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From the Wellness Center

This week’s blurb brought to you by the leadership of the BC2M (Bring Change To Mind) club: We are a nationally-affiliated club focused on building awareness of and de-stigmatizing mental illness.Our goal is to create a stronger support system that recognizes that all ranges of mental health are normal! We would appreciate your help in promoting our club and our projects. We are currently working on securing a well-known suicide survivor public speaker (Kevin Hines) to talk to students and the greater community about mental health. We meet Wednesdays at lunch in the Wellness Center. It’s a positive and welcoming environment and most meetings include fun activities and projects. Follow us on Instagram: bringchange2mindacalanes

~Alara, Anna, Claudia, Emily, Kael, Katya and Sadie (CS)

 

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From the Acalanes Wellness Center

We were planning to focus on the Eight Sources of a Meaningful Life but are postponing in light of the need to talk about sleep– officially a public health crisis per the Centers for Disease Control. No aspect of wellbeing can be achieved without adequate sleep. We’ve all heard the requirement for adolescent sleep (not “time spent in bed”) is 9-10 hours. We have yet to meet a student who reflects they are achieving the low end of that range. For more information on this subject, search Cal professor and sleep expert, Dr. Matthew Walker. He provides immediately actionable steps for reducing “time spent trying to fall asleep.” We’re already implementing some of these with our own families. And when you notice your student is dis-regulated, flip the script: before trying to problem-solve, ask how much sleep they got and encourage curiosity about how they feel physically, emotionally and cognitively when they don’t get enough sleep.

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California Scholarship Federation (CSF)

The spring application period for CSF started yesterday, Feb 1.  Students in grades 10-12 should apply. Seniors who have been members in the past need to apply this time! CSF rules state that one of the qualifying semesters has to be grades earned in senior year. More info here.

 

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From Your School Nurse

February is American Heart Month. 

Wednesday, Feb 5 at 3:15pm
Please join Dvora Citron, RN MS, Acalanes School Nurse in the Acalanes Collaboration Center for A Dialogue on Moving Towards Plant-Based Eating for Heart Health. This is appropriate for anyone with a heart – students, staff and parents! Please respond here to attend.

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From the Acalanes Wellness Center

We’re so thrilled when students share stories with us that demonstrate their own resilience. Along with compassion, resilience is one of our favorite qualities and it’s our very favorite process. The simplest definition is the ability to bounce back from difficulty. A more encompassing definition is: “Resilience is the ability to stay with a sense of flexibility and harmony in the face of challenges and to recover when we leave that flow.” When conditions are hard or things go sideways, be sure to encourage your kids to practice acceptance of difficult outcomes at the same time they process learning–if any is offered (as we adults know, sometimes bad things just happen.) Kids who practice resilience and receive positive validation for doing so will cultivate an even greater capacity to rise to the many challenges that go along with being human. 

 

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From Your School Nurse

Sleep: The Most Important Variable in Our Health
Periodically it’s important to remind families about the importance of sleep and what parents can do to help support healthy sleep for their children. Research is continually showing that sleep is the most important part of keepinging ourselves healthy on a daily basis and for long term health and wellness. Here are reminders for you to keep in mind:

  • Your student needs 8-10 hours of sleep per night.  Your most important role as a parent is to HELP them with protecting those sleep hours in their daily schedule.*
  • Keep technology out of the bedroom during sleep time.  This is a really hard one that requires discipline and adjustment for many.  But honestly, sleeping with technology is not going to result in restful, nourishing sleep.

*Even if you think that there is not enough time in the schedule for your student to get the sleep they need, take a hard look at how much they are doing and consider prioritizing their schedule, putting sleep at the top.

Adults may want to watch this TedEx talk Sleep Is Your Super Power by Matthew Walker.

Sick Students?  Read this article to see the difference between a cold and the flu.

 

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From the Acalanes Wellness Center

With the start of the second semester, we’ve introduced several new policies to support student well-being and engagement in classes as well as developing new support programming by Wellness staff to broaden our reach. The Wellness Center will focus on short-term therapy, meaning 3-5 visits unless there are extenuating circumstances. During each day we will have one period set aside for same-day or same-week appointments. We will also be closed for the first 10 minutes of every period so that students are accounted for during roll call. Students who are in crisis may still go to the counseling office should they have an immediate need. As always, students may be referred by parents, teachers, or peers via this link: wellness referral. We continue to enjoy supporting all the Dons we’ve met so far and look forward to getting to know even more this semester.

Allen Choi, Wellness Coordinator (ext. 7150)
Casey Sasner, Intake Specialist (ext. 7136)

 

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Seniors and Mid-year Transcripts

For all Common Application colleges, our Registrar, Ms. Finn, will automatically send mid-year transcripts by Friday, Jan 24. There is no need to request transcripts in Naviance or pay on the web store. For any non-Common Application schools that require a mid-year transcript, please notify Ms. Finn in the counseling office via email  or in person. Thank you!

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Course sign-ups for 2020-2021  

We start talking about course sign-ups for next year very soon, with several events planned for students and parents:

  • Thursday, Jan 16 Frosh/Soph Parent Night (see class sections above),
  • Last two weeks of January Counselors will be in classrooms making presentations to students 
  • Thursday, Jan 30 AHS Course Preview & Open House for parents and students. See General Announcement section above. 
  • Early February Students will have a short individual appointment with their counselor to finalize course selections
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Diablo Valley College Concurrent Enrollment 

Diablo Valley College spring semester starts Jan 27. Interested high school students can register for classes starting Jan 14. Students need a concurrent enrollment form signed by their counselor before registering.

 

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