PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

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. :)

IMPORTANT DATES

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.

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

Eat well

Sleep

Drink lots of water

Move

Pause and relax

Connect

Laugh!

Jenny Marino is the Mental Health Lead for the Upper Grand District School Board.

FUN FACTS ABOUT VACCINES FROM PUBLIC HEALTH

PARENT TIP - Check out this link for tips to help your child cope during immunizations!

http://www.sickkids.ca/PDFs/Learning/32832-CMAJ%20HELPinKIDS%202010%20Appendix%201%20parent%20tool.pdf