Wellness Advisory Committee/Resources for Parents

Bozeman Public Schools Wellness Advisory Committee...Promoting safety and wellness for students and parents to support responsible, healthy choices.

Community Resource Center Resource Directory

Find programs in our community on the Community Resource Center’s Directory, sponsored by Bozeman Health. Learn about what Bozeman offers, including after school programs, drug awareness and prevention, nutrition and early childhood and family resources.

Partnering with Health Teacher

Bozeman Health is proud to sponsor an educational health program called GoNoodle in the elementary schools throughout Gallatin County. GoNoodle is an interactive resource used in classrooms to increase students’ physical activity. GoNoodle’s online physical activity breaks, or “brain breaks,” make it easy for teachers to get kids moving inside the classroom and improves students’ behavior, focus, and engagement. GoNoodle is being made available for use in public and private elementary schools and now families can enjoy GoNoodle at home for free.

Stop Bullying

The Bozeman School District has adopted the internationally recognized Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. This program has four basic rules:

  • We will not bully others;
  • We will try to help students who are bullied;
  • We will try to include students who are left out; and
  • If we know that someone is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.

"A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself." (Dr Dan Olweus, Bullying at School)

We encourage parents and students to report bullying to an adult at their school so that it can be addressed.

For more information on bullying issues go to olweus.org and stopbullying.gov.

Brain Breaks - Recommendation from the Wellness Advisory Commitee

The Wellness Advisory Committee recommends utilizing brain breaks (i.e., 1 - 5 minute mental, physical and relaxation/breathing breaks from academic content) throughout the instructional day, in grades pre-K through 12. The Wellness Advisory Committee further recommends the promotion of physical activity during non-school hours, including the utilization of brain breaks during study time at home. For more information, please see: STRESS-LESS in Bozeman School District #7

STRESS-LESS in Bozeman School District #7

Tips for students and parent - all focused on reducing and managing stress in children:

  • Tips for Students: 
  • Create a good study environment that is free from distractions. 
  • Get organized.
    • Not being prepared for class is a huge stressor!  Help eliminate it by clearing your mental clutter!  You’ll be able to complete assignments more easily and on schedule.   
  • Manage your time and schedule your priorities.
    • Practice time management - no procrastination.  Set up a schedule for study, extracurricular and relaxation.  Breaking your studies into smaller chunks can be helpful.  If you’re in high school, think about taking a study hall. 
    • Don’t procrastinate.  If you enjoy social media, schedule it into your day….but set limits...so it doesn’t take away from other priorities.
    • Limit screen time to under two hours/day. 
  • Get enough sleep.
    • From the American Academy of Pediatrics:  Research shows that those who are sleep-deprived have more trouble learning and remembering, and perform more poorly in many areas. Make sure you know recommendations for sleep: 
    • Children 6 to 12 years of age should sleep 9 to 12 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
    • Teenagers 13 to 18 years of age should sleep 8 to 10 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
    • Turn off all screens 30 minutes before bedtime.  Better yet...keep all electronics out of the bedroom! 
    • Practice good sleep hygiene by going to bed and waking up at the same time everyday including weekends. 
    • Take a power-nap (20 minutes) after school or on the weekend instead of sleeping in.
  • Use stress management techniques.   
  • Have a growth mindset.
    • Everyone makes mistakes, and everyone gets a poor grade sometimes. Everyone struggles with an assignment or test or poor grade.   
  • Get help from others.  Just ask! 
  • Make sure you get good nutrition and plenty of exercise (there are both physical and emotional benefits!)...and stay hydrated! Make sure you eat healthy foods packed full of good nutrition. Eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Drink lots of water. Be active! Get 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day. Children and adolescents who exercise regularly do better in school. 
  • Tips for Parents: 
  • Model and teach good nutrition and the importance of listening to your body. 
  • Enough sleep is critical. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): 
    • Children 3 to 5 years of age should sleep 10 to 13 hours per 24 hours (including naps) on a regular basis to promote optimal health. 
    • Children 6 to 12 years of age should sleep 9 to 12 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health. 
    • Teenagers 13 to 18 years of age should sleep 8 to 10 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health (and keep phones and electronics out of the bedroom). 
    • In addition to these recommendations, the AAP suggests that all screens be turned off 30 minutes before bedtime and that TV, computers and other screens not be allowed in children's bedrooms. For infants and young children, establishing a bedtime routine is important to ensuring children get adequate sleep each night. 
    • Help your children practice good sleep hygiene by going to bed and waking up at the same time everyday including weekends. 
  • Be careful about over-scheduling. 
    • One of the biggest stressors for kids is being over scheduled.  Children sometimes need help realizing they are doing too much. Down time is powerful!   
  • Play is necessary. 
  • Mealtimes are important. 
    • Mornings are busy times, but a calm morning...with a nutritious breakfast (even if it is on the go) is a calm way to start the day.   
    • Try to have eat at least one meal together as a family on a daily basis.   
    • Make it a time when you all come together and Calm mornings are important for a good start. 
  • Teach and model growth mindset at home. 
  • Model healthy stress management.  Children pick up on adult stress.

 

Buckle Up Greater Gallatin County

Buckle Up Greater Gallatin County is dedicated to preventing injury and death caused by traffic crashes, specifically those caused by lack of appropriate occupant protection.

Warning Signs of Children Using Drugs or Alcohol

If you notice a sudden change in your child's behavior, you may be concerned that he is using drugs or alcohol. It can be difficult to distinguish between the normal ups and downs of the teenage years and substance abuse. Reviewing common signs of drug and alcohol use can help you determine if your child may have a substance abuse problem.

Read more: The Partnership at Drugfree.org

Community Resources

Alcohol and Drug Services of Gallatin County

  • Provides prevention, education, addiction and mental health treatment services. Resource Guide for Parents & Families.

Family Promise of Gallatin Valley

  • Family Promise provides temporary assistance, hospitality and case management for families with children experiencing homelessness.

Gallatin County Love INC

  • Love INC mobilizes partner churches and their volunteers to find effective ways to serve individuals and families who find themselves in difficult circumstances and who need a helping hand.

Greater Gallatin United Way

  • Greater Gallatin United Way is a community-driven non-profit that brings people and resources together to serve Gallatin, Madison, Meagher, and Park Counties. As YOUR United Way, we work for you – listening, assessing and identifying needs, leading community conversations, creating programs and initiatives, and convening collaborative efforts.

Haven

  • HAVEN operates a 24 hour Crisis Line number to intervene in emergencies and provide support for victims of domestic violence. Their Crisis Line is staffed with advocates 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. A call to their Crisis Line can be the first step in seeking help for domestic violence.

Help Center

  • The Help Center operates a 24 hour Crisis Hotline to assist individuals and families in sorting out problems, dealing with feelings and making decisions. In addition, they provide Rape and Suicide Outreach as well as follow up counseling and referral.

Human Resource Development Council (HRDC)

  • HRDC is a non-profit community action agency dedicated to strengthening the community through innovation and leadership in the areas of: Housing, Food & Nutrition, Child & Youth Development, Senior Empowerment, Community Transportation, Home Heating - Energy - Safety, and Community Development.

Thrive

  • Thrive provides parent education and support to children and families to ensure positive outcomes for children.

Bozeman Public School District's commitment to wellness is demonstrated by maintaining a Wellness Advisory Committee made up of a variety of stakeholders representing the key components to supporting a comprehensive school health model.

Youth Risk Behavior Survey

The YRBS is a nationally administered survey given every other year to a small sample of Bozeman students. Students have the option of participating. Results are not representative of the entire student body but can give an indication of the types of issues and risk our students take.

On the second page of the document you will find a list of topics covered in the Health Enhancement/Counseling Curriculum. Although the topics listed are not all-inclusive, the list gives families and interested community members an overview of what steps Bozeman School District is taking to help students become successful adults.

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