Events & Information-
* MindUp Pilot Program:
As we progress in the MindUp pilot program in some of the classrooms at East Meadow, we would like to share what is occurring the classrooms and the different tools staff are using when implementing this program. Currently classroom staff is using pieces of the Mind Up curriculum to supplement the mindfulness and Peace Builder programs currently being used at East Meadow. Through the classroom’s participation this program, we are helping build a unified language of what has been already been used in various classrooms in previous years such as calm breathing, mindfulness awareness of ourselves and how we treat others, as well as movement and music breaks. As you may know, social-emotional wellbeing and education is one part of the Granby Public School’s strategic plan as we recognize and value the important of educating the whole child, including their social-emotional health.
During the implementation of this program, staff have been flexible in its instruction, tailoring the lessons to meet their individual classroom needs such as spreading out the time it takes to provide a lesson, selecting different pieces of the curriculum to teach, using online tools such as Moddle and the Insight Timer app, as well as selecting a variety of books to read to students. (Please see the list below of the different books staff are using in their classrooms.) Staff participating in this pilot is also developing an assessment tool for staff and students to use to determine the effectiveness of this program as we work to see if the Mind Up program is the best fit for our district for next year. We are looking to hold a parent’s night in the spring to present our findings and discuss the program, and answer any questions you may have. As we continue to work on this project, we value your feedback and input and ask that you contact your classroom teacher with any questions and to see what specific things are happening in your child’s classroom. As always, thank you for your ongoing support of the work we do.
William Lataille, East Meadow Pilot Classroom Teachers Nancy Jenks, BSN RN NCSN AE-C
East Meadow Principal School Nurse Leader
Some of the books being used in the classroom:
- “When Sophie Gers Angry-Really, Really Angry” by Molly Bang
- “You’ve Got Dragons” by Peachtree Publishers
- “On Monday When It Rained” by Cherryl Kachenmeister
- “Sometimes I’m Bombaloo” by Rachel Vail
- “How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food” by Jane Yolen
- “The Busy Body Book” by Lizzy Rockwell
- “The Listening Walk” by Paul Showers
- “The Cat Who Wore A Pot on Her Head” by Jan Slepian and Ann Seidler
- “Bunny’s Noisy Book” by Margaret Brown Wise
- “Gregory the Terrible Eater” by Mitchell Sharmat
- “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf
- “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” by Eileen Christelow
- “Earth Dance” by Joanne Ryder
- “Owl Moon” by Jane Yolen
- “D.W. Flips” Marc Brown
- “I Will Never Not Ever Eat A Tomato” Lauren Child
- “City-Mouse-Country Mouse” by John Wallner
- “If You’re Happy and You Know It” by James Warhola
- “Yesterday I Had the Blues” by Jeron Ashford Frame
- “Don’t Make Me Laugh” James Stevenson
- “Paulo’s Tree” by Nancy Carlson
- “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” by Carol McCloud
- “The Garden of Happiness” by Erika Tamar
- “Feeling Thankful” by Shelley Rotner and Sheila Kelly
- “Thank you Brother Bear” by Hans Baumann
- “The Lion and the Mouse” by Jerry Pickney
- “Crazy Hair Day” by Barney Saltzberg
- “A Chair for My Mother” by Vera Williams
- “Do Unto Otters” by Laurie Keller
- “George Saves the Earth by Lunchtime” by Jo Readman
- “The Bookshop Dog” by Cynthia Rylant
- "The Little Engine that Could"
- "Interrupting Chicken"
- "Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen"
- "Personal Space Camp"
- "How Do Dinsaurs Go to School"
- "When I Feel Angry"
- "Today I Feel Silly"
- "David Gets in Trouble"
- "Just A Mess"
- "I Was So Mad"
- "I Just Forgot"
- "Just Lost!"
- "Maya Was Grumpy"
- "Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon"
- "Wemberly Worried"
- "Your Fantastic Elastic Brain"
- "The Nervous System" A True Book" by Christine Taylor-Butler
- "What Are You So Grumpy For?" by Tom Lichtenheld
- "The Three Questions" by Jon Muth
- "So Few of Me" by Peter Reynolds
- "Ellie McDoodle: New Kid in School" by Ruth McNally Barshaw
- "Carolina Shout" by Alan Schroeder
- "The Talking Earth" by Jean Craighead George
- "The Magic School Bus in the Haunted Museum" by Linda Beech
- "Xtreme X-Ray: See the World Inside Out!" by Nick Veasey
- "Animals Observed" by Brigitte Baumbusch
- "Stink and World's Worse Super-Stinky Sneakers" by Megan McDonald
- "Animal Tracks and Traces" by Kathleen Kudlinski
- "Math Potatoes: Mind-Stretching Brain Food" by Greg Tang
- "The Tortilla Factory" by Gary Paulsen
- "Winter's Tail" How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again" by Isaella Juliana and Graig Hatkoff
- "Riding Freedom" by Pam Munoz Ryan
- "Hewitt Anderson's Great Big Life" Jerdine Nolen
- "A Dog's Life" by Ann Martin
- "Hey, You! C' Mere" A Poetry Slam" by Elizabeth Swados
- "The Worry Tree" by Marianna Musgrove
- "The Memory Bank" by Carolyn Carman
- "Any Small Goodness" by Tony Johnston
- "My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother" by Patricia Polacco
* "Henry Gets Moving" Health Education with UMASS Amherst Students:
From October 26th through November 15th 2018, students from UMASS Amherst worked with kindergarten and first grade classes during gym class. Students learned about healthy eating and physical activity and read the book "Henry Gets Moving" by Chaz Nielsen and Pierre Rouzier. For more information about this program and to hear more about the story of Henry the Hamster, visit www.teamhenry.org
* Tapestry Health:
Students in grades 8-10 have been working with Tapestry Community Educator Clementine Lazar during health classes about personal health practices.
* Mindfulness and Self-Care Practices:
Students at the Jr/Sr High School have been working with Mindfulness expert Kate Forest and trained school staff in learning self-care practices to use during the school day.
*Project HERE Grant: Michigan Model for Health:
Middle school students are learning a new substance use prevention curriculum during health and PE classese from the Michigan Model of Health, which was generously paid for through the Chris Herron Project HERE grant. School staff received training about this new curriculum on November 20th, 2018 and will have more follow-up support later this school year.
* Granby to Go Program:
Granby Public Schools are working in partnership with Neighbors Helping Neighbors and a generous grant from the United Way to bring this program to all interested students and families regardless of socioeconomic status. Interested students are sent home with bags of food every Friday; students are asked return bags on the following Monday to be refilled. For more information about this program, please contact your School Nurse or Mrs. Jenks at email@example.com or (413) 467-7104, x 1055.
* Wellness Committee:
For the 2018-2019 school year, the Health and Wellness Committee will be meeting on the following dates:
- Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 2:45pm-3:45pm, Granby Jr/Sr High, room 106
- Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 2:45pm-3:45pm, Granby Jr/Sr High Library
- Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 6pm, Granby Jr/Sr High Library
- Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 2:45pm-3:45pm, Granby Jr/Sr High School Library
- Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 2:45pm-3:45pm, Granby Jr/Sr High School Library