South Orangetown Central School District

More than 100 elementary school families turned out for the first-ever Family Mindfulness Night at William O. Schaefer Elementary School this evening!

“It’s a wonderful way for our community to have a mindful moment together,” explained Cottage Lane Elementary School Assistant Principal Rob Schliessman. “We’re always so busy and this is a great opportunity for our teachers to share the knowledge they have and practices they use in our schools every day. Our school psychologists lead mindfulness exercises, our P.E. teachers do yoga and our teachers use strategies like Brain Gym® PACE activities in their classrooms. Ask your child about what they’re doing in school.”

Mindfulness activities included a mini winter yoga adventure, small group yoga, PACE exercises, sensory stations, mandala coloring, breath work and more. “We hope this encourages families to try something new at home,” said Mr. Schliessman. Photos on Facebook.

Two resources to explore:

15 Ways to Teach Mindfulness to Kids (
5 Fun Mindfulness Activities for Children (

Families doing yoga pose in gym