• Summer is almost here! Here is an activity that you can do and have for this summer that is another great coping strategy to help when you are feeling stressed or mad. It is called “My Happy Place.” Here is what you do. Think about a place that is your “happy/safe place.” Once you have imagined it, draw your “happy/safe place.” Put this drawing up in your room or any spot in your house that is a calm, cozy spot. When you are feeling stressed or mad, you can go calm down or relax in your “happy place.” While there you might even practice taking deep breaths.

    Have a Sensational Summer and Stay Safe.

     

    “Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy. There’s going to be stress in life, but it’s your choice whether you let it affect you or not.”

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  • Hope everyone enjoyed the weekend. We have been reviewing how important it is to be kind and to practice gratitude. Doing these two things make you feel good and are good coping strategies when you feel stressed or mad. Sometimes it may be hard to have self control when you are feeling stressed or mad. It is important to use coping strategies when you feel this way so you can react in a healthy and positive way.

     Another great coping strategy to use when you feel stressed or mad is to take slow, deep breaths. When you do this, your breath should go down to your belly by taking a slow deep breath through your nose and then slowly breathing out for a count of 5-7 seconds.  Watch Elmo’s Belly Breathe to practice.

    https://youtu.be/_mZbzDOpylA

     

    “Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.”

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  • Hello Everyone! I hope everyone is working on having an Attitude of Gratitude. Remember Gratitude is pausing to notice and appreciate the things that we often take for granted, like having a place to live, food, friends, and family. Please take time to watch - What is Gratitude? Written and voiced by Stephanie Bierman. 

    “Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.”

    What Is Gratitude

     

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  • Hello Everyone!  Try to take time this week to reflect on the things that you are thankful for. It’s called having an Attitude of Gratitude. Gratitude is one of many positive emotions. It is pausing to notice and appreciate the things that we often take for granted, like having a place to live, food, friends, and family. What are you grateful for?  Talk about what you are grateful for with your family.

     

    “There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.”

     

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  • Hope everyone enjoyed the Easter break. Were you able to be a bucket-filler? Remember a bucket-filler is a loving, caring person who says or does nice things that make others feel special.  Another great bucket-filling story you can watch on You Tube being read by author Carol McCloud is titled Fill a Bucket. This week why not spread some kindness to your family members by filling their buckets!  Here are some ways you can fill a bucket:  smile, say thank you, do a chore without being told, give a hug, say I love you, feed your pet, give your grandparent a phone call, share with your brother or sister, pick up after yourself.

     

    “Kindness is doing ordinary things with extraordinary love.”

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  • Hello Parents and Students!  I hope you are all doing well.  I know this is a trying time, but it is important for us to remain positive for our physical health and mental health.  Practicing being kind is a great way to feel positive about ourselves and help others feel positive about themselves.  Below are some kindness songs you can watch with your kids on You Tube.

     

    “Kindness is spreading sunshine into other people’s lives regardless of the weather.”

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