Woodman Wellness Corner
2020 June 15
Congratulations to our Grade 9 students who viewed their virtual farewell video with friends and/or families last Monday. A big congratulations goes out to the following recipients on their awards:
- Citizenship: Sophie
- Valedictorians: Jack & Jocelyn
- Service: Paige
- Band Memorial Award: Sophie
- Principal's Proficiency: Mindy
- Science Memorial Award: Abbey
Some of our Gr. 9 students got out and had some awesome photo shoots.
Thanks for sharing!
Now that June is upon us, head outside and “Fall in Love with Nature:
Fall in Love with Nature
Here is our PE team falling in love with nature and “moving as much as we can” while teaching at home:
Move as much as you can
Tobogganing in the summer? One of our students is moving, no matter the season:
Are you a bookworm and love to read, why not check this website out:
J.K Rowling is releasing a new children's book, with new chapters coming out each Tuesday until July. She is also holding an art competition for kids to submit their own art, which could be published in the print copy of the book. The proceeds from the book sales will go to Covid-19 related charities/work. You can find the story and art competition info here, https://theickabog.com/
Food Finder YYC makes it easy for kids and teens to locate and access food resources.
2020 June 5
Good day, everyone. We hope everyone is well and now that we are in Phase 2, things are starting to look a little brighter, especially for kids involved in sport. We are looking forward to celebrating another year completed. For some it will be bitter sweet, moving onto high school and into a new building Our grade 9’s celebrated their grad this morning with a Farewell video. We hope you were able to watch it with loved ones and reflect back on your grade 9 year. Congratulations grade 9’s! We know you will do wonderful things in high school.
Over and above all the time spent in front of their computer screens - teaching you and meeting up with you (and assessing the work you have completed and submitted), teachers have also been busy keeping themselves and their families healthy during COVID. They have been busy hiking, horseback riding, cycling, playing spikeball, reading, having virtual birthday parties and dressing up for little ones, canning and building campers and painting. Check out our own Mr. Wiberg, who bought himself a new motorbike for retirement!
Declan's Board Breaking video
Declan has been continuing with taekwondo despite the challenges of Zoom training. He tested for, and received, his black stripe belt on Saturday. Here is his board breaking test for you.
Since June 3rd was World Bike Day we had asked that everyone go for a bike ride through your community, and snap photos of interesting or creative inspirational quarantine messages seen on house windows or sidewalks, or items that promote community togetherness. Here are a few collages that captured our Wolfpack Challenge. Great job ladies!
Delilah's Wolfpack collage
Mindy's Wolfpack collage
Feeling stressed or overwhelmed?
It has been a long haul, folks, if you are feeling overwhelmed and struggling right now, there are lots of resources out there to help Help in Tough Times, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to get in touch with someone who can help.
2020 June 1
Happy Monday, everyone, and welcome to the month of June! We are almost there, folks! Another year is coming to a close, and what a way to finish. Thank you to those that are continuing to log in to your teachers’ google meets and continuing to keep your “heads in the Game”. Remember what you do today, will greatly impact you for next year. Hang in there, you are doing great!
Jack H enjoying volleyball
Some of our students have been keeping busy, baking, sewing, painting, getting stronger and staying active. Above are some of our student’s wonderful submissions for the week. Thanks Jocelyn, Delilah, J.P., Katie, Luiza, Kamila and Jack for sending these in. It is so nice to see that you are finding time to engage in some activities outside of your school work. Speaking of finding time, check out this youtube video of a man’s desire to figure out how to outsmart a squirrel.
Building the Perfect Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder
Have cabin fever, why not try some of these:
87 fun things to do at home— avoid that coronavirus cabin fever
Looking for a challenge? Here is a website designed for the elementary level, with some awesome challenges. Why not create your perfect challenge and send it in to the school?
I Love a Challenge!
We love hearing from you. Please send pictures, videos of your isolation projects to firstname.lastname@example.org
2020 May 25
Happy Monday, Woodman! Well, we are almost through the month of May and we have had a great month of student and family celebrations with our May Wolfpack Challenge and celebrating International Family Day. It is important to continue to stay safe as businesses start to open up and life slowly returns to normal. May is Mental Health month and it’s important to do continued check ins with yourself and with your kids during this time of uncertainty. Anxiety and depression are not resistant to even the strongest, as Michael Phelps discusses in his video. Enjoy:
Michael Phelps - 'This is the most overwhelmed I've ever felt'
Alberta Health Services on Mental Health
Thank you to those of you who are sending in your pictures of what you have been doing in the last few months other than school work. We love to showcase our students. Please continue to send us photos and videos to email@example.com so we can display them weekly:
Maya's Sidewalk Chalk Art
“This is a fundraiser is called "cartoons for a cause", and families draw stunning chalk art. For their drawings, they ask for donations, and all the money they raise ends up going to the Food Bank. My Dad had them come around our neighbourhood last week and about 15 houses participated. “( Maya W. )
Cartoons for a Cause Offers Sidewalk Drawings in Support of Food Bank
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2020 May 11
Happy Monday everyone. I hope you have been able to enjoy some of this beautiful weather we have had lately. It is hard to believe we are into May already. Thank you to those of you who have responded with Random Acts of Kindness, it is nice to see we are helping one another, especially the elderly by preparing them meals, grocery shopping for them, raking their leaves, mowing their grass and dropping off treats on their doorsteps. A little goes a long way, thank you everyone. Keep the momentum going and don’t forget to connect with your loved ones via text, email, facetime or any other means of video chats. Please check out one of our staff members spouse’s who has gone above and beyond with her Random Act of Kindness initiative for her elderly mother. (She will present the final flowers on her parents 65th wedding anniversary) :
Happy Mother's Day
Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy:
Alberta is starting to open up, click on this link for the 3 phases:
Anxiety Canada: Last week was mental health week. With so many uncertainties and new norms, it’s tough to cope for some people. We want you to connect virtually with us if you are struggling and we can help guide you or connect you with someone who can help. Please contact Mrs. Boldon at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ms. Middleton at email@example.com
“Having somewhere to go is home.
Having someone to love is family.
Having both is a blessing”
Celebrate International Day on May 15
Stay tuned for this Wednesday’s Wolfpack Challenge. You will find it posted on your child’s PE D2L shell. Get your dancing shoes on!!!! !
Showcasing our students and their families at home:
Additionally, we would like to showcase some of the wonderful things students are doing at home. Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org a picture collage, a photo, or a write up on what you or your family has recently started doing, what inspired you to take this up, how it’s made you a better person. For example: taking up the banjo or planting a herb garden. Here are a few pictures of what some of our students have sent in so far. Let’s keep the learning going:
Sidewalk chalk by Brynn and Molly
2020 May 4
It is hard to believe we are in week 7 of isolation. It was so awesome to see all the scavenger hunt picture collages that were shared with the PE teachers last week. But more importantly, it’s nice to see that you and your family are staying active and well. With this last week's news of summer activities being cancelled for now, many of us are trying to make sense of how that will look in terms of holidays. Seize the moment to enjoy your family time, play lots of games, get lots of exercise and eat well. Learn how to cook, while making healthy choices. Ms Middleton, the foods teacher will be posting some recipes on D2l for students registered in foods this term. . Be patient with them in the kitchen and let them be creative.
How to safely shop for groceries while social distancing
How to Grocery Shop Safely Right Now
Video of the week
“Let's Make Our Day Harder”……… This is a great video on how to get more exercise in your day by simply doing things a little different and Making Your Day Harder. Enjoy..
Apps of the week
This is a great App you can download on your phone. It includes many links that focus on mindfulness , to sleep, to soothing music. Check it out. It is free.
Your Perfect Running Partner.Track your runs, get coaching that adapts to you and bring your friends along for the ride. It's all possible with the Nike Run Club App. Create a family or a work challenge. It makes you more accountable to put the work in and if you are the competitive type, it’s even more fun!!!
Teaching online and having virtual classrooms can be challenging, but we have managed to have a few laughs as well!!!!
Last week we celebrated Earth Day and we also reached out to some students to share some pictures of them at home learning, playing, cooking:
2020 Apr 27
Week 6 of isolation is upon us and so is the warmer weather. I hope everyone is taking advantage of getting outside to get some much needed fresh air and Vitamin D while still social distancing. This week on the PE D2L shell we posted a “Fun Fitness Scavenger Hunt”, I hope your family took the opportunity to go for a walk or bike ride and had fun finding the items. Don’t underestimate the value of moving your body and keeping well, while still having fun. Make sure you continue to check in and connect with one another, continue to do random acts of kindness, and most importantly take care of you and your loved ones.
Reads of the Week:
Support for vulnerable families in the southwest - visit SouthWest Communities Resource Centre
Scavenger Hunt: If you missed it on the PE D2L shell, consider doing this as a family. If you did do it, make up another one as a family and go do it together. Have fun and stay safe!
It’s going to be a beautiful day! Go for a walk or bike ride in the neighborhood (don’t forget to social distance yourself). Your job is to find the following items and take a picture of them on your phone. For every item you do not find, do 20 pushups. Once you are done, make a picture collage and send it to your PE teacher. Happy Hunting!!!
- Pine Cone 8. Animal Tracks
- Red Fire Hydrant 9. Cat Tail (not a real cat! The plant)
- Yellow Slide 10. A cool looking cloud
- A cute animal 11. Something that makes you laugh
- A yard statue 12. Something blue
- Feather 13. Leaves from two different trees
- Basketball hoop 14. A holiday trailer
One month it’s been
Well, actually 37 days
But that doesn't matter
Who's counting anyways
My house is confining
My neighbours giving me a wide berth
This pandemic is defining
The heroes of this earth
My laptop has the faces
Of all my friends and teachers
Family members in screens
The lag messing up all their features
Events are cancelled
Shows are postponed
Toilet paper causing people to be trampled
Who knew we could feel so alone
Worldwide impacts at the hands of the virus
2.6 million confirmed cases
The united states is going through a crisis
We send healthcare workers our praises
In such a time of uncertainty
We must persevere
In order to get back to normalcy
And out of the fear
We all wish we could go back in time
To days where our biggest worries were tests or an exam
But now everything is online,
Can you hear me, Mme?
- Anonymous, Woodman Student, April 2020
2020 Apr 20
As we move into Week 5 of isolation it is more important than ever to continue to focus on wellness. Please stay well, continue to practice social distancing and please stay home. Take this time to enjoy your family and use this time to do the things you normally don’t have time to do. Also, be sure to keep up with your routines and your school work. The work you do today, will greatly benefit you next year. Stay well everyone, we miss you!
I know every TV channel you turn on or radio station you dial into, or social media platform you visit all we hear is the word COVID or Corona. For some, knowledge is comfort, for others, it creates more anxiety. The following links are great resources. Please take the time to share them with your family.
GO PLAY OUTSIDE: The weather is getting better, head outside to get some physical activity. Here are some benefits of exercising or playing outside:
- Getting outside can actually boost your mood and give you more energy.
- It gives your eyes a break from artificial light.
- It helps boost your creativity and immune system.
- It's natural aromatherapy.
- It helps us get some vitamin D.
- It can help combat Seasonal Affective Disorder and restore focus.
Family Night with Minute to Win It Challenges
Random Acts of Kindness: I hope everyone took the opportunity to practice some Random Acts of Kindness this last week, we would love to hear about them. If you would like to share please email Mrs. Boldon. Continue to keep the cycle going, more now than ever is this important to help others while still social distancing.
Emotional Regulation Using Mindfulness Free webinar: Thursday Apr 23 at 1 PM
Are you finding it difficult to find balance in this challenging time? Explore how, for most of us, our survival responses (fight, flight or freeze) are currently going haywire. Learn how mindfulness practices can help to regulate your child's emotions, boost immunity, decrease anxieties, improve focus, concentration, and improve our overall sense of well-being. Participants will be invited through guided mindfulness activities during the session. Register here
2020 Apr 13
We hope everyone is staying healthy and active and is getting the hang of online learning. We know getting used to this way of learning will present some challenges and can be at times frustrating. Please take care of you and your wellbeing by taking time for yourself. Included are a few websites for you to navigate in hopes of inspiring the new normal. Take care everyone.
Here are some great tips on staying active, staying connected, and how to keep to a routine.
You can’t go wrong with “Random Acts of Kindness”; what will you do to help others? This is an excellent website on how you can engage in acts of kindness, self care, fun educational activities and more. Enjoy!
Here are a few great family night games to stay active and have some fun, as we wait for spring to arrive:
2020 Apr 7
Given these unprecedented times, please follow the provincial updates on COVID-19. As a school, we would like to provide you with possible resources which will be regularly updated in the hopes of offering support for our students and their families. Our shared priority is the health and wellness of all members of our community. Please take care of your own, and your child’s mental health.
A great place to start a conversation with your child is by watching this video.
Once you have watched the video, talk to your child about their thoughts on the virus and check in with how they are feeling. Ask what information they have been seeing about the virus and discuss the importance of using proper news sources, as well as limiting time focused on the pandemic. In speaking with students before Spring Break, some students were aware of information around possible “cures” that could be used for this virus (drinking bleach, the use of strong alcohol, etc). Address this and help your child understand how much misinformation is being spread through social media outlets and how many of these “cures” can actually be more deadly/dangerous than the virus itself.
Looking for a family challenge? Open this link and have some fun.
Please find below some school supports if you or your child need to speak to someone regarding mental health or any other questions regarding you or your child’s well being. We are here to help. The best way to reach us is by email:
This is a helpful article to read if your child is feeling anxious or stressed: CBE | Managing Anxiety and Stress
- Do something that makes you feel productive or something you like. Finish a project you started, read a book, organize your closet.
- Connect with someone you have not seen for a while either through technology or at a safe physical distance.
- Let others in your home know what you need. If you are feeling overwhelmed ask for help. Pay attention to your negative thoughts and try to change your thinking.
- Try to set a schedule. Try to get up at the same time and go to bed at the same time. Schedule your schoolwork and take breaks. Chunk your time if it feels overwhelming. Schedule some exercise during the day. Make sure you schedule time to talk with friends and others, facetime if you can so you get more interaction and verbal conversations rather than texts.
- Avoid daily social media about the virus. Try to take breaks from all the information circling around you.
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