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Mary C. Renz, MSN, RN, CSN

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Kindergarten through 2nd Grade Health Assignment for Week #9 May 20th
To lighten the workload, you are not required to submit any written work. 

Information for Parents:

Marc Brackett, a professor at Yale University and the director of Yale's Center for Emotional Intelligence says, 

"Social-emotional learning is critical to managing anxiety at this time...because if you don’t know how to deal with the lack of control of your future, or the feelings of uncertainty that you’re having, your brain is going to stay in a constant fight or flight mode, and if our brain is in fight or flight mode, then it’s not in learning mode.”

Karen VanAusdal, the senior director of practice at the Collaborative of Academic and Social Emotional Learning, or CASEL says, "Some SEL skills educators should be highlighting...and fostering in their students are self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and responsible decision-making."

Catherine Bradshaw, a developmental psychologist and professor at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education and Human Development
says that the need for these Social-Emotional Skills is imperative now,

"Showing Kids They Can Reduce a clear opportunity to understand how their actions and choices affect others."

Questions to Share with your Child:

Did you know that YOU can reduce your chances of getting sick or getting someone else sick? (Hint: Keeping your immune system healthy keeps your body healthy and can prevent others from getting sick.)

Did you know that your IMMUNE SYSTEM needs help to keep your body HEALTHY? (Hint: Your immune system fights the germs that enter your body.  Staying healthy keeps your immune system strong so it can fight the germs.)


Activities for the Week:

A. Read the following information:

Healthy kids can help their IMMUNE SYSTEMS stay strong by doing the following:

1. Washing Your Hands Regularly to Prevent Infections.

2. Eating nutritious foods.

3. Getting plenty of exercise.

4. Getting enough sleep.

5. Getting regular medical checkups.


B. This week we will focus on EXERCISE!

There are many reasons to

"Get Buff with Ben!" (Ben D'Avella that is!)


1. It keeps your bones healthy and strong. 

2.  It also keeps your heart healthy! 
3.  Scientists are also doing experiments to prove that exercise helps your immune system.  Here are some theories that scientists have:


  • Physical Activity may flush germs out of your lungs and airways.
  • Exercise may cause the germ fighting cells in the body to move through the body faster helping keep your body healthier.
  • When you exercise, your body temperature goes up during and right after exercise.  This may prevent bacteria from growing. This temperature rise may help the body fight infection better. (This is similar to what happens when you have a fever.)
  • Exercise slows down the release of stress hormones that make your body work harder. Some stress increases the chance of illness. Lower stress hormones may protect against illness.
  • Vitamin D that you get from the sun may help keep you healthy!



And if you feel great today, thank your immune system!

Information about Vitamin D and COVID for parents:

Vol. 39, Issue 29, Pages 14-15

Published in Print: April 8, 2020, as Teaching SEL When Students Are Home