The Benefits of Mindfulness in the Classroom
Mindfulness is often described as the awareness that arises through intentionally attending to one’s moment-to-moment experience in a nonjudgmental and accepting way. It brings awareness to a person’s relationship to their experiences: thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Derived from the Buddhist contemplative tradition, mindfulness has gained popularity throughout the United States in recent years. Mindfulness has successfully been used within clinical settings to treat patients with Anxiety and Depression, as well as other mental health and psychological disorders. Studies have shown it to be effective in reducing stress hormones. Participants are asked to attend to the present moment in an intentional, nonjudgmental matter. Mindfulness encourages one to embrace the present moment with curiousness, openness and acceptance. It is important to avoid multi-tasking and focus on one experience in a non-reactive manner. Mindful thinking is not about being right, but instead encourages the participant to respond in an appropriate, deliberate way based upon the situation.
TO ALL PARENTS IN AASD! GREAT NEWS! COMMUNITY ELIGIBILITY PROVISION
Dear Parents or Guardians:
We are pleased to inform you that the entire AMBRIDGE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT will now take part in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the 2019-20 School Year. This provision is available by our meeting certain criteria in our participation in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.
This new and exciting provision is wonderful news for you and your student(s)!
Effective August 27, 2019, all enrolled students of AMBRIDGE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT are eligible to receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch every day at the school at no charge to your household. There is no need to fill out an application for free and reduced meals.
**Please keep in mind that single item purchases, including milk and snack bar items will still be sold a la carte; however—your lunch and breakfast meals will be free of charge!
Janet L. Gaffney, RD, LDN
Food Service Director