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Courageous Conversations Family Newsletter

We are here, and we stand together. These last four months, we have all experienced varying levels of trauma. Trauma is a term used to describe our psychological, and emotional response to an event or experience that is deeply distressing or disturbing. Over the last three weeks we have...

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Helping your child with worries

This is understandably a very anxious time for our students!  The SEL team has gathered a few resources to help you work with your child to address those worries. Ms. Ayers created a social story that explains why school is closing early.  It’s a great way to talk through...

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We’re here to help!

Reminder: The Lafayette SEL/Mental Health team is here to help families with any needs you may be experiencing, including counseling, school supplies, food assistance, technology support, etc.  Just send an email to and/or complete the Community Needs form for yourself or someone else and a member of our team...

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COVID-19 Information for Children

We’re several months into the COVID-19 pandemic, and the amount of information we’re seeing every day can be really overwhelming!  Here are a few good, well researched, online sources of information that are appropriate for children. Nosy Crow, a publishing imprint, has collaborated with the illustrator of The Gruffalo,...

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A Note from Ms. Ryden

Dear Parents,    Parenting during this pandemic has been really challenging. In case you missed it, The Washington Post did a special section on parenting during the pandemic that included a piece I wrote about how mindfulness can help.  I am holding live, mini Peace Classes for all of...

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Behavior Management Resources from our SEL Team

The SEL/Mental Health team is here to support families with any needs you or your child may be experiencing. Many students are already connected with one of us for individual or group counseling supports. However, if  you have a need or know of a community need, we are here...

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DCPS Parent University

Welcome to DCPS Parent University Online! The Communications and Engagement Office is hosting a series of free online workshops to support DCPS families as students learn at home and we all practice social distancing.  Topics have included managing stress for adults, how to use Teams, and information on the...

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