As part of the Montessori De Sagrada Familia’s (MDSF) initiative to give Sagradan families support and develop one’s health and wellness amid the Coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) crisis, the preschool and elementary Sagradans participated in the Sagradan Wellness Program initiated by the Student Well-Being Office (SWBO).
The school started posting activities on its Facebook and Instagram page on April 13, which includes Mindful Monday, Tasty Tuesday, World Love Wednesday, Thoughtful Thursday, and Fitness Friday.
Students were urged to post their photos and videos taking part of the week-long program, and share the fun and happiness with the Sagradan family and friends.
Mrs. Christine Carpio Reyes, a parent of two kids who participated in the wellness program, said that they were excited to do every task. Her children had fun when they cooked pancakes and performing DIY art crafts.
“As a parent, the activities became helpful to them in coping with the present crisis. Aside from keeping them busy every day, I wanted to instill in their minds how lucky we are because we are alive, healthy, strong, we have food to eat and we are all safe by staying at home. I also wanted them to stay focused and not to be distracted by the present situation we have,” Reyes said.
Mr. Christian Anthony Valino, School Well-Being Officer in the elementary said, the Sagradan Wellness Program helps to promote healthy habits that can improve physical and emotional health. It also helps students to navigate their focus and learning in engaging themselves in the daily activities of the program.
Similarly, Student Program Coordinator Mrs. Reineria Valondo added the program offers activities that will help Sagradans to have a healthy mind, body and most importantly a healthy spirit. It targets Sagradans’ emotional, environmental, physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual wellness.
Valondo, who is also an Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao (ESP) teacher, noted that she would like pupils to learn the essence of our being and learn that God created us to love one another amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The health crisis is an opportunity to express love, to have cooperation, self-discipline, and faith for God.
Valino, on the other hand, encourages students to take this time to connect with each other and open their hearts to their family, friends, and others.
“If you feel emotional pain right now, don’t forget to look around you, there are people who are experiencing the same pain but it is 20x, 30x and even a 100x of what you feel. Instead of being so self-focused, let us go beyond ourselves. Let us open our hearts to help those in need and in simple ways, let us spread love, hope and peace to one another,” Valino said.
“Don’t forget to start and end your day with a prayer. Remember that whatever we are experiencing today is part of our journey in knowing Christ. Let us join our hands in prayers and thanksgiving,” Valino added.
With the commitment of MDSF to bring support for the school community and help each family and student to adapt to a “new normal,” the Sagradan Wellness Program will continue to run with more exciting activities each day. This is an opportunity for everyone to be more active and productive during home quarantine.
For more updates, kindly check the MDSF Facebook or Instagram page to take part of the wellness program.
By: Karl Einon De Belen