SUMMER SEND OFF – THANK YOU TEACHERS!

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Summer Send Off – Thank You Teachers! Farewell, 2020/2021 school year. It’s been a time. We’re sure you have BIG summer plans to get to–hello, sleeping in, enjoying the sunshine and avoiding screens–but before you go, we’ve got a few quick things for you. We’ll keep it short and sweet so you can go find…

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SPRINGING FORWARD: END OF THE YEAR WELL-BEING

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The homestretch is near as many of us are just weeks away from the end of the 2020/2021 school year.  We are sending this note to remind everyone of the importance of well-being and also a heartfelt thank you for your extraordinary efforts in being the strength of our school communities. Research over the past…

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SELF REGULATION THROUGH MINDFULNESS, MEDITATION AND BREATHWORK

Written by Shonna Lamb, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP With vast access to unlimited content, it can be overwhelming to know where to start when you want to develop a deeper understanding and relationship with meditation and mindfulness practices. Ever Active Schools and I have partnered together to create videos to help you dip your…

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USING ARTS TO EXPLORE WELLNESS

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Submitted by Karena Munroe, Calgary Board of Education Special thank you to co-authors Cindy Thomson and her grade 7 classes In my School District, students and teachers have sent a resounding message through an internal survey about the importance of prioritizing school wellness responses as critical work in our school development planning. I set out…

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JANUARY EVENTS WRAP UP

This year has started out strong here at Ever Active Schools!  Every year, we host events specific to helping school communities increase their capacity for wellness. Some events are specific to youth, as students as change agents is an essential condition for comprehensive school health; while others take a broader approach, looping in teachers, administrators,…

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FOUR REASONS TO TRY PODCASTS FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Podcasts are a rich source of information, stories and entertainment, with a surprisingly wide range of topics: the history of the elevator, the secret world of moss, Dolly Parton, and much, much more. Many of us listen to podcasts while we cook, travel, or move our bodies – but have you ever considered using podcasts…

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RECHARGING OVER WINTER BREAK

This winter break is something we’ve all been waiting for. It’s a long overdue chance for a few days off of some major stressors in a time where just existing is stressful for everyone. The EAS team has a few ideas for you on how we like to unwind and reconnect with our best selves.…

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TOP TEN TEACHER GIFTS

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Teachers. They’re hard-working, selfless, dedicated, and a million other words for “awesome”. While this year has been hard on everyone in different ways, education professionals have pivoted with grace for the sake of our students’ health and well-being. Perhaps it’s time we turn the tables and send a little love and thank you back –…

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BUILDING RESILIENCE IN FOUR QUESTIONS

Water drips from a hand onto young plants, building resilience in nature to represent building resilience in yourself and others.

Written by Dana Fulwiler, Provincial Project Coordinator, Ever Active Schools “Building Resilience in Four Questions” is part 3 of 4 in a series on Teacher and Staff Well-being. “Like tiny seeds with potent power to push through tough ground and become mighty trees, we hold innate reserves of unimaginable strength. We are resilient.” ― Catherine…

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STRENGTHENING MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS

Written by Dana Fulwiler, MEd, MAPP, Ever Active Schools “When we seek for connection, we restore the world to wholeness. Our seemingly separate lives become meaningful as we discover how truly necessary we are to each other.” – Margaret J. Wheatley This quote seems particularly relevant right now as we practice physical distancing to keep…

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