Counseling

Mrs. Harai (Grades Pre-K, K, 1 and 2) (Jill.Harai@k12.hi.us)

Mr. Olegario (Grades 3, 4, and 5) (Normann.Olegario@k12.hi.us)

Mrs. Nitta (School Based Behavioral Health) (Joy.Nitta@k12.hi.us)

Welcome

Welcome Back Iliahi Parents and Guardians!

Although we still haven’t returned to regular school face-to-face operations due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we still want to make sure we are continuing to be available to your children and yourselves during this time.

Parent Assistance/Counseling:

If you are having difficulties supporting your child through the online lessons and need assistance with motivation, time management, study skills, etc., please contact us and we can assist you with strategies or if needed, online scheduled counseling sessions with your child. Also, if there are any social, emotional, and/or behavioral issues affecting your child at this time, please contact us as well.

Second Step Grade Level Home Link Lessons:

Second Step is our school’s social-emotional curriculum which teachers and counselors will continue to be teaching this school year. These Home Link lessons are short activities which can be done at home which help reinforce the concepts taught in school. You are able to download these activities from this webpage.

Parent Resources:

We understand you may be having your own difficulties during this time. We provided a list of resources of agencies to contact should you need additional support. If you are still in need of assistance after trying these contacts, please reach out to us and we can help assist you or direct you to someone who can.

Please feel free to contact us at any time at school (622-6411) or through the email links above. We are always appreciative of your support, especially during this time. Please continue to stay safe!

Sincerely,

Counselors

Mr. Olegario, Mrs. Nitta, & Mrs. Harai


Links

Managing Stress and Anxiety (CDC)

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource (NASP)

Helping Children Cope With Emergencies (CDC)

Helping Children Cope With Stress During the 2019 nCoV Outbreak (WHO)

GoNoodle: engages kids every month with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. (may require sign-up)

Free Social-Emotional Learning Activities: There are a number of Second Step activities freely available online for children ages 5–13. Many of these are adaptable for remote learning or for families to do at home with their children.

The Imagine Neighborhood: This new podcast for families is designed to help children and grown-ups practice their social-emotional skills. Each episode tells a story that’s amazing, fantastical, and maybe a little bananas, while it tackles the big feelings that come with growing up.

Little Children, Big Challenges: Committee for Children and Sesame Street have partnered to create a collection of resources for young children facing significant challenges. These materials, aimed at building children’s resilience, may be useful for educators and families.

Captain Compassion®: Here, children can find games, comics, and activities they can do on their own, or with their families, to learn about how they can help stop bullying.

Mind Yeti® Youtube or Vimeo: Fifteen of this mindfulness program sessions are now available for anyone to use, no experience necessary! Designed for educators and families to do alongside children, or for older children to do on their own, Mind Yeti provides a great way for everyone to practice mindfulness during this difficult time.

30 Days of Creativity: Apple's education team provides 30 activities for kids and families to do as part of an ongoing effort to support at-home learning while many schoolchildren are completing classes remotely.

Counseling Resources

On-Demand Second Step Lessons

Educators and families can now access Second Step Emotion Management lessons for Grades K–5 on-demand, along with support materials for each lesson. All lessons are free (no login required) and feature our own Committee for Children staff, who also happen to be experienced teachers and counselors.

Kindergarten Lessons

Grade 1 Lessons

Grade 2 Lessons

Grade 3 Lessons

Grade 4 Lessons

Grade 5 Lessons

Calming Breathing

Balloon Breathing: Sit in a relaxed, comfortable position. Breathe in slowly through your nose, filling your belly with air like a balloon. Breathe out slowly. Have child practice this technique a few times.

Tips:

  • Start off at a duration of 1 minute and then build up to 3 minutes
  • Model the desired techniques to your child
  • Keep instructions short and simple
Health Hotline and Telehealth