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By: Olivia Kaiser, Spring 2015 Intern
It’s April! That means crazy weather with thunderstorms and possible tornadoes one day, and sunshine with not a cloud in the sky on the next. If the weather looks like its going to take a turn for the worst on your school’s practice day, be sure to keep an eye out for an email from your head coach! April also means we are just a few weeks from our 5K on May 2nd! We still need running buddies, so if you or someone you know wants to run with your daughter on May 2 be sure to have them sign up here!
Beware of Bullies
In this lesson, girls learned to recognize bullying behaviors and what to do if they are bullied or see someone else being bullied. The coaches brought in the SBLR (Stop, Breathe, Listen, Respond) method, teaching the girls not to rush in their response and say the first thing that comes to mind. The girls also learned about the differences between physical, verbal, emotional, and social bullying. Here is a great website that talks about the effects bullying has on kids today.
The second lesson this week was the practice 5K! Now, due to weather some schools rescheduled this, so be sure to check in with your designated coach to be aware of when you will be having your practice 5K! For the schools that did have it, they had a great time and got to put all of their hard work from the past weeks into use. The girls received their 5K t-shirts, beads, and various other fun things such as goofy sunglasses, bubbles, bracelets, and so on! For a lot of the girls, this was their first time running that far and everyone at GOTR is so proud! Be sure to ask your daughter how it went!
Keep It Going:
The best way to find out about possible bullying at school is to talk with your daughter about it! A big one for kids today is cyber-bullying, and with the ever-evolving technology it doesn’t look like that one will end anytime soon. Ask your daughter to tell you about the different kinds of bullying and how she would handle them.
With the GOTR 5K approaching quickly, its always a great idea to get more running in! Go on a family run (no more than 3 miles is advised for girls at this age) or play games that involve going outside and getting some exercise! And don’t forget to sign up as a running buddy if you can!
Next week, GOTR will be focusing on choosing our friends and tuning into a new message!