Henry Leavenworth Elementary EVery family has a story to tell, Welcome to ours!

Sonya - Greeting

Henry Leavenworth Elementary is a Pre-K - 5th Grade building in Leavenworth, Kansas. We are one of four elementary's in our district, and average approximately 600 students in our building.

Kevin Lunsford - Introduction

Henry facts, demographics, building needs, opportunity for trauma sensitive training

Morning Meeting - When you think of trauma in school, what comes to mind?

Trauma is defined as and emotional shock following a stressful event or a physical injury, which may be associated with physical shock and sometimes leads to long-term neurosis.

Last summer, we had the opportunity to participate in a week-long Trauma Sensitive Schools training. The following video really opened our eyes to our ever-changing enviroment.

As a result:

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From the training, we determined as a team there were 3 areas we wanted to focus on for year 1: Mindfulness, Calming Spaces, and Teacher Self Care

Cindy Scircle - Mindfulness

Adults Understanding the Brain of a Child Who Has Trauma

There is a physical difference
There is Hope by mindfully helping them build connections to the prefrontal cortex (wise brain)

Students Mindfully Training the Brain:

  • Wise Brain, Memory Saver, and Security Guard (Brain Power Handout)
  • 3-D Brain Model
  • Ways to Calm the Security and Engage the Wise Brain:
  • Calming Items
  • Breathing
  • Movement
  • Sitting Like a Meerkat
I can sit so my brain is on!

Learning Styles:

  • Auditory
  • Visual
  • Kinesthetic
  • **Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty
  • Bring the brain training into Bully Prevention, Career, and Social Lessons
  • Helping students have hope they can train their brain to read differently by helping them build prefrontal pathways

Thankful for Our Neighbors and Lunch with Our First Responders

Ann Broeker - Calming Spaces

  • Recognizing triggers
  • Pro-Active vs. Re-Active
  • A soft place to land and re-group
  • Teaching kids to use tools to help them re-set/re-group
  • Meant to be used for short periods of time
  • Keeps students in the classroom
  • Follow up with quiet conversation before joining the class

Therapy Dogs

Anne-Marie Short - Teacher Self Care

  • Shake it Out and Pool Noodle
  • Self-Care Assessment
  • Power Plans
"Power Plan"
  • Calming Bottles
"Calming Bottles"

Celebrate. Every. Day.

***with the kids***

***with each other***

I LOVE HENRY LEAVENWORTH ELEMENTARY BECAUSE...

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