Expanding Our Notion of Success

A-B Challenge Success Newsletter - June 2017

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Summertime = Playtime, Downtime, and Family Time!

According to the National Institute for Play, "Play is the gateway to vitality. By its nature it is uniquely and intrinsically rewarding. It generates optimism, seeks out novelty, makes perseverance fun, leads to mastery, gives the immune system a bounce, fosters empathy and promotes a sense of belonging and community."

We hope that this summer, you will take this opportunity to engage in lots of Playtime, Downtime, and Family Time (PDF) with your family, friends, and loved ones!


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PDF = Playtime, Downtime, Family Time

PDF: A handy mnemonic or memory aid to remind us what "every kid needs in order to thrive physically, mentally, and academically" and what research has deemed as protective factors (Pope, Brown & Mile, 2015). We have represented it with this simple graphic.

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Playtime: Important for ALL Ages!


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Keeping Students Safe Online

The unstructured summer months can be risky for students online. Please visit our EdTech Digital Citizenship Family Resources page, which includes recommended websites about online media, Internet filtering guidelines, suggestions for social media privacy settings, and more.

Family Time

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Print Resources: Playtime, Downtime, Family Time

Video Resources: Playtime, Downtime, Family Time

Stuart Brown: Play is More Than Fun


What Do I Do If My Kids Have Different Interests and I Want to Have Family Time? https://youtu.be/A_G37z0A1dsWatch

Alliance for Children


A-B Wellness Website

Over the last few years, our district has engaged in work in the area of health and well-being for all members of our learning community, including social emotional learning (SEL).

We are excited to launch a website with a variety of resources for families, teachers, students, and the greater learning community: http://abschoolswellness.weebly.com. Here you will find a variety of pages and resources to support our mission to develop engaged, well-balanced learners through collaborative, caring relationships.

Partnership with Stanford University's Challenge Success Organization

In the spring of 2016, ABRSD entered into a partnership with Challenge Success, out of Stanford University. Challenge Success aims to "provide schools and families with the information and strategies they need to create a more balanced and academically fulfilling life for their kids." The team at Challenge Success partners with educators, parents, and students to implement best practices and policies in areas such as assessment, homework, and schedule.
“Our current fast-paced, high-pressure culture works against much of what we know about healthy child development… our largely singular focus on academic achievement has resulted in a lack of attention to other components of a successful life – the ability to be independent, adaptable, ethical, and engaged critical thinkers.” (Pope, et al. , 2015)

Challenge Success Mantra

At Challenge Success, we believe that our society has become too focused on grades, test scores, and performance, leaving little time for kids to develop the necessary skills to become resilient, ethical, and motivated learners. We provide families and schools with the practical, research-based tools they need to create a more balanced and academically fulfilling life for kids. After all, success is measured over the course of a lifetime, not at the end of a semester.