Resources for Health and Well-being
For elementary students
- EMES Gathering #1 with Ms. Archer, One, by Kathryn Otoshi
- EMES Gathering #2 with Ms. Archer, The Tree House, by Lois Lowry
- EMES Gathering #3: Easter Passion Walk
- EMES Gathering #4 with Ms. Archer talks about her plants and what they teach us
- EMES Gathering #5, Ms. Archer, The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade, by Justin Roberts
- EMES Gathering #6, Ms. Archer, Scaredy Squirrel, written and illustrated by Mélanie Watt
- EMES Gathering #7: Crocheting with Ms. Archer
- EMES Gathering #8: Ms. Archer reads "I am Human, a Book of Empathy," by Susan Verde, and reflects on James 2:1-13.
- Fifth Grade SGN (Some Good News)
- Bread Around the World by Jo Ellen Moore and Gary Shipman, read by art teacher Erin Williams for kindergarten students
- COVID-19 and the Little School, Part 1 with Mr. Bauman, PE teacher
- EMES Virtual Spirit Week introduction, hosted by SCO
- Spring Break ideas by Erika Gascho, fifth grade teacher, featuring themed (camping, zoo, etc) daily activities with something to do for each of your five senses
For middle and high school students
- Principals' message, day #1 of distance learning
- Principals' message, day #8 of distance learning
- Paul Leaman, head of school, message to EMS community, May 10
- Mini chapel #1: Paul Leaman, head of school, encouragement and reflection
- Mini chapel #2: Andrea Wenger, director of advancement, a tool for times of stress
- Mini chapel #3: Andy Sysaath '20, baseball captain, on lost season and perspective
- Mini chapel #4: Elwood Yoder, high school history and Bible teacher, on Psalm 121: Listening to God
- Mini chapel #5: Curt Stutzman, high school Bible and English teacher, on Romans 8: 35-39
- Mini chapel #6: Justin King, high school principal, and Andrew Gascho, athletics director and girls varsity soccer coach, on Philippians 4: 6-8
- Mini chapel #7: Trisha Blosser, Emma Schwertfeurer '20 and Lily Lehman '25, talk about generosity as we enjoyed an extra day off of school on April 14
- Mini chapel #8: Senior class members express appreciation for every faculty and staff member
- Mini chapel #9: #FlamesStrong Giving Day introduction
- Mini chapel #10: Earth Day recognition and song by Angie Clemens
- Mini chapel #11: Make your mark, with Gini Trotter, counselor
- Virtual Spirit Week introduction, hosted by SCO
- An open letter from Andrew Gascho, athletic director and girls varsity soccer coach, to our spring athletes
- Children's book authors online read aloud and activities
- Scholastic Learn at Home site
- Community Circle at Elkton Elementary with Seth Crissman, former EMS admissions counselor
- Rockingham County elementary music teacher, Angie Clemens, is posting videos for her students (she is a former EMS mom too!). She also posted this video link about making instruments for all elementary grades.
- Kindness 101: On the Road with Steve Hartman
- Some Good News with John Krasinski, a wonderful compilation of encouraging stories, posted weekly
- 10 things you can do to manage your health at home, a printable CDC resource
- Kids for Peace, pdf download ideas and activities for elementary and middle school age
- The kids may not be all right, and that's okay, an article about the losses that seniors are facing
- Spiritual practices for health and well-being
- One person's video "thanking" the conoravirus
- Long-time EMS friend, Ted Swartz, writes, "Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, improving resistance to disease." Watch a few Ted & Company videos here.
- The Walking Roots Band Covid-19 Remix
EMES Passion Walk: Each Easter, our elementary students do a Passion Walk as they hear the Easter story ready by fifth grade students. This year, Maria Archer, K-8 principal, reads the scripture.
Mostly Mennonite, Mostly A Capella is a broadcast of choral music on 91.7 FM WEMC that you may find meaningful, Sunday at 8 a.m. and Wednesday at 8 p.m.
A beautiful Praise Song for a Pandemic
A meaningful pandemic interpretation of Psalm 23
Many area churches are offering virtual Sunday worship. Let us know of additions to this list by emailing FlamesStrong@easternmennonite.org
- Community Mennonite Church. A link to video worship will be posted by 8 a.m. each Sunday for a service to watch on your own time frame.
- Harrisonburg Mennonite Church podcast service, 10 a.m. on Sundays
- Horizons Christian Fellowship will live stream a worship service beginning at 10:30 a.m.
- Park View Mennonite Church will live stream a worship service beginning at 9:30 a.m.