Sharing Our Strength
Updates & Information for Families During the Closure
A Letter from Superintendent Dr. John J. Kopicki
As we do in each edition of our Sharing Our Strength newsletter, we're shining a light on the amazing spirit of Central Bucks. In an effort to help us focus firmly on the continued good work taking place, you will read about student performances, distance learning activities and creative work, and news to keep you informed.
Also included is a link to watch a recent Parent Positive online event offered courtesy of our friend, Dr. Katherine Dahlsgaard. Dr. Dahlsgaard has presented to our families, our teachers, and our wider community many times. Her words are always inspiring, and well worth anyone's time.
As this crisis continues, we are all becoming fatigued by the challenge of social distancing, helping our children participate in distance learning, and maintain a positive outlook despite the news we are constantly bombarded with. Like you, many of us are parents who feel tired and overwhelmed by it all. We feel anxious and worried, and concerned about our children, our loved ones, and our community.
During her talk last week, Dr. Dahlsgaard shared, "3 Small Strategies to Maintain Psychological Health During Extended Times of Adversity." (More details below and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/braveisbetter/.)
- Bravery is functioning despite fear.
- Start grading yourself on a curve.
- Notice, savor, and amplify small moments of joy.
These are important reminders of the importance of self-awareness and self-care that are critical to our well-being as we manage the daily difficulties that present themselves during this journey toward a new normal.
I hope you'll find time to watch the recorded session included below if you weren't able to make the time. Take care of one another, and stay safe.
John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Spotlight On: Tamanend Spanish Students and the Getty Museum Challenge
Tamanend Spanish students were challenged to recreate artwork by Hispanic artists using items around the house. This challenge was inspired by the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, which is challenging people to do the same while in quarantine. People all over the world are sharing their version of the artwork using #gettymuseumchallenge. The creativity of these Tamanend students is absolutely incredible!
Spotlight On: Ann Huuki's Distance Learning Ceramics
Central Bucks High School East teacher Ann Huuki's students are creating amazing sculptures as part of their distance learning work. Proud of her students' amazing creativity, Ms. Huuki shared some images of their work!
Spotlight On: A wellness message from Shaun T. for CBSD students and families!
CB West Faculty and Staff Honor the Class of 2020
CB South Faculty and Staff Honor the Class of 2020
CB South Choir Virtual Performance of "Clap Your Hands"
Members of the Central Bucks High School South Titan Choir came together virtually to perform a piece from their spring concert series that was under preparation since December for the group's spring tour to new York City. Directed by CB South choral director Joe Stellino, the piece was mixed and edited by 2019 CB South graduate Ben Cerauli.
Parent Positive Event Hosted Live Online
Working cooperatively with the CB Cares Educational Foundation, the Central Bucks School District invited our entire community to take part in a very special Parent Positive event hosted by Dr. Katherine Dahlsgaard live on Facebook. Presented courtesy of Dr. Dahlsgaard, the event entitled “The Second Greatest Generation? A Call to Action Over Anxiety,” featured strategies for psychological survival during the once-in-a-generation pandemic of COVID-19. She hopes to inspire our community to manage our fears and build resilience for our future.
A long-standing supporter and friend to CBSD, Katherine Dahlsgaard, Ph.D., ABPP, is Clinical Director of the Anxiety Behaviors Clinic in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. See the recorded video session below.
Weekly Farmer's Market
In conjunction with Bucks County Opportunity Council and Philabundance, Central Bucks School District is proud to offer a weekly Farmer's Market during the school closure. Fresh fruit, vegetables, prepared foods, dry goods, clothing, and other services are provided free for CBSD families. Pick-up is at Barclay Elementary School, located at 2015 Palomino Drive every Wednesday. Car pick ups begin at 4 p.m. and walk-up distribution begins at 5:15 p.m. Open to all CBSD families in need of a little extra food support. Participants are asked to please take care not to block area residents' driveways when approaching the pickup event. Please be sure to enter the school from Palomino Drive so you are "turning right" into the school - please do not cross traffic lanes from the other direction.
Mark Your Calendars!
Watch On-Demand May 15-May 29
With COVID-19 giving many of us downtime at home with our families, we invite the Central Bucks community to take this opportunity to watch SCREENAGERS NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience. This special edition includes a brief introduction by the filmmaker Dr. Delaney Ruston, plus a pre-recorded Q&A with her after the film, where she responds to some of the most frequently asked questions about the topics covered in the film. Filmmaker and physician Dr. Delaney Ruston takes the conversation around screens and teens to the next level with Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience—a film that examines the science behind teen’s emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and most importantly, what can be done in our schools and homes to help them build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age.
In Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER, we follow Delaney as she finds herself at a loss on how to help her own teens as they struggle with their emotional wellbeing. She sets out to understand these challenges in our current screen-filled society, and how we, as parents and educators, can empower teens to overcome mental health challenges and build emotional agility, communication savvy, and stress resilience.
We witness Delaney as she finds her way from ineffective parenting to much-improved strategies. We follow other personal stories of families from an array of backgrounds with a spectrum of emotional challenges. We also observe approaches in schools that provide strategies relevant beyond the classroom setting. Interwoven into the stories are surprising insights from brain researchers, psychologists, and thought leaders that reveal evidence-based ways to support mental wellness among our youth. The impact of social media and other screen time is incorporated in all the topics raised in Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER, how it may be impacting our teens’ mental health, and what we can do to help foster youth in the face of struggles.
WATCH THE OFFICIAL TRAILER: https://www.screenagersmovie.com/nc-trailer
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Mental health & emotional support resources to help students and families.
Visit this page at www.cbsd.org/covid to learn more about community resource providers who can assist with emergency help including food, fuel oil, medicine, emergency shelter.
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