Together in Education:Family Update
Holiday Break Update
Everyone experiences the month of December with their own lens, availing different perspectives on "the holidays", based on past and current experiences, cultural/religious beliefs, intersectional identities, and the ever-changing impact on our lives from Covid-19.
As we wrap up 2021, it is evident that we all want to spread love and joy to those around us. We are mindful that not all families partake in the same religious/cultural traditions, or feel the same way about upcoming events.
In these times of uncertainty, it is our collaborative responsibility to ensure everyone feels supported and part of a caring community and value all identities, perspectives, and experiences this season.
Enjoy this winter break and allow yourself and your family to truly break, experience rest, recognize and accept emotions and find joy in the big and small moments we share. Thank you Lancaster families for all of your support of our staff and your children over these last few months.
It is important that all students continue to be screened every day using the online active screening tool:
Please keep your children home when indicated and follow Public Health directives to get tested: we continue to work hard at the school to ensure that students are being vigilant about adhering to Covid protocols, and appreciate families doing their part as well.
On behalf of our Lancaster staff we wish all of our families a wonderful winter break together, see you back in January : )
Your leaders in learning,
Lani Fox and Sara O'Hearn
Here Are Some Helpful Tips To Support Yourself and Loved Ones Through Holiday Stressors
Here are 5 Self-Care Tips:
1. Exercise – Exercise is a great mood regulator. It reduces stress, improves mood and concentration and combats depression. Don’t skip your workouts.
2. Express Gratitude – Take time to reflect and appreciate the things that you are grateful for in your life. Little things matter too! Don’t forget to let others know the gratitude you feel.
3. Set Realistic Expectations – There is no such thing as a perfect holiday and this year will be no exception! Ask yourself if your goals are realistic and attainable. If not, stop it! Yeah, I said it. Stop it! Re-evaluate and modify. YOU are doing the best you can under the circumstances!
4. Feel – The holidays can evoke strong emotions (positive and negative) related to losses, relationships and family gatherings. It is okay to “pause” and acknowledge your feelings. Meditating, calling up a trusted friend to have a vent session or simply going for a walk may help to relieve unwanted tension.
5. Live in the Moment – Don’t get so wrapped up in yesterday or tomorrow that you don’t find time to gratify in the reason for the season; moments that make the holidays magical. Take notice of sights, sounds, and smells."
Here is a tip sheet from School Mental Health Ontario
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