Dear IUSD Families,
As we move forward with the Speak Up, We Care campaign, we continue to encourage active student and parent participation in becoming aware of, accessing, and using our district’s mental health and wellness resources. This is a busy time of year and we want to make sure all students and families have access to important resources and information that can help manage stress, busy schedules and overall wellbeing. Please take a moment with your student to review the helpful information and resources below.
Theme: Be Well
Our next theme is Be Well. We started the year with Link Up (1st theme) to build connections, and moved to Be Kind (2nd theme) to build meaningful connections within a culture of kindness. Be Well (3rd theme) focuses on wellness - mental/emotional; physical/nutritional; and social/community – as a pathway to building resilience and enabling our students to thrive.
What can you do to help your child “Be Well”?
- Use the “Wellness Balance Tool” (copy and keep the tool on your Google My Drive or download the attached Excel version) to review what your child’s daily schedule and responsibilities look like. This will provide your family with an accurate snap shot of their daily responsibilities and possible stressors. Engage your child in identifying and developing strategies on how to make adjustments. For more information about healthy guidelines and schedules, click here.
- Try a mindful practice yourself and share it with your child. “Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.”
- Watch this "Just Breathe" video with your child and discuss how taking deep breaths can help us focus.
- Consider downloading the free version of the Calm app to guide you with relaxation techniques.
- Encourage and help your child to connect with friends, family, and community through “fun” activities.
- Consider taking a break to enjoy the parks or community events in Irvine.
- Use “100 Things to Do This Summer” (attached) to help brainstorm fun things to do.
- Look at City of Irvine summer programs for possibilities.
As parents, please remember it is essential for us to take care of ourselves so that we can better help our children. Use the Committing to Self-care Worksheet” so that you can model self-care for your child. As a reminder, a website has been created that supports the Speak Up, We Care campaign. Please click on this link for additional resources: iusd.org/WeCare.
Thank you for your partnership in helping our students Speak Up and Be Well. If you have questions about resources and supports on our campus, please contact Joshua Razo.
Principal, Turtle Rock Elementary