Mindful Minute

Posted Date: 8/16/2019
Parent Communications: Mindful Moment 2019-20
Dear Sunset Hills Families,
During the 2018-19 school wide Thoughtexchange survey, you offered many ideas on how to best support our students. One of the concerns raised was our students’ social-emotional learning and mental health wellness. Many of you pointed out the need to help students reduce their stress and anxiety, and to help students deal with academic and social pressures.

One way we are doing this is by implementing a “Mindful Moment” each day at all PUSD schools, starting this school year. At Sunset Hills we are calling this the practice the “ mindful minute.” ... 
The purpose of a “Mindful Moment” is to provide an opportunity for students to calm themselves and have a quiet moment to prepare for learning. Teachers will not tell students what to think about or reflect upon during this time, but merely provide 60 seconds of quiet time before instruction begins. Our current culture is filled with stimuli and input for the mind, from the time we wake up to the time we go to bed. A “Mindful Moment” allows our students a chance to pause and reflect upon the day ahead. We are asking for your help in discussing the “Mindful Moment” with your children at home as well as possible topics or thoughts for them to focus on.

Research has shown that by participating in a quiet moment each day, students feel less anxious, less stressed, calmer, and more able to focus. This, in turn, improves learning as well as behavior at home and school.

For more information and FAQs visit our school website under the Mindful Minute tab.
Your Principal,
Lisa Wilken
Mindful Minute Program Information
Print Version of Letter to Parents


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