Southview P.S. Weekly Update
Week of December 10, 2018
Need Help Signing Up for Online Payments & Permissions?
***There have been a number of inquiries about whether or not hard copies of permission forms for field trips will still be sent home and whether or not the school will accept cash for payments. There may be unique circumstances where this may be the case, however, the preferred method for permissions and payments moving forward will be through the School-Day online portal. Please call the school directly to discuss your particular circumstances should you have difficulty accessing the online method. We do not always see posts on the Parent Council Facebook page and will therefore not be able to respond on that page.***
If you have a child in Grade 1 to 3, there are active field trips (for December 21) in the School-Day portal that require your attention.
Last Week's Threats in Kingston Schools
Individuals react to stressful situations in different ways. We may feel helplessness, anxiety and anger. Whatever you feel is okay. Our schools and Educational Services staff are working together to ensure students and staff receive the support they may need for as long as needed. You may be concerned about your child’s response to these events. We encourage you to listen to their questions and concerns and seek help through the school if you have any concerns about your child. We are also able to help you to connect to community supports should you feel this would be of help. As always, our top priority is the safety and well-being of each of our students. Please reach out for help if needed.
Here are some tips to help you support your children at this time:
- Listen and create an environment that acknowledges all feelings.
- Recognize that children may become concerned that something bad will happen to themselves, family or friends.
- Explain that safety measures are in place and reassure them that you and other adults will take care of them.
- Choose what information is to be shared based on the child's age and an assessment of your child's need to know.
- If your child is not focused on the event, do not dwell on it.
- Create an atmosphere for open dialogue and discussion if your child wants to talk or ask questions.
- When children ask questions, use age-appropriate language and a calm and reassuring tone of voice.
- Let children know that they may experience a range of emotions and this is to be expected.
- Ensure they know that supports are available at home, in the community, and at school if they need to speak to someone.
- Identify children who will be most affected. For example, children who are depressed and anxious, traumatized children, and children who have been victims of violence.
- Provide support that is age appropriate and based on the level of need.
- Limit media exposure about this event for younger children. Let older children know that the media coverage may be too disturbing for them to watch or watch the media coverage with them and discuss it.
- Let older children know that discussing the event with younger children is not appropriate.
- A natural parental response after events like this is to feel overprotective of your child for a while and to feel a heightened sense of vulnerability, anger, fear, and sense of helplessness. Be aware of your own needs. Don’t ignore your own feelings. Talking to friends, family members, faith leaders and mental health counsellors can help.
- Let your children know you might be upset, too. You will be better able to support them if you can express your own emotions in a productive manner.
Looking for Cleaned & Empty K-Cup & Wrapping Paper Tube Donations
As well, keep your holiday wrapping tubes so that in January, we can use these recyclable materials to help us with our learning. Thanks for your support of our school and for recycling these materials for our use.
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This Week at Southview
Monday, December 10 (Day 1)
- Grade 5s to Grand Theatre
- Gould Lake Presentations for Grades 6-8
Tuesday, December 11 (Day 2)
- Support for parents/guardians to sign up with School-Day for online payments & permissions; 3:00 - 4:00 in the front foyer
Wednesday, December 12 (Day 3)
- Jingle Bell Zumba
- NDSS Band Performance
Thursday, December 13 (Day 4)
Friday, December 14 (Day 5)
- Holiday Craft Sale