February 2024

From the President…

Happy Leap Year!

We hope you enjoy your quadrennial leap day! We are on the verge of spring here. The cherry blossoms have promised to visit us soon, spring sports teams are in full swing, and life remains busier than ever. Please remember to take care of your mental health and be aware of the mental health of your loved ones.

Our amazing Mental Health Committee, which is comprised of the areas top mental health practitioners, has put together a guide for parents navigating mental health challenges, including types of mental health practitioners, levels of care, and more local mental health resources. You can find the document

Also, we are excited to announce our spring speaker registration is open! For more details, see below.

What can we do for you, your family, and your students? As always, we want to hear from you!
Let us know how we can help!


Courtney Brown


Stress-Less Admissions:  Navigating the College Journey with Your Sanity Intact

Save the date! Join us
Monday, April 29 at 7pm
at the McLean Community Center’s Alden Theatre for an evening with New York Times best-selling author and journalist, Jeff Selingo. Well-known for his years of experience monitoring and researching the higher-education industry, Jeff will share his insights on current trends in college admissions and tips on managing the process and preserving the peace.

Moderators, Dr. Heather Tedesco, Psychologist, and Hannah Wolff, College & Career Counselor, will take questions from the audience and share their expertise and experience working with students and their families.



The SCC is an all-volunteer organization and relies on donations and grants from our community to provide crucial resources to the McLean Community and surrounding areas. Please consider a tax deductible donation to help us continue our efforts to keep our youth safe.



Special unit is focused on investigating opioid overdoses in Fairfax Co


A specialized unit in Fairfax County is dedicated to investigating opioid overdoses. This unit focuses on addressing the rising concern of opioid-related incidents within the community. Their primary objective is to thoroughly investigate and respond to cases of opioid overdoses, aiming to identify the sources of these drugs and hold accountable those responsible. This proactive approach underscores the county’s commitment to combatting the opioid crisis and safeguarding the well-being of its residents.

WUSA9 Article

How to Help When an Anxious Child Refuses to Go to School

It’s common for children and adolescents to experience occasional worry about school-related events, like starting a new school or facing exams. However, prolonged challenges, stress, or distress can develop over time, leading to chronic school-related anxiety. Managing a child’s anxiety about school attendance can be draining for both the child and the caregiver, especially during morning routines when the stress of getting to school clashes with other responsibilities like work. Even if the child is physically present at school, the anticipation of difficulty or future challenges can persist, creating a cycle of anxiety for both the child and the caregiver.

How to Help

Get Outside to Support your Mental and Physical Health

We all know the importance of getting outside for our mental health. We are coming into a wonderful time of year to take a walk in DC’s tidal basin and take in the Cherry Blossoms. Peak bloom is typically in late March to early April. Check out the latest predictions at the link below.

FCPS Family Resource Center – Upcoming Webinars & Resources

The Family Resource Center offers free webinars for adults to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.

Behavior Solution Series for Elementary and Secondary Families
– Join FCPS Behavior Intervention Services staff for help encouraging positive communication and behavior at home. Webinars will be held at 10 a.m.:

Elementary Webinars:

Taming Tantrums and More,
Friday, March 15

Secondary Webinars:

Proactive Strategies for Effective Communication,
Friday, April 19

Taming the Teen-Aged Brain,
Friday, May 31

Click the linked titles above to register.


Visit the
resources page
on our website for a variety of
SCC programming
and that of
our speakers
, including actual talks and websites of former speakers, the videos of our Managing the Moments series developed during the Covid 19 pandemic and virtual schooling, and many other resources.

You can always access
past SCCoop newsletters
(what you are reading now) which has all of the articles shared through our Reading List (below) as well.

The SCC has thrived since 1995 as an all-volunteer organization with funding from community grants and individual donors including the New Dominion Women’s Club, Rotary Club of McLean, McLean Community Foundation, the Zavela Foundation, and through the SCC Mental Health Committee.
We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and welcome all donations.

*SCC occasionally promotes events and programs outside of the SCC that align with our mission. However, this does not imply sponsorship by or any connection to the SCC unless noted. We simply offer them as a community resource. Others are welcome to share the information about such events or programs, but the SCC name or logo should not be added unless it’s an actual SCC program. 
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