Abraham Depp ES | Parent Newsletter | December 12, 2022
C3 (Creative Connected Community) Thur. 12/8, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Please click HERE for anything and everything regarding school lunch for this year.
1st Grade Lunch: 11:45-12:05 p.m.
2nd Grade Lunch: 12:00-12:20 p.m.
3rd Grade Lunch: 12:15-12:35 p.m.
4th Grade Lunch: 12:30-12:50 p.m.
5th Grade Lunch: 12:45-1:05 p.m.
Counselor Corner * Mrs. Amy Diller * December 2022
What’s All the Fuss About Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is purposefully taking time to focus only on the present moment. Simple enough, right? The problem is, in a world where being busy is the norm, it can feel impossible to just sit and be for any amount of time. Not to mention, we are all used to having a million thoughts running through our minds at any given time. So, how do we learn to be mindful when all that is going on? The good news is that it can be easier for kids than adults. So, let’s help them start now! Also, with practice it does become more natural. You don’t need a lot of time to do it either. Just 5-10 minutes!
You might be wondering, why even bother? Research shows that mindfulness can help in multiple ways. It can decrease anxiety, stress and impulsiveness. It can help improve mood and help us face challenges that come our way. If that is true, then mindfulness can have a positive impact on a child’s physical and emotional health as well as their academic performance. Who doesn’t want that for their child?
I weave mindfulness exercises into my work with students often and I know our teachers do as well. If you are wondering about how to practice mindfulness with your child(ren) at home, below are great resources to get you started (and keep you going)!
Books for Kids:
Breathe Like a Bear by Kira Willey
Peaceful like a Panda by Kira Willey
Mindfulness for Kids in 10 Minutes a Day: Simple Exercises to Feel Calm, Focused, and Happy by Maura Bradley
A Kids Book About Mindfulness by Caverly Morgan
Community Resources Available to our Families
Are you experiencing economic hardship such as: job loss, death of a family member, sudden move, divorce, health issues, or an unexpected emergency? Dublin City Schools partners with many organizations that can help!
Monday, December 19th - Monday, January 2nd
Classes resume on Tuesday, January 3rd
Abraham Depp Elementary
Troy Ehrsam, Principal
Julie Alloway, Assistant Principal
Amy Diller, School Counselor
Abraham Depp PTO (DeppPTO@gmai.com)
Facebook: Abraham Depp PTO
Syntero is offering free 2-day virtual prevention workshops over winter break. These workshops will help students build developmentally-appropriate skills for navigating changes in routine and expectations, spending time with others, and coping with stress and the “winter blues.” Register here until December 12.
PERC Event for Parents of 8th Graders
Fun Math Festival
Check out the Julia Robinson Math Festival this Saturday, December 3, 1-4 p.m. at the Ohio Union at Ohio State. Created for students in grades 5-10, the festival features tables with activities, puzzles, and problems to explore. Each table is led by mathematicians and math educators. It’s a fun, relaxing atmosphere where all are welcome! Students must register online here: tinyurl.com/jrmfohio2022