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Parent Resources

Hello Parents and Guardians!

Ms. Sara here. As a school counselor, my job cover a variety of needs for the students. From providing resources to classroom lessons to mental health support, my most important job is to keep the students safe, secure, and on task. I make an effort to connect with the students so that they feel comfortable talking to me about whatever problems they may have. 

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Find the Middle School handbook here!


What can I talk to your student about?

  • Anxiety

  • Depression or sad feelings

  • Struggles in class

  • Problems with teachers

  • Problems with students

  • Home life

  • Making friends

  • Bullying

  • Self-esteem

  • LGBTQ issues

  • Divorce

  • Sibling problems

  • Anything else they need to talk about.


Click here to access the Dougy Center, a place in Portland where you and/or your child can cope with grief and loss.


Book Resources:

  • Mindful Games

    • This book has many activities for children of all ages. It is focused on helping children connect to themselves and improve their mental health.

  • CBT Toolbox for Children and Adolescents

    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) focuses on how thoughts and emotions affect behavior. The goal is to identify and change negative thoughts that affect behaviors and emotions. This book is accessible for all parents, and contains numerous worksheets for students to complete at home.

  • If Your Adolescent Has an Anxiety Disorder

    • This book has a wealth of information regarding the variety of anxiety disorders. It includes information on the diagnosis, treatment options, and practical advice for parents of students with anxiety disorders.

  • The Whole-Brain Child Workbook

    • This book asks parents to examine their own parenting styles in relation to the development of children's brains. It includes practical suggestions for how to implement the concepts in their own lives.

  • Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Trans* 

    • This book is a great resource for parents whose children identify as transgender, and includes a lot of helpful information about the experience.