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March is National Nutrition Month

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By John Richey, Director – Food Services March is National Nutrition Month, a nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The theme for 2017 is “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” which acts as a reminder that each bite counts. Making just small shifts in our food choices can add…

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Taking Time to Play

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By Lisa Picha, School Psychologist – Lower School Yes, energy is in the air, but opportunities to play can help. As we begin to turn our attention to longer days and spring, it seems like a great time to talk about play. While it is important to be vigilant in our work and studies, research reminds us of the importance of building play into our routines, especially for our young people. Play is essential to…

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Middle School Students Learn About Characteristics of Good Mental & Emotional Health

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By Sylvia Fleck, Director of Physical Education Middle School students were taught during their health class rotation why it is important to maintain a sense of balance in their busy lives. They learned that it is important to be comfortable spending time alone in order to reflect and organize their present lives. As part of the class, I presented skills that taught the students how to be responsible, plan ahead, and think before they act…

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Demystifying Mental Illness

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By Joan Grinkmeyer, Upper School Counselor What do Princes William and Harry and Duchess Kate have to do with a Park Tudor Upper School Assembly on February 8? Both the Royals and speakers from the National Alliance on Mental Illness that visited our school that day are working to demystify mental illness. Recently, the young Royals inaugurated the HEADS TOGETHER challenge, “a mental health awareness and de-stigmatization campaign selected as the charity of the year…

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SOS – Youth Suicide Prevention

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By Karen Fritchley, School Psychologist – Middle School Is it spring, yet?! The winter months can be a very challenging time for students, parents and teachers as less daylight hours and cold temperatures appear to be endless. Historically, this month has been a time when the Park Tudor counseling team, consisting of school counselors and psychologists, pay special attention to the mental health of the community. Activities are organized in an effort to elevate the…

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Unplug and Create Time for Unstructured, Outdoor Play

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By Patti Duckworth, Lower School Counselor “Kids, go outside and play!” Do you remember hearing those words as you were growing up? As it turns out, our parents were right! Spending time playing outside actually enhances brain development and the overall health of our children. According to the book, The Importance of Outdoor Play and Its Impact on Brain Development In Children, a study from the Kaiser Family Foundation determined that children ages 8 to…

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Don’t Let Worry Get in the Way

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By Lisa Mercurio, School Psychologist; US Academic Support Coordinator Last week at the monthly PTPA general meeting, the division School Psychologists (Lisa Picha, Karen Fritchley and myself) along with Dr. Dana Lasek, Psychologist and Park Tudor parent, provided a talk on the topic of anxiety. The title of the presentation was “Don’t Let Worry Get in the Way: Strategies across Divisions to Support the Anxious Student.” In an effort to share this information with the…

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