#BeTheSpark Movement with our School Community

  • #BeTheSpark of Renewal, Revitalization, and Appreciation for Yourself & Your Community

    Naperville 203 has launched a community engagement piece to amplify our Optimistic School Community series focusing on wellness (social, emotional, and physical) and appreciation for self, others, and the world around us. Our vision is to have a positive resource library submitted from our community, for our community. 

    If you are interested in submitting wellness tips, please fill out this google form.  Please spread the word, invite your partners to get involved in the #BeTheSpark movement of positivity and wellness for our community.

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    This simple and quick 5-finger breathing technique is a great one to help you stay healthy and keep calm in stressful situations.

    Begin with your hands up, parallel to one another (about 3-6 inches apart), fingers spread wide, and palms facing each other.

    Take one deep breath in and on the exhale put your thumbs together.  Keeping your thumbs together, take another deep breath, and on the exhale put your pointer fingers together.  Continue this for three more breaths, putting your middle fingers, ring fingers, and pinky fingers together consecutively.  Once you have completed the five breaths, all five fingers should be touching.

    This is a great technique to do several times a day, consistently each and every day.  It gives you a break in your hectic life, allowing you the opportunity to relieve a little stress with five simple breaths.

    What is also beneficial about it is that once you do this consistently your brain begins to associate your fingers being together in that position with your body being relaxed.  So the next time you are about to enter a stressful situation, all you will need to do is place your fingers together to calm yourself down.

    To learn more about Smart Health Wellness Performace at https://www.smarthwp.com/ 

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Ron Ory Community Garden Plots: Benefits of Gardening

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    Getting exercise and staying fit doesn't have to involve a traditional workout. With spring on the horizon, did you know that there are many benefits to gardening? Not only does being outdoors enjoying the sun and fresh air help improve your mood, but the act of gardening itself provides a full body workout while helping lower stress hormones. Gardening also is a great social activity that promotes making connections in the community. Plus, gardening also helps birds, insects and wildlife and helps pollinators do their important jobs.

    To learn more about the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots and Idea Gardens located in our community, visit: www.napervilleparks.org/gardenplots


Elementary students from kindergarten to fifth-grade across the district studied the artist, Marjolein Bastin, who spreads joy through her nature drawings. Her artwork can be seen on many Hallmark cards that help people to spread cheer and happiness. The elementary students drew a light bulb full of things that brighten their days and bring them joy. They then choose to share their light with the rest of the district by posting their artwork publicly.

NEF: Give Back to Help Others - and Yourself!

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    Give back to help others – and yourself!

    There is always something you can do to help others. A random act of kindness, volunteering, giving a compliment, donating to a cause you care about, teaching someone something new. When you give back, you not only help your friends, neighbors, community or cause, but you also help yourself.  Giving back makes you happier and healthier, reducing stress, and boosting your mood. Try it today! Compliment a friend, check on a neighbor, donate to your favorite cause, teach your child something new and see how it feels! Learn more about NEF and the opportunity to give back to Naperville 203 students by running or walking with TEAM NEF at www.nef203.org/teamnef

Linden Oaks Behavioral Health

There are days in which finding that inner spark of positivity can be challenging. There is help right here in our community. Linden Oaks Behavioral Health: https://www.eehealth.org/locations/naperville/linden-oaks-behavioral-health/ Help Line 24/7 at (630) 305-5027 #BeTheSpark #203unites

Pinot's Palette Naperville

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    Pinots Palette Naperville shares a blog on the health benefits of painting.  Click HERE to read the blog. Pinot's Platte Naperville is located at 175 W. Jackson Ave. in Naperville.  Check out their website at www.pinotspalette.com/naperville 

The Alive Center is located at 500 West 5th Avenue, Naperville IL, 60563 (behind NNHS). Check them out at https://www.alivecenter.org/

Naperville Public Library Wellness Tip

The Conservation Foundation Wellness Tip

Studies show that nature improves our mental, emotional, and physical health. For example, just spending 2 hours a week in nature can make you happier and healthier. At The Conservation Foundation, we encourage you to get a regular dose of "Nature Rx" and turn to the outdoors when you're feeling down, stressed, or anxious. Learn More about the Conservation Foundation at: https://www.theconservationfoundation.org/