Do what your inner soul tells you to do, regardless of any money or success it will bring."
Etel Adnan, Arab American Poet, Writer, and Artist
District News and Events
Enjoy school vacation next week. Please call before coming to the school. School buildings are not open the entire week.
HA News and Events
Any Hopkins high school students who are interested in a service trip to Nicaragua in April of 2019 should pick up a flyer from Sra. Fitzgibbons.~ A parent meeting will happen after break to talk about specifics and fundraising.~ Any questions contact Ruthann Fitzgibbons email@example.com
Message from the HPS Nurse Leader
Unlocking last week’s surprising fact
Last week we learned that there are specific traits that are shared by safe people.~In order to build resilience people need to be able to identify and turn to a safe person for support.~~DomesticShelters.org has identified 35 characteristics of safe people.~~They include -~~tells the truth, loves you unconditionally, enjoys seeing you succeed and brings out the best in you, respects your differences and boundaries, embraces your freedom and independence, admits fault and doesn’t blame others.~
DomesticShelters.org maintains the first and largest directory of domestic violence programs and shelters in the US.~~They offer tools and support for people experiencing domestic violence.~~They know a lot about what constitutes a safe person!~
Surprising fact of the week
There’s been a lot of media attention recently on research into the prefrontal cortex of teen age brains.~~We have learned that this lack of development may account for a tendency to take risks and make poor choices.~~But there’s more to this story!
Resources of the week
These videos from University of Missouri feature Eve the owl and Hunter the fox focusing on getting help from a safe adult. The videos are accompanied by resources to help adults reinforce the lessons.
Here’s a coloring sheet of Eve, Hunter and his neighbor:
Kindergarten – Grade 2
Grades 3 – 5
Here’s a fun worksheet for children grades 3-5 that reinforces the safety lessons:
Here’s the answer key for both worksheets:
Stay tuned to learn about positive factors that have been shown to counteract the lack of development of the teenage brain and some simple steps you can take to support healthy decisions in teens.
Goodwin Library will host a Shadow Puppet Show,~Wednesday, April 18th at 4 pm.~On~Thursday, April 19th, from~2-4 pm~Goodwin will host a game day. Children ages 8 and older are invited to come to Goodwin and play a variety of board games. Parents are invited to play also.
Protecting Childhood Sexual Safety
On~April 30th at 7pm~at Ludlow High School the Ludlow Cares Coalition will present a free program aiming to prevent child sex abuse.~ The program is open to the public and free childcare will be provided. For more information see~www.ludlowcarescoalition.org
Events for~April 16th
- ~Hopkins Academy @ McCann Technical High School -~Girls Spring Junior Varsity Softball~-~1:30 pm
Location: DiSanti Fields
- Hopkins Academy @ McCann Technical High School -~Girls Spring Varsity Softball~-~1:30 pm
Location: McCann Technical High School
Events for~April 17th
- Mahar Regional School @ Hopkins Academy -~Boys Spring Varsity Baseball~-~1:00 pm
Location: Ron Berestka Field
Events for~April 18th
- Athol High School @ Hopkins Academy -~Boys Spring Junior Varsity Baseball~-~3:30 pm
Location: Young Mens Club Field
- Athol High School @ Hopkins Academy -~Boys Spring Varsity Baseball~-~3:30 pm
Location: Ron Berestka Field
Have a wonderful weekend.