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K-6 COUNSELOR'S CORNER 

Note from the Counselors:

Hello Humboldt County Families!

We hope that you are well during this time. Please, know that we miss our students and our thoughts are with you always. We will continue to update this site with resources as we continue this journey, and please don’t hesitate to reach out at any time for assistance.

We are several weeks into Distance Learning now, and some of you may be feeling like your home routine isn’t quite working out. Maybe a routine hasn’t really been set, maybe everyone was excited about it at first and now it's lost its glamour, whatever the reasons, routines are hard to maintain. During a school year, routines are explicitly taught in the beginning, lots of discussion behind why we have the routine, lots of visuals to serve as reminders, and lots of incentives for students to follow the routines. Even with all of these supports, routines have to be reviewed and retaught often. So, if you feel like your routine needs to be revamped, that is normal!

This week we would like to help support your home routines. Routines, especially for young children, are so important in providing a secure and healthy environment. Setting a daily schedule and even posting it somewhere visually, can do a variety of wonderful things for your children and your household. It can encourage independence from our children by getting them in the habit of doing what they need to do, when they need to do it. Independence is amazing for our children’s self-esteem and certainly helps us out as parents as well. Schedules and routines can also ensure that we have built in family time, like reading with your child or doing an art project, PE activity, science experiment, or a family game. These moments are so important in building up our children, and in times of difficulty such as now, they are even more important.

So many of you are still working. Thank you so much for all that you do for our community! Having a posted schedule can help with keeping kids on track in our absence, and help family or sitters know what our children need to be doing while we are away.

Here are some examples of schedules that you can use to create a routine that works best for your family. 

Bedtime Routines

Daily Home Schedule example

Daily Home Schedule (editable)

Use it as an opportunity to sit down as a family and discuss what is working and what isn’t, what your kids would like to accomplish, what fun things they would like to build into the schedule and so on. Get creative! If too many kids on a computer at once is an issue, alter the schedule to break that up. Young children could be doing drawing, coloring, using play-dough or some other activity while an older sibling is using the electronics. If you see that your children are getting frustrated, build in some scheduled breaks to go outside for 15 minutes, do an exercise video online, stretch, anything your family likes. These breaks could come as soon as every 15-20 minutes of work if needed, you know your family best, so do what works for them! Build chores into your schedule if you’d like! Having responsibilities is a great character building tool for children of all ages. Keep the chores age appropriate, there may be some teaching involved, and have a family chore hour every day to help you keep up on the household tasks! Make it fun and throw on some music! And….. a parent’s favorite…..quiet time. Schedule some quiet time into your routine. An hour where kids can all read, rest, maybe draw, just a time when the house goes quiet and everyone can catch their breath for a minute.

The options are endless. If you need any help or assistance, please reach out to your school counselor and we would love to help you!

We miss you all! Stay safe and well!

Mrs. Francis, Mrs. Perez, Mrs. Walls, & Mrs. Wirthlin

Free Second Step Family Access (district curriculum for grades K-6)

  1. Go to https://www.secondstep.org/
  2. Under New Users, click “Create Account”
  3. Complete the required fields
  4. Add Program Activation Key: SSPE FAMI LY68

Feel free to peruse all the resources and media available. School counselors and teachers may also send out requests for students and families to view particular videos and lessons during student work time.

Ways to support your child and talk about Covid-19


Social Emotional Learning Resources and Activities:  

What is Social Emotional Learning?

PreK-Kindergarten

  • Here is a good resource for our younger children (PK-K) who are learning to cope with strong emotions.

K-4th

  • Join Jon and Boris through videos and great activities to help your child learn about ways give and receive kindness and love, self manage, and regulate emotion. 

K-6th

  • Captain Compassion is an anti-bullying superhero. Learn how to use your bystander power to help others experiencing bullying.  (Great resources for older siblings to do with younger kids! Get your teen involved! Their personal experiences, problem solving, and resilience can be really meaningful and inspiring to their younger siblings!)

5th-12th

  • This is a great resource for parents and teens to navigate the tricky communication issues of adolescence. You are not alone!

Educational & Additional Fun Stuff

Activities and Online Resources for Homebound Kids

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens: A zookeeper presents a live feed of a “Home Safari” each day at 12 PM. Learn about a new animal each day! On the zoo’s Facebook page or their website:

Monterey Bay Aquarium has 10 Live Cameras so you kids can watch sea otters, sharks, jellyfish, and more from the comfort of your home.

The Storytime Family on YouTube. The whole family can sit down and have a book read to them!

7th - 12th Counselor's Corner

Coping with the unknown in unprecedented events like we are experiencing right now with the COVID-19 outbreak can cause significant distress. Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health. Thankfully, there are many resources to give students and parents guidance in doing this. Please see below for a list of some of the resources available:

Online Resources:

  1. Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19: Centers for Disease Control
  2. Anxiety and Depression Association of America-Reviewed Mental Health Apps
  3. PBIS: Teaching Coping Skills Resources
  4. Youtube: There are many videos available to help teach and guide calm down strategies, coping skills and mindfulness.
  5. This is a great resource for parents and teens to navigate the tricky communication issues of adolescence. You are not alone!

Mental Health Hotlines and Crisis Supports:

1. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 (TTY 1-800-846-8517)

2. Crisis Call Center of Nevada (it doesn't necessarily need to be a crisis to reach out): 1-800-273-8255 or text Listen to 839863

3. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

4. 24/7 Rural Nevada Mobile Crisis Team: 1-702-486-7865

5. Immediate crisis/emergency assistance, call 911 or submit a SafeVoice Tip


If you would like to connect with one of your school counselors or school social workers, we are still here to help in non-crisis situations. Please email your school counselor or school social worker and they will get back to you as soon as they can. In a crisis/emergency situation, please call 911 or submit a SafeVoice Tip for immediate assistance.

Contact Information

Lowry High School

Dana Peters, School Counselor: dpeters@hcsdnv.com

Jessica Mayo, School Counselor: jmayo@hcsdnv.com

Jeanette Montero, School Social Worker: montero@hcsdnv.com

Winnemucca Junior High School

Olivia Mentaberry, School Counselor: omentaberry@hcsdnv.com

Chelsea Estep, School Social Worker: cestep@hcsdnv.com

McDermitt Combined Schools

April Wilson, School Social Worker: awilson@hcsdnv.com