• March 2021

    Posted by Anne Jensen on 2/22/2021

     

    Family Needs 

    With the eviction moratorium ending on March 31, we have many families that are worried about where they will live if they can’t pay the rent,  CARES Act money that was expected in February was delayed and is now expected around March 1.  If you need assistance for back rent owed, please call 2-1-1 to ask if you are eligible.  Refer to the COVID-19 Family Needs & Resource List page on our school website for other assistance programs.   https://www.everettsd.org/Page/34304  

    Community Resources 
    There are many resources available through community organizations to assist with basic needs.  Please visit my school website (https://www.everettsd.org/woe-counseling) and the district website for more information (https://www.everettsd.org/domain/1460).  If your child needs clothing or school supplies, please contact me.  I work with some community programs and our PTA has generously donated money to a Basic Needs fund.  

    Community Resources Insider Hints 

    In working to assist some of our families, I’ve learned a few things that you may find helpful. 

    When getting food from the Mill Creek Food Bankmake an appointment first, either online or by calling the church When arriving at your appointed time, get in a line of cars that are in the front parking lot of Gold Creek Community Church, close to the road There may be two lines of cars; choose either one.  If you have an early time, you may also see a line of cars for pre-school pick up at the back of the church.  It is all very organized, and you will move into another line back by the food bank based on the number of people in your family needing food.  A grocery cart will be wheeled over so you can unload it into your car.  Return the cart and you are ready to leave. 

    When calling 2-1-1 to ask for help, you will first enter your zip code, which sends your call to our North Sound local agency of Volunteers of America.  Assistance is available in English and in Spanish.  Be detailed in explaining your needs so they can determine if you qualify for a particular program or assistance.  For example, if you will be evicted in 14 days or less and have no place to go, there is a program set up to try to help you locate housing.  If you are already without a home and slept in your car or other temporary shelter last night, there is another program that you may qualify for assistance. 

    When calling 2-1-1I learned that it is better to leave a call-back number when prompted than to stay on hold until someone answers.  I receive much quicker responses that way. 

     
    With the changeover to the hybrid schedule, I am no longer meeting with kindergarten classes weekly.  Since many classes were cancelled the week before the change, I was only able to say goodbye to one class.  I hope to arrange a time to visit classes so we can see each other again.  I miss them! 

      
    The focus for 1st and 2nd grades transitioned from emotion regulation to bullying prevention in late February.  In the hybrid schedule, I will continue to teach first graders each week.  When second grade starts the hybrid schedule, I must discontinue weekly meetings.  However, I will offer the remaining bullying prevention lessons as asynchronous videos so students have a chance to learn the information. 

     

    The focus for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades in February was emotion regulation. Our students indicated this as a need in the fall Panorama survey.  This theme and Growth Mindset will continue this spring.  The Imagine Neighborhood podcasts, sponsored by Second Step, resumed in February so I add the links as each new episode is released.  Before the end of the year, I would like to visit 3rd - 5th grade classes to teach the bullying prevention lessons. 

    have been offering small support groups on Monday and Tuesday afternoons for the past several months.  I will continue to offer group times, but the days and times will have to adjust for the hybrid schedule.  The students like to talk with and support each other.  Parent permission is required to participate so please contact me if this is something that would benefit your child.   

    Thank you 

    During National School Counseling Week in February, I received many nice notes and emails about how I have helped Woodside students and families.  It is my pleasure and privilege to serve our Toucan family.  

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  • February 2021

    Posted by Anne Jensen on 2/1/2021

     

    I hope that the new year is starting off in a good direction for you and your family.  I know that some families continue to struggle, and I help as best I can.  CARES Act money has been released again for back rent assistance and should be available February 1.  Please call 2-1-1 to ask if you are eligible.  As I learn of new assistance programs or information, I add them to the COVID-19 Family Needs & Resource List page on my website.   https://www.everettsd.org/Page/34304  

    Kindergarten Lessons 
    The focus for kindergarten lessons continues to be emotion regulation.  We have had fun learning about grouping our feelings into color categories, which tools or strategies to use when we are in one of the color zones, and how to match the size of our reaction to the size of the problem. 

    First and Second Grade Lessons 
    The focus for 1st and 2nd grades had a change in plans in January.  I decided to also teach emotion regulation after talking with several parents about how their children are struggling emotionally.  We will continue this topic before switching gears to the bullying prevention unit. 

    Third, Fourth, & Fifth Grades 
    The focus for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades in January was acceptance and inclusion.  Each week, a video of a book reading was shared, and students replied to discussion questions in Flipgrid.  These topics showed up as assignments on student Canvas pages.  Based on our data from the Panorama survey, our next topics in the coming months will be focused on emotion regulation and growth mindset. 

    offer small support groups on Monday and Tuesday afternoons where students can meet to talk with me and support each other.  Parent permission is required to participate so please contact me if this is something that would benefit your child.   

    Community Resources 
    There are many resources available through community organizations to assist with basic needs.  Please visit my school website (https://www.everettsd.org/woe-counseling) and the district website for more information (https://www.everettsd.org/domain/1460).  If your child needs clothing or school supplies, please contact me so I can help. 

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  • January 2021

    Posted by Anne Jensen on 12/27/2020

    Mrs. Anne Jensen, School Counselor

    ajensen@everettsd.org ~ 971-245-2348 ~ Canvas Home Page

    January 2021

    Happy New Year, Woodside Families!  I hope you had a nice holiday season, despite it being very different this time around.  CARES Act money that funded many assistance programs expired on December 31.  As I learn of new funding and assistance programs, I will add them to the COVID-19 Family Needs & Resource List page on my website.   https://www.everettsd.org/Page/34304

    Kindergarten Lessons
    The focus for kindergarten lessons is learning how to regulate emotions and calm down strong feelings.  “Emotional regulation is essential to children's day to day life because it affects their understanding of situations, how they respond, their behaviour and their enjoyment of life. Supporting children to understand and manage emotions also provides them with skills that they will use in adulthood.” (source: https://www.sourcekids.com.au/ )

    First and Second Grade Lessons
    The focus for 1st and 2nd grades this month is finishing the “We Have Skills” unit. Like any skill, social skills require practice. The more children practice, the easier the skills become.  After that, we will begin the four-lesson Bullying Prevention unit that ties in with the Second Step Social Skills taught by the classroom teachers.  I will also continue incorporating movement and calming strategies into our weekly lessons.

    Third, Fourth, & Fifth Grades
    The focus for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades in December was self-care.  I posted several activities on the December Counselor Canvas page for students to use.  They are winter-themed so still relevant in January.  New activities for January will be posted as soon as they are created.

    I miss seeing and talking with the older students. With the schedule for remote learning, I have been unable to meet with grade 3-5 classes regularly as I have in the past.  Some students have been reaching out through Canvas inbox or having their parents contact me.  I have small support groups on Monday and Tuesday afternoons where students can meet to talk with me and support each other.  Parent permission is required to participate so please contact me if this is something that would benefit your child. 

    Community Resources
    There are many resources available through community organizations to assist with basic needs.  Please visit my school website (https://www.everettsd.org/woe-counseling) and the district website for more information (https://www.everettsd.org/domain/1460).  If your child needs clothing or school supplies, please contact me so I can help.

    Self-Care Video Series for Parents
    Feeling stressed? Take a few minutes for yourself this winter. Visit Committee for Children’s YouTube channel every Monday through the end of January for a short video about mental health, presented by a licensed clinical psychologist. The weekly self-care videos will also include a daily practice grounded in research and SEL. These Winter Well-Being videos are created especially for parents.  Well-Being Videos

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  • December 2020

    Posted by Anne Jensen on 11/30/2020

    Hello Woodside Families!  The weather is cooler and a little gloomier lately.  When I check in with K-2 students each lesson, more students report that they feel sad because of the weather.  Bundling up and taking a walk in the fresh air might help lift those spirits.  We know that exercise releases chemicals in our brains to make us feel better.  Seeing the K-2 students in my class each week lifts my spirits!  Thank you for helping your children get to all of their lessons. 

    Kindergarten Lessons 
    The focus for kindergarten lessons is learning how to solve problems using Kelso’s Choices.  I sent home copies of booklets with the last materials distribution.  There is a copy of the choices wheel included that can be used at home to help your child choose a strategy for solving a small problem.  Big problems are always handled by the adult in charge and are when someone is hurt or sick, scared or in danger, is using foul language, or a law is broken.  The rest are small problems that children are smart enough and strong enough to solve!  They are to try two choices before seeking help from an adult.  I hope you start to see a decline in tattling at your house as the children learn these strategies. 

    First and Second Grade Lessons 
    The focus for 1st and 2nd grades this month is continuing our “We Have Skills” unit. This program helps students develop seven social skills that will support their engagement and success in school: • Listen • Follow directions • Do the best you can • Ask for help • Follow the rules • Work out strong feelings • Get along with others.  Like any skill, social skills require practice. The more children practice, the easier the skills become.  

    Here are some things you can do at home to support your child in practicing these skills. • Have conversations about the seven skills. (“Tell me how you listen in school? Why is getting along with others important? What’s hard about following the rules? How do you follow directions even when it’s hard?) • Notice when your child does one of these seven skills. Express appreciation by telling him/her what you see e.g., “You are asking for help when you need it. Thank you!” Your child is learning skills that will help him/her enjoy school and be a successful student. 

    Third, Fourth, & Fifth Grades 
    The focus for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades is the Imagine Neighborhood podcast series.  Each week, a new episode is released with stories that help children deal with big feelings.  A special page has been created in Canvas for each grade and the website for the podcasts is: https://www.imagineneighborhood.org/podcast-1.  

    Community Resources 
    There are many resources available through community organizations to assist with basic needs.  Please visit my school website (https://www.everettsd.org/woe-counseling) and the district website for more information (https://www.everettsd.org/domain/1460) Look on the Community Resources and the COVID-19 Resources pages. If your child needs clothing or school supplies, please contact me so I can help. 

    Mrs. Anne Jensen, School Counselor 
    ajensen@everettsd.org ~ 971-245-2348 ~ Canvas Home Page 

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  • November 2020

    Posted by Anne Jensen on 10/31/2020

    Mrs. Anne Jensen, School Counselor
    ajensen@everettsd.org
    ~ 971-245-2348
    November 2020

    In our remote learning schedule, I’ve been fortunate to see kindergarten, first, and second grade students each week for social-emotional lessons.  I really miss seeing the third, fourth, and fifth graders too, but I created Canvas pages for them to keep in touch.  In October, the Committee for Children posted weekly comic strips about bullying prevention and our district celebrated High School & Beyond.  There are Canvas pages created just for our intermediate students on these topics.  All grade level school counseling Canvas pages can be accessed by going to the WOE Student Body course and clicking on my picture or the School Counselor button.

    Kindergarten Lessons
    The focus for kindergarten at the start of the year was community-building and learning about personal leadership.  We learned how to: appreciate what is unique about us, think ahead and practice skills now that will help us in the future, do our work first so we have more time for play, be okay with others being good at things we’re not, listen for understanding before we speak, work with others as a team, and take time to be there for our friends and family when they need us.  The stories are all from the 7 Habits of Happy Kids series.  Each lesson also incorporates a calming strategy of some sort.  I hope they have been using them and teaching them to you.  Next, we will be learning about how to solve problems using Kelso’s Choices.

    First and Second Grade Lessons
    The focus for 1st and 2nd grades has been community-building and using Kelso’s Choices for conflict resolution.  In Kelso’s Choices lessons, we learn to distinguish big problems from small.  Big problems are when someone is hurt or sick, someone is scared or in danger, someone uses inappropriate language, or someone breaks the law.  Big problems are always reported to the adult in charge.  Children are smart enough and strong enough to solve small problems.  Children are taught to try two choices out of the nine possible to see if the problem stops.  If it doesn’t stop, then it’s time to report to an adult.  If your child reports a small problem to you but doesn’t tell you what they tried, ask them which choice they will try to solve the problem.  The goal is to teach children to be able to solve small problems independently without adult intervention unless the choices aren’t working.  You may find that your child solves the problem and tells you about it anyway because they want you to know that they did it by themselves.  When students tell me, I congratulate them on solving the problem and ask how they feel.  They usually tell me that they feel good or proud.  Each lesson also incorporates a movement break and a calming strategy in order to learn emotional regulation.  Our next topic is about skills for learning with lessons called “We Have Skills”.

    Anxiety About the Unknown
    Not knowing is the worst part.  There are so many unknowns this year and it’s causing a lot of anxiety in children and adults.  If you find that you or your child are more forgetful, not sleeping well, or more irritable, these could be indicators that it’s time for some self-care.  One way to help with overwhelming feelings of everything being out of your control is to create a list of all the things that ARE in your control.  Sometimes it helps to start with things like what you wear, eat, sing, read, or watch.  I usually think of it as a circle inside of another circle, with the things we can control at the center. 

    Community Resources
    There are many resources available through community organizations to assist with basic needs.  I listed several in the October newsletter, as well as posted them on my school website (https://www.everettsd.org/woe-counseling).  If your child needs clothing or school supplies, please contact me so I can help.

    I look forward to partnering with you!

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  • October 2020

    Posted by Anne Jensen on 9/30/2020 6:00:00 AM

    Mrs. Anne JensenCounselor Corner 
    ajensen@everettsd.org ~ 971-245-2348 
    October 2020  

    In the past month, many families requested help to find resources to meet their basic needs.  Below are resources that you may also find helpful: 

    Rent: If you are behind in your rent, there are 2 programs that may help pay for back rent and/or current rent.  The ERAP (Eviction Rent Assistance Program) or CARES Act program.  Call 2-1-1 to ask if you qualify.  Funding for both programs expires Dec. 31, 2020. 

    Utilities: If you owe money on your utilities, contact the utility company directly and ask for assistance. 

    • Electricity: SnoPUD Community Support Plan allows for bill credit for customers experiencing income loss and small business owners who had to limit or close due to COVID-19 outbreak.  Call PUD Customer Service at 425-783-1000 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) 
    • Natural Gas: PSE will not be disconnecting customers for non-payment during this time. Puget Sound Energy COVID-19 Pandemic Assistance Fund: The Crisis-Affected Customer Assistance Program (CACAP) has been created for customers who have had their household income significantly reduced after March 1, 2020.  Go to the PSE Energy Help Portal to apply for assistance: https://www.pse.com/pages/bill-and-weatherization-assistance. 
    • Internet: $9.95 per month + tax for 25 Mbps speed, no term contract, no credit check for in-home wifi.  You may qualify if you are eligible for public assistance programs such as the National School Lunch Program, Housing Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, and others. https://www.internetessentials.com/ 

    Food: 

    Clothing: Contact me if your child needs new clothing and you are unable to provide it.  I have a couple of different options, depending on your circumstances.   Email: ajensen@everettsd.org or call 971-245-2348. 

    Emotional Crisis:  Text “NAMI” to 741741 to chat with a trained crisis counselor or call the Care Crisis Line at 425-388-7215 or 800-584-3578.  https://namisnohomishcounty.org/resources/crisis/ 

    Multiple Needs: Click on the posters to see larger versions with agency contact information.  There are more resources located on my webpage: https://www.everettsd.org/woe-counseling 

     
    Please reach out to us if there is something we can do to help.   
    We care about you. 

     

    (link for Cocoon House Assistance Flyer: https://docushare.everett.k12.wa.us/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-113669/CH-Let%20us%20Support%20you.pdf)

    (link for CARES Act Flyer: https://docushare.everett.k12.wa.us/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-113909/CARES%20Act%20Flyer.pdf)

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  • September 2020

    Posted by Anne Jensen on 8/31/2020 6:00:00 AM

    WELCOME BACK!

    Who is Mrs. Jensen?

    My name is Anne Jensen and this is my 26th year as a school counselor; my fifth at Woodside Elementary School.  My musical husband and I have been married for 33 years. We have one lovely daughter who brought a wonderful son-in-law and two funny and loving grandchildren into our lives.  We also have a very spoiled rescue dog named Lady.

    When I’m not doing school, I like to work in my garden and sew quilts (and a lot of masks this summer).

    What is a School Counselor?

    A school counselor works with and for all students in the school.  This is different from a private counselor or therapist who works with a small number of clients each week.

    I earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Boise State University and Master of Education in Counseling Psychology from WSU.  I am both a teacher and a counselor.  I teach classroom lessons, work with some students in small skill-building groups and meet with a few students individually.  I also participate in, and facilitate, many meetings with teachers, administrators, and parents to support our students’ academic success.  I look forward to meeting all of Woodside’s students throughout the year.

    How can I contact Mrs. Jensen?

    Email: ajensen@everettsd.org

    School phone: 425-385-7810

    Google Voice/Text until school office is finished:  971-245-2348

    School website: https://everettsd.org/woe-counseling

    • The Woodside Counseling webpages contain many resources for families and students.

    Mrs. Jensen Back to School 2020 Photo    Mrs. Jensen with a mask    

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  • June 2020

    Posted by Anne Jensen on 5/31/2020

    June 2020 Counselor’s Corner 

    http://everettsd.org/woe-counseling  

    Generosity: First of all, I would like to acknowledge all of the community organizations and businesses who have helped meet the needs of many of our students and their families Mill Creek Food Bank, Hope Creek Food Backpack program, Mill Creek Women’s Club, Clothes for Kids, Assistance League Operation School Bell, Jackson High School ASB, Mill Creek Rotary, Mill Creek Kiwanis, Advent Lutheran Church, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Comcast, YMCA, Kinder Konnectionand countless individuals who dropped off blankets, coats, boots, books, and gift cards.   We are incredibly fortunate to have community partners supporting Woodside students and families! 

    Perseverance:  It has been amazing to see and hear about parents who took on the extra job of teaching their children, older siblings helping younger ones with schoolwork, and children helping with chores and meals.  It has been a long haul and yet we persist.  One of my favorite quotes is, “Tough times never last, but tough people do.”  Woodside families are tough people who make the best of a bad situation. 

    Looking Ahead: It’s hard to believe that this school year is rapidly coming to an end.  Social-emotional lessons in my Google Classrooms will be mostly available through the summer.  Videos provided by SecondStep.org end on June 30lessons that I recorded will remain.  If your child was not able to watch all of the SEL lessons this spring, encourage them to do them this summer. 

    Woodside has been working to build and improve our PBIS program (Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports).  Next year, students will receive social-emotional learning (SEL) from their classroom teachers and I will be spending more time working with small groups of students who need extra practice in social and behavioral skills.  I will get to visit classrooms to teach special units throughout the year, but not every week.  I will continue to update my school website with resources for families and students throughout the summer. 

    Endings & Beginnings: I am feeling sentimental in saying farewell to our fifth graders and other students who are moving this summer.  Thank you for sharing your children with us. I’m also looking forward to welcoming a new batch of tiny Toucans to our flock in the fall and helping them to learn to SOAR. 

    I hope that you and your family have a safe summer.  Take care. 

    Mrs. Anne Jensen 
    School Counselor 
    email: ajensen@everettsd.org 

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  • May 2020

    Posted by Anne Jensen on 4/30/2020

    Counselor’s Corner – Mrs. Jensen – May 2020 

    https://www.everettsd.org/woe-counseling 

    Hello!   I hope this finds you healthy and managing our new way of life with as little stress as possible.  Please know that we care about you and your family and want to help where we can. 

    These past few weeks, I have been communicating with several families and find that there are a range of needs.  First and foremost, many people need food.  Please remember that we have a local food bank.  Information can be found on their website: https://hopecreekcf.org/events/mill-creek-community-food-bank/ It is open on Thursdays and Saturdays.  There is no need to wait in line since you make an appointment to pick up the food.   

    The next largest need has been technology so students can participate in Zoom class meetings and complete online work and assignments.  If your family does not have a computer and you would like to check out a Chromebook, please call the school at 425-385-7800.  Ms. Salli can help you.  You will also need internet access to make the Chromebook work. If you don’t have internet access at your house, choose “xfinitywifi” in settings.  If that doesn’t work, call the school and ask to be put on the list to receive a hotspot. 

    Another great need is counseling to help with these stressful times.  If you are looking for a therapist, the best resource is https://www.psychologytoday.com You can filter by zip code, insurance accepted, and other specific needs.  

    For other needs, community resources are listed on the EPS Kids in Transition program website: https://www.everettsd.org/Page/8912 and www.wa211.org or call 2-1-1 and explain your need. I have also posted resources on my school website (link above). 

    If your child is struggling, crying, refusing to do the work, please contact the classroom teacher or me to let us know.  Often, the student is feeling overwhelmed and worried about falling behind.  We can talk to him or her to determine what we can do to help.  Our math and reading coaches are also setting up small group Zoom meetings to help students with lessons.  We are all in this together!  Please don’t feel like you have to do this alone.  

    Mrs. Anne Jensen 

    Woodside School Counselor 

    971-245-2348 -- (Google Voice & Texts) since my school phone is boxed up and in storage somewhere  😊 

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  • April 2020

    Posted by Anne Jensen on 3/31/2020

    Counselor Corner – Mrs. Anne Jensen – April 2020 

    Hello everyone!  I hope that you and your families are staying healthy, busy, and patient with each other.  My family has avoided the virus so far, definitely keeping very busy, and working on the patience part. 

    Although you haven’t heard too much from me lately, I have been working behind the scenes to make sure our students are getting what they need, participating in lots of Zoom meetings, setting up social-emotional enrichment and resources information on my school website, and now working on SEL (social-emotional learning) lessons in Google Classroom. 

    Please regularly check my school website (https://w ww.everettsd.org/domain/2039) to get the latest information.  I created pages specifically about COVID-19 and weekly lesson ideas and materials. 

    Weeks 1 & 2 have ideas for different websites or online programs that were recommended on the district website. 

    Starting with Week 3, I will be providing SEL lessons and assignments for students.  For K-3, we begin by reviewing Kelso’s Choices for solving conflicts. 4th graders will continue the goal-setting work we started before the break and 5th graders will work on registering for middle school. 

    We realize that this is a highly stressful and uncertain time for everyone.  Please take care of yourself and your family and reach out if there is something we can do to help.  Email seems to be the best way to connect with staff since we can easily check it from home and are spending a lot of time sitting at the computer now. 

    If you are struggling to put food on the table, please contact our local food bank.  Information can be found on their websitehttps://hopecreekcf.org/events/mill-creek-community-food-bank/ They are open on Thursdays and Saturdays.  There is no need to wait in line anymore since they started taking appointments to pick up the food.  There are also several community resources listed on the EPS Kids in Transition program website: https://www.everettsd.org/Page/8912.  Another great resource is www.wa211.org or call 2-1-1 and explain your need. 

    One thing that has helped me to feel less anxious is to limit the amount of time I spend watching or listening to the news.  This is especially important when there are little ones around.  I check it each day to see what the latest developments are and then switch it off or over to something else.  Connect with others by waving to neighbors across the street; FaceTimeSkype, email, or call relatives and friends; write a note or card to someone who lives alone.  We have to stay home, but we don’t have to be disconnected. 

    I am looking forward to the time that we can all be back together again. 

     Mrs. Jensen 

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