Wellness Connection

Pittsford Schools Mental and Behavioral Health: MINDFULNESS

Hello community members big and small!

April 2, 2020


During this time of being apart, the Student Services Department is developing ways to stay connected through focused topics centered around social, emotional, mental, and behavioral health. These are often embedded within the classroom setting and are also addressed through class lessons, small group or individual school based counseling when necessary. This PCSD-Wellness Connection newsletter focuses on mindfulness and more specifically, mindful breathing. It will be an introduction for some and a continuing practice for others.

Mindfulness practices are particularly important during stressful times. They can have a positive impact on self-awareness and management, relationships, and connections with our community in so many ways. These practices promote focusing on the here-and-now, observing thoughts in a non-judgmental way, improving impulse control, learning how to regulate strong emotions, and increasing cognitive flexibility.

Future newsletters will address other important topics such as resiliency, stress management, conflict resolution and more. We value your insight and feedback. Please reach out with ideas, comments, or suggestions related to social, emotional, mental, and behavioral health topics.


Be well,


Patricia Vaughan-Brogan, Ed.D.

Director of Student Services


Greta B. Johnston, MS, CAS

Student Services Specialist

Mindfulness for Elementary School

Hey kids! Maybe you've tried mindful breathing in your classroom, or a have a scheduled time each day to just "be still". Being mindful is a skill that you already have, to pay attention to what is happening right now, without thinking too much about it. With practice just five-minutes a day, you may feel less worried and more calm.

Mindfulness for Middle School

Many of you have practiced mindful breathing and other mindfulness exercises in school and in Health class. Take the show on the road and practice at home! You'll be surprised at the results. Just five-minutes a day can reduce anxiety, lower stress and increase focus.

Mindfulness for High School

Mindfulness practice is not only something that can help you get through current stressors and benefit you well into adulthood. Taking just a few minutes once or twice a day can help reduce chronic stress, aid in decision-making and increase happiness.
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Stay connected-Share your experiences!

We would love to hear about your experiences and share some of your photos.

Please send comments or photos to: patricia_brogan@pittsford.monroe.edu greta_johnston@pittsford.monroe.edu