As we all know this pandemic has had a major impact on the lives of our families and students. Knowing all these struggles the Iowa Department of Education set the social-emotional-behavioral health of Iowa’s teachers, staff, students, and families as a focus for this school year.
To help address some of our student stressors, we are excited to announce that we are able to bring to all our students (except our 3 year olds) 6 weeks of programming from The Center for Foundational & Relational Wellness. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, licensed therapist Steffany Kroeger comes to St. Paul’s and visits classrooms providing the students with mindfulness and emotional regulation strategies. This programming also provides our educators with key teaching practices to support the social-emotional well-being of learners during these uncertain times. The program engages us in embedding relationship building activities into instructional routines, and creates space to support learners in developing a sense of safety, connectedness and hope. Thanks to our church friend Gil Wessel and the Tyrrell Masonic Lodge for their financial support to bring these valued skills to our students, teachers, and classrooms this fall.
This week Mrs. Kroeger had the students create Worry Boxes. By using a worry box, our kids can focus and think about the things that are making you worry, and then contain your worries in the box for God to hold on to for safe keeping. They can then come back and talk about their worries again at a specified time. This helps them address the worries as realistically as they can, and create a physical holding spot for the worries so they have some relief from feeling like you always need to be thinking about them.