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Back to School

Hi Neighbor!

A quick peek at social media and it’s clear that some parents are feeling stressed out!  It’s a good reminder for all of us that people handle fear and uncertainty in different ways. Be gentle with yourself- and others- in the days ahead.

Some tips for approaching Back to School:

1. Be mindful.  Slow everything down to the present moment and observe your thoughts. Your thoughts create your experience.

2. Breathe. Activate your body’s rest and relax response by filling your lungs with oxygen.

3. Move your body. Go for a brisk walk, stretch or do yoga. Gyms & studios may need to change schedules, so plan ways to exercise at home.

4. Take care of yourself. You can boost your immunity with nourishing food, vitamins, a good night’s sleep and by managing your stress. What nourishes you?  A walk in the woods, curling up with a good book, music, exercise?  Do all the things.

5. Unplug. Turn off the TV, get off the internet. Give your mind and senses a break.  Model for your kids and get creative about how you spend downtime together on distance learning days.

6. Establish a rhythm. Kids feel safe and secure when there is a dependable rhythm and routine to their days. Take some time this weekend to plan for next week: meal times, simple chores, time for studying or reading, a fun activity, set time for electronics. Plan together and get your child’s input.

7. Communicate.  Talk to kids and give them time to ask questions about what’s going on. If you’re working, be sure they know the schedule (who will be taking care of them, what time will you be home, etc.) And if you’re feeling overwhelmed, talk to someone. Phone a friend to problem-solve, reach out to others if you need help. It’s recommended to isolate, but we are not actually isolated.  Our community will continue  to have resources to help our neighbors (some are listed on sidebar).

Hang in there!  You’ve got this.


Allison Abramson
Executive Director

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Important Resources

211 Childcare

211- coronavirus



Emergency Food Assistance:

Chester Food Pantry @ Town Hall: pre-bagged food available during regular hours. M, W, Th 9-12 Please call ahead. 860-526-0013, Ext. 213.


Deep River Food Pantry @ 56 High Street: pre-bagged food available during regular hours. T 9-12, Th 1-4. Please call ahead. (860) 526-6033


Shoreline Soup Kitchens: Pre-bagged Food and Meals are available each day. Pick up times and locations are listed on their site.

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