Monthly Archives: November 2016

Mental Health Initiative Week Resources Available in IRC

079The Student Council’s annual Mental Health Initiative Week is November 28 – December 2, 2016, and books and dvds addressing mental health issues are on display in the IRC and available for checkout.

078Madison Dong, Student Council President, sent out an email with a schedule of the week’s events, which includes activities and seminars that can help students identify mental health issues. The books and dvds on display in the reference area of the IRC can supplement these activities. If any of the weekly activities spark an interest, please stop by the IRC to check out resources that can help you explore mental health issues.

080The following are the events listed in Madison Dong’s email:

Today (Monday) at midday in the Old Caf we will be giving out wristbands
and explaining the purpose of the week. After school from 4:30 – 5:30 in
E121 will be therapy dogs and a school counselor meet and greet.

Tuesday at midday will be an activity for people to mark how stressed they
are, what their stressors are, and how they can relieve stress. From 6-7
in IN2, there will also be a presentation by a clinical psychologist on
performance and perfectionism.

Wednesday, from 4 – 5:30 in IN2, there will be a presentation by the
National Alliance for Mental Illness, and from 4:15 – 5:15 in the TV pit,
there will be a writing workshop by some of the English faculty.

Thursday from 7-8 in the Old Caf will be a forum with 2 IMSA alumni in
mental health professions. They will answer questions on depression and
anxiety and discuss their own IMSA experiences as well.

Finally, on Friday, we encourage everyone to wear green! At midday, anyone
can come to make an origami crane and write a wish on it. We will collect
cranes and put them up for display after the week.

Ms. Mary Myers will also be running a pilates session from 11 – 11:30 on
Tuesday, as well as yoga sessions from 12 – 12:45 on Wednesday and 12:20 –
12:50 on Thursday. These will all be in the multipurpose room, which is in
the main gym.

Please ask any IRC staffer for help if you have questions.



Family Reading Night Is November 17, 2016

frn-posterThe 11th Annual Family Reading Night at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is scheduled for Thursday evening, November 17, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. until 8 p.m.

This year’s theme is “There’s Energy Hiding in Your H20,” and the event is sponsored by IN2/ComEd. Families in the Aurora area will get together at IMSA for an evening of story time, crafts, science and just plain fun!

Last year over 150 grade school students and parent(s) from Aurora school districts 129 and 131 were excited to attend.

Every child in attendance will receive a book, a t-shirt, a backpack, candy and a water bottle. Oberweis Dairy of North Aurora provides an ice cream treat for each attendee. The Aurora Public Library and SciTech also participate in the nights festivities.

Parents can take a tour of the school or hear about other programs offered at IMSA.

Raffles will also take place during the night and include scientific toys, movie passes, restaurant gift cards, East and West Aurora High School basketball family game passes and other goodies.

To attend Family Reading Night, students must pre-register. Please contact Angela Richardson @ 630.907.5075 or for more information or to register.

(Written by Angela Richardson)