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JUNE 2022

POM COMMUNITY NEWS

Linda Ryden and her Peace of Mind students led the audience in two mindfulness practices and talked about what Peace of Mind has meant for them.  Thank you, Jane Wilkins, for this video!

Teaching Peace Makes a Difference


The Catalogue for Philanthropy invited Peace of Mind to share our work during their Hope Springs! Gala on May 19th.  Who better to talk about the impact of Peace of Mind than our students?  After a back-stage mindful moment, Jasmine, Lilly, Lake, Maya, Iris, Matthew, Andrew and Alexis wowed the audience with their mindfulness guidance and thoughtful reflections.  In a time of heartbreak and overwhelming challenges at every turn, their presentation brought bountiful hope and inspiration.  Sharing these powerful skills, together we can make a difference for our kids.  
 
Peace of Mind student Nora says: "I think it's important for kids to have Peace class .... to take care of our mental health."  60 seconds worth watching! 

Help us bring Peace of Mind to more students!


It has never been more important for educators to have tools like Peace of Mind to help kids manage anxiety and stress. Peace of Mind also helps kids practice gratitude to build resilience, and helps them connect with each other across differences of opinion and background. Supporting this work is a powerful way to make an impact right now.  Our spring fundraising campaign ends on June 10th - we have raised 74% of our  $12,000 goal - only $3,200 to go! Please consider a contribution! Thank you so much.
Help bring Peace of Mind to more students!

UPCOMING EVENTS

OSSE Mini PD:  Engaging your Students in Mindfulness 
Tuesday, June 7th from 4 pm to 5 pm EST on zoom

Have you ever worried that your students are too cool for mindfulness? This workshop is here to help. If you will be teaching Peace of Mind next year, this workshop will help you prepare. Free; all welcome; DCPS and DCPCS educators receive 1 PLU. 
Register for Workshop

Flourish: A Healing and Empowerment Workshop Series
for BIPOC residents of Washington D.C.
Free * Sunday June 26th to November 6, 2022

Our friends at The AntiRacist Table are partnering with wise teachers at Integrative Bodywork and Zenit to form Flowers for the Collective, a group of BIPOC women committed working alongside BIPOC individuals on their healing journeys.  This free series of workshops for Black, Indigenous and People of Color residents in Washington D.C. will focus on centering wellness, reclaiming your voice and story, and self-education as a path to liberation. Find out more and register here:
 
Register for Flourish! Workshops

Save the Date: Community of Practice
Mindfulness and Restorative Justice 
Thursday, October 20, 2022 * 4:15 - 5:45 pm * on zoom

Save the date for our next Community of Practice gathering!  We're joining forces with the Coalition for Schools Educating Mindfully (COSEM) Chapter leaders in Maryland, Robin McNair and Mia Donovan, as well as Peace of Mind facilitator Dave Trachtenberg, for a rich conversation on supporting our students' well-being through mindfulness and restorative justice practices in our schools.  Watch this space for registration details. 
 

MONTHLY MINDFULNESS PRACTICE

Belly Breathing with Ms. Ryden!  Try this Mindful Breathing practice with your students or your own children for a moment of calm. 
More Peace of Mind Mindfulness Videos

WHAT'S NEW IN THE SHOP

2nd Edition of the Peace of Mind Core Curriculum for Early Childhood coming soon

Here at Peace of Mind, summer is always all about curriculum writing and new storybook development.  Guided by children's post-covid social and emotional needs, this summer we are working on a full revision of The Peace of Mind Core Curriculum for Early Childhood.    Curriculum available Fall 2022.
 

FREE Early Childhood Curriculum Bundles

Thanks to a generous grant,  in Fall 2022 we will be able to provide 20 free Early Childhood Classroom Bundles to Title I schools and early childhood programs serving underserved communities.  Bundles will include the newly revised full year curriculum guide,  poster, anchor charts and mindfulness cards.  If you are interested in receiving one or more Bundles in school year 2022-2023, please let us know here!

Free Early Childhood Curriculum Bundles

GRATITUDE

This month we're especially grateful to...


The Catalogue for Philanthropy for inviting us to participate in the Hope Springs! gala this month. It was an honor to be included, and a pleasure to meet in person the donors who support our work!

The Peace of Mind parents who generously gave their time and and patiently navigated the necessary logistics so that their children could participate in the Catalogue for Philanthropy Event this month. We truly appreciate you! 

Shawn Donnelly, Peace of Mind volunteer extraordinaire, who has devoted many kind hours to improving our data management and fundraising systems this month.  What a difference this makes! Thank you!

HTCC  in Washington DC for their recent generous grant to allow us to revise The Peace of Mind Core Curriculum for Early Childhood and to create and share Professional Development resources to help young children cope with COVID-19 related trauma.  We are especially grateful to HTCC's Social Justice Tithe Committee for their thoughtful and supportive work during the proposal process.  We're very excited to be able to embark on this work over the summer so that we can share this work with educators in Fall 2022!  Thank you!

Ongoing thanks to The Bender Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, The Healthier Greener Kinder Foundation, The Nora Roberts Foundation, The Fund for the Future of our Children, and our many generous individual donors for their kind and generous ongoing support! 

In peace,
Cheryl, Linda and The Peace of Mind team 

 
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