Hi Suder Students and Families,
I hope you are doing well! I wanted to share a few more resources that may come in handy while we are all hunkered down. First up is a chart of 30 small practices you can do at home for your emotional heath. Try to do one or two each day!
Mission Propelle is a yoga-based empowerment program for elementary aged children that Suder has partnered with in the past. While school is out, they are offering daily yoga classes on their YouTube channel. Practicing yoga has multiple benefits, both physical and mental. Follow along with them here:
Below are some printable worksheets focused on social-emotional health:
You can also take "virtual field trips" to a number of museums and places of interest all over the world! This website has a good list of resources all linked in one spot: www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/going-stir-crazy-in-self-isolation-travel-the-world-from-your-couch-with-these-virtual-field-trips/
Staying at home means more time with siblings, which could cause some friction! Check out this free online resource:
For more than 30 years, Laurie Kramer, a professor of applied psychology at Northeastern University in Boston, has studied sibling conflict. She and her co-researchers are distilling much of what she’s learned into a new program called More Fun With Sisters And Brothers, which is for parents of 4- to 8-year-old children who want to help those kids build positive relationships.
Families who are interested can register for the online program, which includes four lessons, for free. The program is focused on that age range because kids are developmentally capable of things like empathy, but their behaviors aren’t yet set in stone.
For more information click on this link:
Hope some of these resources help to stay busy during this break! Please continue to check back here, as I will be adding resources as I find them. Stay well!
Dear Students and Families,
We know that during this time of school closings and social distancing, many of us may be feeling an increase in stress and anxiety. I wanted to pass along this resource for students regarding Coronavirus. Sometimes, having more information helps to ease some anxiety! This resource also offers a few great coping strategies that students (and family) can use at home over these next two weeks.
While our school is closed, I can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also call my school phone number at 773-534-7961. I will be checking voicemail regularly and will respond within 48 hours. Below you will find some resources should you need to access mental health services while schools are closed.
Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4)
4740 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
Chicago Children's Center for Behavioral Health
1431 N Claremont Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Ada S. McKinley Community Services
1359 W Washington Blvd. Chicago, IL 60607
In a mental health crisis, you may access an emergency mental health evaluation by calling Screening, Assessment and Support Services (SASS) at 1-800-345-9049.
Should you need assistance with food while schools are closed, you may pick up food boxes at any CPS school between the hours of 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Monday through Friday.
Over the next couple of weeks, I will be using this platform to share information and activities that students and families can do while schools are closed. I would love to stay connected! Please feel free to leave a comment and share how your family is making the most of "social distancing."
PS - One thing you may consider checking out are Lunch Doodles with author Mo Willems! He will be posting a new doodle each day beginning March 16th to follow along with. Let me know if you create any along with him!
This month, we will celebrate the Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Week!
"Observed every February, and celebrated this year February 11-17, 2018, #RAKWeek is an annual opportunity to unite through kindness. Led by the Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Foundation and formally recognized in 2000, this seven-day celebration demonstrates how kindness starts with one—one act, one smile, one coffee for a stranger, one favor for a friend.
It’s an opportunity for participants to leave the world better than they found it and inspire others to do the same. Since inception, RAK estimates that millions of people have participated in the week-long celebration. For 2018, the last day of the event happens to be Random Acts of Kindness Day, February 17th—making it one of the most exciting celebrations yet!"
For more information on RAK week, please visit https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/rak-week
If you need some ideas of different acts of kindness you can engage in this month, please feel free to participate in our February Kindness Challenge! The calendar below lists one act of kindness that can be performed every day for the entire month of February.