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    New Schedule Monday,/World Mental Health Day
    Published on Oct 12, 2020 12:58

    Good afternoon, Licton Springs K-8 Families,

    Schedule Updates:  We hope you are having a terrific weekend.  I wanted to let you know that our student schedules have been updated in the scheduling file.  You may find the schedules that will be in effect on Monday here:  https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ubZ3cSCfi9H7ZNl29m7jwd24yajAClVb?usp=sharing . Revisions to learning schedules are not uncommon.  Schools are working hard to figure out what works best for students, staff, and families in this new reality of online learning.  This version of our schedule makes several important updates, including:

    • Maximizing the use of our staff to align with the teacher’s union contract,
    • Enabling us to serve our students receiving Special Education, English Language Learning, and reading and math intervention better,
    • Enabling us to work towards a school goal of all 2nd through 8th graders are able to type fluently to match the speed of the ideas in their mind, and
    • Responding to teachers’ feedback and recommendations.

    Teachers are prepared to support students and families with the updated schedule immediately. 

    We are also going to be piloting a new method for student’s accessing of links to classes that we believe will be easier for students and families.  Teachers will be rolling that out to students this week. 

    Welcome Social Worker, Nora Jungbluth:  Nora will begin with us on Monday.  She brings a wealth of school social work experience from Tukwila and New Jersey.  We are lucky to have her.  Nora will be prioritizing outreach to families who requested assistance in our phone call survey where we asked all families about basic needs support and technology access.  She will also be prioritizing support with student attendance and mental health.  Nora may be reached at njjungbluth@seattleschools.org

    World Mental Health Day:  Today is World Mental Health day.  Now more than ever, prioritizing and destigmatizing mental health is crucial.  We wanted to share some important resources for you and your loved ones.

    • National Suicide Prevention Helpline 1800-273-8255:  The best way to get help immediately for support for you or someone you know who may be considering suicide. 
    • National Institute of Mental Health find help pagehttps://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/find-help/index.shtml
    • Mental Health.gov:  https://www.mentalhealth.gov/
    • Psychology Today Find a Therapist, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Treatment Center Site:  This site allows you to filter mental health providers by location, insurance, demographics, language, age served, issue focus areas, and therapy type.  https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists.  Mrs. G has moved a lot as an adult and uses this as a go to for accessing support. 

    Lastly, I wanted to share an inspirational performance by rapper, Logic, focused on suicide awareness and prevention from the 2017 VMAs.  The performance resulted in triple the average number of calls to the suicide prevention hotline. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ju6Q8Azcmg

    Have a great rest of your weekend.

    Mrs. G