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C AMPS & S CHOOLS Helping Kids Deal With The Effects Of Sandy Experts concur that it’s normal for children to be stressed by the devastation they witnessed BY RONALD SCAGLIA uperstorm Sandy may be gone, but the damage left in its wake is still present and not all of it is tangible. Children in the area who have been eyewitnesses to the destruction may still be anxious in its aftermath. Alan Cohen, lower school division head at Portledge School, says that steps were taken to help children get back to school and adjust to what happened. He says that upon the reopening of school, the librarian gathered books about storms and hurricanes, some of which were true and some that were fictional stories. Students then read these stories aloud in their classrooms, discussed it with their teachers and classmates, and wrote about their experience. They also came up with theories on how the storm was formed. “That seemed to alleviate the anxiety,” remarked Cohen. Cohen says that it was important for students to get back into a structured routine as soon as possible. Therefore, the school was re-opened on the day after electricity was restored. He adds that it is important for parents to continue to restore structure to their children’s lives in order to help them deal with any lingering anxiety they may have. “I’m sure children are still anxious about it so we want to get back to a very structured environment,” commented Cohen. To help prevent children from having additional anxiety over the storm’s effects, Cohen says that it is important to monitor what they are watching on television and other media. Following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, many children were disturbed by the repeating airings of the attack and subsequent collapse of the Twin Towers. Today, the constant viewing of the destruction left by the storm might cause similar stress for young children. “One of the problems with 9/11, and I’m sure now, was that young children were thinking that those episodes were happening over and over,” explained Cohen. He says that young children who see images of the storm on television may have a hard time distinguishing that the events are in the past, and may believe that another storm and more destruction are presently occurring. Another recommendation that Cohen offers parents, is to talk to their children about the storm and the fears they may have. Just


as was done in his school, Cohen says parents can read literature with their children about storms. Parents should also allow their children to express their feelings in other ways such as by drawing or making clay models. Cohen also advises parents that it is normal for young children to still have feelings of anxiety. Among the common signs of stress are nightmares, loss of appetite and even vomiting. Parents who notice these signs and discover that their children are still stressed should share this with their children’s teachers and doctors. “Children are not as resilient as adults,” Cohen remarked. Dr. Victor Fornari, director of the division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital, concurs that children might be stressed by the events which have taken place as well as the recurring images seen on television. According to Fornari, children may suffer stress from the traumatic event, with symptoms showing up months later. In addition to the physical symptoms that Cohen said parents should be watchful for, Fornari adds that children who are stressed may also demonstrate disruptive behaviors, seem overly concerned for their safety and the safety of their family. Fearful children may also cling to their parents more than usual and avoid unfamiliar situations. Jamie Bogenshutz, executive director of YES Community Counseling Center in Massapequa, also advises parents that their children may be upset by what has taken place recently and she advises that this is normal behavior. According to Bogenshutz, parents should realize that it is normal for children to be afraid to walk by trees or water in the aftermath of the storm. She also adds that adults should take care of themselves as well as they cope with the devastation the storm brought. “In order to care of your children, you must take care of yourselves,” she advises. “Take a break from work, go to a place that gives them some comfort. I think a lot of people are tired of hearing that it could have been worse. For some it’s as bad as it can be. The hope is tomorrow will be a little better than today was. Take time to breathe, relax, eat a nice hot meal and they should not lose sight of what they do have. Remember that they have gotten through crises before.”

National Merit Scholars At Portledge Portledge School in Locust Valley, has announced that Erica Cohen (left) and Jennifer Ferrante have been named Commended Students in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. Harry Grzelewski, upper school division head, has presented a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, to these scholastically talented seniors.

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C AMPS & S CHOOLS Portledge School Aids In Recovery From Storm Nassau BOCES Program ince Hurricane Sandy ravaged the area, Portledge School has been helping the area to recover from its effects. The school established a Hurricane Help Relief Effort with those who could offer services, such as lodging, a hot shower, clothing, food, veterinary services, a place to do laundry, etc. In the midst of a gas crisis, a carpool list was also established and people were matched as needed. Once back in school, the students and staff began a hurricane drive collecting coats, blankets, boots, socks, non-perishable food items, baby food, formula and diapers, etc. which will be donated to the Salvation Army through the Locust Valley Rotary Club as well as Rock Can Roll and other local charities. Portledge School also opened its gymnasium to 26 power line workers from Canada, part of the Hydro One Networks, who came to help LIPA during the crisis. These workers had been staying in trailers and didn’t have the ability to take hot

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llness can touch any life, without warning, causing severe upheaval and distress. Now, thanks to a new program at Nassau BOCES, the disruption that comes with extended illness does not need to affect a student’s education. The new HomeBound Program is designed for students suffering extended illness that prevents them from regular attendance at school. Students who need to be away from the classroom for as little as 10 days and up to an entire year now have a viable option to continue their education online. The HomeBound online classroom provides four hours of instruction per subject every week, enabling sick students to continue their education, completing all state requirements and avoiding the potentially catastrophic interruption of failing courses and being held back. “Formerly, homebound students were provided only the minimum state requirement of two hours of tutoring per week, per subject,” says Judith Hynes, principal of specialized and virtual schools. “Often times these students would wind up repeating the grade or dropping out altogether. With the HomeBound Program, these same kids can be part of a class and function as contributing students. They deserve an education like everyone else. The program gives them that, with the flexibility of doing the work on their own time without losing ground.” Online classes are taught by New York State certified instructors who teach the precise coursework students are missing in their home schools. Each student is also provided with a BOCES liaison, acting as a conduit connecting student, parent, online teacher and school district. The liaison provides guidance and structure, keeping both students and parents abreast of student progress, and up-to-date about what’s happening in their school district. Students complete their work on time, meeting all state requirements. They even have the opportunity of taking their Regents exams at home, if necessary.


Portledge middle school students pose with donations collected to help those who are in need because of the storm. showers. Head of School Simon Owen-Williams said “I am so proud of the Portledge community for coming together so quick-

ly in such a difficult time. We pride ourselves on teaching good citizenship but seeing the students put it into action makes us all proud. Plus,

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Holy Trinity Holds Successful Thanksgiving Food Drive And Blood Drive n Friday, Nov. 16, Holy Trinity High School held its annual fall blood drive and at the end of the school day, a record 223 pints of blood had been collected. The blood drive campaign was kicked off on October 26 with the help of the school’s talented Select Choir, who created their first music video


encouraging everyone to sign up for the blood drive. During the entire week prior, Nov. 12 – 16 , the school held their Thanksgiving food drive and on Friday, Nov. 16, Pronto of Long Island arrived at the school to pick up their donations.

Developing a Holiday Break Plan For College-Bound Teens hile your teen certainly deserves a mental break from the hectic pace of school, holiday break is an ideal opportunity to focus on the things he or she needs to do in preparation for college. “The quiet of holiday break is a good time for teens to make sure they are on top of all of their college to-dos,” says Michael Gangi of the Carle Place Huntington Learning Center. “There is a lot for juniors and seniors to think about this time of year, and now is a perfect opportunity for students to review it all.” Gangi offers the following reminders for parents and teens:


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ormer Long Islander Elaine Wolf, “the anti-bullying novelist,” will speak about her new novel, Danny’s Mom, on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m., at Barnes and Noble in Manhasset (1542 Northern Boulevard). The author will discuss what led her to this spellbinding story, its road to publication, and why she is known as “the anti-bullying novelist.” In addition, she’ll read from Danny’s Mom, answer questions, and sign books. The event is free, and everyone is invited. You are encouraged to come early because Wolf’s author talk in June for her novel CAMP was a standing-roomonly event. Danny’s Mom (Arcade Publishing, November 2012) is the story of a grief-stricken mother who launches a campaign against bullying in the explosive high school in which she works as a guidance counselor. Danny’s Mom illustrates what goes on in our schools from the perspective of the adults who are charged with Elaine Wolf will be at the Barnes and keeping our children safe. It raises Noble in Manhasset to discuss her latthe question: Who’s really responsi- est novel. ble when our kids get hurt? For more information about Elaine For questions about this event, please Wolf and her novels, as well as for links contact Teresa Reid, community relations to anti-bullying resources, visit the aumanager at the Manhasset Barnes & Nothor’s website at ble store: 516-365-6723.

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