UPDATE from December 9 Communication:
Upcoming Changes to Wellness Wednesday:
Wednesday will become an instructional day for all students.
Adding targeted enrichment and remediation opportunities.
All students will have synchronous learning hours.
Due to the shortened holiday week, January 6 will be an instructional day.
The last Wellness Wednesday will be January 13.
Wellness Wednesday Asynchronous Learning District Offerings:
Check back regularly for more district offerings!
-Respectful Ways is offering this checklist of fun activities that kids can do with the whole family to foster creativity, discussion, imagination and growth. Your student families will get to know each other better -- and learn a few interesting skills along the way!
For Students and Parents:
CSD will be offering 6 weeks of the Grounded Yoga Kids program as part of Wellness Wednesdays. The structure of this program creates a safe space for children to freely express themselves and learn lifelong practices that intentionally create thoughts, emotions, actions, and habits leading to more positivity. The program has a framework of 84 signature poses. The Grounded Kids Yoga program has collaborated with City Schools of Decatur to create a six-week sequence that supports and strengthens the social-emotional learning skills that are being taught through the SEE Learning program.
Parent/Child: Family-friendly Cardio Workout: https://youtu.be/5if4cjO5nxo
- All: Kid President's 25 Reasons to Be Thankful: What's On Your List? https://www.youtube.com/watch?
- Pre-K-12: The CSD Enrichment site has additional Enrichment opportunities handpicked for our CSD students.
- K-12: Focus on Kindness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
K-2: After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got back up again) https://www.youtube.com/watch?
- K-2: FREE Kindness Coloring Pages: https://www.google.com/search?
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- K-2: Sonic the Hedgehog: Cosmic Yoga: https://www.youtube.com/user/
- K-2 Lower Elementary - The Nervous System https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=KZVeFTDszTs Compassion in Action https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=cAFq6PcFYgI
- K-2: Be Kind Book, By Pat Zietlow Miller. https://www.youtube.com/
- K-5 Be Kind to Yourself - https://www.youtube.com/watch?
- 3-5 Upper Elementary - The Nervous System https://www.youtube.com/watch?
- 3-5: Kids Workout with Maurice: https://vimeo.com/126303313
3-5: The Science of Kindness. https://www.youtube.com/
6-12: How You Treat People Is Who You Are!! https://www.youtube.com/
6-12: How to change your study habits by setting goals and managing time https://www.youtube.com/
- 6-12: The Nervous System in 9 Minutes 6-12 https://www.youtube.com/watch?
- 6-12: Make Kindness a Habit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
- 6-12: The Mindset of a Champion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=px9CzSZsa0Y
- 6-12: Students and Parents - Bystanders video and panel
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- Parent Session 2020 - Google Slides.mp4
- Hiking Trails Guide for Families
- Quick & Easy Recipes https://www.pillsbury.com/
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Susan Morley, Parent Coach Atlanta. FREE for CSD parents use the code OURKIDS https://www.
Teachers & Parents:
- Self Care: What It Really Is, Susannah Joy Winters https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Educational Leadership magazine is offering articles related to mental health for educators free for December. We hope our staff can take a moment to review these helpful articles which can be found here: http://www.ascd.org/
- Teachers: Although the job is difficult, you make an impact and can change lives.
- Teachers: Importance of Self Care https://www.youtube.com/watch?
- Teachers: Rita Pierson - Every Kids Needs a Champion https://www.ted.com/talks/rita_pierson_every_kid_needs_a_champion?language=en
For additional ideas to keep your family active on Wellness Wednesday and throughout your week, visit the City of Decatur's Virtual Rec Center site here: https://www.decaturga.com/
Please Note: SEE Equity sessions have concluded for this time period.
SEE Equity lessons 4-9 will begin in spring 2021. Each class meeting will follow a typical sequence.
SEE Equity is an asynchronous content aligned instruction with the six-week synchronous curriculum. To learn more, you can view this document. As part of this new content, students in grades 6-12 will have an opportunity to watch the film Race: the Power of an Illusion, a three-hour series that explores the concept of race from a scientific, historical, and sociological perspective. This series will serve as a tool to better prepare students for facilitated, synchronous discussions related to race, privilege, policy, and justice.
Each week, students will view a one-hour episode of the three-part series while working through an active learning guide developed by our Equity and Student Support department. Students will be able to access the film as well as the learning guide, through a link in their Advisement Google classroom. In support of this asynchronous content, district Courageous Conversation About Race (CCAR) Affiliates will provide virtual office hours each week to answer any questions students may have about the content, topics, or issues discussed in the film.
As students engage with Race: The Power of an Illusion, their Advisement teachers will engage in professional learning with Dr. Watson to develop the skills to facilitate the second part of the SEE Equity curriculum and provide a safer, more intimate environment for student conversations about race. Once their training is complete, the original six-week curriculum discussed during the Wellness Wednesday town halls will instead be guided by advisement teachers and incorporated into student advisement schedules later this school year. As they disseminate content, advisement teachers will have the opportunity to consult with and be supported by our District CCAR Affiliates, who have had over 50 hours of training and extensive experience working with race-related content.
If you have any questions regarding our SEE Equity changes, you may contact Dr. Mari Ann Banks, District Equity Coordinator.
SEE Equity - Week 1 (September 16)
SEE Equity - Week 2 (September 23)SEE Equity classes will be disseminated through the student's Advisement. Classes will be Asyncronous.We ask that students engage with this film over the next three Wellness Wednesdays. Each section of the film will have its own set of pre- and post-work. Engaging in this work will help students to think more deeply about the information presented and how that information manifests in their life. Doing the pre-work, watching the film, then, doing the post-work, is an excellent activity for families to do together.Students must submit completed pre- and post-work for each session to receive credit for attending the session.
A key component of Wellness Wednesday is SEE (Social Emotional Ethical ) Learning. The K-12 SEE Learning program was designed to foster social, emotional, and ethical intelligence for students and staff. The key components of the program include attention training, compassion and ethical development, systems thinking, resilience, and trauma-informed practice. These skills will be instrumental in helping our community navigate returning to school after COVID-19 and the local and national racial injustice we are currently experiencing. Members of the Equity and Student Support and Curriculum and Instruction departments, including counselors, psychologists, nurses, social workers, and behavior specialists, will be implementing the Social Emotional Ethical Learning program on Wellness Wednesday. Each student K-12 will attend a live virtual session with their homeroom or advisement class. Click here for a video introduction to SEE Learning.
Please Note: Synchronous SEE Learning sessions have concluded for this time period. We plan to resume in January.
About Wellness Wednesday
Our district is focused on supporting the development of the whole child. Wellness Wednesday is a dedicated time each week to focus on the well-being of our students, staff, and parents. Wellness Wednesday provides a mid-week break from the demands of learning in the virtual environment. It allows families and students to have an opportunity to engage in structured and self-directed activities with a focus on improving overall wellness.
The National Institute of Wellness defines wellness as an active process through which people become aware of and make choices that promote a more successful existence. CSD is committed to supporting the holistic development and health of our students and staff. The Equity and Student Support department has curated a variety of activities, interventions, and sessions designed to support wellness for students, staff, and parents. The dimensions of wellness include social, emotional, physical, spiritual, occupational (school), and intellectual. Wellness Wednesday will be focused on social, emotional, and physical wellness.
We frame our approach to wellness through an equity lens. Consequently, our programs, initiatives, and professional learning opportunities were designed to celebrate and be inclusive of diversity based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, and other cultural characteristics.
Core components of Wellness Wednesday include SEE Learning and SEE Equity. All students, in grades K-12, will participate in SEE Learning lessons weekly. All students in grades 6 -12 will participate in SEE Equity lessons, the anti-racism curriculum developed for secondary students. SEE Learning sessions will be offered synchronously at set times each week. SEE Equity sessions will be offered asynchronously during virtual learning and will be incorporated into advisement classes when we return to in-person learning.
A range of other opportunities will be offered by the Equity & Student Support department tailored for students, parents, and staff. These may be synchronous or asynchronous. Local schools may also offer Wellness Wednesday activities. Families will have the flexibility to select from a menu of choice offerings or use the unscheduled time for more practice on academic assignments or enrichment activities.