ASCENSION EPISCOPAL SCHOOL

Coordinated School Wellness Week

During the fall of 2017, Ascension Episcopal School established a partnership with the Coalition for Grieving Students. Through the Coalition, the school received a grant from New York Life Insurance Company that has been used to develop the first-ever Coordinated School Wellness Initiative (CSWI). The purpose of the Coordinated School Wellness Initiative is to improve the scope and quality of holistic wellness programs for Ascension students, families, and employees.
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During the fall of 2017, Ascension Episcopal School established a partnership with the Coalition for Grieving Students. Through the Coalition, the school received a grant from New York Life Insurance Company that has been used to develop the first-ever Coordinated School Wellness Initiative (CSWI). The purpose of the Coordinated School Wellness Initiative is to improve the scope and quality of holistic wellness programs for Ascension students, families, and employees.

The framework for the Coordinated School Wellness Initiative is adapted from the Center for Disease Control’s “Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child” model and will seek to address the following three school needs:

  • Health and Wellness Services
  • Social/Emotional Climate
  • Family Engagement
To kick off our Coordinated School Wellness Initiative, all three campuses of Ascension Episcopal School implemented a school-wide Wellness Week March 12-16, 2018 dedicated to improving our students’ overall wellbeing. Wellness Week curriculum was woven into the school's daily activities across all three of our campuses, including P.E., Chapel, art, and even lunchtime. Students learned about maintaining wellness through healthy emotional management, nutritious diet and physical activity, and spiritual practice.

According to Guidance and College Counselor, Caitlin Neal-Jones, “Wellness Week is set aside as a time for our school community to recognize that nurturing the mind, body, and spirit of our students is essential to their education and development as individuals. My hope is that this week will ignite a passion in our students for self care and personal wellness that extends well beyond their time at Ascension.”

Wellness Week events included guest speakers, customized curriculum, and hands-on learning opportunities for students, parents and faculty. The week culminated with special campus events including an Upper School "Brain Break" during which time was allocated for all students to participate in stress-reducing self-care activities such as yoga, meditation, kickboxing, nature walks, art therapy, acting, sand play and drumming. The Brain Break activities were made possible by the following community partners: New York Life, iLoveKickboxing, Oui Power Yoga, Billeaud Horticultural Services, Healing House, Hearts of Hope and The Family Tree.

During Wellness Week, educational events were also held for parents and faculty on topics of adolescents and mental health, conscious discipline and supporting students during grief and loss. Plans are underway to continue and expand upon the CSWI in the coming school year.

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