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Cliff's Corner - 12/14/2017

posted Jan 19, 2018, 3:55 PM by Admin at Winterhaven

Counselor’s Corner – Hey folks,

We are wrapping up this last week of the year in the K-6 classes by reflecting on our learnings of mindfulness.  How is it useful to each student as an individual?  How does it help?  What are things it can’t help with?   What gets in the way of making it a regular practice?  What are other ways we can be mindful?  This then becomes a mindful eating exercise, which will likely be very difficult for the kids.  Hopefully it will be fun also.  If you could continue to reinforce mindfulness at home throughout the year that would be instrumental to helping our school be the amazing place it is.   

You may have heard in the news about a big spike in youth anxiety levels.  We were a very anxious school before this spike, so it is really hitting us hard.  Please take the time to check in with your kiddo (and yourself) to see where their stress levels are.  Taking the time to really relax at least a couple days this vacation is especially necessary for many of our kids, particularly the more introverted ones who really just need some alone time, as do we introverted adults also!  Sometimes the pace of the holidays can interfere with this.  Try to make the time for some mindful down time and allow them to be in the moment of “now” rather than thinking of the future.  

A reminder that Grant High School will be here the first Friday in January (the 5th) to speak to the half dozen 8th graders headed their way and Franklin will be here in February to speak to their dozen.  Cleveland will follow at some point.  Other public high schools will send me the materials as they become ready and I’ll be choosing the classes with the students as needed.  You’ll need to sign off on your student’s class choices so be expecting paperwork to come home after each of those meetings.  

And to our equity question of the week: “What do our portrayals of the holidays speak about our ideas of race and class?  How can we improve this for future generations?”  You’ll have to break this down some for the wee ones


Happy Holidays.  

Cliff Shaw