Reaching for Rest

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It has been a fall term filled with hard work at Willowstone Academy!

  • Our Grade 2 SOUPer Kids raised $306.00 with their first fundraiser for the Salvation Army Food Bank and were featured as a good news story on K96.3. 
  • Our Middle Years FIRST LEGO League Team is designing, coding, and practicing for provincial competition in the new year.
  • Our Preschool changemakers launched their 6th annual Food Drive for the month of December, with the goal of collecting 650lbs of food and $350 for the Central Okanagan Food Bank.
  • All students in K – Grade 9 just finished showcasing their first term work at Student-led Conferences last week.
  • Our entire school is preparing for our upcoming Christmas Concert and Visual Arts Display, “The Guiding Light” on Wednesday, December 18th.

…And so much more!

With Term 1 finished and winter break just around the corner, the prospect of being so close to vacation and downtime is palpable. School breaks are a natural time to slow down and reach for rest.

Kids need rest!

While activity is important to keep children healthy and growing, the benefits of rest should not be underestimated. Allowing children the time and space to be free of structure, schedules, and stimulation is integral for them to release stress, improve sleep, and regulate their emotions. 

You need rest, too!

There are countless studies and articles that point to what children want most – and that is time with you! And that doesn’t mean just to be physically present in the same room. Your children long for you to be free of stress, rested, and present with them. Taking time to rest and refresh your system is a gift to your family!

How can you reach for rest this season?

  • Plan a family meeting to design times for rest and play over the winter break. Let your children help you plan games, nature activities, and play that is free of an agenda – just for fun! Plan downtime for reading and quiet time to decompress.
  • Identify the most stressful pressures of the holidays. We all have them…name them to yourself or with a friend, partner, or spouse and consider ways to shift your mindset or opt not to include them in your holiday plans – it’s ok to say “No” or “Not this year”.
  • Consider traditions and rituals that bring your family peace and rest. One of our favourites is the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at First Lutheran Church. It is the definition of warmth, peace, and rest. If you’ve never experienced it, I highly recommend attending either the 5:00 or 7:00pm service on December 24th. 

Wishing you a Christmas season filled with rest, peace, and joy!


Building Community Together, 

Heather Sandager, Community Developer