Things right now are changing by the minute.
Today is Monday, March 30th, 2020. Things right now are changing by the minute. After Spring Break we are all trying to settle into (yet another) new normal. Goodness. How are you doing?
Of course, I’m still adjusting myself to all of this. I’m taking social distancing pretty seriously and yet finding things are much busier than I expected at the same time. It's important at this time to stay isolated in your home but connected to your loved ones. I hope you are reaching out to absolutely anyone you need to in order to stay safe and healthy right now. Please resist the urge to emotionally isolate along with the physical isolation. Practicing radical self-care is the name of the game at the moment. We’re going to get through this together.
Here is an activity to start off your week.
Complete this checklist and post it somewhere you can see it daily. Share it with people around you so they can hold you accountable for seeing through these activities.
Share it with me so that I can check in and support you with these goals! There will be more to come on my office hours and availability later today.
Thinking of you all and missing your faces.
I woke up this morning thinking "Maybe this is all an elaborate April Fool's Day joke and everything is back to normal!" Wishful thinking huh? So today I encourage you to find the "funny" in your life.
One of the funnier moments in my time at Edison was the year our seniors played an elaborate prank on our principal, Mr. Maguire. For those of you that don't remember Mr. Maguire (or never noticed his cardboard face in Ms. Manning's classroom door window), Mr. Maguire told a lot of bad jokes, loved St. Patrick's Day, and rode his 6 foot self to work every morning on a little scooter. Well, he got mad when you called it a scooter, but I digress. The students managed to get Mr. Maguire's scooter, with none of us knowing, onto the roof of the Edison building. So all day when you entered the building, there was his scooter parked carefully over the Edison sign. It was one of the funniest and clever senior pranks to ever occur at our little school.
So, what are some funny moments you had at Edison? Or with your Edison teachers or friends? Are you planning any pranks today? I'm trying to come up with an April Fool's for my 8 year old son. Do you have any suggestions? Let me know! Or share a funny memory with me. We all need to remember to laugh these days.
Thinking of you and all missing your laughter in my office.
It's my last "working" day of the week and I want to connect with all of you before the weekend. Later today, I will send out a brief survey that I hope you will complete. It will take about 5 minutes of your time and really help the counselors determine your needs and how we can best support you.
I don't know about you all but my brain is in overdrive. It's hard to shut it down with all of my responsibilities, the changing news, and being quarantined with my family. One thing I've found that helps is using a an art app I discovered called Procreate. Check it out. I spend at least 30 minutes a day playing around with it while listening to music. It helps me keep sane!
Do you have an app for drawing, painting, sketching, etc? Share some pictures with me!
Here are two of mine. Cut me a little slack — I'm still learning how to use it!