Mental Health, Meals & Feel Good Things.

I know that we all have our moments of struggle and strife, flashes of frustration and "fuggetaboutit!", along with moments of joy, connection, compassion and community. I am proud of CS students, staff, teachers, and all the parents and caregivers out there - you are amazing and we wish you well.
Below are resources for mental health, moments of crisis, times of food insecurity, as well as some videos and other cultural connections that are good for the soul. 
*This page is in transition and is currently being edited. If you have any suggestions, please share with the Parent Coordinator
Please click HERE for Food Resources; the list is also in the column to the right.
In addition to the most recent resources listed in the Resource files posted above, here are more. (There may be some overlap.)
NY State is here to help.  
• Crisis Hotline: 1-877-870-4683
• Youth Talkline: 1-800-246- PRIDE 
• The GLBT National Help Center: 1-888-THE-GLNH
• Suicide Prevention Hotline: or 1-800-273-TALK
• Domestic/Interpersonal Violence Hotline: https://
• The Trevor Project/LGBTQ Support for ages 13-24: 1-866-488-7386
• National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD
• National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE
• Eating Disorders Awareness & Prevention: 1-800-931-2237

• Getting Connected to a therapist in your area:
Middle School and Tweens (when you are all at home)
Here are a few articles from the NY Times.
On Meditation: From Chopra Center Meditation: Hope in Uncertain Times
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* Books
I recently did a search for books that had "humor and depth." I found this list, and it includes a wide variety of categories. Some books you or your children may have read; there are plenty to explore, though.
NPR Book List

Bronx Bound Books, an independent bookstore in the Bronx, has an ongoing social distance series hosting authors and readers online via Facebook. If parents like the FB page they can follow and be notified when the reader comes on live. 
How cool that you get to see the authors read their work!

*MY FAV - Cat Week Tonight with Jon Oliver
(Warning - there is one curse word at 52 seconds so you can skip that part.) From about 1:45 to the end in the video is the best part!
If you want to laugh some more...
Like puppies? Check them out in the Atlanta Aquarium! 
The Atlanta Humane Society took kittens, too!
More aquarium videos! 
Chill Time and Space Out Videos
Want to chill our or look at some magnificent aspects of our universe?
Click the photo for some Zen Jellyfish time at the Monterey Aquarium!

Ambient Sound with Space Images - Super chill out HERE.

Northern Lights Here! (the music in this one is a little over the top but it's still alright!)

Universal Rabbit Hole
Want to go down a quantum rabbit hole? Start googling Neil DeGrasse Tyson. So many good interviews!!

NPR Tiny Desk Concerts!
Tiny Desk Concerts are great to explore - such a diverse array of talent that can lift your spirits.
This one is Los Hacheros, forwarded to me by a friend.

AND, I just found one of Mariachi Flor De Toloache, who have collaborated with and played for CS!

There is some cool stuff happening here.


is an American contemporary painter, silhouettist, print-maker, installation artist, and film-maker who explores race, gender, sexuality, violence, and identity in her work. She is best known for her room-size tableaux of black cut-paper silhouettes.

From AMNH: 

Though we can’t explore the wonders of the universe together at Astronomy Live or Frontiers Lectures while the Museum is closed, we’re still here to bring you information and inspiration about our cosmos. We invite you to enjoy some of our top resources and past programs online, and as always, keep looking up.

The Known Universe. Watch the video here! 


SciCafe: The Milky Way as You’ve Never Seen It Before Watch the video here! 


Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate: The Existence of Nothing Watch the video here!


Podcast: Strange New Worlds with Elizabeth Tasker Listen to the podcast


Shelf Life: How to Time Travel to a Star Watch the video here!