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Good morning,

I listened to a respected doctor talk about brain health this past week. The main focus of his discussion was that what is good for the heart is good for the brain.  I would say this is true.  I would also say that it goes beyond the food we eat and our exercise routine.  What is good for the heart and the brain is learning.  Connecting, talking, laughing, writing, playing, creating, even struggling through challenges are good for us.  I have a great example of Rabbai and Dr., Abraham Twerski, M.D. sharing what he learned about lobsters and how they grow. This analogy seems especially appropriate during this time of growth. We need to remember that adversity and challenges, if managed properly, can be a healthy part of our development. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcUAIpZrwog

You will see that I have attached a few documents for your review.  The first is the new Utah State Health Departments executive order extending the use of masks in schools until June 15th.  We are all waiting for the time when this order is not needed, but for now, masks are the simple act that is keeping students in school and activities rolling along.  Your help and support in this action is much appreciated and our students deserve an enormous amount of the credit for their resiliency.  I have updated the COVID dashboard for your review. 

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month.  I have attached an informative document from our health department that contains a reminder of the essentials of oral health.  This short video clip is a good reminder for parents of how cavities begin and how to prevent damage to teeth.  Feel free to share this little clip with your student. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ln6xjspBa7g

Utah Valley University is sponsoring the “Stronger Families Project”.  This program is free to families and is focused on building the strengths and resiliencies that each family already has, and improving their daily family life. The classes focus on such topics as communication, positive discipline, problem-solving, bonding, and establishing family values and rituals. Sessions for the whole family in ENGLISH are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights from 6:30-8 pm, as well as a SPANISH session for the whole family, on Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 pm. The first 30 minutes of the night will be spent learning as a family, and the final 60 minutes will be a parent(s) only class to discuss specific topics. The program runs for eight sessions and families are encouraged to attend each weekly session so that they may receive a graduation certificate at the end of session 8.  For more information, visit www.uvu.edu/sfp 

Utah State Board of Education recently adopted the attached resolution to underscore and publicly call for stopping racism and ending disparities in our system for underserved students.  I have also attached a public-friendly resource that USBE will use on their social media platforms and website.  The Board asks that you join them in promoting programs, policies, and practices, that firmly denounce racism in any form in our education system and embrace principles of equity and justice for all.  As outlined in Utah Portrait of a Graduate, we ask our education community to show respect by acknowledging differences, looking for the good in everyone, and showing due regard for others’ feelings, rights, cultures, and traditions.  Our actions will demonstrate our belief that we are better when we are together on behalf of every child.

I wish the very best for this community and feel fortunate to work with you in providing our students a healthy learning environment.

Take care and enjoy your week,