Husky Happenings

The Week of March 23rd

We Are Thinking About You

Even in uncertain times, we want you to know that your children are on the forefront of our minds. I will continue to send out the Husky Happenings for the week. However, for now, I will be focusing on sending out information about meal pick up, resources, inspiration from our teachers, etc. I want you to know that not a moment goes by that we are not thinking about our students and their families and the challenges that we are facing during this time. I also want to reiterate that if you have a question or your family is in need we are just a phone call or an email away.

Ms. Dwigans reads " The Good Egg"

"The Good Egg" Read Aloud

Meal Resources

This is just a reminder that lunches are available at no cost to any children in our community under the age of 18. These can be picked up at the front of our building from 11:00-1:00. Additionally the Meals on the bus program will be making the following community stops:

10:30-10:55 Bus 1- King Creek

11:05-11:30 Bus 1- Dodd Meadows

11:40-12:05 Bus 1- Shorty Collins

12:15-12:35 Bus 1-Leisure Lane

If your family is struggling with access to food at this time, please call the school for assistance.

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand

Hello, Huskies! Habit 5, Seek First To Understand, Then be Understood is all about the skill of empathy. Like all skills, empathy can be learnt and practiced. A great place to start is by exploring the difference between empathy and sympathy - they often get lumped together but when we dig deeper we’ll see they have vast differences in action and in how they impact us and those we interact with. The video below helps us understand the differences between empathy and sympathy, it’s an animated cartoon that follows along with the voice of Brené Brown as she explains the two terms.

In a nutshell...empathy is holding space to feel, and share in, the experience of another person while sympathy is when we see, or simply witness, the experience of another person. Empathy can be hard to practice! It’s difficult to know what to say or do when someone shares their experience with us, especially if that experience is a painful one. Here is your cheat sheet of empathetic responses that you can use when someone shares something personal or challenging…

I totally hear you.

I can’t fix it but I can be with you in it.

I’m here.

Do you want to tell me more about what you’re going through?

How you feel matters to me.

I see how hard this is.

It’s okay to feel this way.

You’re not alone.

How can I best be there for you?

Next time someone shares their experience or feelings with you, try an empathetic response and notice how that shifts your interaction, both for yourself and the other person.

Right now, we’re all sharing this challenging time together - there’s a lot changing quickly and we are coming into contact with both the pain under these circumstances and the strength and joy of our communities finding new ways to persevere and thrive. We can hold space for these shared experiences and feelings by practicing empathy as we Seek First to Understand, Then be Understood.

References: Empathetic responses shared from Instagram accounts of @lisaoliveratherapy and @millennial.therapist. Video shared from the YouTube account The RSA.

Brené Brown on Empathy

Thank You From Our Teachers:

There was such an outpouring of love and support that I witnessed during the shifts where I handed out the “Learn from Home” bags. Many folks were asking how the teachers were doing and shared many encouraging words like “ you guys do a wonderful job” and “teachers are heroes.” This community warms my heart and makes me proud to be a Hillandale Husky!!

I have loved hearing all the laughter as I walk through our building. I feel truly blessed to be a part of this phenomenal family! I think we can accomplish anything together! Our wonderful parents are checking in on us and telling us to “stay safe.” That is so appreciated during these stressful and uncertain times.