Holy Name of Mary Catholic School, January 2020
Happy New Year!
Catholic School Council Meeting
Sources of Strength
During the first two weeks of January, all of our Grade 7 and 8 students will have the opportunity to participate in the Sources of Strength program. Our Grade 8 students will have a full day of training on Friday, January 10th, and our Grade 7 students will have their training on Thursday, January 16th. Michelle Neville, our school board's Mental Health Lead, will lead the training in the library with Ms. Hannigan and Ms. Fitzpatrick.
Sources of Strength is a strength-based comprehensive wellness program that focuses on suicide prevention but impacts other issues such as substance abuse and violence. The program is based on a relational connections model that uses teams of peer leaders mentored by adult advisors to change peer social norms about help seeking and encourages students to individually assess and develop strengths in their life.
Permission forms will be sent home Monday, January 6th. Please sign and return the form to give your child permission to participate in this program.
Kindergarten Open House
Healthy Girls Workshop
OPP Kids Program
Beginning Friday, January 17th, Constable Joe Tereschuk from the Lanark Ontario Provincial Police will be working with our grade 6 students on a program called OPP KIDS (Knowledge, Issues, Decisions and Supports). This multi-week program has three main purposes:
- Connect with Kids
- Reduce self-victimization
- Prevent Crime
The program covers the following topics:
- Youth and the Law
- Peer to Peer Relationships
- Online and Social Media
- Drug Awareness
- Mental Health Awareness
The program covers many expectations in the Ministry of Education Health and Physical Education curriculum document (2010) and the Language curriculum document (2006). Graduates will receive a certificate.
Please ensure that students have lots of extra dry, warm clothes, as they often soak through their mitts and boots at recesses during the school day. It is also important that they have a packed dinner and snacks or money for the cafeteria.
Notre Dame Guidance Presentation
From the Office
- Please send your child to school on snow days dressed for the weather. Snow days are like any other school day. Children will be going out for morning, lunch and afternoon recess.
- There will be no Kiss & Ride in the morning or at the end of day. Please come in to the office to sign your child in & out.
- If your child is walking home by themselves on snow days, please write a note in their agenda so that their teacher/office staff are aware.
- REMINDER: If your child routinely walks to school, please ensure you call the office on snow days if your child will be staying at home. This is to ensure the safety of all our students.
Thank you to all parents for writing early pick ups or end of day changes in your child's agenda. This greatly helps the office staff ensure that your child is at the right place/right time when you come to pick them up. If you are picking up more than one child, please ensure that you write a note in each child's agenda.
KISS & RIDE
Our Kiss & Ride is working very well and has become very effective in quick departures for students and their families at the end of the day. Parents, please remember to remain in your car, and please move up when a spot becomes available. NOTE: Please do NOT double park or block access to busses that are exiting or entering the bus loop at the side of the school.
From the Health Unit
Now that the Christmas holidays are over, do you find yourself struggling to get back into a regular routine again? If so, you are not alone! It’s normal for a change in routine to throw everyone off. It can take time to readjust. Our kids may be testing the boundaries a little bit more (which is normal). Be consistent with routines and expectations. It will help kids to adjust more quickly. Sleep, healthy food, physical activity, time for play and one-on-one time with a parent will help your child manage stress better. These things work for parents too!
STRESS You and Your Teen
In today’s world many families are experiencing high amounts of stress - and that includes our kids and teens.
How can you, as a parent, help your child/teen navigate stress?
· Tune into your own stress: how you deal with your own stress is linked to how you help teens, how they experience stress, and how they learn to cope with their stress
· Maintain your parent-child relationship: any positive influence you want to have on your teen depends on a good relationship
· Recognize the signs of stress: symptoms of stress include angry outbursts, moodiness, irritability, sadness, anxiety or panic, headaches, upset stomach and difficulty sleeping
· Talk about stress, help with problem solving and provide practical support
· Provide a healthy home base: a healthy diet, enough sleep, physical activity and the time and space to relax are the basic tools for copying with stress