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Screen Time Impacts Teen Mental Health

A new study finds teen mental health is impacted by screen time and participation in extracurricular activities, according to CNN.

A study found that teens who are spending less than two hours of time on a screen and participating in extracurricular activities are experiencing less anxiety and depression, according to a CNN article.

Green Dragon Bytes: Playing in Nature

Take a look as Ms. Jung leads our Cherry Tree class on fall a nature adventure. Many exciting and imaginative discoveries were made.


Day of the Dead at WSB

The Day of the Dead is celebrated each year as part of the Spanish language curriculum. While the theme is death, the point of the celebration is to demonstrate love and respect for deceased family members.

Day of the Dead festivities unfold over two days in an explosion of color and life-affirming joy. While the theme is death, the point of the celebration is to demonstrate love and respect for deceased family members.

Green Dragon Bytes: Leaf Dipping

On last week’s cold, blustery, and rainy Friday third grade nature studies collected leafs, and dipped them into hot beeswax (carefully of course). Waxed leafs make a wonderful fall decoration.

The wax makes the colors, and structures on the leafs pop, and inspired the children to go look for the most beautiful, interesting, unique leafs.

It was a good lesson about the beauty of nature.

Green Dragon Bytes: How About that Moss?

First and second grade went on a walk to Elephant Rock. Before free play, they were tasked with finding one thing they find interesting, and then tell us what they noticed, what they wondered about, and what it reminded them off.

 

Green Dragon Bytes: What About That Snake!?

Third grade went on a nature walk for nature studies. Our destination: The brook below Elephant Rock.

After we arrived there I asked the six third graders to notice something interesting and let me know after the found it. The six swarmed out, and after a little while called me over excitedly!!! They had found a snake!! 

Green Dragon Bytes: How Biodegradable Is It, Actually?

WSB's Nature Studies Teacher Maren Jung talks about composting and biodegradable materials.

I wanted to talk about composting some more. I recently read an article in the New York Times about biodegradable plastics. The interesting thing I was reminded of was that biodegradable does not necessarily mean you can throw it onto your home composting heap, bucket, container etc.

Festival of Courage - 2020

The Festival of Courage is celebrated each fall and our community comes together wearing blazing, dragon-fighting red for the occasion. Find out why this festival is cherished each year.

Four Ways Parents Can Help Children to Cope with Stress Today

School Counselor, Christa Marvenko-Athas

Our guest blogger and school counselor, Christa Marvenko-Athas, has some advice for parents who are helping children cope with a different kind of back-to-school stress.

Here we are in September, continuing to manage the flood of emotions and actions needed to address the impact of a global pandemic on getting “back-to-school.”

The Power of Play

Giving children time for free play helps them develop valuable life skills and build a foundation for learning.

Experts dive into how play supports growth and learning in developing children. According to a story aired on NPR's Innovation Hub, play is a powerful tool that children unknowingly use to establish important life skills.