Welcome to the new school year! It is so nice to see all the students in-person this year. I know we're all wearing masks, but I can tell how happy they are to be back in the building.
I am very excited that I will also be teaching a health class to our 6th-8th grade girls this first quarter. Below is the letter that outlines the program specifics and what topics will be discussed. Please reach out to me if you have any questions.
Week of 6/14
This is our final full week of school! You made it! It has been a pleasure getting to know you all and work with you during this very unique school year. During the summer, you are still welcome to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need anything. I don't check my email as regularly, but I will still get back to you.
Here are some ways to celebrate the beginning of summer vacation:
Yoga for a celebration
Week of 6/1
June is Pride Month! There are many ways to celebrate this month and the rights of the LGBTQ community. Celebrating this month is important because it reminds us to be inclusive of people of all backgrounds and the importance of advocating for those who are in minority groups. While many communities and cities have over-the-top celebrations, there are ways to celebrate in your home. One way is to diversify your home library. Here are some books you can add to your collection:
Week of 5/24
This is the last week of Mental Health Awareness month and I wanted to share a simple practice that can improve your mood and reduce your stress level. Every day this week (or longer), I want you to list three things you're grateful for. You can use these sentence starters too:
Regardless if the things are big or small that you're grateful for, people who are grateful are happier and healthier. Studies have shown being grateful increases your positive mood and decreases negative emotion. It also helps with an overall positive outlook on life and satisfaction. Share some things you're grateful for in the comments!
Week of 5/17
This week I wanted to share a fun activity that you can do it at home and it will help you relax too!
1. Take an empty water bottle
2. Fill the water bottle with water
3. Add desired color of food coloring
4. Add glitter, sequins, or other decorations that are waterproof and float
5. Close the top and tap top shut
6. Shake it up and watch the glitter settle. Use as needed to calm down.
Week of 5/10
This week I wanted to share 2 breathing techniques that can help you calm down and manage any stress or anxiety you're feeling. It is important to learn techniques that can help you maintain good mental health and breathing exercises are a great tool.
Pretend your hands and arms are like lava flowing from a volcano. Start with your hands in front of your heart, with palms touching. Keeping your hands together, reach straight up and breathe in. Separate your hands and move your arms down to your side and breathe out.
With your mouth closed, breathe in for four seconds or you feel your whole belly fill with air, all the way down to her belly. I always say breathe in like you're smelling a flower. Hold in the air for four seconds. Slowly blow the air out until it’s all gone and your belly goes in. I say you should breathe like you're blowing out a candle.
Here's a video you can watch too:
Week of 5/3
May is Mental Health Awareness Month! For the month of May, I will share a different mental health tip for you.
Week of 4/26
This week I want to share an exercise you can use to help you feel less stressed and anxious. This is called a Progressive Muscle Relaxation and it's great because you can do it anywhere or anytime. It's done by tensing and relaxing your muscles. Here's what you do:
Week of 4/19
This week is Career Day! Hopefully everyone will enjoy their speakers and learning about some new careers. Some things to think about during career day:
1. What challenges did this person have to overcome to achieve their goals?
2. How did they overcome these challenges?
3. What is something new you learned about each career?
4. What support did the person have to achieve their goals? What support do you have to achieve your goals?
5. What next steps can you take to help pursue the career you're interested in?
There are many ways you can take steps now to learn more about different careers and to pursue the careers you're interested in:
-Talk to someone in the field you're interested in
-Read books about topics you're interested in or about people in the career field
-Find after school and summer opportunities to help you increase your knowledge and build skills to help pursue the career you're interested in
-Watch videos about the career or people in the field you're interested in. A good website to explore is www.roadtripnation.com