Thursday, January 3, 2019

January 2019



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Happy 2019 Healthy School Leaders! This time of year is so conducive to make time to rest, relax, laugh, connect, and reflect- I hope you all found time for yourself to experience one or all of these.  Recently I listened to a podcast featuring Michelle Obama's new book and one of her biggest "ah-ha" moments after leaving the White House was the lack of reflection time she had day in day out during their eight years in Washington.  Once they left that life she realized how important it was for her to include reflection in her daily life and is now dedicating time so she can continually grow in a positive direction.  As growing professionals and humans, it is imperative we take MAKE  time to reflect and now is great time to start! As you are creating your lesson plans for January, include some time for not just your students to reflect on what they are experiencing- make some time for yourself too!

Coming Soon! SHIP Mid-Year Check-ins
Healthy School Leaders: be on the lookout for your SHIP Mid-Year check-in email around the first week of February. We are looking forward to hearing about the good work you are doing with your SHIPs and how we can support you in your endeavors.

Mindfulness

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Concentric Circles (from David Sawyer
The group is divided in two, with half of them forming a tight circle in the center of the room. The remaining people then pair up with someone in the circle. The facilitator then poses a question for each pair to answer in a few minutes. Then, either the inner or outer circle is asked to rotate "x" spaces to the right or left. Another question is asked for the new pair to discuss. This activity can go on for as long as desired, giving people the chance to have one on one discussions with many different people in the group. 

Create reflection snowballs 
After a lesson, direct all your students write a key reflection on a sheet of paper and crumple it up. Then they toss their papers to the other side of the room. Once students catch a “snowball,” they read it, add something new and repeat. This and 14 other ideas resource



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Classroom Visits!! We have the capacity to visit more classrooms in your school this year! We can focus on different components of the SEL Wheel, mindfulness techniques to reduce stress, physical activity, stillness & movement., and more! Just email lllacomb@dcsdk12.org to set up a visit. 

Professional Learning Opportunities

January 18th - Classified Professional Development Day - Please join us for a Classified Day of Learning at Clear Sky Elementary.  We will be offering a full day of classes for our Classified staff including Mindfulness, Restorative Practices, Recess Rocks and Playground Supervision.  Please contact Kimberly Romine at kcromine@dcsdk12.org for more information.

Registration information:
Introduction to Mindfulness #1762-9 8:30 - 10:00
Introduction to Mindfulness #1762-10 10:00 - 11:30
Restorative Strategies #1085-44 8:30 - 10:00
Restorative Strategies #1084- 10:00 - 11:30
Playground Management #829-6 1:00 - 2:30
Playground Management #829-7 2:30 - 4:00
Recess Rocks! #2117-1 1:00 - 2:30
Recess Rocks! #2117-2 2:30 - 4:00


Mind Up Curriculum: Why? How? Plan!
Jan 15, 2019 4:00 - 6:00pm Trailblazer Elementary
This two hour class with provide an overview of the neuroscience that supports using mindfulness in the classroom along with some hands-on activities, the MindUP curriculum, and planning time with colleagues. The overall goal of this workshop is to train teachers how to use the MindUp curriculum and other mindfulness resources to aid in creating optimistic classroom environments, provide social emotional learning skills practice for students, decreasing stress and anxiety while increasing focus, self awareness and self management skills.
Registration







Did you take any of our Teaching with the Brain in Mind classes last year? They have created a new one!! Join us for this new session, please sign up through InspirEd. Healthy Schools will pay for a sub if your school won't, so reach out to Laurie at lllacomb@dcsdk12.org if you would like one.

Course: Teaching with the Brain in Mind #4

Session: 2105-1

Start Date: 01/16/2019



New this year from WellTrain is Recess: Play On! Please join us to enhance recess at your school!


Course: Recess: Play On!
Session: 2107-1, Recess: Play On!
Start Date: 02/19/2019



Fuel UP to Play Important Dates

January 3 — Student Ambassador Summit Application
The application for a chance to attend the 2019 Student Ambassador Summit is now open for qualified students and Program Advisors. To help your students be eligible to apply, make sure they are linked to their school on their Dashboards. Check out this Guide to Linking to a Schoolfor help.  

February 18 — Time to Milk It!
FUTP 60 is launching a new Campaign: Time to Milk It! This exciting Campaign will offer fun and engaging healthy eating activities by making milk the star of your school. Stay tuned for chances to win awesome prizes!

March 5 — FUTP 60 Playbook Launches
The updated FUTP 60 Playbook goes live on the website. See how our Plays are incorporating more dairy than ever!

March 6 — Funds for FUTP 60 Application
The Funds for FUTP 60 application opens! Funds are awarded in support of implementing Plays from the FUTP 60 Playbook.

Physical Activity

BOKS  Burst Weekly Activity
Burst 1: Team Routine

At BOKS, we don't like resolutions; instead, we focus on healthy habits and routines.

So in groups of 4, instruct each student to make up their own routine using sets of 8 counts:
  1. Each team member picks one move to do for 8 counts (use chairs, walls, desks, etc.)
  2. One at a time, each student shows their move to the group
  3. Group practices routine together before adding on next 8 counts, and then demos to class
  4. In the end, each group should have created a team routine lasting 4 rounds of 8 counts each
Example:
  1. Stand up then sit down 4 times (8 counts total)
  2. Sit on chair and kick one foot out in front of you at a time (left, right, left, right x2)
  3. Stand behind chair and hold the back while you do 8 counts of buttkickers
  4. Hold back of chair and do the "twist" to the right and left for 8 counts

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Nutrition

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We have had the good fortune to start a relationship with Tri County Health who now serves on our District Health Advisory Committee (DHAC).  This organization (who represents Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas County) has some very valuable resources for our schools and families! A few resources you will find are diabetes classes, American Heart Association: Check, Change, Control Program, Project Angel Heart (meal delivery), Weigh and Win.... and more!!  Please review if interested: Tri County Health Healthy Eastin Healthy Living Newsletter  

Staff Wellness


15 Questions to Challenge Yourself

Reflection resource for you: 15 Questions to Challenge Yourself


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Time sensitive: Must do by 1/10/19 for T-shirt
DCSD Go Red Day (Friday, February 1st). Donate by January 10th to get a T-shirt! If you would like to donate to the AHA, for every $20 donated you will get a Go Red T-shirt to wear on Friday, February 1st.  Text dcsdgives to 41444 and follow the prompts. Or the Web Donation Link = https://app.mobilecause.com/form/HdUwEw. T-shirts will be delivered to you in late January. Also, the top fundraising staff will get a complimentary breakfast brought to you from the American Heart Association.   

Vaping Resources

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Team Up- Our amazing Team UP team has resources to share their website as well as can offer fabulous classroom support. 
RMC Health Resources- If you need any student, parent, and/or school resources, please reach out to me at lllacomb@dcsdk12.org. I have over 20 documents to share with you!

Recipe of the Month

This acai bowl recipe is a smoothie made with fruit, acai berry puree and yogurt that's served in a bowl and finished with a fun and colorful variety of toppings.
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Easy Acai Bowl

This recipe for an acai bowl is a smoothie made with fruit, acai berry puree and yogurt that's served in a bowl and finished with a fun and colorful variety of toppings.
 CourseBreakfast, Snack
 CuisineAmerican
 Keywordacai bowl
 Prep Time10 minutes
 Cook Time1 minute
 Total Time10 minutes
 Servings acai bowls
 Calories187kcal
 AuthorDinner at the Zoo

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup of apple juice
  • 1 large banana , sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups of frozen berries
  • 1/2 cup vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 frozen packet of acai berry puree(100 grams), broken into pieces
  • Assorted toppings such as sliced almonds , berries, shredded coconut, granola, chia seeds, sliced banana, mint sprigs, etc.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Place the apple juice, banana, frozen berries, yogurt, honey and acai puree in the blender.
  • Blend until thoroughly combined and smooth.
  • Pour the smoothie into 2 deep bowls.
  • Arrange the desired toppings over your smoothie bowls and serve.

NUTRITION

Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 5g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 387mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 0.8% | Vitamin C: 7.6% | Calcium: 1% | Iron: 1.7%

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Enjoy the fresh start to 2019. Thank you for all that you do to make each and every student's life healthier and happier. Please reach out for support from us, we are here for you!

With joy and gratitude, Laurie & Kimmy

BLOG Reader of the Month Winner will be picked January 28th, so please leave a comment!


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

December 2018



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Another calendar year is almost behind us. It has been an exciting year for Healthy Schools as we continue to grow in participation and evolve in the work we bring to our schools. We wish you all a safe, peaceful, and enjoyable holiday break and we look forward to work with all of your recharged batteries in January!!!

Professional Development Opportunities

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January 18th - Classified Professional Development Day - Please join us for a Classified Day of Learning on January 18th, a non-school day, at Clear Sky Elementary.  We will be offering a full day of classes for our Classified staff including Mindfulness, Restorative Practices, Recess Rocks and Playground Supervision. Registration Details coming soon. Please contact Kimberly Romine at kcromine@dcsdk12.org for more 
information.





Did you take any of our Teaching with the Brain in Mind classes last year? They have created a new one!! Join us for this new session, please sign up through InspirEd. Healthy Schools will pay for a sub if your school won't, so reach out to Laurie at lllacomb@dcsdk12.org if you would like one.


Course: Teaching with the Brain in Mind Part 4
Session: 2105-1, Teaching with the Brain in Mind Part 4: Healthy Schools
Start Date: 01/16/2019

New this year from WellTrain is Recess: Play On! Please join us to enhance recess at your school!

Course: Recess: Play On!
Session: 2107-1, Recess: Play On!
Start Date: 02/18/2019



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Course: Habits of Mind Theory and Application: Learning and Leading
Session: 2111-1, Habits of Mind Theory and Application: Learning and Leading
Start Date: 01/14/2019
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JANUARY 18, 2019 (PLC non-student day)

We are excited to see you at this year's Green U conference for all school sustainability champions and schools new to sustainability. Green U will feature networking opportunities, sessions on sustainability topics, games, prizes and an introduction to a new school Upcycle Challenge and mini-grant program. We will send out a detailed schedule with session sign ups as we get closer to the event. Continuing Education credit will be offered through InspirED.

January 18, 2019 (PLC job-alike day)

8:00-3:00
Shiloh House Event Center
9700 E. Easter Lane
Centennial, CO 80112

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

-Your Sustainability Steering Committee




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Kim Bevill 2019 Classes!!

Sat & Sun, Jan 12 & 13............Happiness and Gratitude.............2-3 Credits

Sat & Sun, Jan 26 & 27...............Memory and the Brain...............2-3 Credits

Saturday, February 9, 2019 NEW!.......5-15-150 Relationships........2 Credits

Saturday, March 9, 2019........Effects of Laughter on the Brain.......2 Credits

Sat & Sun, March 30 & 31...........Motivation and the Brain...........2-3 Credits

Saturday, April 13...........Willpower and the Brain *Hybrid...........2-3 Credits
(*Hybrid is 1-day Live + Online)

Saturday, April 27..................Homework and the Brain.....................1 Credit

Saturday, May 4....In the Zone: Performance and the Brain....Now 2 Credit!

Sat & Sun, May 18 & 19.........Synchronicity! Brain Balance........2-3 Credits






Social Emotional Learning & Mindfulness





What is Peace of Mind?

Peace of Mind is an innovative mindfulness-based Social and Emotional learning program for Early Childhood through Fifth Grade. Peace of Mind recognizes mindfulness as essential to students’ acquisition and mastery of social and emotional skills and conflict resolution tools.
The Peace of Mind Program includes grade-level appropriate, fully scripted,  weekly, full-year Curricula, Storybooks, Classroom Resources, Training, both in-person and online, and a Community of Practice.
The Peace of Mind Program teaches students how to: calm themselves, focus their attention, empathize and connect with others, and resolve conflicts peacefully. Peace of Mind supports the 5 CASEL Core SEL Competencies and aligns with ASCA standards.
Peace of Mind gives teachers and counselors the tools to shift the culture of a classroom, and a school, toward kindness and inclusion.
A Video Peek into Peace of Mind                                                   Peace of Mind Program


General Healthy Schools 
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Alliance for a Healthier Generation has a plethora of resources for the many different aspects of any Healthy Schools Program. We came across this toolkit and found some helpful promotional support. Take a moment to check it out soon!  Healthy Schools Promotional Tools


We had the opportunity to spend some time learning from Tall Cop, a police officer
who has dedicated his professional life to sharing information about recreational drug use.
He opened our eyes to the reality of drug use amongst our teens. If you teach health, work 
with teens, have your own children- take some time to catch up on what is happening out 
there! Tall Cop  


Physical Activity



BOKS Burst 3: Jump Rope Burst

Directions:
  1. Have the children pretend to jump rope
  2. Ask the children questions such as: "Do you have a sister?", "Are you wearing black socks?", "Did you have breakfast this morning?", "Do you have a pet at home?", "Is your hair brown?"
  3. If the child answers YES, they can stop pretending to jump rope and perform 10 jumping jacks
  4. If the child answers NO to the question, they continue "jumping rope"
  5. Repeat for allotted time.
Variation: Rotate around the room and have the children ask questions


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The Walking Classroom offers prerecorded content on MP3 players so students can walk and learn
simultaneously. We have a few sets in our lending library if you would like to try them out. These are great for those kids who need to move!  https://www.thewalkingclassroom.org/


General Wellness Information




Staff wellness matters!! At Douglas County School District, we are excited to offer myStrength, a digital resource to promote mental health and well-being. myStrength allows us to extend FREE and unlimited accounts to our staff and family. With myStrength you can:

  • Learn techniques to reduce stress
  • Track your mood online
  • Manage depressive or anxious thoughts
  • Access and share inspirations
  • Get help on the go with the mobile app
  • Explore hundreds of articles and activities

Create your account today!

Username: Douglas County SD  
Password: eap
Click on myStrength on the right side of screen
Contact Holly Giron - hgiron@dcsdk12.org - if you have any questions.


DCSD Go Red Day (Friday, February 1st). Donate by January 10th to get a T-shirt! If you would like to donate to the AHA, for every $20 donated you will get a Go Red T-shirt to wear on Friday, February 1st.  Text dcsdgives to 41444 and follow the prompts. Or the Web Donation Link = https://app.mobilecause.com/form/HdUwEw. T-shirts will be delivered to you in late January. Also, the top fundraising staff will get a complimentary breakfast brought to you from the American Heart Association.   



Healthy Fundraising




Fundraising featuring great products that appeal to everyone - a simple sale for participants - and programs 

that are easy to implement for coordinators. All made in the USA with nearly indestructible plastic and photo-

quality designs that supporters can enjoy for years to come. Up to 12x more profit per sale than other 

programs, so groups can reach their fundraising goals faster. Fun, easy, successful, that is Dynamic 

Drinkware.   Fundraising. www.ddfundraising.com/school-fundraising




Nutrition





Super Health, Super You - Free Health Ed Lessons!



Super Health, Super You is an educational program designed to initiate healthy
lifestyle conversations in upper elementary classes and school communities
across the country. Activate and inspire your students to make healthy lifestyle choices with the help of our valuable suite of classroom resources included in the Super Health, Super You Playbook today!




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If you are planning for increasing healthy habits for the 2019 year, don't forget the 

resources available to you through Choose My Plate!





MORNING EGG BITES

  • Author: Brittney- Exploring Healthy Foods
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
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  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
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  • Yield: 12
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  • Category: Breakfast


DESCRIPTION

Mini egg bites that are packed with protein to get your morning started!

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/2 Tomato, finely chopped
  • 1/4 Bell pepper, finely chopped
  • Handful of spinach, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Cucumber, finely chopped
  • Salt (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Crack eggs into bowl, whisk and then evenly distribute egg into a mini muffin pan.
  2. Add vegetables to egg.
  3. Place in oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees F.
  4. Remove from over and enjoy right away or freeze and eat throughout the week.
  5. Resource: Yummly.com     Video on how to...
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Teachers are notoriously known for drinking coffee. How about shaking it up a bit

and adding a little of this or a little of that to create a healthier cup of joe?

Interested? If so read this article that was published in Greatist


That's it for now friends! Thanks for reading this month's blog. We hope to see you at one of

our trainings or at your school or in your classroom in 2019. We are here if needed!


With peace and gratitude,

Laurie & Kimmy


Blog Reader winners will be drawn on January 4, 2019!! Just leave a comment ;-)