved ones are struggling, here are some things you can do to take care of your mental health in the face of uncertainty.  (These tips work for parents and your children)

  1. Separate what is in your control from what is not. There are things within each of our control. It’s helpful to focus on those things. Practice good hygiene, wash your hands, don’t put your fingers in your mouth/nose. Remind others to do the same. Eat food with nutritional value. Drink water. Exercise. Limit your consumption of news (Do you really need to watch the same newsreel on repeat?).

  2. Do what helps you feel a sense of safety. This will be different for everyone, and it’s important not to compare yourself to others. Make sure you are isolating based on potential for sickness versus isolating because it’s part of depression.

  3. Get outside in nature–while practicing social distancing. Exercise reduces levels of the body's stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. It also stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that are the body's natural painkillers and mood elevators.

  4. Challenge yourself to stay in the present. Perhaps your worry is compounding—you are not only thinking about what is currently happening, but also projecting into the future. When you find yourself worrying about something that hasn’t happened, gently bring yourself back to the present moment. Notice the sights, sounds, tastes and other sensory experiences in your immediate moment and name them. Engaging in mindfulness activities is one way to help stay grounded when things feel beyond your control.

  5. Monitor your coping strategies. Know that your children are watching how you deal with stress, especially now that you are spending more time at home together. Children do what they see, not what you say.  

  6. Stay connected and reach out if you need more support. Talk to trusted friends about what you are feeling. If you are feeling particularly anxious or if you are struggling with your mental health, it’s ok to reach out to your physician for a referral to a mental health professional.  If you’re feeling alone and struggling, you can also reach out to The Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741 or National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.

The Student Services team will be providing social emotional learning opportunities each week. The schedule will be posted on the Keep Learning site once finalized. Although our counselors, school psychologists, and I are available, counseling support looks different in a virtual environment. If your child is significantly struggling, please reach out to your health care provider for more immediate support. 

#BetterTogether #WeAreNCS

Dr. Addie Ellis

Student Services Director