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RESOURCES FOR COVID-19 CRISIS AND CLOSURE OF SCHOOL

Hello McBride Families,

This is definitely an unexpected, unsettling time for our students, and it is only natural that your child(ren) will react in a variety of different ways to the COVID-19 crisis.  They may be nervous, scared, angry, indifferent, or may just not talk about it at all.  They may be feeling excitement at the suspension of school, may be angry or upset at the suspension of sports and activities, or may be complaining about being bored.  In addition, they are still new teenagers, already navigating complex physical and emotional changes daily, without adding a pandemic to the mix.  In the coming days, your child(ren)'s teachers will be emailing you with resources for keeping up academically in the core subject areas.  I encourage you to set aside time each weekday for your child(ren) to work on academic material.  Having a bit of scheduled academic time in each day will help maintain a sense of normalcy for our kids.  

Don't have Wifi at home?  Comcast is offering free service for 60 days! https://internetessentials.com/

Here are some great resources for students to practice reading and math skills at this time:

https://khanacademy.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360040168512-Parent-Quick-Start-Guide

https://www.commonlit.org/

https://www.ixl.com/math/grade-7

https://www.ixl.com/math/grade-8

https://www.ixl.com/math/algebra-1

https://www.mathcelebrity.com/online-math-tutor.php

Here are some resources to help you navigate this time and talk to your kids about COVID-19:

https://higherlogicdownload.s3.amazonaws.com/NASN/3870c72d-fff9-4ed7-833f-215de278d256/UploadedImages/PDFs/02292020_NASP_NASN_COVID-19_parent_handout.pdf

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vSaWqbrwKwCp1ILQgz8oZ5ledPAM_KtLfV1erVQa3kuBDTb7LpPhhO3N1k-sQgQTkMOmZVVyZDasgdH/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000&fbclid=IwAR2V2VmjARqPv6piZyJb7PkJ_ohHFPPGw6yAiJtbPBxj-iW1AtaNReHQxiU&slide=id.g7158b4a0f2_1_5

Do you need mental health services for you or your child?

I will be available by email M-F throughout the school closure.  Feel free to contact me for a referral that fits your needs.  For emergency issues, please do not email me, as you will need a more immediate response.  For a mental health emergency, please contact one of the followiing:

Immediate emergency: Dial 911

New Oakland Family Centers: 800-395-3223 (FACE)

*Graphic from RU?OK Michigan website at https://www.ruok.help/resources/index.html

Hey parents,

Are you feeling overwhelmed when it comes to Social Media and what is and isn't safe for your child?  This is a great article to help you with safety on social media!

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Students-

Are you tired of just sitting at home after school?  Now you can come "Hangout!"  Begins September 17- McBride students can go "Hang Out" in the BHS Media center after school on Mondays and Wednesdays!  A bus will be available to take students from McBride to the high school, but students must have their own rides home no later than 5:00 p.m.

Want a spot on the bus?  See Ms. Radtka.

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Parents,

I would like to make you aware of the increase in the use of E-Cigarettes, Vapes, and JUULS among young people in our community.  Yes, we are even seeing it in the middle school at an increasing rate.  There are many myths surrounding these devices, including that it is just water, so it isn't harmful.  Please note that the toxins that are released from heating these vapors can cause severe lung damage, and the strength of the nicotine can be much stronger than in cigarettes, and therefore, much more addictive.  

I would like  to share some resources with you.  Please take the time to read the info, and ask your teens to share their opinions on vaping with you.  You may be surprised at how much misinformation our kids have about vaping.  

https://drugfree.org/article/how-to-talk-with-your...

https://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/news/20180...

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