Munden Park Matters

March 2015

Using Social Media Safely

With the growing number of social media sites, it is no surprise that social media is the most common form of communication for children and teenagers. Posts, status updates, comments, instant messages, video uploads, tweets and texts have become a regular part of their lives. While there are many positive benefits to using social media, including staying connected with friends and expressing your interests, students must be cautious in their use of these networks.

Among the most popular social media platforms used are Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, WeChat, Vine and Kik Messenger. Many of these platforms are free and are available on smartphones and other electronic devices. These platforms are easy to navigate and often allow information to be shared instantly, not only with friends, but with strangers. On social media, it is important to remember that the world is watching.

Here are some tips, provided by the Canadian Safe School Network and GetSafeOnline.org, to keep your children safe and help them make smart choices when using social media:

  • Set some boundaries for your child before they get their first ‘connected device’ (mobile, tablet, laptop or games console). Once they have it, it can be more difficult to change the way they use it or the settings.

  • Have a conversation about what is appropriate online behaviour and what actions could have huge repercussions that could damage their reputation and be harmful to others.

  • Talk to your child about the kind of websites they look at. Encourage them to speak to you if they come across something they find worrying or upsetting on websites, games or social media.

  • Discuss with your child what is safe and appropriate to post and share online. Written comments, photos and videos all form part of their ‘digital footprint’ and could be seen by anyone and available on the internet forever, even if it is subsequently deleted.

  • Explain to your child that being online doesn’t give them anonymity or protection, and that they shouldn’t do anything online that they wouldn’t do face-to-face. Users should only accept people they know in order to protect themselves from spammers, strangers and others who may be using social networking sites to commit crimes.

  • Unlike when they’re meeting someone face-to-face, children don’t always know who they’re actually ‘talking’ to online, even if they think they do. Tell your children they must never email, chat, or text with strangers, and it’s never okay to meet a stranger in the real world.

  • Ensure your children set their privacy settings appropriately. Take the time to learn how privacy settings work on your children’s favourite sites, and teach them how to control their privacy.

  • Tell your children never to share personal and private information with anyone online. This includes, but is not limited to, his or her full name, age, birth date, address, phone number, social insurance number, credit card information and parents’ full names.

  • Limit the amount of time that your children spend on social media platforms and talk about the importance of healthy and appropriate use of technology.

Memories of Our Global School Play Day

Global Play Day

Our Black History Month Family Movie Night

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Black History Month African Drum and Dance Presentation

Conference Helps Parents Make a Difference in Numeracy and Beyond

The Peel District School Board is hosting its annual parent conference on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School in Brampton. This year, Numeracy & Beyond: Parent Conference, will focus on numeracy—25 out of 60 workshops help with math. Parents will still have the opportunity to attend workshops on other topics, including literacy, special education and science.

This free learning event is open to Peel parents of students at all grade levels.

Space is limited. Registration closes March 27.

Stay up-to-date!

For more information, visit www.peelschools.org/parents/conference.

Grade 1 Character Assembly - Caring

Caring Assembly

Parent Evening on Inquiry Based Learning

Thursday, March 12th, 6-7:30pm

Munden Park Public School, Mississauga, ON, Canada

Mississauga, ON

Munden Park families please join us for a parent evening to learn about how inquiry based learning is used to access the grade level curriculum, support student engagement and deepen learning. For our grade three parents, we will also have a presentation on how to prepare for EQAO testing.

Register Today for Adult ESL Non-Credit Courses

Do you know an adult in Peel that is interested in improving their English language skills for work, study or daily life?

The Peel District School Board offers Adult ESL courses at three locations in Brampton and Mississauga. Winter courses begin February 2, 2015.

To learn more or to register, call 905-270-6000. Registration is ongoing and continues after courses have started.

Bramalea​

Adult Education Centre

25 Kings Cross Road, Unit 3

Brampton

Adult Education Centre

#300 - 7700 Hurontario Street

Mississauga

Adult Education Centre

100 Elm Drive West, Room 117

To learn more, visit www.peelschools.org/adulteducation.

Twitter: @PDSBLearnESL

Enjoying Ourselves Inside During the Cold Winter Weather

Munden Boogie

Friday, March 13th, 9am-2pm

Munden Park Public School, Mississauga, ON, Canada

Mississauga, ON

We will be celebrating Spring Break with our Annual Munden Boogie. Those students who do not wish to participate in the dance will be provided withl alternative activities.

Kids’ CBC Hosts a Free Family Kite Festival Event on March 21 & 22

This free family event will feature an exciting day full of fun for kids as they make kites, rangoli designs, spin tops, hear South Asian stories and enjoy a digital gaming zone and more. They will also meet and greet with their favourite Kids’ CBC characters including host Patty, Daniel Tiger, Bookaboo and Super WHY!

The kids will have a chance to appear on camera, as Kids’ CBC camera crew captures fun moments of the day to be featured on-air and on the Kids’ CBC YouTube Channel.


Saturday March 21, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Mississauga Central Library

301 Burnhamthorpe Road West, Mississauga

Sunday March 22, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Bramalea City Centre

25 Peel Centre Drive, Brampto


For more information on the event and Kids’ CBC, visit www.cbc.ca/parents.

Learning By Doing in Kindergarten

Unique Symposium Addresses the Needs of Families of Children with Special Needs

This free family event is being held at West Credit Secondary School during the afternoon of April 18th. Agencies such as Peel Children’s Centre, Erinoak, MotherRisk, CCAC will be in attendance as well as presenters that will address the social/emotional and behavioural needs of unique children. Parents will have the opportunity to ask psychiatrists, social workers, speech and language and behavioural specialists, questions about community resources and network with other parents. There is limited babysitting available.

This free event is open to parents of all grade levels. Please speak to your school administrator for a registration form or e-mail trelawny.ps@peelsb.com or call 905-824-0360 ext 402.

Awesome Art Work

Authentic Hands-On Learning

Technology: YouTube Video by Ethan in Grade 4

Ethan-My Top 3 Fav Websites-with music

Beatriz (Grade Five) YouTube Video in Her First Language - Portuguese

Beatriz-3 websites favoritos

Genius Hour Project by Nicholas in Grade 5

GENIUS HOUR - Nicolas

Grade Fives in Ms. Vulic's Class Modelling the Love of Reading for Kindergarten Students

March Break

Reminder to Munden Park Families the March Break Holiday is Monday, March 16th - Friday, March 20th. School will resume on Monday, March 23rd.

Munden Park Public School

Peel District School Board elementary school (Kindergarten - grade 5) located in the south of Mississauga. Please see our school blog, mundenpark.edublogs.org or our school website,http://schools.peelschools.org/1361 for additional information.