Mustang Memo

January 2023

Here's what's happening at East Meadows....

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Term 3 is already off to a great start and we are looking forward to all the teaching and learning that will take place during the coming months. Our students did so well on their mid-year testing and the majority of students have made progress toward their goals.


We have a long weekend that begins this Friday, January 13th. Students will not come to school that day to provide time for teachers to attend state reading trainings. We are also off the following Monday, January 16th for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Enjoy this long 4-day weekend.


We are so grateful for all the moisture we've been getting but it has made for many cold, snowy and rainy days at school. Please remember to check the weather each day and have your child dress appropriately. We try to get students outside for recess as much as possible.


The district is offering two free classes for parents in January. One class is for parents with students who have an IEP and the other is a suicide awareness and prevention class. Check the attached fliers for details.


Please read through the rest of this newsletter for information on upcoming events this month at East Meadows!

Upcoming Events...

January 4th - School Resumes - Term 3 begins

January 9th - PTA Meeting @ 12:00 PM

January 12th - Fire Drill @1:00 PM

January 13th - District Development Day - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

January 16th - Martin Luther King/Civil Rights Day - NO SCHOOL

January 18th - 5th Grade Science Fair

January 20th - School Community Council Meeting @11:30 AM

January 24th - Spirit Day at R&R Barbecue

January 27th - 100's Day (K, 1, 2) and Mustang Pride Assembly @2:00 PM

Upcoming Classes for Nebo Parents

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R&R Barbecue - PTA Spirit Night - January 24th

Mark your calendars - more details coming soon!

A Message from our School Nurse.... Beating the Winter Blues

Welcome to January, the “Monday of Months”, where the days are long, dark and cold. The Holidays are over and it’s time to get back to the reality of life which for some can be a depressing time of year. So to help combat the “January Blues”, here are a

list of some of the “Happy” chemicals and hormones your body makes, what they do, and

how to naturally and more healthily release them:


Serotonin: Regulates moods, helps you sleep, promotes digestion, inhibits impulsive

behavior. How to make ‘em: Exposure to sunshine and light, physical activity. Foods:

Bananas, Beans, Eggs, Leafy greens, Nuts and seeds, Fatty fish, Probiotic/fermented foods

(kefir, tofu), and turkey (Yummmm!)


Dopamine: Sparks pleasure and motivation, enables coordination, boosts short-term

memory, drives impulsive behavior. How to make ‘em: Meditation, listen to music. Foods:

Bananas, Oranges, Spinach, Peas, Eggplant, Apples, Mung beans, Avocado, Tomatoes, fish,

eggs, seeds.


Norepinephrine: Controls blood flow to muscles, blood glucose levels, mood stability,

muscle contraction. Promotes the healthy function of the eyes, kidneys, pancreas, lymphoid

organs, and intestines. It also enables your stress response, temperature regulation, and

increases alertness, focus, pain tolerance, reaction time, breathing rate, and memory

retrieval. How to make ‘em: Regular exercise, getting enough sleep, setting and meeting

goals, Enjoying music or making art, and meditating. Foods: Eating a healthy, well-balanced

diet.


Oxytocin: Promotes bonding and affection towards others, helps regulate gastrointestinal

function, uterine contraction and shrinkage. How to make ‘em: Hugging, physical touch,

petting an animal, exercise, meditating using visualization and deep breathing. Food: Fruits,

vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.


Endorphins: Pain relief, feelings of pleasure, increase self-esteem, stress and anxiety

reduction, influence other hormones like Oxytocin, lessens the negative impacts of mental

disorders. How to make ‘em: Exercise, Exercising with others, Acupuncture, Laughing,

Creative activities like creating poetry, music, prose, or paintings.


So get going! Get started! From here on out the sun shines a little brighter each day. Each

little step is an essential part of moving towards great things!