We have had some cold days and some milder (but wet) days this winter. Please remember to keep sending winter clothing (boots, hats, mitts) so that your child(ren) stay warm and dry.
Later this month, we are having a Wheelchair Basketball Program come to our school. This program is moving around to different schools each week and we are really excited to get this experience.
Mrs. Fonte (our Child and Youth Counsellor) is organizing Candygrams again this year. For $1, students can send a candy to a friend on Valentine’s Day. All proceeds are going to the Food and Friends Organization that funds our snack program. FYI: We will make sure that every student receives a candygram on Valentine’s Day so that everyone feels included. :)
Feb 5- Winter Walk Day (see below)
Feb 7 - Candygrams for Sale for 1 week
Feb 12 - Wheelchair Basketball Program Starts
Feb 14 - Valentine’s Day
Feb 17 - Family Day - NO SCHOOL
Feb 21 - Wacky Hair Day
Feb 26 - Pink Shirt Day
FEBRUARY 5TH IS WINTER WALK DAY!
Lots of UGDSB schools participated in Walk to School Day in October. Did you know that there is also a walk to school day in February? Let’s keep the momentum going! February 5th is Winter Walk Day across Canada. It’s the perfect opportunity for parents and kids to get outside together and stretch those legs! Walk to school or at school for daily physical activity, a healthier environment, safer streets, making friends and…having fun! Walking helps kids get those 60 minutes of daily physical activity they need. It’s also a great cure for those winter blues and helps students concentrate better in class.
- As a parent you can help your child learn about walking or riding to school safely:
- Be a good role model. Demonstrate road safety rules with your child (e.g. looking both ways when crossing the street).
- Plan a walking or riding route. Assess potential hazards with your child. Encourage your child to stick to the route.
- Remind your child about personal safety. Point out the houses of people you know where they can go for help if needed.
- Adopt a buddy system. Walk with a “walking buddy” – a sibling or a friend.
- Ask that electronics like iPods and cellphones be put in their bag while walking to school. Pedestrian safety is compromised by texting, earphones and cellphone conversation.
- Talk about the rules of the road and pedestrian safety.
Visit www.saferoutestoschool.ca for more information and resources on active school travel.
TALKING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH - TESTS AND STRESS
Taking tests is stressful for most students. However, there are lots of ways that your child and youth (and you!) can decrease the stress related to tests.
Anticipate stress and be ready for it
- Practice relaxing activities every day so during stressful times you already know how to cope.
- Learning and remembering takes a lot of energy. Keep healthy snacks close by so you can refuel easily with what your body needs to feel good and think clearly.
- During sleep, our brains make connections and consolidate our learning. Research has shown that during sleep, our brain cleans out toxins to allow for more learning to occur the next day.
Drink lots of water
- Hydration is very important for good brain function. Cut down on caffeine, which contributes to the stress response and to poor sleep.
- Activity increases energy, stimulates brain growth and increases mood. Take regular active breaks; even 5 minutes of walking outdoors can make a difference.
Pause and relax
- Take time to relax. Do some deep breathing. Listen to music. Meditate. Go outside. Write in a journal. Do some stretches. Go for a walk. Draw or doodle. http://youth.anxietybc.com/relaxation has some great examples of how to relax.
- Talk to your friends.
- Talk to your parent or a caring adult about how you are feeling.
- At school, you can talk to your teacher, principal or CYC for support.
- Laughter is a great release and allows our brains to recharge and reset.
Jenny Marino is the Mental Health Lead for the Upper Grand District School Board.
FUN FACTS ABOUT VACCINES FROM PUBLIC HEALTH
- You are 4 times more likely to get hit by a meteorite than to have a serious reaction to a vaccine.
- You have a 0.00013 percent chance of having a serious reaction to a vaccine!
- Vaccination is among the most successful and cost-effective health initiatives; routine immunization is the foundation of the health care system and universal health coverage.
- Vaccines save millions of lives each year.
- Vaccines are for people of all ages; vaccinations are for a lifetime.
- We all have a part to play as advocates, individuals, parents, health care workers and innovators; individuals must drive the vaccine process.
- Health Care Workers have a critical role to play to counteract vaccine hesitancy.
PARENT TIP - Check out this link for tips to help your child cope during immunizations!