March 29th

Welcome Back from Spring Break!


The character trait for the month of April is that of creativity. Creativity is the one of the freest forms of self-expression. There is nothing more satisfying and fulfilling for children than to be able to express themselves openly and without judgment. The ability to be creative, to create something from personal feelings and experiences, can reflect and nurture children's emotional health. In fact, creating art has been shown to increase confidence and self-esteem while also decreasing negative emotions, reducing stress and anxiety, and improving medical outcomes for the sick. Studies have also shown that creative people are better problem solvers and are able to adapt their thinking to allow for the unknown.

Creativity is a learned trait and something we can build in our children by allowing and encouraging them to use their imaginations. There are lots of ways to increase the creativity in our children and ourselves. Here are a few examples.

  1. Move around. This is especially important during COVID times, as we are often stuck in our homes and seeing the same things each day.
  2. Schedule time to Day Dream. Sometimes day dreaming can keep us from completing things we need to do, but it is great for the mind to have time to wander.
  3. Read books. Unlike TV, kids have to create to visuals in their minds.
  4. Focus on process, not results. Just like in all learning, trying to create something new is more important than the final results.
  5. Give space and resources to create. Using simple supplies, like coloring pencils or markers, paper, and old items like paper towel rolls, are great things to use to create artwork at home.
  6. Listen to and make music. This can be done through traditional instruments, but there are lots of ways to make instruments as well, such as these examples. You can also play music in the background for all to consume.
  7. Read and create poetry. The Poetry Foundation has lots of children's poems available on a variety of subjects.

Looking for more ideas? Check out this article from Ted.Com for more creative ideas you can try with your kids.


Below is a link to many resources which have been provided by the Gresham-Barlow School District. There is information regarding meal distribution, housing help, mental health resources, and childcare assistance.

Please reach out if you are in need of anything and I can help you to navigate the resources available to us and find the supports you need during these times. You can also fill out our Resource Request Form and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Resource List

Lista de recursos


"To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong." - Joseph Chilton Pearce

"H" "A" double "L"

"H" "A" double "L", workin' hard and doin' well

We're HALL, We're HALL

Reading. Music, P.E., Math

Marchin' down that learning path

We're HALL, We're HALL

Takin' charge, doin' good

Caring for our neighborhood

We're HALL, We're HALL

Feelin' strong, feeling proud

We can say it nice and loud

We're HALL, We're HALL