• Hello students, parents and guardians,

    We hope that all of you are well and settling into a new, temporary routine.  As with any change, there will be some bumps and hiccups along the way but we are confident that when this is over and we are all back to school, we will have all learned much along the way.  
    We want to make sure that you know that we are still available for help or just to say “hello”.  The best way to get a hold of us is through email. Send us an email and let us know if you prefer to talk by email, phone, Google Hangout/Meet, etc.  Our contact information is:

    • Mrs. Ellis     dellis@newyorkmills.org
    • Ms. Molina amolina@newyorkmills.org

    Click here to watch a “hello” from Ms. Molina:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7rAh3EE_Ic

    Click here to watch a “hello” from Mrs. Ellis:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOhbfiON1mg&feature=share

    By this time you should have all heard from your teachers and should be working on your schoolwork.  We have a few tips for working at home:

    • Have a plan and a routine - Know what needs to be done and when work is due.  If you have an electronic way to keep track of everything, great, but remember that you can still use your agenda.

    • Have an organized study area - Keep your work in one place.  Organizing your space, including being sure that you have all of the supplies you need, will make your work time more efficient.

    • Avoid distractions while working - While we are using technology for learning during this time, it can be really easy to get distracted by it.  Trying to get work done while getting “snaps” , etc. can really make working more difficult. Try to turn off notifications, etc. while working and put away the technology when working on packets, etc.

    • Prep yourself for returning to school - This is a great time to clean out and organize your backpacks, binders, and folders.  Aim to return to school with your school items as organized as they were on the first day of school.

    P.S. It’s also a great time to wash backpacks and lunch bags!

    • Keep in touch with your teachers - Ask questions if you need help-we all want you to be successful!

    It’s also important that you stay healthy, both physically and emotionally. Again, we are available to you should you need us.  Below are some links for information and activities:

    • Bored?  Take a virtual field trip at

    https://virtualschoolactivities.com

    • Audible has made many of their audiobooks free, for the time being:

     https://stories.audible.com/discovery

    • Activities to keep you busy:

    https://www.thehelpfulcounselor.com/18-coping-skills-strategies-for-children-and-teens/

    • How you view what is happening affects how you react to and deal with it (this is true in almost any circumstance).  Studies of mindset show us that challenges actually help us to grow our brains. Check out the following for activities you can do at home with your family:

    https://www.mindsetworks.com/free-resources/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1CHPnZfFmU

    • Use the board at the end of this email to connect with others and work on your social-emotional health

    • Feeling anxious or stressed?  The following is an excerpt from the CDC:

    Things you can do to support yourself:

    • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.

    • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.

    • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.

    • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

    We miss you all!

    Stay well-

    Mrs. Ellis
    Ms. Molina