Our recently added Mindfulness program has had a significant impact on the culture of our school as seen in student thought, behavior and learning. Mindfulness at Sun Valley is a form of attention and awareness training that can be applied in any activity throughout the day. Each of the 16 sessions builds on the next, from practicing mindful bodies and mindful listening, to ultimately providing a tool for creating “space” for a child between their big feelings and reactions. This mindful space allows a child to respond thoughtfully instead of with impulsivity. We see Mindfulness practices in action as our students react more calmly to social challenges and persevere through academic challenges. Part of our program includes weekly written parent newsletters and a series of parent education.