Family Newsletter March 5, 2021

Dear StepUP Families,

What a marvellous week we have had! It has been so incredible to see all of our students back on campus and working hard in class. I hope you enjoy our updates and pictures below in the newsletter.

Please let us know if you need anything, or if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Karen Mitchell



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  • March 12 - No School Elementary Only - Teacher Prep Day
  • March 18 & 19 - No School Elementary Conferences
  • Spring Break - No School- March 22-26


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Our Transition students learned how to complete a vehicle inspection for Driver's Ed class.

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Our K-3 students having fun on the playground and showing off the chains they made for their pots of gold for March!

4-7 NEWS:

Our 4-7 students learned how to make spaghetti and meatballs!

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In the 7up classroom, we are all learning how to navigate the new hybrid schedules. Our students are doing an awesome job modeling safety procedures for the younger kiddos on the StepUp campus. Our students have been putting in a ton of effort during all the time they have with us, whether they're in class on campus or continuing to meet with us virtually. The teacher team in the 7up classroom are so happy to be back with the kids!

On Friday we are excited (and some of the teachers are a little scared) of the amazing Jeopardy game we have planned. It's students vs teachers. Our middle school students worked together to create their own categories and questions to stump their teachers. We can't wait!

7UP students created a staff vs students Jeopardy game!

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How do I sign up for text updates from Redmond School District?

You can receive text alerts about upcoming school events, attendance notifications, inclement weather delays and emergency notifications. To opt in, text “Y” or “Yes” to the number 67587 using the mobile phone number on file at your student’s school. You can opt out of these messages at any time by replying to one of our messages with “Stop”


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Want to start a conversation with someone about their mental health but don't know where to start? You're not alone, and there are things you can do to feel more confident talking to others about their mental health.

Tip 1. Be receptive

Take the lead, show initiative and ask: "Are you OK?". Put the invitation out there: "I've got time to talk".

Tip 2. Use ice breakers to initiate a conversation

Use open-ended questions such as "So tell me about...?", which require more than a "yes" or "no" answer. You may also like to say something like the following to start a conversation: "You know, I've noticed that you've seemed really down/worried/stressed. Is there anyone you've been able to talk to about it?".

Tip 3. Practice your listening skills

Listen to what a person is saying. Be open-minded and non-judgmental. Sometimes when someone wants to talk they're not always seeking advice, but they just need to talk about what is happening with them.

Tip 4. Be encouraging

Encourage physical health: maintaining regular exercise, a nutritious diet and getting regular sleep helps to cope in tough times. Encourage the person to seek professional help: from their family doctor, a support service or counsellor, or a mental health worker. Encourage self-care: sometimes people need to be encouraged to do more to look after their own needs during a difficult time.

Tip 5. Be helpful

It is unhelpful to:

  • Pressure them to "snap out of it", "get their act together" or "cheer up"

  • Stay away or avoid them

  • Tell them they just need to stay busy or get out more

  • Suggest alcohol or drugs

  • Assume the problem will just go away

It's more helpful to:

  • Listen to their concerns

  • Acknowledge how they are feeling

  • Let them know you care about their wellbeing

  • Help them identify next steps for further support


Should I send my student to school? See the flowchart below. Let us know if you have any questions.

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