Resources from the School Social Worker
Resources from the School Social Worker:
Below you will find some resources/announcements that have been given to you by our school social Worker, Angie Huber. If you have questions, please call her. Her number is (703) 988-8222. Thank you.
Eating Disorders Becoming a Big Concern
According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA 2013),
Thirty million Americans will struggle with an eating disorder and millions more will battle food and body image issues at some point in their lives. Eating disorders are real, complex, and devastating conditions that can have serious consequences for health, productivity and relationships. They are not a fad, phase, or lifestyle choice. Eating disorders are serious, potentially life-threatening conditions that affect a person’s emotional and physical health.
In collaboration with the Fairfax County Health Department, FCPS has developed eating disorder documents with detailed information to be provided to parents and guardians of Fairfax County Public Schools. The letter and fact sheet have been translated and posted on the following webpage:
Public Charge Rules
Please see the link of information regarding public charge rules families accessing public assistance and immigration. https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/homeless/sites/homeless/files/assets/documents/public%20charge%20stakeholder%20update.pdf
Health Department Vape Warnings
As Fairfax County and FCPS continue to battle the vaping epidemic, the Fairfax County Health Department has made informational flyers available regarding the severe lung illness associated with vaping. Flyers are available on the FCPS student (found here) and parent (found here) webpages, as well as the Student Safety and Wellness Vaping Education Resources intranet page
Kinship Family Institute (KFI)
2nd Wednesday of every month from 6-8:00 pm at the Mott Community Center:
12111 Braddock Road
Fairfax, VA 22030
Dinner and childcare provided.
Participants can register by
Flyers can be found at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/familyservices/children-youth/kinship-family-institute
Mott/Pinn Community Day
With Fall here and Halloween just around the corner, the David R. Pinn and Mott Community Centers are holding a joint Community Day event to celebrate. They would like to invite families to join us on October 26th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for a day of seasonal fun! In addition to our family-friendly Halloween themed activities of a Trunk or Treat contest and a Mad Scientist Walk, there will also be many other vendors, refreshments, and entertainment for all; including an Icee truck, face painting, petting zoo, and moon bounce! Admission and participation is free and open to all ages. We are excited to see everyone from the community come out and celebrate with us. Click to see the event flier.
JDRC Parent Support Group
A walk-in group with no registration necessary, for parents and custodians of adolescents (court involved or not) seeking help finding information, gaining insight or regaining control of their child. Please click here to see flyer.
Video: What Parents Need to Know About E-Cigarettes
In this video from Fairfax County Government, tobacco control coordinator Shannon Raines discusses e-cigarettes with Brian Maslowski, a tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs seminar instructor from Fairfax County Public Schools. They cover how e-cigarettes work; how they are different from cigarettes; and why they are harmful, especially to youth. Watch the video.
E-Cigarettes, Vaping and Juuling Information
Information for parents regarding the health risks associated with vaping are addressed in the following link.
Stress Relief Strategies
Click here to see suggestions to help relive stress in 10 minutes or less.
Portrait of a Graduate
A goal in FCPS is to support instill the Portrait of a Graduate. Families are encouraged to review how these skills are being taught and how they can support this goal. See the link for more information.
Portrait of a Graduate Family Resources: 7-12
- Consider telling your child when they are demonstrating a skill at home or in a social setting. Example:
- During soccer practice this morning, when you missed the goal you didn’t give up and kept trying hard to get the ball back to score. (Goal-directed and resilient)
- When you were playing with your sister, you were being kind to her by sharing your toys and letting her choose a game to play. (Collaborator)
- Share examples of how you were a [collaborator, communicator, etc.] during your day or within your job. Provide specific details and explain how using these skills helped you. (e.g., I was a collaborator at work today when I _____. This was helpful because ___________.)
- Instead of asking “What did you do in school today?”, consider asking one of the questions below:
We know that some of the school communities are looking for information to help support conversations or discussions regarding the recent violence in Texas. In response to this violence, students and school communities may be experiencing a wide variety of feelings. Organizations such as School Social Work Association of America (SWWAA), American School Counselor Association (ASCA), the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and The National Child Stress Network have compiled online resources to help school staff members provide ongoing support to students and families. Below are some of these resources that you may find helpful in talking to your child. Please let Angie Huber, School Social Worker, know if there is anything we can do to support you.
- NASP Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers
- NASP Guidance for Reinforcing Safe, Supportive and Positive School Environments for All Students
- Talking to Children about the Shooting
- ASCA Helping Kids After a Shooting
- FCPS Website Blog