School Counselling with Ms. Aquila


When we are non-focused, without any specific goal, and let our mind wander or simply relax, we help the brain recharge.

Downtime is an unplanned activity that can lead us to many different opportunities. It could happen between activities like when we are waiting for the next class to start or waiting in the line up at the bank.

Downtime is particularly useful when we have come to frustration about something. It leads to creativity and insight. Whatever was the cause of the frustration is solved.




Physical Time

In addition to physical health benefits, physical
activity also improves cognition, brain function
and mental health.


How much physical time is needed to maintain brain function and mental health?

Sweat – 60 minutes daily

Step – several hours daily

Sit – less than two hours

Sleep – 9 to 11 hours

How can we follow though on these guidelines at home?


Ballet at Home

Level 1/2 Ballet with Heather Foster from Arts Umbrella on Vimeo.


or just a good old fashioned dance party!

Start making your best day… the image to get started.

I hope you enjoy these resources to get your brain and body healthy!

Ms. Aquila


Division 6 – This week, build your best day and send it to


Healthy Mind Platter – Playtime

When we allow ourselves to be spontaneous or creative, playfully enjoying novel experiences, we help make new connections in the brain. Adults also benefit from play as it makes the brain younger, relieves stress, and improves relationships and connections to other.


According to Bob Hughes, (play theorist in the UK) there are 16 types of Play. Below are a few examples.


Division 6 – This week, write a comment or send me a photo of how you got your daily intake of playtime.

Fun activities:

Vancouver Public Library is doing a bookface contest until May 11th. See example:

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems. He has about 9 episodes on Youtube.

Make Fairy Soup. It’s not only for toddlers and preschoolers.


Dear Families,

Check out the information, video, a link and articles below for more ideas on play and how to create play opportunities for children.  Click the images to get to the article.


Mental Health Week May 4-10

Mental Health week in Canada was created to bring awareness and acknowledgement of the thousands of children, youth and families needing mental health support.

In classrooms, to help students understand mental health, I tell them that all of us have mental health, just like physical health. It’s the way the brain reacts to everyday life events. Therefore, it is a priority to take care of the health of our minds so that we can adapt to the challenges that life presents to us no matter how big or small they may be.


Dr. Stan Kutcher is the leading professional in the field of mental health. He is a Senator, psychiatrist and professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In the clip below, he explains that we all have mental health.

In this next clip,  Dr. Stan Kutcher explains the difference between and stress and mental illness.


These are a few resources to support positive mental health:

This is the Healthy Mind Platter developed by David Rock and Dr. Dan Seigel.







Toolkit for healthy living and healthy minds from Keltly Mental Health.

The Mindshift app is developed by Anxiety Canada and it is free to download. Users have access to a thought journal, coping cards, chill zone and other tools to cope with stress and/or anxiety.

The HealthyMinds free app is for youth and adults. The user has access to tools, information and it helps track emotions,

If you want more information about mental health click links below:

Connecting Time

When we connect with other people, ideally in person, and when we take time to appreciate our connection to the natural world around us, we activate and reinforce the brain’s relational circuitry.

Think of 3G 2P – Generosity, Gratitude and Giving back – People and Planet

This week, write a comment or send me a photo of how you got your daily intake of Connecting Time.


Resources for Children

Hello Families,

I have added a new page with resources geared toward supporting children through Covid-19. Click the top tab called resources for more information.

Below is a photo of a book written by Ana Gomez. She is an experienced Psychotherapist from Phoenix. The book helps families and children explore emotions and uses the metaphor of a oyster taking an irritating grain of sand to produce beautiful things. She explores ten  “superpowers”  that children can participate in to help them care for their wellbeing.

I hope you find the resources  for children section useful.

Click the image of the book to get your own copy.



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