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See how BLS girls Kick It!

Kick It group picDuring our first Kick It! workshop, we focused on martial arts, positive role models, and creating a mission statement! What is a mission statement? It’s a poem, quote, phrase, paragraph, or any form of an inspirational statement, that serves as the road map for your life

It’s based on your values, purpose, and how you will apply those qualities to your life. Why make one? A mission statement guides you while making decisions so you can feel good about them later.  In addition to making a personal mission statement to guide decisions and actions, we encourage you as a family to create a statement for your household! Together, we created this Kick It! mission statement:

We are a team of girls who are respectful, fun, energetic, and determined. We will motivate and support our friends, family, school, and community.
During the workshop, we empowered girls with the confidence and ability… to BREAK WOODEN BOARDS. But before the girls were invited to strike the boards in half with their hands, we talked about role models.
Who are good role models? What are characteristics of a good role model? Who can you be a role model for? How can you be a good role model?
Whether we realize it or not, we are always teaching through our words and actions. As human beings building a community together, we have a responsibility to model the appropriate traits and behaviors we would like our children, friends, colleagues, and family members to demonstrate. Someone is always learning from what we do! So really, how can you be a good role model?

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Then the girls started breaking boards! Everyone did so well! We handed out markers and let the girls socialize while signing each other’s boards to commemorate the “break through” event!
It was a very inspirational evening with a fantastic group of girls! Each one had such good ideas and input for our mission statement! And they each agreed to the challenge of being good role models as Kick It! members.
To fulfill our duty to “motivate and support our friends, family, school, and community,” Kick It! will continue to meet once a month from 4:30 – 5:30.During this time each month, we will learn martial arts, develop and extend friendships, learn social and emotional skills, and create an annual community service project as a team.
We hope to see everyone back on Friday, March 21 from 4:30 – 5:30 pm for the next Kick It! session. Food will not be provided for this hour-long event, and we recommend that the girls bring water bottles in addition to being comfortably dressed! Registration for each event is required!
Please contact me at 410-263-0050 or ariel@balancedlifeskills.com to register, pay, ask questions, or make comments! I’d love to hear from you!

 

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Girls “Kick It” at BLS

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On January 10th, BLS girls had an awesome time Kickin’ It at the all-girl Focus Group in preparation of the February 7th workshop!

Register for the workshop by following THIS LINK or call Ms. Ariel at 410-263-0050

 

After a good warm up (including 20 push ups!), we split into teams for an obstacle course and a game of dodgeball. Then we circled up for a discussion of how girls fit into the martial arts world.

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The girls had awesome input about their feelings of being a female martial artist, what BLS could do to be more appealing to girls, and how they feel about martial arts in general!

 

This focus group was designed to introduce BLS girls together and gauge their interest in an on-going all-female program, Kick It! 
They love the idea! The girls are very enthusiastic and eager to hand out invitations for the Kick It Workshop!

During Kick It at Balanced Life Skills, girls will have an opportunity to develop and strengthen  friendships, and they will have a safe space to lay the groundwork for positive self-esteem and how to identify exceptional role models.

 

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Of course, this workshop will be equally as full of fun, laughter, games, and martial arts — you know, girl stuff! Ms. Jen and Ms. Ariel are really looking forward to seeing all the BLS girls, ages 7-12, on February 7th for the workshop, along with a few of their friends! 
Click the image below to print it out!
Kick It WKSHP invite
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Holiday Gift Card Collection — Crunch Time!

Very recently, Balanced Life Skills has been contacted by two local Anne Arundel County Schools to support SIXTY homeless students this holiday season. BLS is proud to be recognized by local schools as a community of students and families that give & serve!

GOAL:
$40 in gift cards per student in the next TWO WEEKS.
Due Date: Monday, December 16th by 5:00 pm

WHAT TO DO:

Purchase an extra $5, 10, 15, 20, or 25 gift card the next time you’re out getting gas, grocery shopping, or picking up presents from the following places:

Visa Gift Cards
American Express Gift Cards
Westfield Annapolis Mall Gift Cards
Various Teenage Clothing Department Stores

 

The schools have presented us with a large task and a short amount of time, but it’s The Balanced Life Skills Way to accept a challenge by asking, “what’s great about this?”

We can practice time management, the spirit of giving, and change the holiday for a teen in need by contributing to Balanced Life Skills’ 2013 Gift Card Collection

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Art In Mind: VIsual Arts Program

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This past Monday, February 18 was the first Art In Mind (AIM) session for students and friends of Balanced Life Skills! The pioneer group of 12 elementary-aged students had a great hands on experience learning about Alberto Giacometti and his sculptures – read the attached PDF file here for more information about their project!
The first class of the Art in Mind 6-week series begins Thursday, February 28th at 4:30 – 5:30. Students can come to all six hands-on workshops, or just drop-in for each class that interests them. Tuition can either be paid on a drop-in basis, or you can pay $75 up front for all six sessions.

In order for the instructor to have enough materials prepared, students do need to REGISTER HERE for each class they plan on attending! This workshop series is open to registered and non-registered BLS students.

Week look forward to seeing you there! Keep an eye out for the “Museum Night” featuring your child’s art exhibits at Balanced Life Skills!

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Operation: BuddyPack

Operation: BuddyPack was a huge success! Thank you to every student and family who contributed for the backpacks to be filled with toiletries, school supplies, and games or toys to pass the time! Thousands of children in the New Jersey and New York area are without homes and all of the comforts that a home usually brings. Thanks to you, 10 additional children have been given a backpack full of practical supplies, and comfort. Mr. Joe and I cannot express the gratitude we have for all of you – the families at BLS – that helped put a smile on those children’s faces. We owe a very special ‘Thank you’ to Caroline S. and her family for bringing Operation: BuddyPack to the studio. And another special ‘Thank you’ to Max and Joey P.’s family for providing two completely filled packs to our collection!

It has been very heartwarming to see how quickly our students and parents were ready to sign-up to go out of their way to purchase and bring in brand-new supplies! I got so many replies, “Is that all?” from families that were so willing to donate more. Hurricane Sandy left behind a path of destruction, but in that wake, our Mid-Atlantic region has been able to witness the power of community connection!

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