January 25, 2021
Dear Sabre Families,
Building off of last week’s message, here we are, the halfway point of the school year, with much to reflect upon and more to look forward to.
In all honesty and as a whole, we could not be prouder of our students and how they have handled themselves during the first half of the school year. As I let them know in our final school bulletin of Quarter Two this past week , they ‘have stepped up and risen to the challenge’.
This week brings us to final assessments as we also gear up for the start of Quarter Three and the second half of the school year.
With that, we are accommodating any student timetable requests we have received for Quarter Three along with adjusting schedules for those students returning to in person learning along with those students moving to online instruction.
In terms of our Calendar of Events this week, we are hosting a virtual International Baccalaureate session this Tuesday, January 26 for Grade 9 families at 6:00 p.m.. Also, School Council is this Thursday at 6:00 p.m.. The Agenda for this week's meeting and the November 26 Draft Meeting Minutes are below. CLICK HERE to join.
As a course offering for our parents, The First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Team is offering two online Parent Information and Engagement series for EIPS families. Please see the information below.
Stay warm and well everyone!
Salisbury Composite High School
First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education
The First Nations, Métis and Inuit education team is offering two online parent information and engagement series for EIPS families.
Series #1: Developing Foundational Knowledge of First Nations, Metis and Inuit cultures, histories and contemporary contexts.
This three part series is designed for EIPS parents and families who are curious to learn about First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures, perspectives and histories. These sessions are designed as entry points to understanding as we work toward learning our collective truth on the path of reconciliation.
Session 1 (virtual): February 2, 2021 (7 - 7:30 PM)
Who we are and why this work is needed
What reconciliation looks like in EIPS
Session 2 (virtual) February 23, 2021 (7 - 7:30 PM)
Addressing common roadblocks to understanding and relationship
Terminology; bridging the gap between what language parents may be used to hearing and what children are learning in schools
Session 3 (virtual) March 16, 2021 (7 - 7:30 PM)
Language of this land- The importance of highlighting Indigenous languages; deepening understanding of relationship to land through language; what exploration of Indigenous languages can look like in schools
Series #2: Virtual gathering of First Nations, Métis and Inuit parents and families.
This series is designed for First Nations, Métis and Inuit parents and families who are curious to learn more about the supports offered throughout EIPS. It is an opportunity for First Nations, Métis and Inuit parents to gather together and engage in conversation in partnership with the EIPS First Nations, Métis and Inuit education team.
Success Team Resource of the Week
Bell Let’s Talk Day is Thursday, January 28. COVID-19 has affected every aspect of our lives, including our mental health. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 38% of Canadians say their mental health has declined due to COVID-19, and people already struggling with their mental health were two times more likely to say their mental health has declined because of the pandemic. When it comes to mental health, now more than ever, every action counts.
On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell donates five cents to Canadian mental health programs for every applicable text, local or long distance call; every tweet or TikTok video using #BellLetsTalk; every Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video; and every use of the Bell Let’s Talk Facebook frame or Snapchat filter—all at no cost to participants beyond what they would normally pay their service provider for online or phone access.
You can also find resources, learn more about some of the organizations providing meaningful mental health supports and services throughout Canada, and download the Bell Let’s Talk toolkit to begin your own conversation about mental health at home, school or in the workplace.