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A Letter from School Counselor Sass
Posted 4/6/20

Hi Families!  


We have been home for 3 weeks now, and hopefully you have gotten into the groove of staying safe, learning how to be together (a lot), and feeling more productive. Since we will not be returning to school this school year, I wanted to check-in and make sure you are aware of the supports available during this unique and challenging time.


Below are a new and updated links for supporting yourselves and your children.  They relate to counseling supportfree tutoringscreen time and the impact on mental health and a few tips for ways to cope and relax!  As always you can also check out the Glenmoor School Counseling page / Ardenwood School Counseling page for more “Supports Related to School Closures” as well.  These pages are updated frequently.



I have made a referral form for counseling (also available under Supports Related to School Closure on my webpage) to assist with parent access to services.  Please fill it out if you are in need of any supports (check-ins regarding your student or check-ins for your student, resources in the community, parenting tips, etc.).  



All Alameda County residents with a valid Alameda County Library System card can take part in live tutoring from 1 pm to 10 pm through Brainfuse.


Screen Time:

With extra time at home there is likely to be an increase in screen time for many children.  There are positives and negatives that may come with this.  Encouraging facetime (virtual, not in person) / zoom time with friends and family is a great way to maintain healthy socialization...even for the little ones.  Parents have noticed a huge difference in their student’s mood and actions when they are allowed even a small amount (as little as1-2 hrs a week) of much needed "play time" with friends.  Adults are not the only ones who feel the effects of isolation.  If you don't know how, reach out and I will do what I can to help you figure it out or potentially get parent contact information for you (with the other parent's approval of course).  Being aware of what your children are doing on their screens (games, social media, videos, etc.) and who they are doing this with is essential.  Monitoring the time spent on the screen is also important.  Consider watching the following recorded Webinar to learn more about the impacts of screens on your child's mental health (It is targeted toward adolescents, but has good information and practices for students of all ages).  


Recorded March 31st, 6:00 PM EDT
The Impact of Technology on Children’s Emotional and Social Health
An expert on the intersection between social media, technology and mental health, Dr. Jill Walsh will share usage tips and strategies for parents and educators.

Register Now



Coping and Relaxing:



• Relax your body often by doing things that work for you-take deep breaths, stretch, meditate or pray, or engage in activities you enjoy. 


• Pace yourself between stressful activities, and do something fun after a hard task. 


• Talk about your experiences and feelings to loved ones and friends, if you find it helpful. 


• Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking; consider keeping a journal where you write down things you are grateful for or that are going well.  


Remember to be forgiving of yourself and those around you.  Let go of judgments, find the positive in every day, and share it with those around you.  And if it feels like you need some help, reach out!  We are here to support you!  


Best Regards!


Russell Sass

School Counselor



Russell Sass, M.S., PPS

School Counselor

Glenmoor Elementary  (Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday)

(510) 797-0740 ext. 63040

Ardenwood Elementary  (Thursday/Friday)

(510) 794-0392 ext. 51324