Jill Foley, our school counselor, will be working with our grades 7 and 8 on mindfulness techniques.
Our students’ social and emotional wellbeing is just as important as their academics. Our counselor, Jill Foley is here to help support students at Newman. We use a team approach to ensuring each student receives the support they need to be successful. We understand every student is on a personal and developmental journey. When appropriate, Jill collaborates with students, teachers, administration, and parents to ensure we understand the complete picture of student strengths and needs.
Newman’s motto, Cor ad Cor Loquitor, Heart speaks to Heart is reflected in our school counseling services. Students will find the counseling office to be a welcoming, safe, confidential and strength-based space. All parents are encouraged to reach out to Jill anytime they have any questions, concerns or suggestions.
The Newman counseling office provides students and families resources to help them navigate these uncertain times. Many of these topics are reinforced in student's advisory groups and communicated to families. The following links have been posted to inform and support out community.
Resources for Parents:
Here are some articles and resources that families may find helpful as your students spend more time learning at home:
"The best 15 minute strategies for overwhelmed parents." read here
Beyond Booksmart; Executive Functioning Strategies Blog
"Kids who seem to be stuck in a negative mood may need help to bounce back" read here
"How do I motivate my kid to do homework?" podcast here
"Grounding techniques to quiet distressing thoughts" read here
FCD Prevention Works- resources here
A Global Non-Profit Substance Abuse Prevention Organization. FCD provides services and education to schools, communities and families around substance abuse.
"How to help teens shelter in place."
"That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief"
The Harvard Business Review's Emotional Intelligence column points out that some of what we may be feeling is grief, and how to make sense of it and find an emotional balance.
Jill Foley- School Counselor
#BlueUp- Newman students wore blue and participated in awareness exercises and discussions raise awareness about how to prevent bullying.
We are excited to partner with Making Caring Common (MCC), a project of Harvard's Graduate School of Education. Making Caring Common's purpose is aligned with our school motto, "heart speaks to heart."