Lindsay Lang » Welcome Parents and Students!

Welcome Parents and Students!

Hi Willow families! I came to Willow last year from Chicago with seven years of teaching experience in grades K-2 and six years experience in counseling, behavior intervention and school leadership in grades K-2. I have a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Middle School Language Arts, Science and Social Studies from Saint Xavier University. I have a Masters degree in School Counseling from Lewis University.  I am also a mom to two wonderful boys who are eight and six years old!  I look forward to interacting with your children and providing them with the support they may need :)
Hello Willow families, 
If you're child receives counseling services you should have received a check-in email from me.  As we prepare to move from enrichment activities to E-Learning, I'll be updating my site to include ideas of activities to complete with your child to address social emotional needs and development.  Each week, I will send an email with attached activities and resources.  Due to copyright, I will not be able to post them directly to the district website.  
Our first week of e-learning we will be learning about specific calming breaths that can be used at home to help calm and regulated your child.  I miss you all and hope to see you soon!
Stay safe and hopeful :)
Great job making it to week two of E-Learning!
I hope your child was able to practice all the breaths that were sent last week in my email.  I hope your child has a favorite or two to use when they are having uncomfortable feelings. Have your child take time to practice them each day and to teach them to others.
This week we are going to be focusing on more coping skills your child can use when they are having feelings of sadness, worry, frustrations, etc. Check for my email this week!
I hope everyone was able to find two or three coping skills to use when having uncomfortable feelings from last weeks email. 
As a reminder I am here to support your child during this unexpected time we are currently in. Please email me with any questions and also know I would love to zoom call with your child when it is convenient during your family schedule.  
Please look for my email this week for counseling activities!

The Illinois Department of Human Services has launched a support line called Call4Calm that is reachable via text. Individuals who want to speak with a mental health professional can text the word “TALK” or “HABLAR” (for Spanish speakers) to 552-020. Within 24 hours, that individual will receive a call from a mental health professional employed by a local community health center. People can also text other terms, like “unemployment” or “food” or “shelter” to the same number to receive information on how to navigate and access support and services. Call4Calm is free, and individuals who use it can remain anonymous.


We are continuing on with learning about and practicing gratitude this week! I loved seeing videos, receiving a letter, and getting emails of all the students practicing gratitude!  Please see book and activity for this week :) Talk with you soon!
This week we are going to be practicing grounding.  This is something that can be done in any setting to manage uncomfortable feelings and is also a great way to start the day!  Please see my email for specific instructions. And as always reach out if you have any questions or need extra support.
This week we are going to be practicing positive self talk statements that can be used anytime of the day and in many daily life situations to build your child's self-confidence and self-love that will carry over to their academics and social/emotional wellbeing.  Check your email for more details and printable cards.
I hope your child was able to practice positive self talk last week and I hope for them to continue each and every day!  Please check your email for this weeks counseling activity with combining all we have learned to have a mindful morning each day.