March Newsletter

Health Campaign

This month's Mental Health Campaign is focused on structure and routines. This is so important to every aspect a child's life. For example a student with a strong nighttime routine is more likely to be well rested and make it to school everyday. Make sure you check out this valuable read. 

  Structuring the home environment MHC March 2018.docx 

Respect for All Week


February 12-15 is Respect for All week in all New York City Public Schools. We at P.S. 13 began our celebration with No One Eats Alone Day on Friday February 9th. Students in the lunchroom were encouraged to sit  classmates they do not know well and learn about them. The day ended with an Anti Bullying assembly where students learned about the Power of One. 

This week we will be providing in class lessons around the theme of respect. To supplement the work we are doing here we are providing you with links to learn more about Respect for All and Bullying.

Respect For All

Bullying vs. Conflict: What's the difference?

The Power of One

Family Resources

Your Counselors, 

Ms. Kump and Ms. Callender 

February Newsletter

Mental Health Campaign: February

This month our focus is on how to help your child build a healthy self esteem.  


Building Healthy Self-MH Feb 2018.docx 

January's Newsletter from the Counselors

Mental Health Campaign: January

This month's mental health focus from our consultant in the Department of Health is centered around violent video games. This read might give you some insight when deciding what games you allow your child to play. 

 dangers of violent video games- MH Campaign-Jan 2018.docx 

Read December's Newsletter here

Mental Health Resource

The Department of Health works closely with the Department of Education to ensure both physical and mental health of our students. To help this our school is part of a Mental Health Consult Program. Each month our consultant shares resources dedicated to certain mental health topics. This months focus was depression. If you have any concerns about depression or sadness with your child please check out the file below. Depression can effect even young children so it is a good idea to know some of the signs. 

depression in children-Dec 2017.docx 


Throughout the month of November the counselors will be providing class lessons on internet safety.  To support this at home, take a look at the tips attached below for how to  monitor your child's social media and internet use.  

Social Media and Internet Safety-Nov.docx 



Dear Families,

Our Health and Wellness Assemblies these past few weeks went really well. Our nurses shared important information on nutrition, personal hygiene and dental health with the students. Ask them how properly wash their hands or how often to change their toothbrush to see what they learned. We hope this helps keep your children healthy during the coming Flu season. 

Our next topic of Focus in November is going to be Internet Safety.  We will be presenting lessons in the classrooms based around this topic. 

We hope to continue working with you.

Your School Counselors

Ms. Callender and Ms. Kump 



Sometimes students have a hard time thinking positive about themselves throughout the school day. Here in school we would like to help students develop a growth mindset. We want students to realize that through hard work they can grow and succeed as learners. Even mistakes are something to embrace as they can become a valuable learning opportunity.  However,  after being challenged by class work sometimes students need a few extra words of encouragement to stay positive during the learning process.  Attached are some easy notes you may want to include in your child's lunchbox or school notebook. We know they would love to get support from you to compliment the support they are already getting from their teachers. 

positive mindset-notes.pdf 



Next week we have scheduled our first Health and Wellness assemblies for our 4th and 5th graders. These assemblies will be conducted with the help of our School Nurses. The assemblies will focus on topics such as nutrition and hygiene. We are putting on these assemblies for our students because we know that when our students are healthy they come to school everyday ready to learn.