1. May is Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. APS is committed to supporting positive mental health and wellness. APS is committing to adding intervention counselors in all secondary schools. Additionally, the Arlington County Board approved additional clinicians to work in APS high schools to increase access to services. Moreover, APS students receive instruction in positive wellness strategies through the health and social-emotional learning curriculum.
APS provides and recommends a range of resources to support students and staff:
– 988: If you or someone you know is in emotional distress, 988 is a free resource available 24/7 by phone, text or online.
– School Support Line: This line provides support for bullying, isolation, suicidal thoughts and other mental health issues and is available 24/7. Dial: CALL 833-Me-Cigna (833-632–4462)
– Additional local and national resources are available online. To learn more about Mental Health Awareness Month and how you can help to spread the word, visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
2. W-L Student Wins National Chinese Speech Contest
Congratulations to Washington-Liberty senior Sassan Fiske, who won the Honorable Award from the National Chinese Speech Contest. Around 1,400 students from all over the United States competed. Sassan was one of the 30 students who won the high school group, and the only student from Virginia. We are so proud of him!
3. Celebrating APS Teachers!
Next week (May 8-12) is Teacher Appreciation Week! We encourage families to share messages of gratitude on social media using #ThankAPSteachers. We’ll be highlighting videos and other submissions from students sharing about their most inspiring teachers throughout the week on social media. Send a free eGreeting to a fellow teacher or staff member to celebrate this special week. Don’t forget to celebrate National School Nurses Day on Wed, May 10 and School Communicators Day on Fri, May 12.
4. Randolph Teacher Selected to Attend Fulbright-Hays Seminar Program in Jordan
Erin Kowalevicz, a first-grade teacher at Randolph Elementary School, is selected by the US Department of Education to participate in the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program in Jordan. Erin will improve her understanding and knowledge of Jordan’s culture and history through firsthand, immersive experiences, workshops, and discussions. She will return home with an expanded network of connections in Jordan and create curriculum materials for her students and learning community. Congratulations, Erin!
5. Barcroft and Drew students participate in AAPI Reading Event
Students at Barcroft and Drew Elementary Schools celebrated Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month in the library with new children’s books featuring Asian Americans and a special reading. The Very Asian Foundation, started by Michelle Li, co-host of the Today Show in St. Louis, donated 50 books to Barcroft and Drew with the help of corporate partners such as Avalon Bay. Two St. Louis high schoolers approached the foundation with the idea of donating high-quality children’s literature to school libraries to give a window into Asian American life and build connections and empathy. Other visitors included Georgetown football player, Talati Polamalv, who impressed the students with stories of auditioning for the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
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