Panther Peek @ the Week

Week of 10/05/2021

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to all of our Perth Road Panther families!

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Noticing Mental Health Concerns for Your Child

You know your child best, and can notice changes in their behaviours or emotions. Right now, however, it can be difficult to know whether things you observe are just normal ups and downs associated with the pandemic, part of return to school jitters, or related to an emerging mental health concern. Here are some ways to consider whether your child might be experiencing a mental health problem, and offer help. While we use the term “child” throughout, we recognize that your child may actually be a teenager or young adult. No matter their age, they are still your child.


How would I know that my child is experiencing a mental health problem?

Parents and caring adults may notice changes in behaviours and emotions that could be potential signs of a mental health problem. Ask yourself:


  • Are these behaviours and emotions out of character for my child?
  • Are they having a negative impact on my child’s ability to enjoy everyday life?
  • Are they having a negative impact on our family life?
  • Are they getting in the way of my child’s progress at school?
  • Are these concerning behaviours happening more often?
  • Are they more intense?
  • Are they lasting longer?
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How can I talk to my child about mental health?

  • Find a quiet time when you are unlikely to have interruptions to begin the conversation.
  • Reassure your child that they can tell you anything and you will not get angry with them (even if you get scared).
  • Start the conversation by describing changes you have noticed in their mood, behaviour, reactions (e.g. “I have noticed that you seem to be crying more”). If you have had conversations with your child’s teacher about concerns, include comments from the teacher’s observations.
  • Share that you wonder about how your child might be feeling, what they might be thinking, what they might be worried about, etc. (e.g. “I wonder if you’re feeling sad about losing your friendship with Rohan.”).
  • Allow your child time to reflect before they answer.
  • Stay calm and don’t abandon the conversation if your child responds with “nothing is wrong…leave me alone”. If this happens, reassure your child that you are there for them. Give your child some time and then try again.
  • If your child does acknowledge some concerns, tell them that you are glad they told you and that you are there to help. You can work on some things together (see below for ideas) and/ or you can help them find a mental health professional to talk to. Reassure your child that they are not alone and that you will be there for them every step of the way.
  • If your child tells you anything that makes you worried about their immediate safety (e.g. thoughts of suicide), reach out for assistance. Do not leave your child alone if you feel that they are in imminent danger of harming themselves.


For more information about the following, please click on the link below to access the School Mental Health Ontario Information Sheet on Noticing Mental Health concerns:


What can I do to help if my child is struggling with their mental health?

When should I reach out for additional help?

How can I access professional mental health help for my child?


https://smho-smso.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Info-sheet-noticing-concerns.pdf


You can find other resources and support at the following links:

CMHO Family Care Centre https://cmho.org/familycarecentre/

CMHA-Ontario https://ontario.cmha.ca/mental-health/childand-youth-mental-health/

About Kids Health Mental Health Resource Hub https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/mentalhealth Anxiety Canada https://www.anxietycanada.com/

Wellness Together Canada https://ca.portal.gs/

Mental Health Commission of Canada https://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/

English Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health https://www.cymh.ca/en/projects/covid-19


***This information is not a substitute for consultation with a regulated health professional. If you are concerned about your child, consult your physician or seek emergency services.

Calendar

This Week

May is Speech & Hearing Awareness Month



UPCOMING EVENTS


19/05~ Virtual Kindergarten Open House 6:30PM

21/05~ Dress 'LOUD' Day for Speech & Hearing Awareness

24/05~ Victoria Day Holiday

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May 10th Last Day to Order Plants for your Garden!

Dear Panther families,


Parent Council is very excited to announce that we have chosen to be apart of the Plantables school fundraising program. With the weather warming up and many of you thinking about rolling up your sleeves and getting back into the garden, what better time to help the school!


Not only do Plantables let you grow the same high quality fruit and veggie plants used by farmers across the country, they deliver ready to plant plants to your front door exactly when you need them. That means you just have to bury them into the ground, give them some love and water and you will be enjoying them in no time!


If you or anyone you know is looking to fill their gardens, tell them to go to www.plantables.ca, at checkout enter our unique code PantherPride and the school gets 10% of the profit. Shipping is $13.99 unless you purchase 12 or more plants then its FREE shipping.


The fundraiser is running April 25th – May 10th, 2021.

Thank you for supporting our school!

Happy Growing!!

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Kindergarten Registration Open Now

Perth Road PS would like to welcome new students to Kindergarten. This is an exciting time for both you and your student. Kindergarten is a wonderful experience and your student’s next phase on their journey of learning.


Kindergarten programs in Ontario offer a full day of learning for four- and five-year-olds. At Perth Road Public School, our Kindergarten program aims to nurture the whole child. In Kindergarten classrooms, a teacher and an early childhood educator work together as a team. This partnership helps to create a nurturing learning environment; giving every student the opportunity to learn in the way that is best suited to their individual strengths and needs.


Online registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now open. Register your student here http://bit.ly/LDSBregistration2021
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Elementary Virtual School 2021-2022

As we shared with you a few weeks ago, the Limestone District School Board is planning for next school year including offering virtual school for September 2021.


We expect most students will choose in-person learning for the new school year. LDSB will, however, provide virtual options for September 2021 for students who learn best in the online environment, or require a virtual environment due to underlying medical conditions for themselves or for family members. Virtual school options for 2021-2022 are a permanent year-long option and will run independently of face-to-face schools.


Currently, there is no new government funding to support virtual schools for next year so program options for 2021-2022 LDSB Virtual Schools will look different. A list of frequently asked questions is available on the board website under LDSB Virtual School.


Students entering Kindergarten to Grade 8 who opt for Virtual School, will be provided with a

combination of whole class instruction, guided instruction, individual support and “office hours” for ongoing questions and support as students work through lessons and assignments. The remaining instructional time can be used to support remote students working offline, checking in with students, etc. Core French programming will be available to students in Grades 4 to 8 only. Due to staffing constraints, Choices at 7 programs and French Immersion programming will only be offered at in-person school.


We know from this years’ experience that most mental health supports and special education supports, including District Special Education classes, best meet students’ needs when delivered in an in-person environment. The board will, however, work with virtual schools and students to ensure students’ mental health and special education needs are met as best as can be. Please note that District Special Education classes will only be offered in person next year.


The LDSB Elementary Virtual School will operate from 9 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. daily.


At the end of June, all current virtual school students will be automatically moved back to their in-person school and registered in their home school for September 2021. No action is required by families if your student is returning to in-person school. Families planning to have elementary students learn virtually in September for the 2021-2022 school year must register and confirm student attendance. This will allow the board to appropriately plan and staff schools for next year. Please fill the brief registration form on the Board website.


We look forward to welcoming our students back to Limestone in September. If you have any questions, please contact the board office at 613.544.6925.

Classroom Code located in the Morning Announcements Slides posted in students' Google Classrooms

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Student Logins & Google Classrooms


Google Classrooms are being used by all PRPS teachers this school year during the period of remote learning. Below is some information that you might find helpful as we navigate through this period of remote learning.


LDSB Login & Password

It is important that students use their School Login and Password information in order to access their Google Classroom and Google Meet, for privacy and security reasons. Please connect with your child's classroom teacher if you are unsure of your child's LDSB login information or need support.


Using Google Applications on a Tablet

In order to be able to access the full functionality of the Google Suite applications in the Google Classroom we recommend that families download the apps for Google Slides, Google Docs and Google Meets to their tablet (iPad). These applications are frequently used by teachers and work in conjunction with the Google Classroom. If you have a school iPad, you are able to download these programs through the Meraki app on the device.

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Additional Financial Support for Learners

Parents are able to receive $400 for each child aged 0 to Grade 12 and $500 for children and youth 21 years old or younger with special needs from the Ontario Government.


The government is automatically providing this round of payments to parents who received Support for Learners payments, and they can expect money to begin flowing on April 26, 2021. Parents who did not apply for or receive the Support for Learners program can apply for the new funding starting May 3 with a deadline of May 17.

Supports for Families

Below are phone numbers and links to resources that support families.


Canada Emergency Benefit: 1-833-966-2099


This site has free mental health support for adults.

Wellness Together Canada www.ca.portal.gs


Virtual Doctor: www.seethedoctor.ca (covered by OHIP for Ontario families if they don’t have a physician or unable to connect with their own doctor).


I hope you find them helpful.

Supports for Families

Important Information for Families of Students with Disabilities

If your child has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, an Intellectual Disability or even a Learning Disability, we want to ensure that you have all of the resources that are available to you, including funding.

If your child has ASD, a good first step to getting connected to community supports and important information is Hayley Stolarchuk at Autism Ontario, East Region.

hayley@autismontario.com 1-800-472-7789 x 253

If your child has an Intellectual Disability or ASD, you will want to connect with Diane Stewart at Community Living Kingston as she is a valuable source of local supports as well.

Diane.stewart@clkingston.ca

If your child has a Learning Disability, they may not be entitled to all of these supports, but you should connect with Learning Disabilities Kingston to learn more.

ldak@ldakingston.com

If you are not already receiving ACSD (sometimes referred to as ODSP) funds, the Ontario Disability Tax Credit, or Special Services at Home funds, you should inquire about this as soon as possible. The people at the resources listed above can help you with all of these things. Or, there are some virtual information sessions taking place that you may wish to join. See below:

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If you are concerned about a student’s mental health, please contact the school.

The Kids Help Phone, Black Youth Helpline, LGBT Youthline, Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres and School Mental Health Ontario resources can be shared with students and families to support mental health and well-being.

There are school boards resources available when students are in need of additional mental health support.

Kids Help Phone Supports Frontline workers As Well

Kids Help Phone is there to help workers on the frontlines of the Coronavirus pandemic too.

Text FRONTLINE to 741741 to reach a Crisis Responder.

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Perth Road Panthers Spirit Wear! Dont' forget to get yours:)

At PRPS we are committed to working together with all partners

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Local Food Bank for Donations

The South Frontenac Community Services Food Bank is available to anyone in South Frontenac and rural Kingston (north of Hwy. 401) who needs help. Clients may access the Food Bank once a month for a hamper with 5-7 days worth of perishable and non-perishable food items. The delivery fee is $10.

Guidelines

  • Currently, food hampers are available for pick-up on:

    • Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - call the office before 4:00 pm on Monday to pick up a hamper on Wednesday.

    • Fridays, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. - call the office before 4:00 pm on Wednesday to pick up a hamper on Friday.

  • Deliveries are available if required. A delivery fee may apply.

  • When placing your order, be sure to mention any special dietary needs.


Food Items as available:

  • Fresh seasonal produce from our community garden.

  • Perishables such as: vegetables, fruit, milk, bread, eggs, meat and protein products.

  • Family staples such as peanut butter, cereal, pasta, pasta sauce, soup and healthy school snacks.

  • Diapers, formula and baby food available upon request.

  • Personal hygiene/toiletries, pet food, upon request and availability.


Donations

Donations of food or cash are always appreciated. Items most in need include: children's snacks, peanut butter, canned meats and fish, pork and beans, pasta sauce, canned stew and chili, soda crackers, mac and cheese, and juice. Monetary donations for perishable items such as milk, fruit and vegetables are always appreciated. soap, shampoo are always welcome. Hygiene items such as soap, shampoo, diapers and baby wipes are also appreciated.

Southern Frontenac Community Services has a goal to reduce hunger and break the cycle of poverty through education and offering nutritious food to our food bank clients. For more information about how to make a donation please contact Ellen Mortfield, Family Services Coordinator at 613-376-6477 ext. 203. Thank you for all of your community support.