Hinton 4-6 Newsletter
"Kindness is like snow... it beautifies everything it covers." - Kahlil Gibran
Kindness is the Word of the Month
Science has shown us that there are many reasons why we need to teach and practice kindness. Below is an excerpt from www.teachthought.com that shows some of the many benefits that can be gained from teaching kindness.
1. Happy Children
Science explains that the good feelings we experience when being kind are produced by endorphins that activate areas of the brain that are associated with pleasure, social connection and trust, and it’s proven that these feelings of joyfulness are contagious, encouraging more kind behaviour by the giver and recipient.
2. Increased Peer Acceptance
Research on the subject has determined that kindness increases our ability to form meaningful connections with others. Studies show that kind, happy children enjoy greater peer acceptance because they are well-liked and that better than average mental health is reported in classrooms that practice more inclusive behaviour due to an even distribution of popularity.
3. Improved Health and Less Stress
It’s widely documented that being kind can trigger a release of the hormone oxytocin which has a number of physical and mental health benefits as it can significantly increase a person’s level of happiness and reduce stress. More recently though, it’s been found it plays a significant role in the cardiovascular system, helping protect the heart by lowering blood pressure and reducing free radicals and inflammation, which incidentally speed up the aging process.
4. Greater Sense of Belonging and Improved Self Esteem
Studies show that people experience a ‘helpers high’ when they do a good deed, a rush of endorphins that creates a lasting sense of pride, well-being and an enriched sense of belonging. Even small acts of kindness are reported to heighten our sense of well-being, increase energy and give a wonderful feeling of optimism and self worth.
5. Increased Feelings of Gratitude
When children are part of projects that help others less fortunate than themselves, it provides them with a real sense of perspective and helps them appreciate the good things in their own lives.
6. Better Concentration and Improved Results
As it increases serotonin, which plays an important part in learning, memory, mood, sleep, health and digestion, kindness is a key ingredient that helps children feel good. Having a positive outlook allows them greater attentions spans and enables more creative thinking to produce better results at school.
7. Less Bullying
Many traditional anti-bullying programs focus on the negative actions that cause children anxiety and often with little impact. Teaching kindness and compassion in schools, not only fosters the positive behaviour that creates warm and inclusive school environments, but helps children feel that they belong. It’s documented that the effects of bullying can be significantly reduced by integrating kindness based programs in schools.
8. Reduced Depression
Dr. Wayne Dyer, internationally renowned author and speaker, says research has discovered that an act of kindness increases levels of serotonin (a natural chemical responsible for improving mood) in the brain. It’s also found that serotonin levels are increased in both the giver and receiver of an act of kindness, as well as anyone who witnesses that kindness, making it a wonderful natural antidepressant.
Dressing for Winter
Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for outdoor recess. We have a 20-25 minute recess at lunch time and the 4th grade has a second afternoon recess. If the real feel is below 10 degrees we will stay inside. Students need coats, hats, and gloves. If they want to play in the snow they need snow pants and boots.
If you need assistance with getting coats, hats or gloves, please contact Ms. Held. Danica.Held@Hintonschool.com
☃️ Holiday Music Program 🀩
The 4-6 music programs will be held on Monday, December 5 in the varsity gym. Students should arrive by 6:45 for their 7:00 program.
The students should report to their classroom at 6:45. If you arrive early your student should sit with you until 6:45.
This a great opportunity for us, as adults, to model proper concert behavior for our children. Please take off hats and turn off cell phones when entering the building. Arrive on time and stay for the entire concert. We are all busy and tend to multi-task to try to get everything done, however, our children will benefit from us taking a one hour pause and simply focusing on the talents of our wonderful kids.
❄️ Students of the Month
Students are currently participating in the Spellathon to raise funds for playground equipment and possibly an assembly. Last year, funds were used to purchase a Humpty Dumpty Climber (waiting for installation) for TK-3 and great improvements to the 4-6 playground. If you missed the Spellathon, donations toward our goal are ALWAYS accepted and appreciated.
Besides raising funds, our HPA also tries to provide fun family-oriented opportunities for our students outside of school hours.
Families can enjoy tubing at Cone Park over winter break from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on January 2. The cost will be $7 per person. Tell them you are from Hinton when you check in and pay admission.
Late Start/Cancellation Notifications
12 Days of Christmas
Celebrate the Christmas season by dressing up to these famous songs, movies and stories!
What to Wear
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
Wear red or green.
Star of Wonder
Wear yellow, white or anything with sparkles!
“...And I in my kerchief and ma in her cap.”
Wear your favorite Christmas hat or headband.
There’s No Place like Home for the Holidays
Wear Blackhawk black and gold.
“You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch”
Dress like a Christmas character. (Santa, the Grinch, the Whos, elves, reindeer, etc.)
“Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.”
Dress as an animal or wear animal print.
Dress like a snowman or wear white.
Wear a Hawaiian shirt.
Wear an ugly Christmas sweater.
“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care.”
Wear Christmas socks.
Baby, it’s Cold Outside
Wear comfy sweaters, flannel, or sweats.
Wear Christmas PJs.