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November's News & Events

This month's newsletter includes:


For Parents...

Did you miss our Monthly Mindful Moment blog post? Busy parents, this is for you! When life feels hectic, that’s the perfect time to Take Five. This simple mindfulness practice involves one hand and your five fingers. Starting at the base of the thumb, breathe in as you trace your finger up, and breathe out as you trace down the other side. Repeating this for each finger leads to five slow, deep breaths. When we teach kids to Take Five, they have an always-accessible tool to remind them of one way to calm down. Kids love to “do it by myself,” and this practice helps them have a little independence in trying to self-calm. Give it a try yourself, and you might find you feel a little less stressed and in control of your day, too. Taking Five is a great practice for all of us!

For Educators...

...and interested parents and community members, too. You are all invited to join us for our first ever Peace of Mind Mini-Conference taking place January 26. If you are currently using the Peace of Mind curriculum, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to prepare and practice for the neuroscience lessons that appear about halfway through the year.  We know from our experience, and research, that teaching children about what is happening in their brains is at the heart of helping them manage their emotions. A copy of our storybook Rosie's Brain and the Brain Anchor Chart are included with every registration!

Register for Budding Brains Here

In February there will be another opportunity to join us, this time at the Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully. During this three-day event in Illinois, participants will have a chance to do both half-day and all-day workshops with Peace of Mind and friends. If you enjoy our mini-conference in January, we hope you'll come back for a more intensive workshop in February!

COSEM Conference Schedule & Registration
Did you know that Peace of Mind has an online training option on Teachable.com? We have enrolled over 50 students in our two courses, Introduction to Mindfulness & SEL and Getting Started with the Peace of Mind Curriculum. Both courses have been offered for free while we continue to improve content and learn this format. However, starting in January 2019 we will begin charging a nominal fee. We encourage you to sign up now!
Online Courses

For Friends & Supporters of Peace of Mind...

Reflections on Gratitude

Gratitude – a feeling of thankfulness, of being glad that you have something, or someone, special in your life. This is what we’ve been teaching our students about recently, but it’s a good practice for us all to think about all that we have to be thankful for. As we reflect on this year, Peace of Mind has so much gratitude for so many:

  • Teachers, counselors, and other educators who are dedicated to bringing this work to the students they care about. At last count, Peace of Mind has been bought for use in over 30 states and 20 countries worldwide. Considering we were in just ONE school in ONE city just three years ago, this is astounding and humbling at the same time.
  • Parents and caregivers who are passionate about helping their little ones reach their full potential for kindness, compassion, and empathy towards others. We see you, hardworking moms, dads, nannies, and others, and we applaud and thank you for your efforts.
  • Schools and administrators such as Elsie Whitlow Stokes Public Charter School who have bravely committed to bringing more mindfulness-based SEL into every classroom in every grade this year – you have our deepest admiration and commitment to helping this be a great experience for all involved.
  • Our dedicated board members, advisors, and other supporters who are committed to helping us continue to serve so many, and to further our cause with new ventures like our First Annual Mini-Conference on teaching neuroscience. We are so thrilled to have your wisdom guiding us as we continue to grow and evolve as an organization!
-Jillian, Linda, & Cheryl

Featured Tool of the Month:

The Peace of Mind Journal is for use alongside the Peace of Mind program at school, home, or other locations. Each page contains space for drawing and writing, plus an inspirational quote specially chosen by our team. At 32 pages, there is one space for each week's Peace of Mind lesson reflections. Our kids are enjoying them, and we think yours might, too!

Journals
We'd love to hear about how you are using the Peace of Mind program, ideas for future supplemental tools, or anything else that's on your mind! Connect with us at info@teachpeaceofmind.org.  
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