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Students and Parents,

Welcome to Week 3 of Remote Learning.  This is a fun opportunity to check-in virtually with each other.  Take a moment for yourself.  These daily activities are not mandatory and are not meant to take a lot of your time.  Choose one or try them all, it's up to you! Please know that you are missed.  Be well and take care of yourself and those you love. You all are in my prayers!! 


Greetings Parents,
Welcome to Week 1 of Remote Learning at SJS.  I will be available on Zoom from 11:00-11:30 on Wednesday of next week, this coming Friday, and all other weeks as needed.   Feel free to pop in if I could support you and your child(ren) in any way.  I pray that everyone is staying safe and protected from Covid-19! It will be hard not to see your child(ren) at school, but I want to share six ways that you can find grace and alleviate some stresses during the Coronavirus Outbreak.  These are tips and strategies you can implement anytime, but I hope they serve you and your family, particularly during this time of uncertainty.  We are in this together, and TOGETHER we are STRONG! 

Julie Nguyen
School Counselor

Six tips to find grace and alleviate stresses amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic

1). Spend time praying as a family. 
 Trust that God is with you and your family and be the prayerful leader in your family.  Pray for the victims and an end to the coronavirus pandemic.  What better time than to say the Rosary or Divine Mercy Chaplet with your children and spouse.  “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” (Mt. 18:20).
2). Focus on the positive. 
Each of us has the power to choose our response to curveballs.  We can let them bonk us in the head, or we can mindfully choose to navigate them with grace. I know finding grace is more doable when I focus on the positive.  Pay more attention to all the generosity, love, and kindness happening all around us right now.  
3). Uncover the opportunity. 
As I hunker down at home like you, I find a moment to be grateful that my kids and spouse are safe.  All is well!  We will have so much time to spend with one another. That is a luxury we often do not have due to our usual hectic schedules.  The opportunity in this case? Well, more quality time baking, cooking, praying, sports playing, books reading, doodling, and chilling!! 
4).  Stay connected. 
Implementing social distancing is a MUST; however, that does not mean we should isolate ourselves completely.  Stay in touch with your family and friends via phone or video conference.  Check-in, share your feelings, support, and be supported. 
5). Get outside.  
Getting sunshine, fresh air, and movement into your daily routine. If you can do so in your natural setting, it is good for your physical and mental health. Mindful walking elicits the relaxation response as we notice, smell, feel, and interact with nature.  Lastly, do not forget to nourish yourself with healthy food and rest! After all, we want a strong immune system to fight off Coronavirus.  
6). Cultivate an attitude of gratitude. 
Are negative thoughts threatening to overwhelm your positive mindset? Grab a notebook or Post-it and write down five things for which you are grateful at that very moment.  Write them down and post them up every day in a highly visible place.  Invite your family to join you in this practice.  It is also a great activity and discussion for winding down to bedtime.  

Check out the following websites for support on social-emotional learning.
                                                  1.) teaching self-control.
                                 2.) positive parenting.
                                                3.) strategies to work with kids and adults with ADHD
                                                   4.) mindfulness exercises
                                              5.) tips and strategies that teach emotional regulations



Check out  Students Self Care Tips during Remote Learning. I miss seeing all of you!! 


















Dear Parents,             

 This year our Red Ribbon Spirit Week will be celebrated from October 21-25, 2019. The theme is "Send a Message. Stay Drug-Free.” We observe this week because we believe in the power of our students to make good choices and to be happy, holy, and helpful citizens of our community.  Please make it a point to connect our activities at school with your expectations at home. Talk about these issues with your child in an age-appropriate conversation. Pray for those who struggle with addiction. If we work together, we can successfully raise students who will grow up safe and drug-free. There will be a variety of activities each day to show support for the RED RIBBON SPIRIT WEEK.  On October 24, parents and students are invited to join us for the observance of "Plant the Promise." 150 Tulip bulbs will be available for planting in front of the "Mary's Garden" at 2:45. "Plant the Promise" campaign is our commitment to making Saint Joseph Catholic Parish School a safe, healthy, and drug-free community! Thank you for your continued support because together we make an amazing team!

Julie Nguyen

School Counselor




Mental Health Wellness Best Practices & Resources





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Hello Wonderful Parents, 
      Welcome to our 2019/2020 School Year at Saint Joseph Catholic Parish School. This school year is going to be a fantastic year filled with learning, growing, and lots of adventures. I cannot wait to get to know you and your child.
First, I want to take a moment to introduce myself to you. I am originally from Vietnam. My family immigrated to the United States through a Refugee Resettlement Program in 1990.  In 2014, we relocated from Florida, the Sunshine State, to Athens, Georgia. I have been married to my husband for 14 years. My husband and I managed and operated Ru San’s Japanese Restaurant.  Together, we have four rambunctious children. Lii Lii is in the Sixth Grade, Tina is in the Fourth Grade, J. P is a Pre-k in Early Learning Class, and Cecilia is our 19 months baby girl.  Some fun facts that I want to share are my fascinations with hunting and fishing. In 2016, I harvested my very first buck (a six-point) and a doe. I also caught a 15 pounds catfish, and many mid-size bass fishes. My goal for this hunting season is to harvest an eight-point buck or larger.  
      This year is my nine years as a School Counselor. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and obtained my Master of Arts in School Counseling in Tampa, Florida. I hold a professional certificate in the area of guidance counseling for Pk-12 in the state of Georgia.  Previously, I have worked as a full-time School Counselor at a Title 1 public elementary school in Florida.  As a School Counselor, I collaborate with all stakeholders to ensure that we are creating a positive, safe, encouraging, faith-filled learning community for our students.  I look forward to working with our students, parents, and all stakeholders in our school community. My top goal is to help our students form a strong Catholic identity and positive relationships for successful living in a diverse world.  
      Lastly, I am most grateful for an opportunity to be at your service and pursue my passion of empowering kids and making a difference in the life of a child.  Please feel free to stop by my office, email, and call me if I could assist you in any way. I am here for You!!

Peace in Christ,
Julie Nguyen
School Counselor
Work: 706-543-1621/Ext.470

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