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Euclid City Schools News Article

Weekly Callout Oct. 19

Euclid Schools Families,

The Euclid City Schools encourages children to focus on their academics but understands that stress and outside experiences can interfere.  To better support our children, Bluestone Elementary launched a new program.

Bluestone received a grant to start a yoga program.  We are collaborating with ZENworks Yoga to teach mindfulness and yoga to our Children and superintendent in yogastudents.

One classroom in each grade receives weekly instruction while all teachers have access to an online program that they can share with their class.  The district has received another grant to expand the online access district-wide.

I visited Bluestone to take part and watch children engage with yoga instructor Theresa Zele, who explained what she hopes to accomplish.

“Our motto is pause, breathe and think,” she said. “We want to get them still enough so they make good decisions.”

Children in yoga

Bluestone teacher Caitlin Cekada applied for the grant. She said she was searching for a program to help children deal with stress. 

ZENworks Yoga helps students learn how to be calm and focus.  Ms. Zele also talks to children about topics like self-confidence.

Studies show that yoga and meditation helps children manage their stress and mood. It can also improve the classroom climate.

Parents will have access to the online portion.  We are hopeful to add a family yoga class held later this school year.  I encourage you to join us.

This was another opportunity made possible because of a teacher’s compassion to fill the needs of the Euclid children.  We understand as educators that our work doesn’t stop at teaching academics - it is also to remove challenges that impact that learning. 

Thank you to our staff for the difference they make daily in your children’s lives. 

This week, cheers to our food service workers as we observe National School Lunch Week.

Cooks and high school principalPresident John F. Kennedy created this annual observance in 1962. It gives us an opportunity at Euclid Schools to thank the staff that serves breakfasts and lunches throughout the district.

Did you know that Euclid Schools served about 893,000 meals last school year? That included 295,000 breakfasts and 598,000 lunches. That’s about 3,500 lunches each day!

Add on about 22,000 meals over the summer and about 7,000 after school snacks each school year.

School nutrition programs play a critical role in ensuring all students, regardless of income level, receive nutritious lunches that follow strict federal nutrition standards. Kudos to our 45 food service workers, two cafeteria coordinators and food service director for filling this need. 

Christopher Papouras

Interim Superintendent

Notes from Around the District

Support our band and orchestra by attending the 9th annual pasta dinner on Wednesday, October 23. The dinner will be held 4-7 p.m. in the Euclid High School cafeteria before the indoor marching band concert. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and includes the cost of the concert. Dinner will include pasta, meatballs, salad, roll, dessert and drink. The concert will start at 7 p.m. in the east gym. Cost for the concert only is $3.

The first quarter of this school year ends on Oct. 18 and parent-teacher conferences are approaching fast. Parent-teacher conferences will be held:

  • 5:00-8:00 p.m. Oct. 24 at Bluestone Elementary

  • 5:30-8:00 p.m.  Oct. 24 at Arbor, Chardon and Shoreview elementary schools

  • 4:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at Central Middle School

  • 4:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at Euclid High School and Early Learning Village

Children and teens do better in school when parents are involved. Attending parent-teacher conferences is one way that you can discuss your child’s progress and help your child succeed. 

Euclid High School at 722 E. 222nd St. will host the annual Trick-or-Treat from 6:00-7:30 p.m. on October 29.  Schools from throughout the district come together at the high school to hold this event. The cost is $3 per child and we ask that children be ages 12 or under.  The entrance is through Door 13. The event is limited to the first 500 children. 

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