GREENWICH — This year for the first time, Greenwich Public Schools will host two mindfulness retreats for students and their parents to calming and focusing techniques.

The first retreat, for students in kindergarten to fifth grade and their parents, will be from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday May 20. The second, for sixth grade to 12th grade students, will be at the same time on Saturday June 10. Both retreats will be held at Parkway School.

“Participants will practice mindfulness meditations such as mindful breathing, mindful listening, etc., learn about the brain and how to use mindfulness to manage stress, practice simple Yoga techniques and relaxation exercises (and) engage in mindful activities such as coloring, mindful walking or mindful eating,” said district-wide school psychologist Alina Boie. “Parents and their children will spend quality time together and engage in games and stress-free crafting activities.”

Interested students and parents must RSVP at GreenwichSchools.org/SELevents in order to participate. Capped at 15 students and their parents, the retreat for elementary students is full.

Middle and high school students can still sign up for the June 10 retreat. That event is limited to the first 20 students who RSVP. Parent consent is required.

The two retreats are among many events centered on mindfulness that the district has rolled out this year.

In April, Greenwich Public Schools students taught mindfulness techniques to Greenwich first responders, including police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel.

In September 2016, students throughout the district received lessons in mindfulness and stress-reduction on "Be Here BEE Grateful Day," one of Greenwich Public School's five social and emotional learning themed events planned for the school year.

"We are always on the go, go go," said district-wide school psychologist Fabian Boie, who has been helping lead the district's mindfulness initiative. "When we are on the go all the time, it puts stress on our minds and body. Now can a stressed brain be receptive to learning? Not that much."

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