SEL in Action at Home

May 2021 - Celebrations

Did you know that celebrating is good for your brain? Your brain LOVES reward! When you do something, and celebrate it, that fires off feel-good chemicals (dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin), and endorphins, like fireworks!

According to Family and Children's Center, when you give "yourself an opportunity to review progress, celebrations cause you to linger on the positive, engendering the sort of gratitude that increases happiness and extends your life. A number of studies have found that this approach to life brings significant benefits, including improved physical health and better coping strategies."

In this month's newsletter, you will find ideas to help your family celebrate small moments!

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Session 7- Fighting Fair, May 19, 4:30 - 5:30 PM

As part of the SEL Dallas partnership, join Dallas ISD’s SEL Department for a series of 1-hour family-focused virtual sessions to learn about social and emotional learning (SEL) and important SEL skills. In Session 7, we will provide families with strategies for moving through disagreements in ways that help all parties grow socially and emotionally. Parents and caregivers are welcome to join any session or the entire series. Click here for the session schedule and register below to secure your registration in the series. (Upcoming: Session 8: Managing Fear, June 9, 4:30-5:30 PM)

Mindful Mondays For Parents and Caregivers

Dallas ISD’s SEL department is hosting a series of MINDFUL MONDAYS FOR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS. These 30-minute virtual sessions start in June, will be available in English and Spanish, and will be led by a Certified Mindfulness Trainer. Sessions will provide a safe, open, and interactive environment for self-reflection and engagement. All sessions are free and no experience is necessary. Click on the button below and let us know when you could use this stress-reducing tool the most!

Celebrate - Blazer Fresh | GoNoodle
Whether you're celebrating losing a tooth or a major holiday, join Blazer Fresh and sing this fantastically festive song! (GoNoodle, 02:23 min) Want to get down, get funky & get schooled with this edutaining hip hop trio? Visit the following link for more songs!

Celebrations Are Still Important—Even in a Pandemic

Celebrations are needed now more than ever to lift kids’ spirits and give them hope for a brighter tomorrow. When we take the time to focus on family, friendship, love, and accomplishments—even when we can’t be together we’re showing our kids how to make their own fun and enjoy the simple pleasures in life. (

We Are All Different - and THAT'S AWESOME! | Cole Blakeway | TEDxWestVancouverED
What is it that makes you different? What makes you jump out of bed? Cole Blakeway, a messy ten-year-old teaches us the value of celebrating differences as he describes his beautiful friendship with Steven, a 44-year-old man with Autism. In a world that gravitates to being the same, Cole Blakeway reminds us that we are all different and that's AWESOME! (TEDx - 04:40 min)
Here are 26 little things that can put an exclamation point on, and add an extra smile to your day. (Simply Local Magazine)
Karamo Brown Reads "I Am Perfectly Designed" | Bookmarks | Netflix Jr
I Am Perfectly Designed by Karamo Brown, tells the story of a father and son who share memories, talk about their feelings and find strength in being exactly who they are. Share this story with your child and encourage them to love themselves and celebrate who they are. (NetflixJr - 09:34 min) Want more book suggestions? Visit 8 Children’s Books That Celebrate Individuality And Help Build Self-Esteem (CBC)
How to Notice Good Things in Your Life
Just like adults, children can get caught up in the things that go wrong in their lives—like getting bad grades, feeling left out, or experiencing conflict with parents—and forget to appreciate all the positive things. Three Good Things (01:42 min) is designed to highlight the positive moments, experiences, and people that children may sometimes take for granted. Want to learn more? Visit this link for a classroom lesson and guiding questions that can be utilized at home too! (GGIE)

Capitalizing on Positive Events

When people close to us—friends, family members, significant others—tell us about positive things that happened to them, these moments have the potential to make us feel significantly closer to one another—depending on how we respond. This activity offers tips for responding in a way that has been shown to nurture positive feelings on both sides of the relationship and to increase feelings of closeness and relationship satisfaction. (GGIA)
For the Heroes: A Pep Talk From Kid President
Celebrating everyday heroes! This one goes out to all the heroes - the kids and the grownups who are doing extraordinary things to make the world more awesome. Who is your hero? Share this video with them. (SoulPancake - 04:16 min)

Celebrate Resilience!

Dallas ISD's Thomas Jefferson High School students Alejandra Resendez and Lilah Alarcon share their journey to "Finish Strong" and graduate despite challenging circumstances. To learn more about the district's Finish Strong '21 campaign click here. (Dallas ISD News HUB)



Join SEL Dallas and Dallas ISD Library and Media Services for our weekly online book club series for students. Books are listed by week and are made available digitally via Dallas ISD Library and Media Services. Learners grades kindergarten through second grade will reach a new book each week with a discussion at the end of the book. Learners grades third through fifth will work on chapter books, with discussions each week. Click on the following links for additional information and registration.

The Social and Emotional Learning department is interested in your feedback as we develop an SEL discussion series for parents and caregivers. The series will help families become more familiar with SEL and actively engage in personal growth and supporting children's SEL practices. Each session will be approximately 45-60 minutes in length and will be presented virtually. Click the button above to participate in this quick survey. Thank you!

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