Guidance Counselor – Mrs. Figueroa
On this page, you will find a multitude of resources related to Social and Emotional Learning-SEL and Wellness.
Resources will now include monthly updates on what is or has been covered during weekly classroom guidance visits on SEL themes. Visit activities include, analyzing motivational biographies, participation in teambuilding games, Bible Study, and uplifting short stories that promote healthy social skills and self-esteem.
To be a bit more specific, content of weekly visits covers self-regulation components that include, attention to Catholic Social Teaching, Attention to Self, Attention to Others, Team Work, and Positive Decision Making. These themes are based on the following evidence based model:
Also included on this page from previous semesters will be:
-Hundreds of compiled SEL themed worksheets that are downloadable
-confidential and free hotlines
-a variety of community resource guides
-community counseling listings
-parenting blog listings
-a library of over one-hundred faith based thoughts to encourage student learning. Those posts include tons of fun challenges and activities for students and families. (Although the majority of these entries were put together during our seasons of learning from home, most cover timeless themes and activities).
SEL Classroom Guidance Visits K4-8th Grade-Speak Peek at 2021-22 Content
Quick Tools Used Often to Better “Stinky Thinking” During the School Day:
Journaling: Click HERE for Printable Journal PDF
Short Motivational Clips:
New Social-Emotional Learning Worksheet Library - Click HERE
New SEL Worksheet Library Part II - Clik HERE
New Mental Health Hotlines
Free & Confidential Mental Health Hotlines:
New National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement COVID Resources/ Coalition to Support Grieving Students 1-877-536-2722
New Milwaukee County Crisis Mobile Team, provides free, 24/7 mobile and in person guidance 24/7 to Children (414-257-7621 and Adults (414) 257-7222.
The National Suicide Prevention Line. This hotline provides free, confidential support 24/7 to people in distress across the United States. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for support.
The SAMHSA Helpline. SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential information service that provides treatment and support referrals 24/7 to people facing mental illness and addictions. Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) for support.
Crisis Text Line. Crisis Text Line provides free, confidential support via text message 24/7 to those in crisis situations. Text HOME to 741741 for support.
The Trevor Project. The Trevor Project provides free, confidential support 24/7 to LGBTQ youth via a helpline, text and online instant messaging system. Call 1-866-488-7386 for support.
The Veterans Crisis Line. The Veterans Crisis line provides free, confidential support 24/7 to veterans, all service members and their family and friends in times of need. Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 or text 838255 for support.
New Community Resources Guides
The following links contain community guides with a variety of resources for families and children, including but not limited to those related to social-emotional learning and well being.
*St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at St. Greg’s Parish
If you, or someone you know, are in need of assistance with food, please stop by during one of our open pantry Saturdays. The food pantry is open on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of every month from 10am–Noon. The pantry is located in Tenpenny Hall. Enter Door 11 from the parking lot on South 60th Street and Oklahoma Avenue. No appointment is necessary. Doors open at 9:30am. Questions about the pantry? Please call: 543-8292.
*Speak Up Speak Out – a non-emergency resource for students to submit a tip when someone is hurting, struggling, or in danger.
*Counseling-Therapy-and-Services In MilwaukeeDownload
- MPS (Milwaukee Public Schools) Parent Resources 2018:
- Mental Health America of Wisconsin:
(Contents of Bilingual Resources on p. 47.)
- Archdiocese of Milwaukee Resource Guide for Kenosha, Milwaukee, Racine and Waukesha 2015
- Capuchin Community Services Resource Guide (Meal Sites, Pantries, Shelter, Clinics, Legal Services, Social Change)
- Milwaukee Community Resource Guide:
- 211 Wisconsin Services Online Directory:
(Online chat, keyword search options).
Wellness Blogs and Websites
All of the web-pages listed relate to social-emotional wellness of families and children. The first few are by organizations and the rest are personal blogs, all with tons of ideas you may enjoy looking into for now, during the summer, or for future reference. Included before each link is a brief description of each page’s focus and content.
- The Imagine Neighborhood: A free fun and funny podcast families can listen to together that uses imagination to talk about feelings – Including Covid-19 fears.
The second link includes a mindfulness program to encourage coping skills during Covid-19.
- Counselor Kerri: With a focus on dealing worry, through this YouTube channel, you will receive some strategies that may help you feel more calm and in control.
- Centervention: Game/ Discussion based strategies to build social emotional skills. Various resources and components are free and printable.
- BrainPop on Coronavirus: Mini animated movies that explain the virus in a way kids can understand. Included are activities like quizzes, worksheets, and challenges.
- Teaching Catholic Kids: Family guides for everyday living with a focus on Catholic faith.
- Therapist Aid: A site that includes worksheets, videos, guides, that can be filtered by topic for kids as well as adults.
- Stomp Out Bullying: A site dedicated to stopping hate culture with a focus on cyberbullying awareness.
- Pathway2sucess: A website by a special-ed teacher on themes like social-emotional learning and mindfulness, with a blog and various free lessons, worksheets, and activities.
- Kiddie Matters: A website by a licensed clinical social worker with readings and activities on social skills, understanding feelings, and self-esteem in kids, as well as parenting tips.
- Coffee Cups and Crayons: A site by a mom that includes many fun and hands on projects for kids that are artistic, scientific, involve travel, and that also have a focus on kindness.
- Teach Beside Me: A site by a stay at home mom and former teacher with hands-on creative activities for teaching kids.
- Natural Beach Living: Learning and for-fun activity and project options that the whole family might enjoy.
- Coffee and Carpool: parenting tips and tricks from a stay at home mom and former teacher with a focus on kindness.
- Moments a Day: Parenting ideas for building and growing as a family through thoughtfulness.
- The Best Ideas: A site by a mom with a special passion for slime and a ton of other fun kid crafts.
- Journal Buddies: This site has tons of thought provoking journal writing prompts of many topics, that promote self-esteem in kids.
- Skip to my Lou: A site with tons of family life tutorials, directions, and ideas including for cooking projects, DIY gifts, sewing, crocheting and cooking.
- Real Life at Home: Fun printable family ideas, crafty projects, recipes, ways to celebrate, and Catholic options.
- Primary Theme Park: Teaching printable resources from a previous elementary school teacher and homeschooling mom.
- The Upcycled Family: A stay at home mom and homeschool teacher offers ideas for self-reliance including in gardening, sewing, home remedies, and home-schooling.
- Big Life Journal: A site with journaling resources, including some free ones, to build self-esteem and resilience in children.
- I Mom: For moms by a mom, a site with inspiration for marriage, family fun, motherhood, lifestyle, and printables.
- Catholic All Year: A site by a Catholic mom with a big family and her thoughts and ideas on homeschooling and lifestyle.
- Plant Love Grow: A site by a mom in collaboration with therapists and other child experts, which provides many tools for social-emotional wellbeing, including free worksheets and projects on a variety of topics like, anger management, decision making, and conflict resolution.
- Super Healthy Kids: A site by a dietician mom with a focus on healthy eating but also highlighting home health, fitness, and parenting for kids.
Here we are again, at the end of another school year. Who would have thought or imagined all that happened in the last year or so? Well, we can and should plan but June 13th’s Mass readings reminded us we should be guided by faith, not by sight. In other words, we cannot predict the future but we can welcome and prepare for it with our faith values. How did you do this school year in being guided by your faith? What will you practice differently or better over the summer to prepare you for the next school year?
Below are some guides to help you reflect on the past year and plans for being guided by faith next year.
Think of the last time you didn’t feel right about something or that you got in trouble for something? Did you blame someone else or accept your fault? Do you find when you fight back about being blamed, that you’re asked to take responsibility sometimes? Hopefully we are more and more open to accepting our faults as we get older. It’s part of growing up in a healthy way and will help us with all our relationships. On Sunday, we read about when Eve ate the apple and invited Adam to try, after God told them they shouldn’t. Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the snake when God asked what happened. Yes, they were tempted but each one made a choice. What’s something in your student life you need to take responsibility for?
Below are some mindfulness worksheets to help you be more self-aware and an article in the power of mindfulness.
In a recent clinical trial, researchers showed that mindfulness-based stress reduction could provide real benefits to people with migraine. Migraine is a neurological disease that can be severely debilitating and is the second leading cause of disability worldwide. Unfortunately, many patients with migraine discontinue medications due to ineffectiveness or side effects—and many still use opioids … Continue reading
Last Sunday, we heard a call to “rest our hope on God”. What things are you doing or do you know you need to do to stay positive and hopeful. What cheers you up and keeps you going? What gets in your way or is a challenge? How can you make it better? What other actions might you find helpful to the rest of the week. Wrote down some of your thoughts or draw pictures that reflect them. Remember your choices have a big effect on how hopeful you feel. Take responsibility for your level of hope for more control of it. Do what you know you can do and have to do. For example, you may think when mom gets the cereal you don’t love it will throw off your day but what if you try it while thanking her for it?…What if you try to find the good in it? And what if you give thanks for it?
Below is a story of a project that involves recycling waste material, avoids pollution, and brings hope to needy people in a simple way and some worksheets to get you in a positive mindset.
In a country with both housing shortages and world-leading coffee production, a small construction company has, quite brilliantly, found a way to leverage one in order to fix the other. Coffee husks, a papery material surrounding the prized beans, are being turned into resilient, light, and versatile building materials that can make the panels of … Continue reading