Upcoming events, scholarship/bursary deadlines, control research subjects needed and more!
Click here if you are having trouble viewing this message.
November 2018 Newsletter
We are heading into a season of holidays and celebrating, and here at Eaton Arrowsmith we are celebrating growth in our students and what we are learning about the brain through research!  Our students are now at points in their programs where they are tackling harder levels in their work and can focus for longer.  It’s incredibly inspiring to see them cheer each other one when one of them masters a level in an exercise or reaches a goal they have been striving for.  What we are learning through the research of Dr. Greg Rose from Southern Illinois University is that part of what is going on for our students is that their default mode network in the brain is being strengthened.   As they work on their “clocks” exercise (officially called the Symbol Relations exercise), parents and students start to see the functions of the default mode network strengthen.  These functions include the ability to understand one’s own life and emotions, the ability to think about and understand others, as well as the ability to remember the past and think about the future.  All of these elements are key in learning at school, meaningful relationships, and being able to navigate life safely and successfully.  Whether you are taking part in cognitive training or simply challenging yourself each day to learn new things and live well, this type of research helps all educators and professionals working with students with learning challenges to better serve our students and help them to live meaningful and successful lives.
 
Brain fitness is just as important as physical fitness when it comes to reaching one's potential in life.  With full time, part time and summer program options available at Eaton Arrowsmith Vancouver, White Rock and Redmond, why not make 2019 the year you or someone you know finally starts to remove barriers to learning and starts making the impossible more possible! Reach out and start the conversation by emailing us at admissions@eatonarrowsmith.com or calling 604-264-8327 (Canada) or 425-861-8327 (USA).

Sarah Cohen
Head of Schools
Eaton Arrowsmith
 
School Tours:
We have upcoming school tours at all of our locations in the new year!

We are very proud of our students and the amazing, life changing work that they are doing each and every day. If you're interested in learning more about Eaton Arrowsmith School, Eaton Arrowsmith Adults and Magnussen School a school tour is a great place to start! Our tours are always interactive in nature - you'll have the opportunity to speak with our teachers and students AND try your hand at the Arrowsmith Program exercises! We've got upcoming tours at all of our locations.  Register here.  As always, we are happy to meet with you on an individual basis should you prefer!  Email admissions@eatonarrowsmith.com.

Other events:
December 4th 6:30pm-7:30pm
Vancouver Technical Secondary School, Vancouver
Dr. Rachel Weber
Bilingualism and Brain Health in Children

December 6th 9:30am-12:00pm
UBC's Educational Neuroscience and Healthy Child Development Cluster presents:
Dr. Gregoire Borst
The Learning Brain: A New Perspective on Education
Please RSVP and direct any questions or concerns to edu.neuro@ubc.ca

December 6th: 8:30pm
Dr. Shimi Kang is presenting a live webinar/ Q & A on the Healthy Tech Diet  in support of more research by Common Sense Media

January 22, 2019 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Vancouver Technical Secondary School
Social and Emotional Learning in Children
Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl
 
 Arrowsmith Brain Imaging Study
Control Subjects Needed!
Drs. Lara Boyd and Rachel Weber are seeking control group subjects for their longitudinal study of the neurocognitive benefits of the Arrowsmith program. They are seeking right-handed children and youth ages 7-18 who attend public or private school. They are seeking students who are typically developing and those who have learning challenges, which can include children with learning disabilities, ADHD, or who are members of other neurodiverse
populations. Interested students will be asked to complete at least two sessions of neurocognitive behavioral tasks (psychoeducational and neuropsychological) and neuroimaging on two occasions over a period of 6-9 months. Students can opt not to participate in the neuroimaging portion of the study if they so choose.
For additional information, please contact Dr. Weber at rachel.weber@ubc.ca, or 604-822-6382. 
Scholarships and Bursary applications for the 2019-2020 school year are due December 5th 2018 at noon!
We are always looking for ways to enable more students to join our community and experience the life changing impact of the Arrowsmith Program. For example, financial aid is available! Applications for scholarships and bursaries for the 2019-2020 school year are due at noon on December 5th, 2018.  Recipients will be notified by December 13th, 2018. Students receiving financial aid will have until January 18, 2019, to accept their scholarship and/or bursary by confirmation of enrolment for the 2019-2020 school year.
 
Please note that all new students applying for bursaries and scholarships must first have been assessed for fit by our admissions team and been offered placement.  For an assessment of fit, please contact us at 604-264-8327 or admissions@eatonarrowsmith.com. 
 
Thank you for your continued support of our community!  Our goal is to help you access this life-changing program. We appreciate the donations that have allowed us to offer additional financial assistance to our students. If you have any questions, please contact Rose McLachlan, Registrar, at rmclachlan@eatonarrowsmith.com or 604-264-8327.
We Remember
This month for our Remembrance Day ceremony at EA Vancouver and Magnussen School we were honoured to welcome back Mr. Jack Purdie for his eighth year! Each year Mr. Purdie, a WWII veteran, has a new message for us. This year he talked to us about choices. He shared choices he had made and how they impacted himself, his family, and others. He left us with the message that when you’re making choices that help others, these decisions always help you as well. Thank you, Mr. Purdie, for your wise words! 
Learning and Movement
by Bette Lamont
Our EA Redmond team has been fortunate to connect with Bette Lamont, Certified Counselor and Director of Developmental Movement Consultants.  Here is an article she wrote on the connection between learning and movement.

"Swooping, diving, reaching and pounding, the body, articulate and bold, moves before us, a pleasure to behold. It has been suggested and observed by many writers on movement education that clear and articulate movement reflects clear and articulate mental processes; that those who move well, learn well.

So we send our children to swimming and dance lessons, basketball camp and gymnastics, helping them grow in the most well rounded way we can provide. And we are wise to do so. Movement educators and dance teachers like Anne Gilbert and others on the faculty of the Creative Dance Center of Seattle, Washington, have long been exploring and demonstrating the relationship between movement skills and academic skills, between movement in the dance studio and movement throughout life.

Yet even before children are old enough to touch small toes to the hardwood floor of a dance studio or the mats of a gymnasium, powerful movement processes are at work helping them organize sensory and motor systems in order to make sense of their world. The brain has a plan for development that involves intensive and specific motor activities to make full use of our complicated nervous system. It is well known that the nervous system of each new human being must go through a definite series of developmental stages before the brain can operate at its full potential. The baby “programs” his motor/ perceptual equipment, nerves and brain cells by using his whole body and all of his senses.

This process, called “neurological organization,” describes the evolution of the central nervous system between birth and 6-8 years. The newborn infant, all nervous system pieces in place, is already well on the way to developing an organized nervous system. The apparently random squiggling of arms and legs around a torso that does not propel forward despite the baby’s efforts will soon turn into a more organized pattern. Most babies will, by 2 ½ to 7 months, begin to organize this movement to get themselves off the spot, often in an urgent push away from perceived danger (such as a loud noise or a wet diaper). As this early belly crawling evolves into a consistent workable pattern, the baby now has mobility, and is beginning to use horizontal tracking of the eyes, which will later contribute to reading. Lumbar and cervical curves become stabilized, as does the rotation of the hips in their sockets. The baby is putting together a sensory and motor world of a very specific nature that will create a foundation for the next stage of creeping.
As the baby begins to creep on hands and knees, sometime between 7 months and 1 year, he puts distance between himself and the floor. Now balance mechanisms must become developed. The curvy little baby legs start to align with hip sockets and feet in preparation for standing. A greater distance from the floor creates new demands on the eyes as they begin their journey toward convergence. Vertical eye tracking is a part of the growth triggered by creeping, and a skill that will be ultimately essential for academic learning.
 
While these observable changes are taking place, countless other neurological tasks become stimulated and organized by these very necessary stages of development. Among these, detail perception and focusing, body temperature and waking/sleeping cycles, suppression of newborn reflexes, and the emergence of a more mature human being begin to occur in very observable ways during this period of creeping. 
 
By 12 months, the brain has already learned 50% of everything it will ever know! By 12 months, many children are doing those tasks that we recognize will lead to adult skills development, namely walking and talking. By 12 months, the brain has already learned 50% OF EVERYTHING IT WILL EVER KNOW! And the child hasn’t even entered preschool.
 
The journey from 1 to 8 years old involves an explosion of learning as we know it: language and music, bike riding and clock reading, tying shoe laces, finding Seattle on a map. However, for those children who are slow to read, who fidget and distract others through 2nd grade, and who must still wear Velcro shoes at 9, this brief overview of development may provide a key to gaps that may be responsible for these problems. If, in fact, this step-by-step development of the central nervous system is a key to mature, organized learning and physical skill, then perhaps we could use this same process to put into place functions that were missed.
More...
What's New?
 
Director Daniela Francis (front and centre) celebrates Jessica and Megan's last day at EA Adults Vancouver. Congratulations to both of these dedicated, determined students!! 
EA Vancouver teachers Mr. C and Mrs. Loverock, along with Principal Mrs. Lewis say good bye to the amazing Sienna on her last day with us.  We are incredibly proud of Sienna for completing her program, and know that a future full of possibilities lies before her!
EA White Rock visits WE Day! Over the past three years we've supported clean water in India, food security in Kenya and education in Ethiopia as well as ongoing support of food banks and shelters locally through food drives and more. We'll be working to support another country and need again this year.
EA Vancouver and Magnussen School baked up a storm and raised over $800!  Funds will go towards our annual yearbooks - special keepsakes that reflect the close bonds of friendship and the successes that have occurred - for some for the first time in their lives - over the past year.
 
Brain Corner