The Role of an FSLW
Family School Liaison Workers (FSLW) facilitate the relationship between the home, school environment, and community organizations supporting student achievement by acting as a communication liaison and helping all students feel welcome in the school. FSLW’s assess the child and family's needs and offer support, including home visits, referral to community organizations, and counseling to manage challenging issues and events positively. Family School Liaison Workers play an important role in the school and provide support to other staff members to understand various topics, including trauma, equity, grief and loss, and anti-racism, through consultation and presentations.
We are blessed to work and learn within a district that values and supports the mental well-being of our students. Here at ASAA, we have a Family School Liaison Worker who strives to deliver support for students, families, and the school as a whole by providing universal and targeted interventions that support social-emotional learning alongside academic learning. Developing social-emotional awareness allows students to enjoy and navigate the world around them.
The main ways your student may receive education about their mental wellbeing, to support their social and emotional success at school, include coordinated universal classroom presentations designed to educate the students on pro-social behaviors such as kindness, sharing and empathy. The development of these skills assists our students to improve their attitude towards learning and can assist with the development of stress management and self-regulation skills.
At times, small group opportunities will allow for the development of close connections between peers and adults. These opportunities can foster authentic discussions and skill development regarding topics such as friendship skills, self-regulation skills, decision making or self-confidence etc.
When needed, individual interventions can occur that allow students an outlet to talk or solve problems utilizing a solution-focused approach. These interventions encourage students to identify their own strengths, resources and problem-solving skills. As these resources and skills are identified, the FSLW can work alongside the students to assist them to resolve issues and create change.
The FSLW uses a collaborative approach, connecting with both the student and their family to ensure that skills that can be developed at school can also be transferable to the home. The FSLW can also connect families to appropriate community resources to provide further wrap-around services.
About our FSLW
I am Miss Ellesar, and wear the Family School Liaison Worker hat at Académie Saint-André Academy. My career journey has been a blend of learning, hands-on experiences, and a passion for helping others. My role here revolves around building bridges between the school and the families it serves. I'm on a mission to ensure that our families have all the tools and support they need for their children's growth and success. Beyond my school day, you might spot me walking with my daughter or hanging out at the Recreation Centre. Being outside and surrounded by loved ones keeps me motivated to give my best.
Feel free to reach out by phone or email. I'm here to make your child's journey at Académie Saint-André Academy as enriching as possible.
Children's Mobile Mental Health Crisis: 780-407-1000
Mental Health Distress Line: 780-482-4357
Suicide Crisis Line: 1-833-456-4566
Distress Centre: 403-266-4557
Alberta Mental Health Help Line: 1-877-303-2642
Alberta Addiction Helpline: 1-866-332-2322
Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
Alberta Supports and Services: 211
Healthlink AHS: 811
any other emergencies: 911
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