Educational Experts Series: Why Mindfulness and Wellness Matter

Join experts in the fields of wellness, mindfulness and child development to discover how to raise happy, healthy and confident learners. The spring 2018 speaker series includes the presentations below. All sessions are free and open to the public. An RSVP is requested, but not required. Drop-ins are always welcome to attend. Light hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served. Childcare (and dinner!) is available during the event for toilet-trained children ages 3 and up.

How Positive Coaching and Mindfulness Helps Students Excel Academically and Athletically
April 25, 2018 | 6 p.m.
Children experience a gauntlet of pressures every day: schoolwork, peer relationships, extracurricular activities, athletics, and more. Often, prolonged discomfort, particularly when experienced for the first time, contributes to unhappiness, lower confidence levels and an unwillingness to cope with daily interactions. Learn from Sue Miller, mindfulness expert and Far Hills second grade teacher, how the practice of mindfulness is a teachable, scientifically studied practice that can lead to a lifetime of reducing and controlling stress and boosting happiness. Similarly, in athletics, the scoreboard is an important part of youth sports...but still, just a part. Hear about the power of positive coaching from Ron Sansone, Far Hills Director of Athletics, why it is important for youth to learn not only how to win, but how to compete and focus on what they can control: effort, learning and the ability to persist.

Why Building Empathy Through Art Works
May 2, 2018 | 6 p.m.

When students listen and respond to music, experience and produce their own original artwork, or perform together they draw upon the skill of empathy. The self esteem and self understanding of a child is built, fostered, and enriched through the arts, and art and music studios are spaces where a child can first discover, see, and feel who they truly are and what their potential can be. Join Kathryn Brower, Visual and Performing Arts Teacher, and Amy Burns, Music Teacher, to learn more about how the arts evoke empathy and build stronger social emotional learners.