Wellness and Learning

November MSD System of Care Newsletter

Thinking about Mindfulness this Holiday Season

November is flying by. It is a time of year when we all recognize the importance of gratitude, which happens to be one of the skills associated with being mindful.

The Merrimack School District has been drawing on the evidence-informed practice of mindfulness as a strategy to support the development of the five competencies for Social Emotional development: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision Making. (See below for a graphic!). We've been fortunate to have Whitney Tave, a mindfulness educator, work with our district in a variety of ways. Perhaps you attended her parent workshops last year! (See below for a link to this on our webpage!).

One of my favorite ideas that Whitney shares is that mindfulness is about paying attention, with intention. She explains that when we practice mindfulness, we take the time to stop what we’re doing, observe ourselves and our surroundings, and then decide what our response will be to the situation. Putting a pause between the situation and our response is a very important skill!

Research shows that practicing mindfulness can help students (and adults!)

by reducing feelings of anxiety and overwhelm, while increasing confidence and the ability to work through challenges effectively. This is a powerful way to equip young people with the ability to cope with setbacks, handle stress, and ultimately get along better with others!

Best Wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving! I am grateful for the Merrimack community and the hundreds of acts of kindness that occur every day to support one another!

Fern Seiden

Director of Student Wellness

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One Trusted Adult Workshop for Parents and Caregivers


This summer the NH Department of Education offered One Trusted Adult resources to schools, and we were able to take full advantage of this opportunity. This is a self-paced four hour "course" that can really change the way you think about how to "show up" for our kids! Brooklyn Raney, a NH native, is becoming nationally recognized for her inspiring work!

How to Access: Use the codes below after clicking on the links in the "Getting Started Guide" posted below!

Elementary and Middle School Families - Sign up to get the course for free using the code:


High School Families - sign up to get the course for free using the code:


How to Access Directions


One Trusted Adult Workshop for all Educators and The Branch Out Connection and Community Building Activities for High School Educators

Click here for instructions for registering for the One Trusted Adult Educators Workshop - free for Merrimack School District Educators!


Codes to Access Program:

- Middle/ Elementary - SAU26MS-VPD

- High School - SAU26HS-VPD

Branch Out is a High School Program filled with great activities to foster connection and community. You can find it here!


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