GCSD Mindfulness Newsletter
Winter Edition 2023
We strengthen our community by inspiring, building presence, and cultivating a healthy mind and body.
A Note From the Team - by Dr. Valerie Paine Mindfulness Newsletter Winter 2023
It’s incredible how quickly the holiday season has arrived. As we all gear up for this special time, let's take a moment to reflect on how we can truly connect with those around us - whether these individuals are students, colleagues, family members, friends, or even strangers.
It's important to find a little bit of time each day to take care of ourselves. By doing so, we can be at our best for those who rely on us. Let's break it down and keep it simple - remember to take deep breaths and don't hesitate to lean on any support that can help us navigate through this particularly stressful season. Above all, let's try to see the chaos of the holidays through the eyes of a child, with wonder and amazement at the magic of this time of year.
Rest assured that the Mindfulness Team is here for you now and will continue to be with new offerings in the upcoming New Year.
The Mindful Teen Workbook
In this follow-up to Cultivating Genius, Dr. Gholdy Muhammad adds a fifth pursuit―joy―to her groundbreaking instructional model. She defines joy as more than celebration and happiness, but also as wellness, beauty, healing, and justice for oneself and across humanity. She shows how teaching from cultural and historical realities can enhance our efforts to cultivate identity, skills, intellect, criticality, and-indeed-joy for all students, giving them a powerful purpose to learn and contribute to the world. Dr. Muhammad's wise implementation advice is paired with model lessons and assessment tools that span subjects and grade levels.
We will get to breathe and stretch alongside snow-covered trees, but we also need to lookout for a snowy owl and a mischievous snowman. If that sounds good to you, meet me at my blanket fort! Don’t forget your snow gear... I have a feeling it’s going to snow!
Mindfulness Coach Michelle Potter
Mindfulness Coach Stephanie
Award-Winning MIndfulness kit of XL Cards with Calming Guided Meditations for Empowerment, Focus, and Relaxation. Great for Parents, Teachers, and Therapists.
Zen in the Art of Archery
Eugen Herrigel, a German professor of Philosophy in Tokyo, took up the study of archery as a step toward an understanding mindfulness. This book is the account of the six years he spent as a student of one of Japan’s great kyudo (archery) masters, and of how he gradually overcame his initial inhibitions and began to feel his way toward new truths and ways of seeing.
(DEI/SEL04) - Winter Mindfulness Retreat: This retreat will provide multiple mindfulness experiences. These techniques and strategies can be used in the workplace, classroom, and at home. Mindfulness embodies the concept of living in the present moment. Mindfulness practice will help bring self-awareness to our thoughts and how to channel the mind back into the present moment.
(DEI/SEL04) - This two hour Hybrid PL session is for participants who have already completed a mindfulness badge and have some experience with mindfulness practices. All participants will join a google classroom to receive materials to practice and spend one hour practicing mindfulness techniques asynchronously before the virtual date.
(PED08) - Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 8 week evidence based program, first created in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. MBSR has over 40 years research that consistently demonstrates positive outcomes associated with increased self-awareness and emotional & attentional regulation.
Our Mindfulness Team
Andrea Antonetty - TOSA for Mindfulness
Shanna Calvasina - Inclusive Education - Olympia
Stephanie Canale - Elementary Teacher - Longridge
Julie Parsons - Director of Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Michelle Potter - Math Intervention Teacher
Lori Quinn - TOSA for SEL and Equity