welcome!

Hello! My name is Jenna Bortugno, and I am the School Psychologist here at Colebrook Consolidated School.

My role involves:

Implementation of RULER - our Emotional Intelligence program

Weekly whole class lessons to develop social skills

Individual and small group counseling

Management of behavioral intervention plans

Consultation services for teachers and parents

Evaluations to determine eligibility for Special Education Services

Kind Coyotes Club Coordinator

. . . and much more!

Psychological Services are available

Monday through Friday during regular school hours.

Contact Information

phone: (860) 379 - 2179

email: jbortugno@colebrookschool.org

Counseling Parent Newsletter -March No School.pdf

Take a look at some tools and strategies that our students can use when experiencing big emotions!

FREEEmotionCharades.pdf

Want to play a game? Emotional Charades is a fun way to practice Emotion Identification skills!

Great Kindness Challenge.pdf

Check out The Great Kindness Challenge - Family Edition

News and Updates

During these uncertain times, it is important to make sure your children feel safe and protected at home. Please know that we are here to support our community - students, parents and staff - as we manage our feelings about COVID-19 and the changes it brings to our everyday lives. During this time, we are here to offer you and your children ongoing support. Working together with your children will allow the opportunity to help them find constructive ways to manage their feelings about the sudden changes they are experiencing in their daily routines, social connections, and school work expectations.

If you need immediate assistance for a mental health concern, and/or are worried about the safety of yourself or a loved one, please call 9-1-1 or 2-1-1.

Calming Strategies for Big Emotions

Positive Self-Talk

positive self talk

Practicing how to re-frame negative self-talk into something more positive can help students and adults feel better and cope in a more productive way!

Mindfulness

mindfulness

Mindfulness activities can help students and adults regulate their emotions (i.e. feel more present and calm!). Activities can include yoga, deep breathing exercises, guided meditations, drawing, etc.

Click Links Below for More Calming Strategy Resources

Additional Suggestions

  • Listen to music
  • Play a game or exercise (go for a walk, play outside, go for a run, yoga, lift weights -- just stay 6 feet away from anyone you might run into!)
  • Talk to a friend
  • Do a relaxing activity (coloring, drawing, cook, play with your pet, stretch)
  • Take a break from social media / the news
  • Try something new or switch what you're doing
  • Email a teacher, Mrs. Bortugno, or talk to a family member

book lists

and

read alouds

BOOK LISTS: These book lists are aligned with RULER - an emotional intelligence initiative from the Yale Institute of Emotional Intelligence.

RULER_Elementary_Book_List.pdf
RULER_EarlyChildhood_BookList.pdf

Check out Julia Cook's Bookends Series on Facebook! On Monday's and Fridays at 10am she will read one of her books and provide a lesson to go along with the story!

Disclaimer: I did not record these videos. These videos were selected from YouTube due to their content, clarity, and quality.

Be Kind

by Pat Zietlow Miller

Soda Pop Head

by Julia Cook

The Sandwich Swap

by Kelly DiPucchio and Queen Rania of Jordan

Owl Moon

by Jane Yolen

Jabari Jumps

by Gaia Cornwall

Big Bear Hug

by Nicholas Oldland

Crankenstein

by Samantha Berger and Dan Santat

Chrysanthemum

by Kevin Henkes

What should DANNY do?

by Ganit & Adir Levy

The Rainbow Fish

by Marcus Pfister

I Like Myself

by Karen Beaumont

The Pout Pout Fish

by Deborah Diesen