Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month and that Thursday, May 10th is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day? You may see people wearing green ribbons or green shirts this week in support of children’s and youth mental health and to encourage the development of positive mental health practices. This week, many schools in the division will be promoting the importance of being healthy not just in our bodies, but in our minds. This means doing things to help ourselves and others feel better when we are stressed, sad, worried, angry, or scared. In addition, it is important for children and adults to recognize the impact of healthy lifestyle practices and good self-care such as nutritious eating habits, consistent exercise, healthy sleep patterns and effective daily stress management on the development of positive mental health.
If you are looking for ways to promote healthy coping skills within your daily life on Thursday, May 10 and beyond see below for a list of some strategies:
- Deep Breathing: Breath in through your nose for 3 seconds, hold the breath for 3 seconds and breathe out for 3 seconds. Do this 5 times or until you start to feel better. Breathing deeply helps calm your body down and gives you time to figure out how to react to what is going on around you.
- Listening to music: Choose music or a song that has a positive message and makes you feel happy.
- Guided Imagery: Think of the place where you are the happiest, like your bedroom, your grandmother’s house, a beach, your classroom at school or wherever you are the happiest. Close your eyes and imagine that you are there. Think about what you see, what you hear, what you smell, and who is with you. Imagining a happy place helps you feel better when you cannot change your surroundings.
- Taking a Break: Walk away from what is upsetting you and be by yourself for a few minutes until you start to feel calmer. Taking a break for yourself helps you to feel more in control and removes you from people or events that may be upsetting you.
- Talking to someone who cares about you: Talking to someone who cares about you helps you feel understood and supported, and they may be able to help you solve your problem. Think of people you can talk to at home, at school, and in the neighborhood. Don’t keep it to yourself when you are feeling hurt, scared, sad, or angry.
- Seeking out positive friends: Take the time to think about which of your friends helps you to be the best that you can be. If you are upset, who is the friend that you can count on to help you feel better and to help you make good decisions?
- Journaling: Keeping a special journal or a diary in which you can write out your thoughts and feelings can be helpful for many students. When people are journaling they are able to express their thoughts and feelings. Some people like to journal on their own, while others like to put their thoughts on paper and then share it with others such as friends, teachers, or a counselor. Think about starting a journal for writing down your own thoughts and feelings.
For questions, ideas, etc. please see our HCPS mental health experts (School Counselors, School Psychologists, and School Social Workers).
Our PTSA is looking for parents and students to join our ranks. There are several fantastic parents moving on next year, so we will have a variety of open positions. Our nominating committee has formed and it will be filling positions. If you are interested in being involved with making Brookland Middle School PTSA a great experience for everyone, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will work with you to find a position that matches your talents and time.
Applications are now being accepted for Henrico County Public Schools’ new Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee. Formation of the 26-person committee is the school division’s next step in its efforts to increase equity and diversity. The committee will be comprised of students, parents, teachers, administrators and interested citizens from all five of Henrico County’s magisterial districts. The deadline to apply is May 13. The survey is available here: http://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/b581g5a814?paction=resume&index=0
Attention all students who will be attending Hermitage High School next year. Workshops for the 2018 Marching Panthers Visual Ensemble will be held at Hermitage Monday, May 21st-Wednesday May 23rd with auditions on Thursday, May 24th. Times are 4:00 PM until 5:30 PM. Wear athletic shoes and attire. Auditions are open to both male and female students who will be enrolled at Hermitage during the 2018-2019 school year. On the last day when the auditions are held, this night might last a little longer than 5:30 pm so be prepared for that. No prior experience is necessary.
Testing dates for the 2017-18 school year! Please see attached Acrobat File: Brookland Testing Dates for 2017-18
Our Cubs have been working very hard to prepare for this big day. As we get ready, all students should make sure they are rested, have a fully charged computer on testing day, and are focused on doing their best as we show the world how awesome you are.
Our flexibility is being challenged so here is the adaptation.
Rationale: We are not going to get more time for remediation or retakes and our recovery students can make all of the difference for us. Putting testing off to Tuesday 5/29 is coming back from another 3 day weekend and delaying to Wednesday 5/30 whittles the very valuable remediation window down to Thursday and Friday.
Learn why the staff at Brookland MS feel that Maria Mortazavi is the Heart of Henrico.
Are you looking to update your School Spirit-Wear? You can order all of your spirit-wear now! Just complete the attached order form and return it to your child’s 1st-period teacher. We will fill your order and return it to your child’s 1st-period teacher. It’s that easy! Spirit Wear Order Form 2017.pdf
In honor of Virginia School Principals Appreciation Week, here’s a quick video shout-out to some of the principals that are making a difference in students’ lives!
Our first chance to show what we know is coming up on March 27th and 28th as our 8th grade English students get ready for the Writing SOL. As we get ready all students should make sure they are rested, have a fully charged computer on testing day, and are focused on doing their best.
Our Homework Help or Cub Institute sessions are on Wednesday and Thursday to help prepare for class and the SOLs. We hope to see you there!
These after-school programs are from 3:15-4:20 on Wednesdays and Thursdays Homework Help will be offered.
We have buses running but bus passes must be completed before your student can hop on a bus.