New Year, New Mindset

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To kick-start 2021, West End Elementary School students embarked on mindfulness adventures guided by school library media specialist Heather LaBarbera. Each grade began learning foundational vocabulary such as mindfulness, peace, tranquility and positive self-talk. They were also led into meditative and yoga practices, explored breathing tools and learned to practice positive self-talk to build upon their self-love.
   
As part of their mindfulness activities, fourth grade classes participated in the One Word Project. After receiving a list of words, each student selected a word that resonated the most with them and designed a large label of their word for their own daily recall. They were encouraged to decorate the word with bright colors to instill calm, happiness and peace within themselves. The students then placed their word on or in their desk or in another spot where they would see it each day.
   
“In lieu of a New Year Resolution activity, I wanted to allow the students to build in a mindful manner and obtain the responsibility of choice in choosing ‘their word,’” said Ms. LaBarbera. “The students completed this activity after completing a Kahoot! to introduce the new vocabulary such as ‘positive self-talk’ and ‘mindfulness.’”
  
The One Word Project allowed West End fourth graders to bring this vocabulary to life and self-reflect as they take on the new year ahead. 
 

West End Students Collect Toys for Families in Need

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West End Student Council members recently held a toy drive for families in need this holiday season and collected piles of new toys, games and craft sets. The donations will be delivered to Toys for Tots and to local families to make their holidays brighter.
 
With the help of student council advisers Heather LaBarbera and Melissa Kulikowsky, the fourth and fifth grade student council members rolled up their sleeves and wrapped the donated toys with gloves on in the school library. Due to the current health crisis, all of the donated toys were quarantined before being wrapped and donated. The student council members would like to thank the West End Elementary School community for their support and generosity this holiday season. 
 

Crafting for a Cause

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Student council members from West End Elementary School recently hosted a virtual craft night in lieu of their traditional food drive for the holidays.
 
Led by student council advisers Heather LaBarbera and Melissa Kulikowsky, West End students who were interested in participating could purchase a bag of craft materials for $5 and receive a Cisco Webex meeting link to join the craft night. Approximately 80 students participated in the special event and together, the school raised $390 which the student council will be donating to the food pantry at Our Lady of Peace to support the community in need this Thanksgiving.