Thursday, March 19, 2020


Clara Martin Center
Community Mental Health
1483 Lower Plain, Bradford, VT 05033
24/7 Hotline: 1-800-639-6360
Insurance: Most, inc Medicaid
Must be a VT resident

West Central Behavioral Health
Community Mental Health
Lebanon, NH
24/7 Hotline: 1-800-564-2578
Phone: 603-542-5128
Insurance: Most, inc Medicaid
Must be NH Resident

Community Mental Health
49 School St, Hartford, VT 05047
24/7 Hotline 1-800-622-4235
Insurance: Most, inc Medicaid
Must be a VT Resident

Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Support
38 Bank St, Lebanon, NH 03766
24/7 Hotline 866-348-9473

Upper Valley Haven
Housing and Food Support
Phone: 802-295-6500
713 Hartford Ave, WRJ VT

National Sexual Assault Hotline
24/7 Support 1-800-656-4673

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
603-225-5359 or 1-800-242-6264
Providing in person, online, and 1 on 1 support

SAMHSA National Helpline
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
24/7 Support 1-800-662-4357

Trevor Project (LGBTQ Support)
24/7 Support 1-866-488-7386
Crisis Text Support: Text START to 741-741

VT Child Abuse – DCF
24/7 Hotline 1-800-649-5285

NH Child Abuse – DCYF
24/7 Hotline 1-800-894-5533 or

Trans Lifeline
By and for transgender people

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
24/7 Support 1-800-273-8255.

Crisis Textline
24/7 Support, Text 741741

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Counselor’s Corner

         First of all, I want to have “zero” judgement of anyone’s parenting choices, we all do the best we can with the resources we have. As a parent and full-time teacher, I want to share some thoughts based on how my family is handling the transition to distance learning, and how we have been coping with the outbreak of the coronavirus. It’s only been two days that the children have been home, and one of my children is using the “COVID-19 Daily Schedule” which is widely available online, I tucked one of these into many Westshire School families’ work bags that were available at school for pickup on Wednesday.
         We got outside early in the day in the “morning walk”, and I noticed how much our senses were awakened: the crunch of the gravel, the sounds of the birds, the feel of the fresh air, and sights that are changing daily as the snow melts. There is no danger in being outside, and I followed my child’s lead as she chose the route for our short walk. I like the schedule because it is like school, and I do not have to nag, we can just try to follow the schedule, “Let’s stay outside”, I said, “because we have an hour.”
         Back inside, I expected my child to work independently. But that did not work out terrifically. I tried to do some of my work – checking emails, communicating, writing – but got interrupted. Even noises in the house were distracting. The COVID daily schedule is an attempt at bringing routine and structure to our children’s day, but you can’t do it perfectly. But children thrive on structure, and routine helps everyone, so my advice is to try to map out some daily routine with work periods.
         Our president is encouraging people to stay at home as much as possible – in our living rooms.
I suggest we take advantage of our comfortable living rooms to relax. Do something to relax your tension because your kids will take cues from you. Slow down your breath, stretch, sit comfortably. Keep the news on television off (at least for portions of the day), and when confronted with worrisome news, try to stay positive. Focus on the things we can control, like hand-washing, making choices to limit trips out of the home, and relaxing. We could remind kids that right now experts are working on solving the problems, and what we can do is to make sure to follow their recommendations.
         Take care! I will stay in touch with weekly counselor’s corners. I am also available anytime through email for chats, vents, or needs you may have. Please reach out if you, or your child, is having a hard time and you want to talk.
Mrs. Ann O’Hearn, Elementary School Counselor

Monday, March 16, 2020

Mrs. O’Hearn’s
Area Summer Camp Resource List*

1.             Riverbend Career and Technical Center, Bradford, Vermont -
2.             Open Acres Horse Camp, Fairlee, VT, 802-333-9196
3.             Vershare Camp, Vershire, VT,
4.             Montshire Museum, Hanover, NH,
5.             VINS Summer Camp, Quechee, VT,
6.             CCBA, Lebanon, NH
7.             Upper Valley Acquatic Center,
8.             Ava Art Gallery,
9.             Horizons Summer Camp, Fairlee, VT,
10.         Rosie’s Girls Summer Camp,
11.                   Green Mountain Conservation Camp,
12.                   Coyote Hill Mountain Bike Camp,
13.                   Lightning Soccer Camp,
14.                   Upper Valley Haven Summer Camp,
15.         NH League of Craftsman Summer Camp,
16.          Storrs Pond,
17.                   Billings Farm,
18.                   Roots Summer Camp, Corinth, VT
19.                   Lilac Hill Day Camp, Bradford, VT
20.          Clara Martin Center Summer Program,

*LISTEN Agency in Lebanon, NH, has funds for summer camp scholarships. Qualifying children will receive one free week of camp. To inquire and make an intake appointment, call 1-603-448-4553 and ask to speak with Monica.03

Friday, March 13, 2020


In guidance class this week we are learning about solving problems. We all face problems. Problems are anything that make you feel bad.

         The specific topics for the next several weeks are:

1.   Fair Ways to Play: Whenever we are using materials or toys, we can share, take turns or offer to trade. We can say, “Can I please have a turn with that?” or “May I share that with you?”

2.   Inviting Others to Join-In: If we notice someone is left out of play, the right thing to do is to invite them to play. Playing with others is a way to get to know them better.

3.   Handling Name-Calling: If someone calls you a name, you can ignore the person, or speak assertively, “I don’t like being called mean names. I want you to stop.” If the person doesn’t stop, then go tell a teacher.

At school we teach these topics to help students solve problems in safe and respectful ways. We also help students learn to make and keep friends.

Mrs. Ann O’Hearn, School Counselor

Tuesday, February 25, 2020


"Teaching Youth about Vermont's Natural Resources"

Two Locations 2020: Buck Lake, Woodbury, VT;  Kehoe, Lake Bomoseen, Castelton, VT
Child must be age 12 - 14 for Basic Camp Sessions, and 12 - 16 for Advanced Camp. Cost = $250 for full week of overnight camp. Camp spots are limited, for best chances of being able to attend,  apply by April 1.
CAMP Runs from June 21 - August 14 in one-week sessions at both locations. Camps are for either boys or girls.

For questions about Green Mountain Conservation Camp registration, call 802-828-1460.

A Summer Camp Opportunity for Girls


Rosie’s Girls is a trades and career exploration program for middle school girls and gender nonconforming youth. At Rosie’s Girls, participants are exposed to a career field that is non-traditional for women through hands-on learning in a supportive environment. In addition to trades and technical learning, Rosie’s Girls includes a social and emotional curriculum known as “Power Skills.” Rosie’s Girls staff is highly trained in creating a space that is both physically and emotionally safe and empowering for all, and which encourages participants to lift each other up in trying new things and taking risks. Enroll your child in Rosie’s Girls® today!

CENTRAL VT CAMPS Schedule: M-F 8:30am - 4:00 pm
WELD July 20-24 • Central VT Career Center, Barre
ROSIE’S GIRLS EXPLORE July 27-31 • Central VT Career Center, Barre

NORTHWEST VT CAMPS Schedule: M-F 8:30am - 4:00 pm
ROSIE’S GIRLS WELD June 29-July 3 • Burlington Technical Center
ROSIE’S GIRLS BUILD July 6-10 • Center for Technology, Essex
ROSIE’S GIRLS BUILD August 10-14 • Northwest Tech Center, St. Albans
ROSIE’S GIRLS SAIL In partnership with Community Sailing Center August 17-21 • Burlington (Registration through the CSC)

Monday, February 10, 2020

Counselor’s Corner

 “Anger Management”

In Guidance Class, the younger grades are learning a song called “The Volcano Song”. It says if someone makes you angry, walk away. It also says take a deep breath, count to five, until you feel all good inside.

Through a variety of methods students learn how to recognize when they feel angry, for example, by noticing the are tight in their muscles or making fists. Then they learn to calm down their anger.

We teach many methods to calm down. Some examples of ideas to try are: listen to music, exercise, draw, breath slowly, count, etc..

Students learn it is okay to feel angry, but not okay to hurt anyone with our words or actions.

Mrs. Ann O’Hearn, School Counselor