Counselors' Corner

We hope that you and your families 

are well and are staying safe.
We wish you well.

5th grade Counselor
Tracy Skripka
[email protected]

6th Grade Counselor
Shari Harris
[email protected]

From Conscious Discipline

We can help children (and ourselves) by creating a sense of safety, connecting, and cultivating a new sense of normal with these five tips:

1. Young children co-regulate with trusted adults and older children feed off our internal states. Our calm nurtures their calm. Our distress increases their distress. Check in with yourself. How are you faring? Practice active calming by taking three deep breaths when you feel yourself becoming frustrated, fearful, angry or desperate. Seek out activities and call people who calm you. Limit your news intake, social media and other sources of stress. Be a Safe Place for your child.

2. Focus on safety and connection. The brain functions optimally when it feels both safe and connected. Children need to know that life is going to be different and that you will find a new normal together. Make safety and connection your top priority, especially in the first days; you can always add academics, chores and such later.

3. Create your new normal. The brain thrives on predictable patterns. Our daily and weekly patterns have been turned upside down without warning. Creating a new normal begins with a new daily routine. Families with older children can work together to co-create your new daily schedule (co-creating gives children a way to exert some control over the situation), while parents of younger children will create the schedule for them. Plan it, draw it, label it, post it somewhere obvious and refer to it often so children know what to expect.

4. Give children ways to contribute. Contribution lights up the reward centers of the brain and releases feel-good chemicals like dopamine and serotonin. Verbally highlight the way your family is helping your community and hospitals by staying home. Draw pictures and make cards to mail, leave on friends’ and neighbors’ doorsteps, or drop off at a nursing home.

5. Shift toward seeing the best. Notice your inner and outer speech. Are you “stuck at home” with your kids, or do you have an opportunity to connect with family and keep the community safe while you work from home? Are you “stuck at work,” or are you helping to keep the community running by staffing hospitals, grocery stores and other important functions in spite of the risks?

It’s easy to get caught up in what’s going wrong. Instead, make an effort to consciously shift toward helpfulness. Use your words as a spotlight to illuminate the behaviors you want to see more of and aspects you find helpful amidst the fear. The more positive aspects you discuss around your children, the more they are able to see the best in the situation. The more you notice and verbalize children’s helpful actions, the more helpful they will become. Shifting your perspective from what you don’t want to what you do want paves the way for a healthier internal state for you and your children.

Conscious Discipline offers a wealth of social-emotional information online to help you during this challenging time. Some of the items are purchasable, but in keeping with our belief that we’re all in this together, many of our webinars, podcasts, videos, printables, articles and other items are absolutely free for you to use.

Community Resources

United Way Covid Economic Relief Fund


Houston Food Bank

Please visit the Houston Food Bank for their resources, they have an interactive map to locate the nearest pantry to you! St. Peters Episcopal Church-North Pasadena Community Outreach

705 Williams,

Pasadena, Texas 77506

Phone: 713-473-6300 Hours: Wed, 8:30am until supplies run out


Pasadena Community Ministries

2301 South Houston,

Pasadena, 77502

Phone: 713-477-4336 Call for an appointment

Hours: Tuesday, 9am - 12pm & Thurs 1-4pm, 1st Sat 9am-11am

Text FOOD to 855-308-2282 to find the nearest food pantry

SNAP Assistance- Call Helpline at 832-369-9390

United Way Helpline: Dial 211 to find local resources you may need 24/7

Catholic Charities – 713-227-9981, 326 S. Gessner Dr. - Their Food pantry is open Tue-Thurs 9 am, need photo ID and proof of address

Northwest Assistance Ministries – 15555 Kuykendahl Rd

Accepting walk-ins for food.

West Houston Assistance Ministries – 713-795-2880

Food pantry, 10 am – 2 pm M-F, Sat 10 am – 1 pm. Need a recent check stub for Saturday. Check their website for their regulations.

USDA National Hunger Clearinghouse




By phone: call and speak with a representative who will find food resources near your location

By text: text "97779" to the automated service with a question that may contain a keyword such as "food", "summer", "meals", etc. to receive an automated response to resources located near an address and/or zip code.

HPARD Curbside Meals Program Site List

Find a site near you

Kids Meals

Meals for kids

L.I.F.E Houston

Emergency formula for babies between 0-12 months



West Houston Assistance Ministries – 713-977-9942

Still accepting financial appointments, check out their website for their regulations

Baker Ripley energy assistance – 713-590-2327

Call hotline 2-1-1 for an application



Texas Apartment Association

English Resources

Espaniol Recursos


Tejano Center for Community Concerns

Professionals in the social-emotional support team.

DePelchin STAR

Free counseling to youth/families over phone/Zoom.

Mental Health and COVID-19

Information and Resources from Mental Healthy America

Parent Guide to Resilience from Why Try

A guide on how to spend quality time together and collectively improve family resilience.

How-To Articles

How to Deal with Coronavirus Anxiety

Prepare for Coronavirus

Deal with the Coronavirus Outbreak: Your Most Common Questions Answered

How To Talk To Kids About Coronavirus

Texas Health and Human Services

Find a community health center near you

Additional Resources For Families

Talking to Kids about COVID-19

Como hablar con los ninos sobre el coronavirus

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource

Supporting Kids During the COVID-19 Crisis

Talking to Kids about Fear and Violence

Comprehensive Mental Health Resource Guide to Assist with the Coronavirus