Taking care of yourself is so hard to prioritize during the beginning months of the year! The reality is when you do take time to take care of yourself you create more time and space to take care of others. Pick one thing, make it as small or big as you like, and commit to making it happen for yourself. For example, if you want to enjoy a healthy meal, take 20 minutes out of your Sunday to cook yourself something that tastes delicious and will feed you soul during the first few days of the week. Maybe you want more movement, schedule movement dates over the week to walk, take a class, or watch an exercise video (then you don't really have to do it- ha!). The goal is for 2017-18 is to make it the best we can and that starts with you, so don't miss the opportunity!
This new grant opportunity can help you fund up to $500 in Healthy Schools Initiatives. Due September 15th grant link
September 14, 2017 Healthy Schools Fall Workshop
November 1, 2017 SHIPs due to Healthy Schools peeps
February 1, 2018 Mid-year check-in
April 2018 Success Stories
Late April 2018 End Of Year Celebration (date and place TBD)
June 7-8th, 2018 Healthy Schools Leadership Retreat in Keystone, CO
Healthy Schools WebsiteWe have a website! Check out all the resources and information! Please let us know if you have something to share. Healthy Schools Website
Green PBL Apps Due Sept. 15!
The Green Project Based Learning Fund has successfully encouraged schools to address energy and other sustainability issues, joining the District in its efforts to be responsible stewards of our resources. This year we will focus on three main pillars for the incentive: Innovation, Student Leadership and Community Impact.
Green PBL Fund
The proposed projects should identify an environmental problem or need in your community (could be your school, neighborhood, city, or Douglas County) and create an innovative solution to that problem or need. Students should be involved in project research, development, and evaluation.
Funds Available: Schools may apply for funds in any amount. $200,000 is available to distribute to applicants on a competitive basis.
Application: Green PBL Application
Deadline: September 15
The most important part of this program is TO HAVE FUN while learning about innovative ways to sustain our school district.
Mark your calendars for this amazing opportunity! Our fabulous DCSD Wellness department is offering an challenging day at the Epic Sky Trek in Castle Rock! Saturday, September 30th!
This is a well researched resource for incorporating physical activity into your schools and communities ! Active Living Research
KRA shut its doors this summer. We want to acknowledge how wonderful they have been for motivating thousands of DCSD students and their families to run. Thank you KRA! Luckily we were fortunate to have Megan Balfe spend some of her summer hours putting together an easy follow guide on creating your own running program for your school. Please feel free to reach out to our office for any help!
Better grades might be found on the playground. A new study of elementary-age children shows that those who were not part of an after-school exercise program tended to pack on a particular type of body fat that can have deleterious impacts on brain health and thinking. But prevention and treatment could be as simple as playing more games of tag. Please read more.... Recess article
3 basic ways to be happier... Mind Fuel Daily
Peekapak- A mindfulness platform for PreK-3rd grade teachers.
The 7 Day Kindness Challenge
I'd like to challenge you to complete a 7-Day Kindness Challenge. Here's some ground rules:
1) You must do something different every day. You can do the same thing on two different days if you want, but it only counts the first time.
2) You have to push yourself out of your comfort zone at least once. In other words, you have to do an act of kindness that stretches you a bit.
3) At least one of your acts of kindness must be completely anonymous. No one must know that it was you who did it, or what you did. You can't tell anyone about it.
Do you want to learn more about kindness? Check out David Hamilton's work on kindness.
Well that's all for September, lots more to share but there's always October. Please send in any photos or successes that we can post on this blog. You and what you are creating at your schools matters most and we want to share it with everyone. Thank you for all that you do, hopefully we will see you on September 14th.
Your Healthy Schools Cheerleaders
Laurie LaComb firstname.lastname@example.org
Kimmy Romine email@example.com