ELEVATE is Here for YOU!

  • Child Development
  • Health and Wellness
Jessie Skipwith

Following the love, care and invitation for continued partnership during this week's Town Hall with Ms. Scala, we would like to reiterate some thoughtful considerations to all of our families as we continue to confront head on the variety of unknowns before us. The Mental Health and Wellness of our community remains a priority, and in this time of heightened stress and anxiety, we are here for you.

For parents and students alike, we will do well to consider the following as well as to revisit this blog "8 Strategies for Parents to Support Students in Preparation for the 2020-2021 Year."

Circle of Influence - let us continue to focus on the areas in our lives that are within our control. Seeking out the things that we are grateful for and appreciating the extensive work, planning and diligence shown by all members of the Aspen Academy family who are committed to keeping our school open and safe.

Perspective - It can often be tempting; even easy, to latch on to what is not going well. Maintaining a healthy level of perspective can help to keep us grounded, emotionally well, and focused on the areas in our lives that are truly important.

Self-Care - It has been shown that we cannot care for others as well as we would like if we do not care for ourselves first. Nutrition, sleep, exercise, routines and maintaining a positive outlook are all ways that we can take care of ourselves and on another. We can help our children immensely as we acknowledge that when we as the adults in their lives are cared for, we can be in a much better place to support our children.

Please know that we maintain an abundance of resources for you and your families both here at school and through an extensive network of outside resources. Our final two Parent University events of 2020 offer support for our parents in important ways and will provide wonderful insight into how we can support our students as we prepare for the holidays: :

  • Nov 12, Keep Your Kids Talking to You at 9:30 AM by Kerry Stutzman, MSW, LMFT, Parentologist (recording will be available soon)
  • Dec 10, Understanding Anxiety and Depression at 9:30 AM by Alex Yannaconne, Director of Education and Community Programs, Colorado Depression Center | REGISTER HERE

 

We look forward to hearing from you,

Jessie Skipwith, Director of Elevate, jessie.skipwith@aspenacademy.org

Cindy Hewatt, School Counselor, cindy.hewatt@aspenacademy.org

Megan McKnight, Lower School Learning Specialist, megan.mcknight@aspenacademy.org

Justin Wimbish, Middle School Learning Interventionist, justin.wimbish@aspenacademy.org

 

About the Author

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Jessie Skipwith is the Director of Elevate & Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Licensed School Counselor at Aspen Academy.

Jessie comes to Aspen Academy with over 20 years of experience in educational leadership and student engagement. He has held head of school positions at elementary, middle and high schools, ran an all-school counseling department, provided private practice counseling services for families and individuals, and has served as the executive director of an education non-profit supporting low-income, English language learners from throughout the greater Denver area. He is a voracious reader of books about how students learn, how families and communities support developing young people, as well as books on progressive, innovative and dynamic new solutions to many of today’s life challenges. Jessie loves that Aspen Academy provides families and students with a small, nurturing and safe environment that encourages students to take healthy risks, to push themselves beyond their comfort zones, and that it inspires insatiable curiosity and wonder in students as they pursue their passions to help make the world a better place to live for all people. Outside of work, he loves to spend time with his wife and two children and enjoying Colorado’s great outdoors while hiking, golfing or skiing.