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    Troy Ninth Grade Center (NGC)!
     
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    Posted by Kristina Gregory on 5/5/2020
    Happy Tuesday, NGC families!
     
    As if Cinco de Mayo on Taco Tuesday wasn't enough reason to celebrate, it is Teacher Appreciation Week.  If you have a moment, please reach out to your teachers, past and present, to show them some love.  
     
    Watch for district communications later this week for summer school  information.  With the late registration this year, we will need to move quickly with getting students registered.  
     
    Finally, here are a few new tips and resources that have come my way.
     
    • Check out these guides to help you refocus on well-beingreframe situations, and change your mindset to reduce the stress of Covid-19.
    • The free KUTO Crisis Helpline, (314/888) 644-5886 is staffed 24/7 by trained, youth friendly people prepared to help kids and youth de-escalate crisis, find a calm center and feel better able to cope through through the Covid-19 crisis.  

    Take care,
     
    Kristi Gregory, Ed.S., LPC | School Counselor
    Youth Mental Health First Aid Coordinator
    Ninth Grade Center | Lincoln County R-III School District
    636-366-4450 | www.troy.k12.mo.us/NGC
     
    Trusting Relationships, Superior Instruction
    @KGregoryLPC  #proud2br3
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    Posted by Kristina Gregory on 4/28/2020
    Happy Tuesday, NGC Families!
     
    I hope you've had a good start to your week.  A lot of you have been asking about summer school.  While there are still some unanswered questions, we will definitely have the opportunity for some virtual coursework through Launch.  There will be credit recovery and credit advancement opportunities available.  Watch your email in the coming week or so for registration information!
     
    Important information for those who are enrolled in Launch classes this semester - Launch has extended Traditional Virtual and Credit Acquisition courses to a NEW END DATE OF MAY 21, 2020. The last day for Credit Recovery courses is May 29, 2020.  Please continue working on these courses.  If you go for several weeks without logging in or submitting assignments, you are dropped from the course and the grade will be an F on your transcript.
     
    Finally, here are this week's updates and resources related to health and wellness, as well a helpline for every need:
     
    Mercy is now offering video and telephone visits to meet patients' health care needs without waiting for social distancing restrictions to be lifted. Video and phone visits allow patients to meet with their provider, securely and confidentially and are available at all Mercy Clinics and Mercy-GoHealth Urgent Care centers. To schedule a virtual visit, contact your local provider's office or schedule a Mercy-GoHealth Urgent Care video visit at https://www.gohealthuc.com/mercy#videovisits
     
    The need for baby supplies is expected to increase over the next few months as parents adjust to the current economic situation and social restrictions. Shower of Love is collecting items through their Amazon and Target registries to distribute to area nonprofits serving children and families. Visit the Shower of Love website at https://www.showeroflovestc.org/ to connect to the registries or click here for a list of needed items.
     
    Do you think you may be in need of help? CLICK HERE to see a 5-Minute Mental Health Checklist from Compass Health Network or call one of the many helplines for an assessment and assistance.
     
    Local and National Helplines
     
    Behavioral Health Response
    800-811-4760
    TTY: 314-469-3638
     
    CHAD's Coalition for Mental Health
    Family Support Line 
    Weekdays 9am - 5:30pm
    314-952-8274
     
    Compass Health Network
    888-237-4567
     
    Crisis Nursery 24-Hour Helplines
    St. Charles - 636-947-0600 / 636-940-2504
    Wentzville - 636-887-3070
     
    Disaster Distress Helpline
    800-985-5990
     
    Domestic Violence
    800-799-7233
     
    MO Dept. of Health & Senior Services
    24-Hour Hotline
    877-435-8411
     
    National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
    7 days/week, 9am - 5pm
    314-962-4670
     
    National Hopeline Network
    1-800-784-2433
     
    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    1-800-273-8255
    Text “TALK” to 741-741
     
    SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and 
    Mental Health Services Administration)
    800-985-5990
     
    St. Charles County Youth Connection24/7 Helpline
    636-642-0642
     
    The Trevor Project (LGBTQ)
    1-866-488-7386
     
    Thursday’s Child (Teens and Young Adults)
    800-872-5437
     
    Youth In Need
    24-Hour Help Line
    636-946-3771
     
    Take care,
     
    Kristi Gregory, Ed.S., LPC | School Counselor
    Youth Mental Health First Aid Coordinator
    Ninth Grade Center | Lincoln County R-III School District
    636-366-4450 | www.troy.k12.mo.us/NGC
     
    Trusting Relationships, Superior Instruction
    @KGregoryLPC  #proud2br3
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    Posted by Kristina Gregory on 4/21/2020
    Happy Tuesday, NGC families!!
     
    I hope this finds you happy & healthy, and you get the opportunity to enjoy some sunshine today.  I think my own children have spent more time outside over the last 4 days than the last 4 months combined.  Outside is definitely their preferred mode of self-care.  Click here to view a self-care choice board for students (created by Catlin Tucker and Dr. Maria Hersey).  If you haven't already established some self-care routines, this has some great ideas to get you started!  
     
    Additionally, this article and accompanying video tells about an important resource  - the Crisis Text Line: https://tinyurl.com/y9n4r7pu  This free 24/7 service has live counselors to talk to during a crisis, simply by texting 741741.  As you can imagine, they have been experiencing a surge of texts related to anxiety about COVID-19.  I always encourage students to save this number in their phones, just in case they experience a crisis and need support.
     
    Finally, here are the latest updates and resources I have come across this week: 
     
    • SSM Behavioral Health's Central Intake Team is accepting referrals and admissions. SSM Health Behavioral Health Services can be reached by calling: Behavioral Health Central Intake (24/7) at (800) 428-2083 and Substance Use Disorder Intake at (888) 949-7150. If your referral call is transferred to voicemail, please leave a message and an Intake representative will contact you within 24 hours (Monday-Friday) to complete a confidential assessment. SSM Health is offering Virtual Visits and free virtual evaluations for anyone who is concerned they may be experiencing symptoms of, or may have been exposed to, COVID-19. All residents of Missouri and Illinois (regardless of insurance or if they are a current SSM Health patient) are eligible for this free evaluation, which can be accessed at ssmhealth.com/covid19.
     
    • Advent Behavioral Care (formerly Advent Medical Group and Alternative Behavioral Care) has immediate telehealth appointments for psychiatry, counseling and intensive outpatient group therapy programs for adults and teens. All appointments are through a secure online portal easily accessed on their website. Call 636.939.2550 for psychiatry and 636.477.6111 for counseling and intensive outpatient programs.
     
    • We could all use some extra encouragement once in a while! Connections to Success is seeking people to pair up with their mentees as they work toward personal and career goals. You can help reduce isolation for others without leaving home through calls, emails and other connections. CLICK HERE for more information. To help meet the increasing need for employment and support services in the wake of COVID-19, Connections to Success also is seeking virtual volunteers and launching online volunteer orientations, so new volunteers can jump straight into service when the St. Louis area offices reopen. CLICK HERE to learn more.
     
     
    Take care,
     
    Kristi Gregory, Ed.S., LPC | School Counselor
    Youth Mental Health First Aid Coordinator
    Ninth Grade Center | Lincoln County R-III School District
    636-366-4450 | www.troy.k12.mo.us/NGC
     
    Trusting Relationships, Superior Instruction
    @KGregoryLPC  #proud2br3
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    Posted by Kristina Gregory on 4/14/2020
    Happy Tuesday, NGC families!
     
    A huge thank you to all of the students who completed the Wellness Check survey last week.  I have loved hearing from each of you. If you are a student who has not done so already, please follow this link to complete the very brief survey:   https://forms.gle/6WLv8XiZNeD4qLr78
     
    I have to give a shout-out to one student who talked about using this time to really better themself - eat right, exercise, and just generally get life in better order.  What a great lesson we could all learn right now, when we must slow down and consider what is really important.  I hope this student's outlook might inspire more of us to see this time as an opportunity to work on becoming a better version of yourself.
     
    Just a reminder, for any student who has a Launch (online) class, please keep in mind that you must complete your courses by May 14th.  Reach out to your Launch teacher for any help you might need.  If you do not have internet access to complete the course, please let me know ASAP.
     
    Finally, here are the latest updates and resources related to mental health & wellness that I have received.  Stay safe and well!
     
     
    NAMI St. Louis is offering weekly Family Support Groups on Monday evenings from 6 - 7:30 p.m. and Friday evenings from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Individuals can register by going to namistl.org. NAMI is also offering daily community check-ins where anyone can socialize while social distancing via zoom. For the link to these community check-ins, you can email info@namistl.org. Additionally, NAMI is offering a weekly Speaker Series with individuals who have experienced a mental health condition tell their story of recovery. Register to attend at namistl.org.
      
    Preferred Family Healthcare's Team of Concern has updated its schedule of telehealth group opportunities via Google Hangouts/Meet for elementary, middle school and high school students and parents. Click here for the April 6 - 17 schedule.
     
    Buddy Bags provides food to kids in the Lincoln County School District. They are collecting food at businesses throughout Lincoln County. If you would like to drop off a donation, Click Here to view the collection sites.
     
    Compass Health Network has created a 5-Minute Mental Health Checklist to help you stay connected to yourself and your support system. Click here to view the checklist. If you need support, call 888-237-4567.
     
    Every Tuesday at 4 p.m. Community Strong hosts a Healthy Happy Hour. Some weeks are just a time to connect and relax. On Tuesday, April 14, connect, relax, AND learn via ZOOM from Allene Gremaud, the new Health and Nutrition Specialist with the University of Missouri Extension. Allene will teach about how to take care of ourselves through mindfulness, positive thinking, and resiliency. Join the free Healthy Happy Hour at https://communitystrongscc.org/events/healthy-happy-hour-taking-care-of-you/
     
    The Missouri Job Center of St. Charles County is holding a Virtual Job Fair by posting job listings for area employers, including full-time, part-time and temporary opportunities. Click here to check out available positions. To add a listing, contact the Job Center at 636-255-6060.
     
    The St. Charles County MU Extension is offering the Taking Care of You Zoom series, presented by Allene Gremaud, Field Specialist in Nutrition and Health. Fees for the series are being waived through June 30 to provide support and resources for stress management during this challenging time. This is a multi-session program offering practical strategies and experiences to help you deal with the stress in your life and manage life's challenges in a healthy way. Click here to for more information and dates of sessions.
     
    VOYCE is pulling together lists of long-term care communities and home care providers that have needs during this time. Several St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren county nursing homes have already submitted needs. To see how you can help, go to https://www.voycestl.org/services/covid-19-response 
     
    April is Child Abuse Prevention month. The Covid-19 crisis has been particularly difficult for foster children and children at risk of or actively suffering from abuse and neglect.  School closures have prevented teachers, bus drivers, school resources officers and other school staff from identifying abused and neglected children and advocating for them to get the help they need. Since schools began closing, the Missouri Children's Division has experienced an unprecedented 50% decrease in the number of abuse-neglect reports coming into the state-wide child abuse hotline. This is not because abuse is no longer occurring, but because children staying in abusive households are not visible to mandated reporters in the community. In fact, anecdotal evidence suggests that abuse may be on the rise due to the increased financial and emotional stress parents are experiencing as a result of the crisis. If you suspect abuse or neglect, please call the Missouri Child Abuse 24-hour hotline at 1-800-392-3788.  Sometimes people suspect abuse but are afraid to call.  Please know Children's Division's investigators are highly trained and your identity will remain anonymous.
     
    To bring our community together during this difficult time, Compass Health Network is hosting a Facebook Live concert with Paul Thomlinson, lead singer/guitarist for Innuendo, on April 17 at 7 p.m. Take a break from stress and listen to a few minutes of music at Facebook.com/CompassHealthNetwork/live
     
     
    Kristi Gregory, Ed.S., LPC | School Counselor
    Youth Mental Health First Aid Coordinator
    Ninth Grade Center | Lincoln County R-III School District
    636-366-4450 | www.troy.k12.mo.us/NGC
     
    Trusting Relationships, Superior Instruction
    @KGregoryLPC  #proud2br3
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    Posted by Kristina Gregory on 4/7/2020

    Happy Tuesday, NGC families!

    I hope this finds you healthy and well.  For me, the hardest part of the school closure has been not having any idea how my students are doing, or what they might need.  I am hoping you can help me with this!  I have created a Google Form that I am asking all students to complete.  It shouldn't take more than 3-4 minutes, but will provide me with a better sense of how you all are doing and how I can best help.  Students will need to be signed into Google to complete:  https://forms.gle/6WLv8XiZNeD4qLr78

    In other news, here are some additional resources that have been sent my way that might also help your family, as well as a fun note about Easter #HonkingForHope.

    Resources for remote teaching and learning
    https://dese.mo.gov/college-career-readiness/curriculum/supports-remote-teaching-and-learning
     
     
    Several resources for virtual social-emotional learning
    https://dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/cnsl-virtual-socialemotional.pdf
     
    Due to COVID-19, the Department of Social Services is experiencing an influx of applications for benefits such as Food Stamps, Medicaid, child care, and TANF. Review this infographic for a better understanding to see if you may qualify for benefits. http://ow.ly/d/8nFE
     
    On Easter Sunday, April 12 at noon, people in communities throughout the United States are invited to join in #Honking4Hope. Fill your community with a joyful noise for hope, healing, unity and prayer. Ring bells, honk your horns and make some noise for 4 minutes on Easter Sunday at noon.


    As always, please reach out with anything you might need.  Stay safe and well!

    Kristi Gregory, Ed.S., LPC | School Counselor
    Youth Mental Health First Aid Coordinator
    Ninth Grade Center | Lincoln County R-III School District
    636-366-4450 | www.troy.k12.mo.us/NGC

    Trusting Relationships, Superior Instruction
    @KGregoryLPC  #proud2br3

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    Posted by Kristina Gregory on 3/31/2020

    Good morning NGC families!

    I hope you all are staying well. With extra time at home, this may be an opportunity to spend time doing all the things necessary to truly care for yourself. Try getting into a routine of exercising, eating well, getting adequate sleep, and establishing some self-care strategies. For me, this time at home has meant doing more meal planning, decluttering, and finding some equipment-free YouTube work-outs (Heather Robertson has been my favorite so far!).

    If self-care isn't quite cutting it, here are some updates to our community resources that may help through this challenging time.

    • The Crisis Nursery's 24-Hour Helpline will remain available for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis in order to offer crisis intervention, resource referral, and parenting support to families around the clock. The helplines for Wentzville is 636-887-3070. At this time, Crisis Nursery is continuing to offer emergency respite care with enhanced safety protocols for children, 0-12 years old, who are facing an immediate safety concern. Any change in status will be communicated to the community. The Family Empowerment Program remains available to provide resource referral, crisis intervention, parenting support, and mental health support via phone or telehealth.
    • Compass Health Network has moved all of its clinical services to virtual technology, including its psychiatry, counseling, Pinocchio, school-based, therapy and primary care services. For assistance, call the appointment line at 844-853-8937.
    • Preferred Family Healthcare is committed to providing continued services despite the COVID-19 crisis. We are implementing innovative approaches, mostly through telehealth to work with clients and families. Please know that our Team of Concern staff are here to continue supporting the needs of Lincoln County students. Preferred can be reached at 636-528-7226.
    • The CDC offers some good guidelines and tips for coping with stress amid COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html

    Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any needs, questions, or concerns.

    Take care.

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  • Support During Isolation

    Posted by Kristina Gregory on 3/23/2020

    NGC students and families,

    We understand this can be a stressful time and your school counselors are here for you.  See the attached PowerPoint and resources for various ways to take care of yourself and your family while practicing social distancing.

    Support During Isolation

    Virtual Support Groups

    Parent Support Group

    Additionally, Compass is providing telehealth services for its LCRB-funded programs, including School-based Mental Health Specialists, Partnership with Families and Pinocchio (offering families 15-minute mini-telehealth sessions) and its Troy location remains open. The Crisis Nursery Wentzville is still open for Lincoln County kids with CDC safety protocols and measures in place.

    Please do not hesitate to reach out via email with questions or to request a virtual appointment if needed.

    Sincerely,

    Kristi Gregory, Ed.S., LPC
    School Counselor
    Ninth Grade Center
    gregoryk@troy.k12.mo.us 

     

     

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