22 - February 14, 2020
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Dear CNG Community, 

We know how important it is to foster and promote kindness in our world, especially with the current manner of socializing and sharing time with others pre and post Covid.

Kindness has many definitions and probably each one of us has an idea of what it looks like or what it means. Character Strong defines it as “the choice to act with words, gifts or actions to bring appreciation, positivity and encouragement to others and ourselves”. As parents and educators we all would like to see this reflected in our children and students and we all create moments to teach and support the development of this important trait. How can we continue to foster this in present times so we can live as a family, a community and a world with more kindness? Research highlights that we feel happier when we partake in acts of service, thus offering support to others will improve our wellbeing. Other studies note that the “purest form of kindness may have no audience and offer no credit” so kindness without expecting anything in return will help us all. Others have found that we become kinder with repetition: you can practice random acts of kindness and if they don't come easy to you you can try to do one small, kind thing each day for someone and notice the results. One of the most important findings has been that “Kindness starts with being kind to yourself.” 

Kristin Neff, Associate professor of Education Psychology in the University of Austin in Texas has been researching, practicing and studying self compassion for over 20 years; she has created instruments to measure and develop practices we can all do to foster more compassion and kindness towards ourselves, thus impacting how we treat others. For further information we invite you to visit her website that includes her amazing research and enclosed is one short self compassion practice link to try today in the uncertainty of these times.

We hope you enjoy this practice and wish you can find many moments to cultivate compassion towards yourself and lead by example so that our children learn how to treat themselves with kindness and this will ripple out to others around them. 
Athletics & Condor Activities

Moving into hybrid learning in the second semester, the Athletics teams and Condor Activities will continue to participate virtually. We are all eager to return to campus for some activities and sport. However, with current safety restrictions, we are still not able to incorporate academics with co-curricular activities. For the time being, we will stay strong virtually. 

For detailed information, please see the Co-Curricular activities schedule.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

Athletics: cng_athletics@cng.edu 
Condor Activities: cng.condor.activities@cng.edu