Team Meetings at Swim & Water Polo with SDA18 include CIRCLES

Coach Mark at team meeting at Camp Langley.

Expecting both team meetings and circle time in our Swim & Water Polo Camp in 2018. Ideas welcome.

With Summer Dreamers in 2018, #SDA18, our regular, daily, Swim & Water Polo Team Meeting is going to include some circle time. This new program wrinkle comes on the wake of a school district push to Restorative Justice.

Mindfulness history

A few years ago, a friend, Richard King, PhD, helped to launch and lead a practice with circles with the students in a program he championed, Mindful Gardening. He is not leading any SDA activities in 2018., sadly.

Wishing for sanity and dialog in recent seasons

In 2017 as well as in the early part of 2018, I would have welcomed the on going use of restorative practices within PPS programs. The kids were fine. I needed the circles among a few of the adults who were going in different directions.

Circles and community slide from PPS training.

 

This offers a dramatic mind shift for some at PPS. With us at the swim pool, not so much. Sure, it is a new wrinkle. New touchstones are going to be needed. But we have always had an approach that gives students a voice, some choices, and builds upon respect.

Ideas and tools to implement the new circle time at Swim & Water Polo are welcome. We hope to document the process and offer more examples.

City Jobs program for youth of certain households. Pass the word now and apply!

Both work sites and young people need to step up now.

You can always call the Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center, as part of the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation too. Main site, Jobs4Summer.org.

Those who do not qualify for the Learn & Earn can apply for work with our Swim & Water Polo efforts at a google form.

Learn and Earn 4 9 2018
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We have, “Stop. Drop and Roll!” We have, “Look both ways before you cross the street.” #NDPA2018

Sadly, the awareness for water safety is not taught and ingrained into our educational missions

Hey! Drowning is the number one cause of unintentional death to children ages 1 to 4. Drowning is the second leading cause for all adolescents under the age of 14.

May 14 is spot an otter day.

Gentleman on the left is a parent who had a son, Josh, who died due to drowning. His efforts now are with a foundation and its mascot is an otter. Interview was on Facebook. See NDPA.org.

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