News & Announcements

Wellness Center

The Wellness team is off to a running start with many kids taking advantage of what the Wellness Center has to offer. A majority of the students we serve are having difficulties coping with anxiety and stress. This could be triggered by many things, including the transition back into social situations post-COVID isolation, academic stressors, and perceived parent pressure to perform. Even though stress and anxiety are universal, the presentation of stress and anxiety are unique to the individual. Compassion is key when dealing with the anxieties of your students even though they may be difficult to understand.
September is National Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month. For every death by suicide there are over 25 attempts. We are partnering with student leadership the week of Sept 13-17 to plan lunchtime events that foster community amongst students. Every student should feel as though they matter because they do! Please check in with your kids to reinforce ideas about their value to you, their peers and the Acalanes community as a whole.
We would love to introduce you to a new member of the team! Marisa Travalini is one of the wellness interns that will be providing therapy to our students. She is working toward completing her Master’s of Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy concentration. During her time in undergrad, she volunteered at a Domestic Violence Crisis Center for women and children and learned the impact of mental health. On her days off, she spends time with her labradoodle going for walks and hikes in the area.