Support Services - March 2024

Posted by SUSD Communications on 3/1/2024

March 3-9 is National School Social Work Week
School social workers are an integral link between school, home, and community in helping students achieve academic success. They work directly with school administrations, as well as students and families, providing leadership in forming school discipline policies, mental health intervention, crisis management, and support services. We would like to express our deepest appreciation for all that our school social workers do to ensure the success of our students and families. THANK YOU!

Supporting Children’s Mental Wellness: Tips for Families and Caregivers
Parents, family members, and caregivers can encourage mental wellness and promote social, emotional, and academic success. Good mental health is not simply the absence of illness, but also includes skills necessary to cope with life’s challenges.

SUPPORT CHILDREN'S SENSE OF BELONGING AT SCHOOL
Feeling Connected and Welcomed

  • Communicate openly with teachers to help build a positive relationship.
  • Help children bond with school by reinforcing a sense of familiarity and trust.

PROMOTE RESILIENCE
The Ability to Bounce Back from Adversity

  • Encourage children to see the big picture and try again with a new strategy. 
  • Help them to adapt to change by keeping them informed and involved in planning.

DEVELOP SKILLS
Accomplishment Comes from Our Own Actions

  • Teach children to set goals and be responsible for the results. 
  • Model coping strategies and how to judge when help is needed.

RECOGNIZE POSITIVE BEHAVIORS AND DECISION MAKING
Positive Feedback

  • Recognize good decision-making, problem-solving, and self-control. 
  • Notice and encourage students' efforts and successes daily.

ENCOURAGE HELPING OTHERS
Children Can Make a Difference

  • Assist children to help others and build self-esteem. 
  • Help children get involved so they can make a difference in their communities.

FOSTER GOOD PHYSICAL HEALTH
Good Physical Health Supports Good Mental Health

  • Healthy eating and adequate sleep can protect against stress. 
  • Regular exercise can decrease anxiety, anger, and depression.

For additional guidance, Click Here ©2021 National Association of School Psychologists, www.nasponline.org.

Mental Health in the Schools Networking Event
On March 1, Scottsdale Unified School District hosted its 14th Annual Mental Health in the Schools Networking Breakfast. This event is an opportunity for SUSD administrators, school psychologists, counselors, social workers, community specialists, nurses, and program specialists to meet, network, and interact with more than 50 community organizations that specialize in mental health, social services, prevention, intervention, and more. Attendees were provided information that will assist them in making meaningful referrals for the students and families we serve. 

Read more at The SUSD Source