Redmond, Wash. – At a live event on the evening of Wednesday, January 6, Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Superintendent, Dr. Jon Holmen, announced Pathway Forward, LWSD’s plan to return students to in-person learning for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

Katya Rukhlinskaia

An International Community School student is the 2019-20 winner of the sixth annual Washington State Zine Contest. Katya Rukhlinskaia, who is now in eighth grade, won for grades 7-9 for her “Tribes: The Cowlitz” zine entry.



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    Include mindfulness in your day through mindful breathing

    The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, provides information on science-based practices that support a more meaningful life. One practice they include is a simple way to include mindfulness into your day: mindful breathing. 

    Mindful breathing is focusing your attention on the inhale and exhale of your breath. It helps you deal with anxiety and negative emotions as well as staying calm in stressful situations. Check out the Mindful Breathing practice page that walks through how do the practice and why you may want to try it.
    University of California Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Mindful Breathing

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    Mindfulness helps decrease stress, anxiety and depression
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    Mindfulness is the practice of focusing your mind on the present and becoming aware of what’s going on internally and externally. Mindfulness is helpful for both children and adults. Benefits include decreasing stress, anxiety and depression. It can also help focus attention and help in decision making. Hannah Harrison, Juanita High School’s school social worker, contracted through Evergreen Health, shares a simple and fun mindfulness activity: Mindful Eating. Check out the video and give mindfulness a try.

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    Set and track goals
    Wellness Tip #6

    Has your family been struggling with a routine? Having clearly defined goals and tracking them creates structure, which will help break down large tasks into more manageable pieces. Goal-setting also increases self-awareness, self-esteem and accountability. For children, these are also important skills to develop as they continue to navigate through online learning. For more tips, visit:

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    Help your children create and maintain a routine
    Wellness Tip 5

    When you help your children create and maintain a routine, it will keep them occupied and feeling safe. When they stay focused on what is possible, it reinforces a sense of control. Remember to also reassure them that they are okay and that the situation will get better.

    Activities include: educational resources, eating healthy, practicing mindfulness, staying connected with friends and family and having a good night's rest.

    More tips.

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    Focus on what you can control
    Wash hands for 20 seconds

    If your children are experiencing stress or anxiety, remind them that adults are working to address this concern, and give them actions that they can take to protect themselves. Encourage them to stay home to stay healthy and to practice good hygiene:

    1. Wash hands multiple times a day for at least 20 seconds. (Sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star slowly, which takes about 20 seconds.)
    2. Cover mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing and throw the tissue away immediately. Another option is to sneeze or cough into the bend of an elbow.
    3. Stay at least six feet apart from people when in public.

    Visit the for more tips on basic hygiene and healthy lifestyle practices.

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