Warrensburg Central School District

Social Emotional Support

John Friauf, Social Worker friaufj@wcsd.org

Sarah Landers, School Counselor landerss@wcsd.org

Jessica Mossing, School Counselor mossingj@wcsd.org

Kate Motsiff, Social Worker mostsiffk@wcsd.org

Sarah Quereau, Psychologist quereaus@wcsd.org

Hello WCS Family!

Hope this finds you well in the midst of this challenging time.

Our routines, our connections to friends, teachers even some family and life as we knew it is all on pause.

It sure does stir up a lot of thoughts and feelings doesn’t it? It’s okay. And all of our feelings are okay. They are related to our thoughts. Feelings come and go and we can experience them, express/ manage them and move forward. Maybe we can even learn and grow from this experience of disruption and discomfort. Maybe our thinking patterns can go from fear, frustration and fret….. and we can find peace in this pause. Or work on finding ‘little pieces of peace’ :)

Here are some of the things we are enjoying: quality time with family, getting more rest, experiencing more nature, trying a new hobby or skill, reading more books, doing puzzles, art projects and meditation.

We are all trying new ways of learning, working and living. So be patient and kind with yourself and others.

Here is a great guide!


We also can’t underestimate the extreme emotional trauma that many people are feeling now.

We thank Headspace for their partnership to offer New Yorkers much-needed free meditation and mindfulness content as a mental health resource.

Meditation is a great way to train the mind by using the mind. Hmmm... what exactly does that mean!? Well, it means observing wandering and repetitive thoughts and the feelings attached without “getting involved” by changing, judging or exploring them.

The goal of meditation is to just be aware of mental “notes” as they arise and notice patterns. This with practice can ultimately lead to inner balance and more peace.

Still unsure? Envision your mind like a puppy. Puppies are constantly getting themselves into trouble and can be chaotic. One moment chewing on the couch, the next moment investigating a bug crawling and a moment later stuck behind the washing machine. Sound familiar? Our minds are like this too. They are constantly darting between distractions, imagining the future and replaying past experiences - getting lost in over thinking of all experiences. When we train a puppy we need to be aware of its movement and bring it back close and to safety. We work on teaching it to sit and be still. Similarly, in mediation we will need to let the thoughts and the feelings with them drift by and bring ourselves back to stillness and focus- maybe to the breath or a positive intention (ex: I am safe, I am ok just as I am)

Give it a try. If it doesn’t go well.. that’s ok. It’s called mediation practice for a reason. 🐶it takes time and patience to train puppies and brains.

Need a way to destress? Try these effective techniques!

Take time for self care

Stay Grounded

Helpful Reminders

Social Distancing

Remember to take Brain Breaks

Brain Break Activities

If your day (whole life) is feeling wacky then take a moment to look over some of the coping strategies and ideas we put together for students and families.

These ideas are simple but can make a big difference in helping us to feel grounded, calm and able to manage the stress that we are all facing.

The breathing exercises may seem silly at first but they are truly effective in restoring calm for all age groups. Try one or two with your kids!

Expressive arts - drawing, writing and singing- can be very helpful at this time. We are limited in where we can go but recalling a ‘happy place’ and the memories (sighs, sounds, smells , feelings) associated with this ‘happy place’ can be very therapeutic.

FREE Apps:

Breathing Zone

Down Dog


Insight Timer

For younger students:

Belly Breathe Song with Elmo video:


NYS has mental health professionals standing by to help.

Use the link to the left to access additional resources through WSWHE BOCES