Breath & Calm Down
Recently, students and I have been talking about uncomfortable feelings and how they can make your body feel. Ask your child(ren) about what feelings are uncomfortable for them and how they feel those feelings in their bodies. They may tell you about butterflies in the stomach, headaches, tight muscles, fast beating hearts, and fast breathing. They may also share how faces look for different feelings and how sometimes hands get clenched into fists. Second and Third graders should be able to tell you what "Flipping Your Lid" means and how it relates to not being able to think clearly.
More recently, we have started talking about how to calm our brains and bodies down so that problems can better be solved. We've practiced taking belly breathes, counting, and using positive self talk. These are all strategies that can help people calm down so that their brains are better able to think about solving whatever the issue is. Please encourage your child(ren) to use these strategies at home. The more practice they have, the more automatic the calming strategies will become.
Hats & Gloves: The Maxwell Intermediate Student Council recently held a hat & glove drive for the Greenfield-Central elementary schools. If your child is in need of a hat and/or gloves, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-462-1492).
Blessing Boxes: Two new blessing boxes have been placed at Riley Park, near the tennis courts. One is for food and the other for toiletries. Donations to the boxes are welcome, and there is no charge to use the boxes.