Letter from Ms. Ross-Moore, School Counselor

Greetings FBMS Community–

My deepest and sincerest hope is that you are safe.

I want to convey that my commitment to the care of our community’s social and emotional health is not limited to the walls of FBMS during this challenging time. Though not at the building, I never cease to hold sacred the emotional safety of FBMS students, parents, faculty, and staff. Please know that I can offer services during “school hours” this week via email, Skype, or PM. If you or your child is in emotional distress, please email me at jrossmoo@houstonisd.org or PM on Facebook (joiofcounseling) or Twitter (@FBMScounselor).

Additionally, for 24/7 support, the American Red Cross offers free assistance:  Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs’ to 66746. http://rdcrss.org/2ge1d8O

Mrs. Caver and I have been in touch regarding the organization of a food, clothing, and other essential items drive. If your family is in need of assistance with donations, please let me know. We will start the drive when public access is permitted at the school.

Trauma can manifest in many ways and I invite you to allow yourself  and your children the space to breathe and practice self-compassion. Some of us will release our emotions through action such as cleaning and organizing.  Others will scream and cry. There are those who will withdraw or sleep. And many will turn to laughter to release frustration, anger, and sadness. Trust that whatever comes up and out is what your and your child’s body needs to be healthy and push forward.

All my best – J. Ross-Moore, FBMS Counselor/Traffic Goddess