A Note from the School Counsellor

Hello everyone. Hard to believe it is December already! I would like to take this chance to wish you and your family the gift of being present in each moment and a safe, restful holiday season.

Over the past several months, I have been fortunate to be invited by teachers into almost all of the classrooms in the school for universal programming, teaching all students ways to calm their brain and find their “green zone” for learning. One focus of the programming has been mindfulness, which includes noticing what is happening right now with curiosity and kindness.

Mindfulness can:

  • help us to deal with tough emotions
  • improve our focus on daily tasks
  • result in decreased stress
  • help you and your child calm down

(information adapted from “Mindfulness: What it is and How to Explain it to Kids and Adults”, 2015, retrieved from http://blissfulkids.com/what-is-mindfulness-and-how-to-explain-it-to-kids/)

For a few videos about Mindfulness, please visit:

  1. Mindfulness in Schools: Mindfulness and the Brain for Children - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_hPelcPRTg
  2.  Kids explain mindfulness - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awo8jUxIm0c
  3. Smiling Mind: Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation and the Research Project - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7b2qOpyCyxk

I wish to close with this quote that speaks to an important goal of mindfulness:

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.” – Victor Frankl

As always, I welcome your questions, and the most convenient way to reach me is through email (christine.oviatt@lethsd.ab.ca) or cell phone (403-394-6838). Please include a time and phone number that is best for me to contact you.