East Allen County Schools Families,

We are blessed to have two Social and Emotional Coaches in our District.  I asked them to help with this month’s newsletter focusing on our students and families.  Please take a moment to read the information below. 

During this time of physical distancing and stay at home mandates, learning to manage our emotions becomes critical to supporting our youth and each other. In a recent survey by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and the Collaborative for Social Emotional and Academic Learning, known as CASEL, the five most-mentioned feelings from respondents during this pandemic were anxious, fearful, worried, overwhelmed and sad. Anxiety, by far, was the most frequently mentioned emotion. If you’ve been feeling this way, you are not alone!

Emotions matter. They drive effective teaching and learning, the decisions we make, the climate of our schools and homes, and our well-being. We can’t control what is happening to us and around us, but we can control how we respond to it.

I’d encourage you to take a few minutes and write down 3-5 words that describe how you’ve been feeling recently. Then jot down how you WANT to feel, just 3-5 words. Perhaps your words of how you want to feel include happy, stable, calm, inspired, valued, supported, effective and respected. You can do this as an individual or as a family. The space between how we feel and how we want to feel presents an opportunity to work together to improve the emotional climate of our homes and schools.

Next, consider, What do I/we need to do to feel this way? Focus on the things you can control. Start small, what are 1-3 changes you can make now to move you towards how you WANT to feel. Remember, this is all about PROGRESS, not perfection.

A few ideas to get you started:

  • Do you/your family have a routine established?  Is this routine working or does it need tweaked?
  • Are you getting outside for even a few minutes every day?
  • Are you walking/getting movement every day?
  • Do I/my family connect with someone outside our home daily?  (via text, email, Zoom, Facebook, etc.)

I encourage you to do this activity with your family. Identifying how you WANT to feel and what you’ll do to move in that direction becomes your family charter. This is something you can build on for a lifetime.

As always, if you need anything at all, please do not hesitate to call or email any of our school staff members or myself.  We are all here to support you!


Marilyn Hissong,

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