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Information Regarding the Upcoming Release of 13 Reasons Why, Season 2
Personal Body Safety Letter 2017
NASP Guidance for Reinforcing Safe, Supportive and Positive School Environments for All Students
Talking to Your Kids About School
Cyber Bullying Resources
Cyber Bullying Resources #2
Cyber Bullying Resources #3 – Notes from Dr. Patchin’s Parent Presentation
Creating Closeness with your Children
Can Summer Reading be Fun?
Self Injury Presentation by Joan Goodman – Resource #1
Self Injury Presentation by Joan Goodman – Resource #2
Self Injury Presentation by Joan Goodman – Resource #3
Self Injury Presentation by Joan Goodman – Notes
Westland Counseling Useful Links
Maryland School Assessment (MSA) Information (http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE/testing/msa/)
High School Assessment (HSA) Information (www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/hsa)
High School Course Bulletin and 4 Year Plan (High School Course Bulletin and 4 Year Plan)
Student Leadership and Service Opportunities: (http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/volunteercenter/ )
Our Feeder Schools:
Bethesda ES (K-5)
Rock Creek Forest ES (PreK-5)
Rosemary Hills ES (PreK-2)
Somerset ES (K-5)
Westbrook ES (K-5)
Our High School:
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School (9-12)
Mental Health and Wellness Month
Mental Health and Wellness day and today we are going to talk about STRESS.
the body's way of responding to a threat, a challenge or physical and
psychological tension by increasing your heart rate and your breathing.
Kids our age
get stressed over many different situations: stress can come from inside us,
from parents, teachers, siblings, peers, peer pressure, work at school, sports
we practice, and other things. These stresses are part of our existence and not
all stress is bad. But, when the stress is intense it can take a toll on body
and mind. Here are 7 tips to cope with the stresses of daily life:
1. Overscheduling –
Overscheduling does not leave time for downtime. Our brain and body need to
2. Make time for play
– Make play with no pressure, just fun. Combine play with physical activities
like riding a bike, throwing around the baseball, hiking, etc.
3. Make sleep a
priority – Sleep is vital for boosting your mood, raising your grades and school
performance. Get electronics out of your bedroom and sleep for at least 9
4. Listen to your
body – If you have too many headaches or stomach aches you are stressed out.
5. Get organized – Keep
up with your work at school so you don’t get behind. Trying to catch up on work
that snowballs will make you stressed out.
6. Learn to deal with
mistakes – Understand that everybody makes mistakes and enjoy the feeling of
getting out of a bad situation as a success.
7. Wellness – Learn
relaxation techniques like breathing and meditation for kids.
Prevention of Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse with Tips to Avoid Getting
Caught in Difficult Situations
on Youth and Drinking….
Drinking is a serious public health problem in
the United States.
By age 15, about 33% of teens have had at least
By age 18, about 60% of teens have had at least
Impact of Drinking on Youth…
It is the most widely used substance of abuse
among America’s youth. Drinking among America’s young people poses
enormous health and safety risks.
Violence and death
Poor decision making
Engaging in risky behaviors
Drinking and driving
Sexual activity (unprotected sex)
Trouble in school or with the law
Associated use with other drugs
Can alter brain development, structure,
function, cognitive and learning problems
to Avoid Getting Caught in Difficult Situations
to Build Drink Refusal Skills:
Plan ahead to Stay in Control:
Two types of Social Pressure:
Social Pressure- Someone offers you a drink
Social Pressure- You are tempted to drink because you are around other drinkers
Pre-think your resistance strategies:
Leave the scene with an excuse
You are on an antibiotic and can’t mix
your medication with alcohol
You can’t drink and drive
Just avoid going to the activity
Be clear, firm, friendly and respectful with
your “No Thank You”…
No long explanation is needed
No vague excuses are needed
Look directly at the person you are
talking to and make eye contact
Keep responses short, clear and simple
Remember, it is your choice, body and
Information taken from
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism online 5/7/2018
Alcohol and Your Health online 5/7/2018
Today we are focusing on the prevention of opiod and prescription
drugs and the illicit use of marijuana.. Some prescription drugs can become
addictive. The most commonly abused prescription drugs are -pain relievers or
opiods, tranquilizers and sedatives, and stimulants.
Marijuana is the MOST commonly used and abused illicit drug
in the United States, especially among adolescents and young adults. Most people
use marijuana to make them feel happy or detached from reality but there are
negative effects on your mind and mood too, For example--A distorted sense of
time, paranoia, anxiety, depression and forgetfulness.
Don’t be afraid to say to NO: Sometimes our fear of what our
friends think keeps us from doing what is right. Don’t let someone else make
decisions for you!!
harmful effects of e-cigarettes
shouldn’t I use E-cigarettes?
Science shows that e-cigarettes contain
ingredients that are addictive and could harm different parts of your body.
Right now your brain is still developing, which
makes you more vulnerable to addiction.
thought e-cigarettes didn’t have nicotine – just water and flavoring?
I used to think that too, but many e-cigarettes
have nicotine and also other chemicals in them that can be quite harmful.
the big deal about nicotine?
Nicotine is addictive
Using it at a young age may make it harder for
you to concentrate, learn, or control your impulses.
Nicotine can even train your brain to be more
easily addicted to other drugs.
for Disease Control and Prevention/Office on Smoking and Health
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