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This Week's Meadows Focus: My Actions Affect Others.
Meadows Focus Challenge:

Perform a mindful action that affects your community in a positive way.


Some suggestions are:

  • beach clean-up
  • write thank you cards to your local Fire Dept. or Police Dept.
  • create drawings or art projects for your local nursing home
  • donate to your local food pantry
  • help a neighbor
  • help your parent with a chore, etc.

Recommended Activity:

  1. Watch these videos on taking mindful action:

Meadows Focus Challenge:
Dinnertime Discussion: Talk to family members about the importance of staying positive. Brainstorm different ways to think positively.

Recommended Activity:

  1. Watch these videos on choosing optimism:

Meadows Focus Challenge:
Dinnertime Discussion: Take turns talking about ways each family member can be more mindful and make wise choices.


That means paying attention to our surroundings and making thoughtful decisions that keep everyone in the house happy.


For example, if you're watching a show in the same room as a family member that's reading, you can make a mindful choice to use headphones so that you don't disrupt their quiet time.


Can you think of another way to be more mindful in this situation?


At the beginning of the week, set goals on when and how you will practice mindfulness throughout the week

Recommended Activity:

  1. Next time when you feel stuck on a problem, take a deep breath and know that you always have options.

    • Brainstorm on what choices you can make to move forward.

    • Think about what will happen after you make each choice.

    • Which one of the options will lead to the best outcome for you and people around you?

  2. Watch these videos on mindful awareness:

Healthy Body Healthy MInd
Our Social Emotional Learning Committee helped to plan a tasty "Make a Healthy Choice" fruit snack on Tuesday morning at drop-off. We offered every student either a banana, apple, or tangerine and encouraged healthy eating. Student Council members helped to support the effort.
Thanks for making healthy choices, Mustangs!
Meadows Focus Challenge:
  1. Dinnertime Discussion: Try 3 different fruits/vegetables and discuss which were your favorite and why.
  2. Stress Reduction: Go outside for some sun and try the calming Yoga poses from our 3rd grade Wellness Chair (See the video below for instructions)


Recommended Activity:

Meadows Focus Challenge:

Brain helps our body and mind to work together. There are 5 easy ways to take care of our brain:

  1. Exercise regularly: You can walk, swim, play tennis or any of your favorite ways to stay active.
  2. Get plenty of sleep: 9-12 hours of sleep is recommended for kids in the age group of 6-12 years old.
  3. Healthy diet: Eat whole grains, leafy greens and fish and other foods that contain omega fatty acids.
  4. Stay mentally active: Do crossword puzzles, play cards and other games to keep your brain active.
  5. Be social: Playing and talking to your friends and others keep you and your brain happy.

What are some ways you've kept your brain healthy? Try some new ways too!


Recommended Activity:

Meadows Focus Challenge:

Do you remember a time when you and your friend wanted to do different things during recess? Maybe you wanted to play gaga ball but your friend wanted to play tag. What did you do?


One way to maintain positive relationships is to be accepting of others’ perspectives, even when they’re different from yours. Perspective means point of view, or how you think or feel about something.


Our Meadows Focus Challenge this week is to listen with an open mind and try to understand others’ perspectives. Then, practice communicating your point of view to them as well.


Understanding different ways of thinking helps us be a good friend and also helps our brains grow. So, let’s practice our listening skills this week, Mustangs, because my feelings matter and so do yours!


Recommended Activity:

rabbit-duckWhat animal do you see above? Is it possible to see two animals?


This image offers a great way to show that there are different perspectives. Other peoples' thoughts and feelings can be very different than our own. They are different because we each have different experiences and memories. This means we can look at or experience something similar and have very different thoughts and feelings about it.


Here are videos on perspective taking (for K-2nd grades; for 3rd-5th grades) and worksheets to learn more about how we can apply this concept (for K-2nd grades; for 3rd-5th grades).


Meadows Focus Challenge:
  • Perform three acts of kindness this week.
    • Optional: You can use the following handouts from MindUp
Meadows Focus Challenge:
  • Make a poster about what it means to be inclusive.
    • Poster size: 22"x28" or larger (Parents are welcome to pick up a blank poster at the front office for free.)
    • When to drop it off: Tuesday, April 13th - Sunday, April 18th
    • Where to drop it off: Social & Emotional Learning Bucket at the front office
      • You can roll up your poster and put a rubber band around it to fit it in the bucket, or leave it with Ms. Isabel.
        bucket  bucket
  • The posters will be displayed throughout the school.
  • Sample posters are below:
everyone is welcome  inclusion matters

Recommended Activity:

  • Watch a TV show, movie or read a book that features people who are different from you and find similarities.
    • Movie Examples: Mulan, Coco, Wonder, Moana, Big Hero 6, Akeelah and the Bee, A Ballerina's Tale (2015)
    • Book Examples: The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi, Emmanuel's Dream by Laurie Ann Thompson, Where Are You From? by Yamile Saied Mendez, Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal