Lunch Bunch

I want to offer to the boys in each homeroom another zoom opportunity to connect with each other and me! These Lunch or Snack Bunches are absolutely optional for students to attend. If you or your son is zoomed out, it’s ok to skip this. The format is 20 minutes every other week to spend with each other to chat. I will start with a quick check-in, but after that try to keep it informal. Boys are encouraged to bring their lunch or a snack. Boys are also expected to follow Zoom behavior rules outlined by their homeroom teachers.

Week One (which will start this week) will be for the younger grades. The schedule is below. I will publish the older grade schedule as soon as it’s finalized. Your homeroom teachers will push out the Zoom code and Password. I can’t publish them here because this is a public website.

Week One

Monday 11am KA, 11:30 KB, 12pm P1A 12:30 P1B

Tuesday 11am 1A, 11:30 1B , 12pm 1C

Wednesday 11am 2A, , 11:30 2B 12pm 2C

And last, a silly picture you’re welcome to show your boys. I tried to take a selfie with Peggy but the outtakes were hilarious! (While it looks like she’s snarling, she was actually mid-yawn!)

Miss Jordan and Peggy

How are you?

Week of April 6, 2020

Dear Parents,

How are you?. I know it’s an understatement to say this is a stressful time, but hopefully we can take some comfort that we are part of a caring and supportive community. I know how hard you are working to keep things as normal as possible for your children – creating routines, protecting your children from news, protecting them from stress. Please be kind to yourselves. You can do everything right, and your children will still feel what’s going on and have an emotional response. That is normal. As another parent said to me, that despite everything they were doing right during this crisis, it’s “in the ether.”  Your children will give you clues if they are struggling. I’ve included a link to an article that outlines mental health signs to watch out for during this time of Covid 19.

Huffpost – 10 Mental Health Signs To Watch Out For In Kids In The Age of COVID 19

Some of these things will pass. You will need to give extra reassurances and be a little more patient. But if you feel concerned about your son, please don’t hesitate to contact me (ljordan@gilman.edu and 410-323-3800 x484) or an outside therapist – many are still doing tele-sessions. There are also many useful links on the Covid 19 Social Emotional Resources page of this blog (see menu at the top of this page) – this includes social emotional activities your son can do as well as resources and information for parents.

We are all experiencing grief and trauma right now – there’s no way to get around it. Even if we haven’t experienced personal loss through this pandemic, we are experiencing the loss of our routines and institutions that ground us, the loss of the freedom to move around easily and safely, the loss of events and activities we were looking forward to, the loss of our work communities and our social networks. These are real losses that adults and children alike are experiencing. We have to acknowledge and honor that. Not finishing that school assignment, not getting the laundry done, not completing something for work — that’s ok. Let it go. If you need to take a walk, exercise, just do something silly with your kids, or even take a nap, do that. That is taking care of yourself during this very difficult time. It’s important.

That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief – Harvard Business Review

Positive Parenting & COVID-19: 10 Tips to Help Keep the Calm at Home – HealthyChildren.org

We will get through this together. I’m here to help you and your sons anyway I can.

Laura

Week of March 23 – I’m Here For You

Week of March 23

Dear Parents,

I am sending you all my positive thoughts and care. These are some unsettling times for all of us – I take comfort in knowing we’re all part of this Gilman Community, and we are going to support each other through this.

That brings me to how I can support you. First, I will continue to email you with resources and suggestions for caring for your and your son’s emotional well-being. You’ll see some links below you may want to look at. I’ve also added a page to this blog that I will update with appropriate resources. Secondly, and most importantly, I’m still available to you and your son to provide support. Simply email (ljordan@gilman.edu) or call (410-323-3800 ext 484) and let me know your questions or concerns or if you would like a return call. And I hope it goes without saying that if your son wants to speak with me personally, we can easily set up a facetime or call.

Please let your boys know that Miss Jordan is thinking about them!

Laura

Additional Resources

These social emotional learning links have 10 days of brief videos and simple activities you can do with your son.

Social Emotional Learning at Home PK-2

Social Emotional Learning at Home 3-5

Mindfulness and meditation could be an important resource for you and your child. These activities can be helpful for coping with stress and anxiety and sometimes just a relaxing break. The Cosmic Kid site also has fun yoga videos! Physical activity is also an important stress reliever.

Cosmic Kids Zen Den – (Mindfulness and yoga) Jamie is the host of these fun videos. The boys love her!

Mindyeti (Mindfulness) – This has a lot of different mindfulness activities. Most are about 4-7 minutes.

YoMind (Mindfulness for upper elementary) – I’ve done these with our 4th and 5th graders (younger boys can do these, too!) I usually skip the intro part.