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Whale Watch Newsletter December 9, 2019

Upcoming Events

December 14 – 9:00-11:00 – Breakfast with Santa

December 16 – 6:30 School Board Meeting

December 17 – 7:00 – 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade Concert

December 20 – 8:30 – Sing-A-Long in the Gym

December 20 – Last Day of School for 2019

January 6 – First Day of School for 2020


Peace on Earth Music Concert

present by Grades 3-5

Tuesday, December 17th @ 7:00 p.m.

Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium (KHS)


Conscious Discipline

Conscious Discipline empowers us to be conscious of brain-body states in ourselves (as teachers/staff and also you as parents/guardians) and children. It then provides us with the practical skills we need to manage our thoughts, feeling and actions.

With this ability to self-regulate, we are then able to teach children to do the same. By doing this, we help children learn and use problem-solving skills (executive state) instead of pushing or hitting (survival state) or saying things that are not kind (emotional state). When we understand the brain state model, we can clearly see the importance of building our homes, schools and businesses on the core principles of safety, connection and problem-solving.  Today we will take a brief look at the three brain states. We will discuss tools to self-regulate in the future. 

In a survival state where we feel triggered by threat, these skills are flight, fight or surrender. We can’t think clearly to add 45 plus 68 when a tiger is chasing us. For adults, the tiger may be a disrespectful child, but our brain’s evolutionary skill set is the same: fight, flight or surrender.

Emotional State is our response to upset. An upset emotional state is triggered by the world not going our way. It limits our ability to see from another’s point of view. In adults this upset, unconscious state keeps us on autopilot so our words and tone match those of key authority figures from our childhood. We revert to disciplining the same ways we were disciplined, even if we know these behaviors to be ineffective or hurtful.

As we learn to regulate and integrate our internal state to be one of relaxed alertness, we are able access our own brilliance. We are empowered to change and make wise choices. An integrated executive state frees us from past conditioning, helps us become aware of the feelings and experiences of others, enables us to remain focused enough to set and achieve goals, and allows us to consciously respond instead of automatically react to life events.

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