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  • MINDFULNESS MONTH MESSAGE FROM DR. HORSEY

    May is Mindfulness Month at CSD! We began the 2015-2016 school year with an awareness of the benefits of mindfulness and positive psychology. Mindfulness expert, Louis Alloro worked with staff in August to develop a baseline understanding of each and then returned in November to continue the conversation. At that time, staff members were invited to read Tom Rath’s book, Are You Fully Charged, and partake in book discussions. More than 100 staff members accepted the Fully Charged book challenge throughout the winter, with more continuing discussion taking place in May. In addition to the book conversations, one ambassador from each of our schools committed to complete Louis Alloro’s Positive Psychology certification course. These mindfulness ambassadors and others formed the CSD Culture Club to focus on infusing mindful practices and actions into our buildings and beyond.   For Mindfulness Month, the ambassadors have designed programming for all stakeholders—parents, students, teachers—introducing folks to mindfulness with scientifically informed tools and strategies to eleviate stress and increase wellbeing.   Please be aware of the following events particularly for parents/guardians:  

    * May 11 Positive Parenting Workshop 10-11:30 am OR 7-8:30 pm (Admin. Bldg., Rm 102)

    * May 18 Mental Health + Wellness Fair 6:30 pm (Admin. Bldg. Main Auditorium)

    * May 19 Mindful Technology Usage Presentation 7 pm (Elkins Park School)  

    We also have activities planned with our students, particularly around an idea of being fully charged. A special exercise with our elementary students will be around the book The Rechargeables. Tom Rath, the author, provides research to show the importance of managing our energy by eating well, getting good sleep, ample exercise, meaningful interactions, and building high quality connections (yes there is a science to this)!   Middle and high school students will watch Happy, the film. Research is showing happiness is a skill one can cultivate as a strategy for becoming more successful. (If you’d like to see the movie you can get it on Netflix; it’s a good film to watch as a family.)  

    Also, please remember that the first week of May is teacher appreciation week. Let’s be mindful to acknowledge the many amazing educators we have in our district.  

    Sincerely, Dr. Cheryl Horsey

    Director of Student Services

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