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    Name: Kathy Feen
    Email Address: KFeen@marsd.org
    Phone number: @ Ravine Drive (Tuesday, Thursday & Friday pm) - (732) 705-5837 /  Strathmore (Monday, Wednesday & Friday am) - (732) 705-5917

    "Whatever you are be a good one"
                                                   Abe Lincoln
    Ms. Feen is in her 16th year as a Counselor in the Matawan Regional School District. Prior to coming to Matawan she was a Physical Education Teacher for 17 years at St. Peter Elementary School in Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ.  She began her professional career at Holy Cross College in Massachusetts as an Administrator/Coach in the Athletic Department there. Born and raised in Massachusetts...Go Red Sox! & Patriots!....Kathy received her B.S. in Psychology from Worcester State University, MA. and went on to earn an M.S. in Sports Management from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  She obtained her Student Personnel Services Certificate through Georgian Court College here in New Jersey in 2004.
    Ms. Feen also serves as the Girls' Basketball Coach at the Matawan Aberdeen Middle School.
    Ms. Feen is also the Anti-Bullying Specialist for Ravine Drive & Strathmore Schools
    March 24, 2020
    Dear Families & Staff from Ravine Dr. & Strathmore Schools,
    I will be using this Website to communicate with you all and will be posting some links/lessons in-between contacting you via the phone.  I know this is a very trying time for all.  It is only natural that you will experience many different feelings throughout this challenging time.  Today, I am sharing this message below in the hopes that we can all learn something from this experience and in the end, be better for it. 
    *Beautiful message from Bill Gates*
    *What is the Corona/ Covid-19 Virus Really Teaching us?*
    I’m a strong believer that there is a spiritual purpose behind everything that happens, whether that is what we perceive as being good or being bad.
    As I meditate upon this, I want to share with you what I feel the Corona/ Covid-19 virus is really doing to us:
    1) It is reminding us that we are all equal, regardless of our culture, religion, occupation, financial situation or how famous we are. This disease treats us all equally, perhaps we should to. If you don’t believe me,
     just ask Tom Hanks.
    2) It is reminding us that we are all connected and something that affects one person has an effect on another. It is reminding us that the false borders that we have put up have little value as this virus does not need a passport. It is reminding us, by oppressing us for a short time, of those in this world whose whole life is spent in oppression.
    3) It is reminding us of how precious our health is and how we have moved to neglect it through eating nutrient poor manufactured food and drinking water that is contaminated with chemicals upon chemicals. If we don’t look after our health, we will, of course, get sick.
    4) It is reminding us of the shortness of life and of what is most important for us to do, which is to help each other, especially those who are old or sick. Our purpose is not to buy toilet roll.
    5) It is reminding us of how materialistic our society has become and how, when in times of difficulty, we remember that it’s the essentials that we need (food, water, medicine)
     as opposed to the luxuries that we sometimes unnecessarily give value to.
    6) It is reminding us of how important our family and home life is and how much we have neglected this. It is forcing us back into our houses so we can rebuild them into our home and
     to strengthen our family unit.
    7) It is reminding us that our true work is not our job, that is what we do, not what we were created to do.
    Our true work is to look after each other, to protect each other and to be of benefit to one another.
    😎 It is reminding us to keep our egos in check. It is reminding us that no matter how great we think we are or how great others think we are,
    a virus can bring our world to a standstill.
    9) It is reminding us that the power of freewill is in our hands. We can choose to cooperate and help each other, to share, to give, to help and to support each other or we can choose to be selfish, to hoard, to look after
     only our self. Indeed, it is difficulties that bring out our true colors.
    10) It is reminding us that we can be patient, or we can panic. We can either understand that this type of situation has happened many times before in history and will pass, or we can panic and see it as the end of the world and, consequently, cause ourselves more harm than good.
    11) It is reminding us that this can either be an end or a new beginning. This can be a time of reflection and understanding, where we learn from our mistakes, or it can be the start of a cycle which will continue until we finally learn the lesson we are meant to.
    12) It is reminding us that this Earth is sick. It is reminding us that we need to look at the rate of deforestation just as urgently as we look at the speed at which toilet rolls are disappearing off of shelves. We are sick because our home is sick. 
    13) It is reminding us that after every difficulty, there is always ease. Life is cyclical, and this is just a phase in this great cycle. We do not need to panic; this too shall pass.
    14) Whereas many see the Corona/ Covid-19 virus as a great disaster, I prefer to see it as a *great corrector*
    It is sent to remind us of the important lessons that we seem to have forgotten and it is up to us if we will learn them or not.

    March 25, 2020
    Co-Parenting During This Time
    Many families are in a situation where a previous shared custody schedule was in place, and now the current circumstances are bringing about possible adjustments.  The mindset at this time should be one of communicating in the spriit of cooperation, for the well-being of your children....Keep kids first.  Ask each other, "What do you need?"  Have thoughtful and honest conversations about possible, "exposures" throughout this time.  Some parents are still working and leaving their homes and or some have a partner who may still be working outside the home.  
    Avoid keeping it personal and make decisions together during this time.  Use social media to monitor activity in each home and have consistent communication between each home.
    This can be a great time to alter the relationships in your life and will eliminate additonal stress for all.

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Last Modified on March 25, 2020