Newsletter 12 – 11/28/16

Highlights

Hope you had a lovely break!

Research, research, research – we are digging into our argument writing pieces by learning how to state a thesis and backing it up with related evidence and reasons. Filing through the notes we’ve taken, we’re trying to find compelling and interesting evidence for our readers. We are also taking on a research project as an end to our study of government and the election in P3. Students will have a variety of mediums to communicate a platform issue and how it is tied to the Constitution/Bill of Rights.

Announcements

We will be seeing Oliver on December 22nd at the Buskirk Chumley! We are asking that families contribute $6.50 for this trip if they are able. No child will be prevented from going due to an inability to pay. If you are able to give more than $6.50 to fund another kiddo, please let us know!

Thursday, we’ll be starting a meditation series in our CPR groups. We’ll be using this information in our class to develop new strategies in stress and emotional validation/management. We’re also working on patience, flexibility, and compassion. We’ll be meeting several times a week for the next few weeks and then weekly after routines are established. Here is some information from yoga practitioner and 5/6 parent, Stephanie Dull:

Stress is an inevitable part of our lives, it can be helpful, but it can have harmful effects, if not properly cared for and understood. Children also experience stress and anxiety, they have big emotions, and their days have moments with the power to overwhelm them. They spend their day in school using their mind for challenging projects, resolving problems, and learning new skills. Teaching them how to manage the vast emotions and the stories they play in their head is a beneficial skill set. Meditation and deep breathing are two practices that can empower our children; they can learn that when they are upset, afraid, scared, nervous etc., there is contextual relevance for these emotions and how to manage these feelings. What we tell our brains to do, they will do. The result and the goal of meditation coupled with a contemplative breathing practice, is to have a tool to improve the neurological pathways in the brain, which creates mindfulness (recognized as the ability to know what’s happening in your head at any given moment)

In this series students will be given an overview of the Limbic System, and emotional processes. They will be taught breathing exercises along with guided meditations focused on gratitude, empathy, compassion, and awareness of the present moment. They will also learn ways to give their brain a break and how to recognize the sensations of stress and anxiety. The goal of this series is to promote peaceful mental well-being for our children.

My name is Steph Dull, I am the mother of 3 TPS children, and I am a 500 hr. I’m a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance, I have been teaching yoga since 2006 with over 5,000 hours of teaching. I have a B.S. in Behavioral Science along with an MBA. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at sunshineandmoxie@gmail.com.

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