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    Counseling Bulletin Sept 11, 2020
    Posted on 09/11/2020
    Important Reminder: Please do not come to school to pick up any supplies if you or a family member has COVID-19.  We can mail you what you need or drop it off.  Thank you for keeping everyone safe!

    When to start and end quarantine

    You should stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. For all of the following scenarios, even if you test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy, you should stay home (quarantine) since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

    CDC Website

    Food Resources and Unrestricted Cash Grant Opportunity. Application deadline: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11. Because K-12 schools closed due to COVID, the 560,000 children in Washington who were eligible for free or reduced-price school meals are getting an extra food benefit called "Pandemic-EBT", which is a one-time payment of up to $399 per child. This money is loaded onto an EBT card that can be used to buy food at grocery stores and markets. Families have one year to spend their P-EBT benefits. By early August, there were still 250,000 kids whose families had NOT yet applied.

    How can families get P-EBT?

    Families can apply online or by phone 877-501-2233; interpretation is available by phone. Deadline to apply is Friday, September 11.

    Is P-EBT considered a "public charge"? 

    NO! P-EBT is NOT considered under public charge; it's available to all children (K-12) who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals.

    Teen Traumatic Loss Grief Group (offered by The Safe Crossings Program) is for 13-18 year olds in King County who have experienced the death of a significant person(s) in their life due to suicide, murder, substance use, or accident. This no-cost virtual group will be hosted every Thursday night, 7-8pm, from September 17th through November 5th through Microsoft Teams, facilitated by Safe Crossings Program counselors. To participate teens and/or caregivers can contact their program directly at (206) 310-2615.

    Experiencing a death of a significant person can be traumatic, isolating, and painful. The Teen Traumatic Loss Grief Group is an opportunity for teens to:

    • meet other teens who have experienced something similar
    • share their story
    • receive support
    • increase understanding of traumatic grief and what helps
    • participate in creative, expressive activities
    • develop coping strategies
    • continue to build a sense of connection to the person(s) who died

    The Safe Crossings Program offers no-cost individual, family, and group support to grieving children, teens and their families as well as consultation for caregivers, school counselors and other providers. To find out more about our services, please check out our website.


    College Search Tools

    It walks students in grades 8-12 through every step of college admissions COLLEGE MAPPER. Free College Counseling Webinar! Sept. 20, 2020 6pm PST featuring Susanna de Chenonceau, M.Ed., Seattle Area College Counselor, Founder of CollegeMapper. Join her on Zoom by registering here. Get answers to your questions about applying to college. Receive Susanna's step-by-step college admissions timeline. All students grades 8-12 are welcome. Download her personalized phone app. It’s free and no one is collecting kids' data; she built it. It's just her.  (Please note: This is not a SPS sponsored event, we cannot guarantee security in the Zoom app.)

    FREE VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIRS. Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling (PNACAC) is offering virtual fairs for free. These virtual fairs will open on September 15. Students, families and counselors can register to attend on their virtual fair website . Advanced registration is required.

    • Oregon Student Week - Live times October 5-8
    • Washington Student Week - Live times October 19-23
    • Alaska/Idaho Student Week - Live times October 26-29
    • Montana College Fairs hosted by MPSEOC - Live times September 21-25

    The fairs will have virtual booths open from September 15 - December 31.  They will have three weeks of live events throughout our region as well as live informational sessions which will also be recorded and available on demand.

    The National College Fairs sponsored by NACAC will be offered virtually four times this fall. Log in on these fair dates to meet with 600+ colleges and universities online to talk with high school juniors and seniors. Find out when they're having Zoom sessions and drop in to attend!

    Sunday, Sept. 13:  12 - 8 p.m. ET
    Monday, Oct. 12: 1 - 9 p.m. ET
    Sunday, Oct. 18: 12 - 8 p.m. ET
    Sunday, Nov. 8: 2 - 10 p.m. ET

    Each virtual fair is a free, one-day event. Attend as often as you like. Families are invited, too. Simply sign up to register for one or more fairs. On the event date, use your phone or computer to log in. Learn, connect, ask questions, and discover your best college fit!

    If you missed participating in ARROW’s (Association for Regional Representatives of Oregon and Washington) virtual Intro to College Week in August, they have recorded all the group sessions. You can access these here through their ARROW YouTube Channel. 


    Plan on attending WSU? Then check out the Washington State University’s Regents Scholarship Program. All eligible nominees who complete the application process, will receive a Regents Scholars award, which provides $4,000 per academic year for four years.  Those students will then compete for the Distinguished Regents Scholars Award, which covers full tuition and fees for four years, approximately $42,000.

    STUDENT ELIGIBILITY. To be eligible for nomination and consideration for a Regents Scholarship Program, students must:

    Be a Washington state resident.

    Be a high school senior.

    Demonstrate exceptional academic achievement based on grade point average (GPA) of 3.6 or higher, as well as, community, civic, and co-curricular involvement.

    Complete the WSU application for admission  (including sending high school transcripts) and complete the general scholarship application by the Regents Scholars Program deadline.

    Enter the WSU Pullman campus as a freshman in the fall semester after high school graduation.

    Undocumented students can be nominated as long as they meet the criteria above, and are eligible to complete the Non-US Citizens Affidavit of Residency.

    Nominations are due by Wednesday, September 30th at midnight.  After the nomination period has ended, all communications regarding the Regents Scholars Program will be sent directly to the nominated students. Deadline for students to submit all required documents is Wednesday, October 21st at midnight.


    UW evening online enrichment opportunities for high school students! The University of Washington is excited to announce new online evening enrichment courses for high school students this fall.   Topics range from “Writing for College Readiness” and “Sharpen Your Writing Skills,” to “Architectural Studies” and “Coding in Java.”   For details on these evening classes visit, click here.   The registration deadline is September 28 and courses begin October 6.   

     OneWorld Now language and leadership programming for 2020-2021. This is an opportunity for students who can't fit language classes into their schedule, who need elective credit, or have interest in languages not commonly taught in SPS. Registration Deadline: September 27th (Classes begin the week of October 12th). Language Classes Offered (ALL STARTING ONLINE): Arabic (Levels 1, 2 & 3), Korean (Levels 1 & 2), Mandarin Chinese (Levels 1 & 2), and Russian (Levels 1 & 2A). Credit: Students can earn 0.5 credits per semester or 1.0 credit for the whole year. Cost: Tuition is priced on a sliding scale based on family size and income. Leadership Workshops: Students can also opt to take Leadership workshops every other week. We are seeking approval to offer 0.5 credit/year for this program. Learn more here.

    Register here.

    Young Women Empowered (Y-WE) is offering four different programs for students who identify as women. View their website if interested in the organization or in any one of their programs.

    School year programs October- May

    Y-WE Tech (formerly known as Code) with Meera Bhardwaj

    Who owns the internet? Who is behind the technology that you use every day? And what does it mean to be a creator of technology?  Y-WE Tech is an exploration of ways to use technology tools for learning, career success, self-expression, social change and the history of women in technology. Within an intergenerational community of diverse youth and adult women mentors, we will get hands-on with coding and digital technology, develop college and career readiness, explore ways that we can keep growing creativity through technology, grow as leaders and discover ways we can use technology to make a difference, and practice different methods of project management. Tuesdays twice a month from 4-7pm.

    Applications are here.

    Youth Leadership Council with Reagan Jackson

    The Youth Leadership Council will run from October 14, 2020 - June 2, 2021. In order to be eligible you must have previously completed at least one Y-WE Program.  YLC is for returning youth seeking to deepen their leadership and become stewards of Y-WE culture, by contributing their ideas on the direction of the organization, building their skill as facilitators, and applying their leadership in the greater community. This year our focus will be on systemic change. We will hear from incredible women in our community who are community organizers, activists, and policy makers. What does it mean to be a leader? How can one person make a change? These are not rhetorical questions, but the inspiration for our next steps. Wednesdays twice a month from 4:30-6:30pm and occasional Saturdays.

    Applications are here

    6-week Fall Programs (Once a Week October - November 2020)

    Our theme for fall is Health and Wellness. Spend some time at Marra Farms learning about harvesting food, explore your relationships and how to create healthy boundaries, gain more skills for your healing or get in touch with your creativity through nature art and journaling. All programs will culminate in a community Health Day on November 22. While our school-year offerings will feel different this year, we are excited to offer weekly programs and one on one options on various creative topics. Below is a list of program offerings. Detailed descriptions of each program can be found on our website

    My Boundaries My Life with Kamilla Kafiyeva: Tuesdays 4-6 PM

    Nature Art & Journaling with Rae Parks: Thursdays 4-6 PM

    DIY Healing with Naa Akua: Thursdays 4:30-6:30 PM

    Hands on the Land with Neli Jasuja: Saturdays 1-3 PM**

    Additional Programming

    Community Hikes with Rae: Select Saturdays (three local day trips)**

    1 on 1 tutoring support

    1 on 1 mental health counseling and emotional support

    Applications are here.

    Affinity Groups

    Sometimes in order for us to better connect with one another we must spend time in self exploration. Affinity groups are a tool we use for that where we convene in groups based on our identities. 

    For white allies contact Rae at

    For Asian and Pacific Islanders contact Neli at

    For Black folks interested in healing work contact Reagan at

    If there is not a group that suits your identity and you would like support to create that space, please let us know. Reach out to Tayah Carlisle at