• September 23, 2022

    Checking in with...our Student Support Services Team
    Our District employs counselors, school resource officers, social workers, and other professionals to provide appropriate services to meet the needs of individual students and families. We've asked them to share insight with families each month. For September, we are focusing on the importance of routines:

    Kids thrive on routine and structure because it gives them a sense of predictability. The start of a new school year can include early mornings, busy schedules, and even some frustration as parents try to get everyone going in the right directions each day(Bartlett, 2022). Establishing and practicing morning, afterschool/homework and bedtime routines can help kids feel successful. 

    Routines create a structure with clear expectations, simple step-by-step instructions, and praise (Wilson and Straus, 2021). When establishing a routine, remember to make time to connect with your child each day, reflect on mistakes and celebrate successes. Using established routines as a guide and encouraging kids to take charge of their own routines gives them a sense of personal responsibility and self-sufficiency. When your child knows what to expect, they feel competent and accomplished, and they learn they have a cooperative place in the family (Bartlett, 2022).

    Some questions to think about when establishing a routine: 

    • What do they need the most help with?
    • What can you expect them to accomplish on their own?
    • How much time is helpful for them to get everything done?

    References:

    Child Mind Institute - Helping Kids Back Into the School Routine July, 27, 2021 by Lianna Wilson, MA, and Sarah Straus, MS

    Green Child Magazine - Back to School Routine: Tips for Creating Structure and Predictability August 22, 2022 By Kelly Bartlett 

    For more information, please contact the Support Services team for your child's building.

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  • August 18, 2022

    Feeding Area Children Together: FACT

    FACT pack details

    FACT, a nonprofit founded by four parents from the St. Cloud District, provides meals free of charge to K-8 students who are in need of food on weekends and over school breaks. Signing up means your child will receive a FACT Pack (one-gallon zipper bag) that contains child-friendly, non-perishable breakfast, lunch and snack each day school is not in session during the 2022-2023 school year.

    • FACT Packs are delivered to students at school
    • No income requirements to enroll
    • Serving students in grades PK-8
    • Peanut-free and contain no pork products
    • Child-friendly and easy to prepare meals
    • Locally funded, locally run 501(c)3 non-profit

    Bags are packed by volunteers and delivered to schools. This is NOT a government program; all food and supplies are paid for by donations from individuals, foundations, and businesses. All information is confidential. All bags are placed DISCREETLY into your child’s backpack on Fridays or the day prior to school break.

    Please click here for a flyer and enrollment form. Questions? Please contact your building's Student Support Services team. 

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  • June 6

    Free Meals for Kids helps families and kids locate free healthy meals across Minnesota. The App is powered by GPS and shows locations of schools and community sites providing meals, with days and hours of operation. It also shows the distance and directions to the nearest site from your location. The App is updated regularly, even daily, to make sure the information is up to date. We count on you and MDE to make the information accurate. Please download the App (Apple or Google) and share it with families and others concerned about feeding kids this summer. 
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ABOUT STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

  • Students and families can find age-appropriate support and resources for family changes, chemical dependency, eating disorders, mental health, and social/emotional concerns, along with college and career readiness.

    Our District employs counselors, school resource officers, social workers, and other professionals to provide appropriate services to meet the needs of individual students and families.

    We invite you to contact our Student Support Services staff using our Staff Directory.

    District counselors have compiled a variety of student support resources for use at home. Please visit our Virtual Resources page to explore topics that provide mental health support, calming strategies, and resources for play.

    To get to know our staff and the services the District provides, please view this presentation from the December 14, 2020 meeting of the Sartell-St. Stephen Substance-Free Coalition. 

    General timeline of the video: 

    • 0-4:35 - Overview: District staff, configuations, and details
    • 4:53 - Oak Ridge Early Learning Center
    • 8:50 - Pine Meadow Primary School
    • 12:35 - Riverview Intermediate School
    • 16:05 - Sartell Middle School 
    • 20:45 Sartell High School Overview
    • 30:00 In-School Therapist through CentraCare and Mental Health Therapist through Central Minnesota Mental Health Center
    • 33:10 - Other supports (food, clothing, mentorship, etc.)
    • 35:20 - Student Resource Officers
    • 39:30 - Questions & Answers

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  • Mental Health Support
    If your child is in need of mental health support, please contact:

    ORELC
    Carrie Gapinski

    Licensed School Social Worker
    320-656-3701

    PMPS
    Heather Hofer
    Licensed School Social Worker
    320-656-3701 x4894

    Stacy Boom
    Licensed School Social Worker
    District Homeless Liaison
    320-656-3701 x4892

    RIS
    Luke Rude
    Licensed School Counselor
    320-656-3701 x 2104

    Connie Connor
    Licensed School Social Worker
    320-656-3701 x2105

    SMS
    Student last name A-K
    Shannon Zinken
    Licensed School Counselor
    320-656-3701 x 3206

    Student last name L-Z
    Madeline Schug
    Licensed School Counselor
    320-656-3701 x 3205

    Natalie Helgerson
    Licensed Graduate Social Worker
    320-257-0819

    SHS
    Student last name A-G
    Justine Kirkham
    Licensed School Counselor
    320-656-3714

    Student last name H-N
    Dawn Brown
    Licensed School Counselor
    320-656-3709

    Student last name O-Z
    Noel Meyer 
    Licensed School Counselor
    320-656-3785

Last Modified on September 26, 2022