Social Workers

Please note, during E-Learning Ms. Potthast will be available via email Monday-Friday, from 8:00 am- 10:00am. After 10:00 am, I will be checking email periodically. Please go here to contact Ms. Potthast.

Resources for Families during COVID-19

Information on Masks:
Helping Kids Get Used to Masks
How to safely wear and take off a mask
About face coverings
Frequently asked questions about face coverings

Proper Handwashing:
Hand washing and hand sanitizing

How to talk to your children about the Coronavirus:
Talking to your kids about Covid-19: Navigating the stress and anxiety
Coronavirus Isolation: Ten Lessons to Help Kids Cope
Helping Children Cope During and After Disaster
Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting from COVID-19​​​​​​​
Taking Care of Your Mental Health During Times of Uncertainty
Tips for Helping Your Child During the Pandemic
How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
14 Tips to Help All Kids Learn to Manage Anxiety
Talking to Children about COVID-19

Videos:
Brain POP Coronavirus Video
A story to empower kids/teens with mindfulness and self-regulation tools

Social Emotional Learning at Home:
SEL at Home
Random Acts of Kindness Curriculum K-5
Random Acts of Kindness Curriculum 6-8
10 Tips on How to Maintain a Routine of Kindness During Difficult Times​​​​​​​

eBooks​​​​​​​:
Everybody Worries Ebook (includes COVID topics)
Shubbert and Sophie Stay at Home
Coronavirus Storybook for kids​​​​​​​
Social Story about Covid-19​​​​​​​

At-Home Resources for Families

Food Resource
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Please go here to contact Ms. Potthast. Ms. Potthast is at Grass Lake School Monday-Friday, from 7:45 am-3:15 pm. Ms. Potthast works with students individually, in small groups, and in crisis situations.

Please go here to contact Mrs. Chamberlin. Mrs. Chamberlin is at Grass Lake School Monday-Wednesday, from 7:30 am-10:30 am. Mrs. Chamberlin primarily works with K-4, whole classroom groups.

What is a School Social Worker?

School Social Workers (SSW) are a vital part of the educational team, working together with educational administrators, teachers, counselors, psychologists, nurses, speech and language pathologists and other staff. Their unique graduate level training in social work enables them to understand and interpret the influences of the school, home, and community on children. School Social Workers identify factors that can make school a more successful experience for students.

What do School Social Workers Do?

School social workers help STUDENTS:

  • Achieve maximum benefit from their educational opportunities
  • Understand themselves and others
  • Cope with stress
  • Develop decision making skills

School social workers help PARENTS:

  • Participate effectively in their children’s education
  • Understand and meet their children’s social and emotional needs
  • Understand programs available to students with special needs
  • Utilize school and community resources effectively

School social workers help SCHOOLS:

  • Understand factors (cultural, societal, economic, familial, health, etc.) that affect students
  • Abilities to make maximum use of their school experience
  • Utilize their resources in meeting the educational, social, and emotional needs of students
  • Promote a safe school environment

School Social Workers help COMMUNITIES:

  • Understand school policies, programs, and practice
  • Minimize those environmental factors which inhibit learning
  • Develop resources to adequately meet the needs of students and families

Taken from the IASSW website: www.iassw.org