• Wellness Campaign

    Welcome to Wellness Week, December 9 - December 13. This week is a chance to remind everyone to "Take a moment" in the stress of upcoming exams, papers and holidays. Counselors, Human Resources and Public Relations have created several activities for you. These are just suggestions. Fill in your own activities to help make the week your own.


    Monday: Take a moment to be mindful
     
    Activity 1: Watch "Take a Moment"
     
    Activity 2: Participate in Yoga & Meditation
     
    During homeroom/1st hour (determined by school) Teachers, choose the Yoga/Meditation activity that best fits your schedule.
     
     
    Activity 3: Breathe Boards
     
    • Teachers will all receive handouts of “breathing activity” sheets
    • Teachers will lead students through a guided breathing activity. Do this for 1-2 minutes, reminding students that if they feel overwhelmed or stressed during the day, a few deep breaths can help them refocus.
    • Students will trace the design with their fingers slowly, taking a breath in or out depending on instructions. 

    Staff Activity: HR will provide information to staff


    Tuesday: Take a Moment for Your Mental Health 
     
    Activity 1: Dance and Happy Music
     
    • Counselors and/or STUCO will put together a “dancing and happy music” playlist. 
    • Music may be played in the morning, during lunch or during passing periods. 
     
    Activity 2: "Take What You Need” Sheets. I am, I canI will
     
    • STUCO (or other club) to display these around campus!
    • Students will take a tab if they need it. 

    Staff Activity: HR will provide information to staff


    Wednesday: Take a moment for your emotional health 
     
    Activity 1: Chalk Messages
     
    • STUCO (or other club) to display positive messages around campus! 
     
    Activity 2: What’s your emoji?
     
    • Allow students and staff to create their own emoji card to display with the option to write WHY they feel that way on the back. Make it fun!
    • Schools will receive blank yellow circle/faces on cards and a poster board showing emoji meanings. (This activity will need to be done in a large open space). If more are needed they can be printed here 
    • String the emojis together if you wish to display. Discussion in class or at lunch can be about respecting other’s emotions.  
     
    Activity 3: Write down, rip up, and throw away your stress.
     
    • Have your students write down their expectations and insecurities, rip them up, and throw them away. Youngest students can draw pictures. Additional sheets can be found here
    • Activity takes about three minutes and create a safe space for your students to overcome learning barriers

    Staff Activity: HR will provide information to staff


    Thursday: Take a moment to connect with others. You’re not alone.
     
    Activity 1: Watch "Connecting with Others"
     
    Activity 2: Fill the bucket activity
     
    • Before the event, STUCO will copy, cut and distribute “bucket filler compliment/kindness cards” to classrooms for students and staff members (3 per student and 3 per staff member).
    • Teachers will get a stack of “bucket filler compliment/kindness” cards. Teachers will distribute 3 cards to each student. Students will fill the cards out and, throughout the day, give them to peers, school employees or family members.
    • While students are filling out the cards, teachers will play “You’ve Got a Friend" by James Taylor or “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” by Randy Newman
     
    Activity 3: Compliments and Praise
     
    • Before the activity, teachers will encourage students to compliment and praise their peers that day/class period.
    • Students at the end of the day/class who do this to at least three peers will receive a link to add to a chain that can be displayed in the class/school showing we are a class/school of kindness.
    • Students "caught" being kind will make a BINGO kindness card. (Schools to display cards) 

    Staff Activity: HR will provide information to staff


    Friday: Take a moment for your physical health 
     
    Activity 1: Brain Breaks
     
    Teachers: find time for brain breaks during the day. It could be during one class or all of them. Videos below (please cue before your class to avoid the commercial).
     
    Elementary: 
     
    Secondary:
     
    Activity 2: Zumba/dance during lunch or before school. 
     

    Elementary: Better when I'm Dancing (3:36)
    Secondary: Student Project - Zumba Fitness Routine (3:09)

    Alternatives: 
     
    Activity 3: Pledge to be Healthy
     
    • Display a giant pledge sheet and ask students to sign their names and pledge to be healthy.
    • Pledges can be to make healthy choices such as “Just Say No”, “Be physically active every day”, or “Make healthy food choices”, etc.
    • Volunteers are needed to monitor the pledge area.
     
    Staff Activity: HR will provide information to staff