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Preparing for Inauguration Day 2021

4-6 Team students have been preparing for Inauguration Day 2021 by learning about what traditionally occurs on the day, and what will be different this year.

New this year, for example, the evening before Inauguration Day will include a lighting ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial honoring American lives lost due to COVID-19. The ceremony will take place January 19 at 5:30 p.m., and communities across the country are invited to join by lighting buildings and ringing church bells.

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Increasing Mental Focus through Calm Classroom

Breathe . . .   Visualize . . . .  Stretch . . . . 

LGS students and staff benefit from brief calming exercises two or three times a day: in the morning and after recess and/or lunch. The exercises utilize breathing techniques, visualizations, and stretches/movements to encourage a greater sense of self-awareness, mental focus, and emotional resilience.

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Balloons on Parade, Virtually!

Just like this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Mrs. Bachman’s students created a parade of “Balloons over Broadway” virtually!

Mrs. Bachman has made “Balloons over Broadway” a favorite seasonal read among LGS students, staff, and others. The wonderfully illustrated book tells the story of puppeteer Tony Sarg, who imagined the giant helium balloons now iconic with the Macy’s parade. Watch a video recording of the book.

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Squanto’s Journey

In Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving, author Joseph Bruchac lets Squanto tell his own story. His tale begins with meeting and befriending Captain John Smith, and then being captured by the English and enslaved. This is followed by his return to North America, only to learn his people had died of smallpox. Finally, Squanto relates his life with the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving.

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Helping Students Achieve More through Interoceptive Awareness

Interoceptive awareness is gaining attention for its ability to help students achieve more in school, improve their social interactions, and increase their general sense of well-being.

The senses of taste, smell, touch, sight, and hearing help individuals determine if food smells appetizing or spoiled, or if water feels soothingly warm or scalding hot. Interoception, a lesser known sense, helps individuals feel and understand what is going on inside their body; for example, when their stomach or bladder feels full, or when their heartbeat is fast and their muscles, tensed.

Interoception sessions help students perceive information from their body so they may respond appropriately. A student sensing a rapid heartbeat during an exam may respond by taking deep, slow breaths. Another student, sensing his muscles tense up during a game with a classmate, may remind himself “it’s only a game” and focus on being a “good sport.”

Ultimately, interoception sessions help individuals better manage their behaviors, emotions, and thoughts to improve success at school, work, and in their personal lives.

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