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The Wellness team hopes everyone has a restorative and restful summer break. This year we had the privilege of serving over 200 hundred unique students with over 2150 visits. We love supporting students and look forward to doing the same next year! Below is a list of summer resources for those seeking connection or mental health support while we are away from school. Friendly reminder, Wellness team emails will be closed over the summer and we will not see any referrals until we return to school in August.

It’s sad to see our seniors go but we’re so proud of the work they’ve put in to move on to bigger and better things. Congrats to them and we look forward to seeing returning students and incoming freshmen for the 24-25 school year! Cheers to a great summer!

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As we wrap up the 23-24 school year, the Wellness team hopes everyone has a restorative and restful summer break. This year we had the privilege of serving over 200 hundred unique students with over 2150 visits. We love supporting students and look forward to doing the same next year! Below is a list of summer resources for those seeking connection or mental health support while we are away from school. Friendly reminder, Wellness team emails will be closed over the summer and we will not see any referrals until we return to school in August.

It’s sad to see our seniors go but we’re so proud of the work they’ve put in to move on to bigger and better things. Congrats to them and we look forward to seeing returning students and incoming freshmen for the 24-25 school year! Cheers to a great summer!

 
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Are you or someone you know interested in quitting tobacco use? Kick It California is a free program that helps Californians kick smoking, vaping and smokeless tobacco with the help of proven, science-based strategies. Clinically proven, culturally sensitive and trusted, Kick It California (formerly the California Smokers’ Helpline) opened in 1992 as the first publicly funded statewide quitline. They now offer individual telephone counseling, a texting program, online chat, a smart phone app, Alexa Skill for quit smoking tips, and self-help materials. Take the first step toward quitting by visiting https://kickitca.org/. In Contra Costa County, you can also call 2-1-1 for a direct referral to Kick It California. 

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Are you or someone you know interested in quitting tobacco use? Kick It California is a free program that helps Californians kick smoking, vaping and smokeless tobacco with the help of proven, science-based strategies. Clinically proven, culturally sensitive and trusted, Kick It California (formerly the California Smokers’ Helpline) opened in 1992 as the first publicly funded statewide quitline. They now offer individual telephone counseling, a texting program, online chat, a smart phone app, Alexa Skill for quit smoking tips, and self-help materials. Take the first step toward quitting by visiting https://kickitca.org/. In Contra Costa County, you can also call 2-1-1 for a direct referral to Kick It California. 

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Radical acceptance is a powerful tool that can be used to cope with difficult situations that are out of our control. The premise is that by accepting things as they are, instead of internally fighting circumstances, we are able to reduce suffering. Radical acceptance is a challenging concept for many because it’s human nature to want to fight against things we don’t agree with. However, when utilized in a mindful manner, it gives us the opportunity to process in ways that better serve us. Keep in mind, radical acceptance is not choosing to be okay with something we don’t like or agree with but instead accepting “it is what it is”.
As we approach spring break, many of our AHS students know that the end of the school year is near. Practicing radical acceptance with your student might be the perspective shift they need to motivate themselves to finish the year strong. This is especially important for students that might be struggling to turn in work or keep their grades up. It can often feel overwhelming for students to fall behind but with radical acceptance the hope is they can accept the reality of their situation while empowering themselves to make choices to move forward in a positive manner.

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The Wellness team is running a six-week mindfulness group during academy on Wednesdays. We are partnering with Dr. Kristen Freeman (St. Mary's professor and parent of Acalanes students) in facilitating the group. The purpose of this group is twofold: first, to introduce mindfulness breathing techniques to help students improve anxiety and stress-related symptoms; and second, to explore the potential positive impact on students’ academic performance. These sessions will focus on developing coping strategies and tools to manage stress and anxiety in the school environment, ultimately aiming to enhance classroom performance and attention.
 
If you have any students that are interested, please email Patrick Turner (Wellness Coordinator). A pass will be sent to students to inform them and provide consent forms to complete and return.
  
If you have any questions or concerns and or want more information on what mindfulness is, feel free to reach out to Patrick Turner as well.

 
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The Wellness team will run a six-week mindfulness group during academy on Wednesdays starting Mar 13. We are partnering with Dr. Kristen Freeman (St. Mary's professor and parent of Acalanes students) in facilitating the group. The purpose of this group is twofold: first, to introduce mindfulness breathing techniques to help students improve anxiety and stress-related symptoms; and second, to explore the potential positive impact on students’ academic performance. These sessions will focus on developing coping strategies and tools to manage stress and anxiety in the school environment, ultimately aiming to enhance classroom performance and attention.
 
If you have any students that are interested, please email Patrick Turner (Wellness Coordinator). A pass will be sent to students to inform them and provide consent forms to complete and return.
 
If you have any questions or concerns and or want more information on what mindfulness is, feel free to reach out to Patrick Turner as well.

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With SAT’s right around the corner, it may be beneficial to discuss test anxiety with your AHS student. Test anxiety is actually a form of performance anxiety that affects 25-40% of students. While it’s perfectly normal for a student to feel nervous before a test, test anxiety can be overwhelming for students and disrupt their concentration and ability. Here are a couple steps you can take to support your student in combating their test anxiety:
 
- Positive Self Talk can go a long way in altering one’s perception of their ability. Encourage your student to talk to themselves about how they would talk to a friend or loved one experiencing the same anxiety. We are often our own worst critic and in many instances, we talk to ourselves more negatively than we would ever talk to someone else.
 
- Acceptance of mistakes can also shift your student’s mindset around their ability. First, remind your student that trying their best is realistically the most they can do. Even when trying our absolute best, people still make mistakes. Second, model this behavior for your students. Are you shaming your student when their best effort isn’t “good enough” or beating yourself up when you make a mistake? Offer grace in the face of mistakes. We’re all human after all.
 
-Teach test taking basics to your student so they might feel more confident
when the time comes to take a test. Believe it or not, study skills and test taking strategies are learned. Just because students have to take tests, doesn’t mean they are actually equipped to do so successfully.

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Contra Costa County Office of Education is offering a free virtual learning opportunity called Fentanyl Awareness & Overdose Rescue Training. This event is for educators, parents and other caring adults that are interested in current information related to the national fentanyl crisis and what can be done to keep kids in our community safe. Presenters include members of the Medication Education and Disposal Safety (MEDS) Coalition, CourAGE Youth Health Coalition, county educators and parents. This event takes place on Thursday, Mar 7 from 6-7:30pm and while it is free, registration is required.

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Contra Costa County Office of Education is offering a free virtual learning opportunity called Fentanyl Awareness & Overdose Rescue Training. This event is for educators, parents and other caring adults that are interested in current information related to the national fentanyl crisis and what can be done to keep kids in our community safe. Presenters include members of the Medication Education and Disposal Safety (MEDS) Coalition, CourAGE Youth Health Coalition, county educators and parents.This event takes place on Thursday, Mar 7 from 6-7:30pm and while it is free, registration is required. 

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