On Friday, May 5th, students at Hawthorne Elementary had fun day focusing on their well-being. Phys Ed teacher Bob Bendlin, along with the Wellness/Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Committee, coordinated a day of activities to promote healthy living.
Each grade attended a morning assembly to talk about the importance of being a good sport. They were treated to an amusing skit by school psychologist Kristina Walraven and school guidance counselor Connie Cotrone about being a good sport. They introduced "Destroyer of Fun", an Unthinkable character that gets into our brains and causes us problems when we play games. Superflex is the superhero who helps defeat the Unthinkable characters. Some Superflex strategies the kids learned about to defeat Destroyer of Fun were:
Stop and think how our angry behavior may make someone feel; Remember a good friend is fair and is fun to play with; Be a good sport and congratulate someone if they win; Take deep breaths to help you stay calm if you are angry; Count to 10 before responding - this gives you time to stop and think; and It’s ok to walk away from someone who is bragging about winning.
Next, special guest Darrell Johnson from Positive Coaching Alliance talked to the kids about the importance of "filling the tank" for themselves and their teammates with positive encouragement.
Finally, they heard from Valhalla High School senior and son of Mr. Bendlin about what it takes to be a team captain.
In the afternoon, the students split their time between the Multi-purpose room and the gym. In the MPR, they once again heard from Mr. Bendlin about the importance of water safety. They enjoyed several short videos showing the consequences of making bad choices around water.
Down in the gym, first grade mom Michelle Larkin led a group yoga class and taught the children to use breathing and relaxation techniques to help them remain calm in a stressful situation. The kids loved practicing their Down Dogs and Cat/Cow stretches.
Overall, It was a great day showing the students multiple ways to live their lives well.