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HSI NEWSLETTER FALL 2020 SCSD School Counseling and Mental Health Team adapted programs and services to ensure students have ways to connect while in remote learning environments. Believe it or not, it is possible to build a sense of community while at a distance


and students enjoy the “lunch bunch” and inclusion activities the school counselors host at each school. Members of the Sequoia High School Gay Straight Alliance are working with Ms. Julie Jobak to design Zoom meetings to support ally

programs at the middle schools. Ilene Bragman School Counselor

Kiersten Daniel-Baca Mental Health Counselor

Briana McCarthy MFT Associate

Kim Arasato School Counselor

Julie Jobak School Counselor

Vivian Garlick School Counselor

Across the district, students log into Sown to Grow to provide weekly emotional check-ins and

learn new coping strategies for managing emotions. Our 4 school counselors monitor students’ responses and follow up with them with resources and a listening ear. One of those resources that has proven very useful is the Zones of Regulation

Here is a link to our Parent Education calendar that you can download. All events are FREE, thanks to the support of our PTACC and SCEF.

curriculum which fosters self-regulation and emotional control.

Check out the Counseling and Mental Health page on our new SCSD Pandemic Care & Support website for more information about lessons, as well as appointment links and resources, including a robust schedule of parent education and engagement.

MESSAGE FROM SEQUOIA HEALTHCARE DISTRICT Dear Healthy Schools Initiative families,

Estimadas familias de la iniciativa de escuelas saludable,

The Covid-19 pandemic has presented numerous challenges

La pandemia de Covid-19 ha presentado numerosos desafíos

for our communities, but one that stands out is the toll it has

para nuestras comunidades, pero uno que se destaca es el

taken on the mental health of our children and teens, as well

impacto que ha tenido en la salud mental de nuestros niños y

as parents and educators. To address this challenge, Sequoia

adolescentes, así como la los padres y educadores. Para

Healthcare District has ramped up support for our local school

abordar este desafío, Sequoia Healthcare District ha

districts in a variety of ways. We continue to fund student mental health services, parent/community education, and teacher/staff professional development such as Kognito's suicide prevention and trauma trainings and CircleUp Education's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) trainings. We also hosted an inaugural Town Hall meeting on September 17, which focused on “Mental Health Support in Schools During Covid-19”. Our team of health and wellness leads from our eight partner school districts joined a panel discussion along with mental health experts from four local mental health non-profit organizations. I invite you to view the recorded Town Hall. We have a superb team of health and wellness leads (below), and I encourage you to read about the important and innovative work taking place in your child’s school district

aumentado el apoyo a nuestros distritos escolares locales en una variedad de formas. Continuamos financiando servicios de salud mental para estudiantes, educación para padres/la comunidad, y desarrollo profesional para maestros/el personal, como las capacitaciones de prevención del suicidio y trauma de Kognito y las capitaciones de diversidad, equidad e inclusión (DEI, por sus siglas en ingles) de CircleUp Education. También organizamos una reunión inaugural de la alcaldía el 17 de septiembre, que se enfocó en “apoyo de salud mental en las escuelas durante Covid-19”. Nuestro equipo de líderes de salud y bienestar de nuestros ocho distritos escolares socios se unieron a un panel de discusión junto con expertos en salud mental de cuatro organizaciones de salud mental sin fines de lucro. Los invito a ver la reunión de la alcaldía grabada.

during this uncertain time. The pandemic has highlighted how critical it is to be familiar with the services and support

Tenemos un excelente equipo de líderes de salud y bienestar

offered by your child's school and the community at large.

(a continuación), y los animo a que lean sobre el trabajo

Please refer to our Parent Green Folder for local mental health

importante e innovador llevándose a cabo en el distrito


escolar de su hijo(a) durante este tiempo incierto. La pandemia ha destacado lo importante que es estar

Covid-19 has impacted all of our lives but we're hoping that by

familiarizado con estos servicios y apoyo ofrecidos por la

coming together as a community we can overcome some of

escuela de su hijo(a) y la comunidad en general. Por favor de

the difficulties faced by many families. Try staying healthy by

referirse a nuestra Capeta Verde para Padres para obtener

wearing masks, physically distancing, washing hands, and

recursos de salud mental.

getting your flu shots. San Mateo County also offers free Covid testing. We wish you the best as we navigate the 2020-21

Covid-19 ha impactado todas nuestras vidas, pero esperamos

school year together!

que al unirnos como comunidad podamos superar algunas de

Yours truly,

las dificultades que enfrentan muchas familias. Intente mantenerse saludable al usar mascarillas, distanciamiento físico, lavándose la manos, y vacunándosecontra la gripe. El

Karen E. Li, MD Director of School Health Healthy Schools Initiative

condado de San Mateo también ofreces pruebas de Covid gratuitas. ¡Les deseamos lo mejor mientras navegamos juntos el año escolar 2020-21!


Abbe Keane

Andrea Garen

Chris Arrington

Javier Gutierrez

Woodside Elementary SD

Redwood City SD

Menlo Park City SD

Sequoia Union HSD

Abbe has worked for nearly

Prior to her role as Director of

Chris has worked in education

Javier coordinates health

thirty years as a public health

Health and Wellness in RCSD,

for 36-years and the last 30-

services, education programs,

nurse as well as a school nurse

Ms. Garen spent ten years

years as a school psychologist.

and proactive support for the

and consultant to numerous

leading marketing and health

He has been in MPCSD for 18-

students of SUHSD. As a former

schools along the Peninsula.

education projects for the

years, providing social-

teacher and administrator, this

Abbe has been involved in

Dairy Council of California. She emotional trainings for parents

position continues Javier’s

teaching science and health

is passionate about promoting

and staff. He has also been

efforts to develop the whole

education classes and currently

physical, mental and social

part of growing the district-

student while positively

works as the school nurse for

well-being for all RCSD

wide PBIS programs and

impacting academic success.

both the Woodside and Portola

students and their families and providing intensive

Valley districts.

supporting good health in our

behavioral/emotional support


for special needs students.

Kristen Sevillia

Kristen Shima

Mindy Hill

Nell Curran

Belmont-Redwood Shores SD Portola Valley SD

San Carlos SD

Las Lomitas Elementary SD

Prior to her current role, Kristen Kristen has worked for over 20

Mindy began working at SCSD

Nell is the Wellness

served as Asst. Principal at

years in education as a teacher,

as Wellness Director in

Coordinator for Las Lomitas

Sandpiper School, having also

counselor and an administrator.

December, 2013. Prior to

Elementary School District

spent the previous 4 years as a

She has been a member of

becoming Wellness Director,

where she supports the needs

coordinator in Curriculum and

PVSD for 15 years and is

Mindy pursued a career as a K-

of staff, students, and families

Instruction at the San Mateo

currently the principal of Corte

8 educator and administrator.

while also building a culture of

County Office of Ed. Kristen is

Madera School. In addition, she

She also had the great pleasure

wellness across the district. Nell

devoted to supporting

leads the Wellness Team where

of working as an Associate

brings 15 years of public health

programs aimed at the whole

she helps to coordinate social

Director for a nonprofit

education experience from her


emotional learning, health

organization that works to

time at the Stanford School of

education, Positive Intervention

prevent drug and alcohol


and Support and staff/ student

abuse using a community-

wellness activities.

coalition model.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has presented numerous challenges for our communities, but one that stands out is the toll it has taken on the mental...

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