PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Our new office coordinator is Mrs. DeBoer. She will be covering for Mrs. Alton for the rest of this school year. Welcome Mrs. DeBoer!

This has been a very interesting winter. 4 snow days in 1 year! Please make sure that students continue to come to school with boots and clothes that can handle the weather. Also, please don’t forget to put your child’s name on all clothes. A black marker can be used to write initials on the tags. This really helps to get their clothing back to them from the lost and found.

IMPORTANT DATES

March 1 - Live Free Day

March 1 - Storm Game for Patrollers 6pm

March 6 - Winter Play Day (weather depending)

March 11 - 15 March Break - NO SCHOOL

March 25 - Fluoride Treatment from Public Health

April 5 - PD Day

STUDENT LATES AND EARLY PICKUP
School starts at 8:55am and ends at 3:15pm. We are finding many students are arriving late and/or being picked-up early. Unless there is a special event (appointment, etc.), students should be at school on time and stay until the end of the day. Thank you for your support.

BE A STAR

When you or your child are feeling upset, angry, frustrated, etc. and need a way to calm down:

Be a S.T.A.R.    Smile,  Take a breath,  And  Relax.   Taking a few deep inhales with long exhales is a proven way to help our bodies calm down.  

MOVING?

Planning for the 2019-20 school year is already underway.  If you will be moving this summer, or know of someone moving into the school area, please notify the office as soon as possible.  This will help with the organization of teachers and classrooms at Brant Avenue.

FOOD & FRIENDS

Thank you to all the volunteers who have helped to make our Food & Friends student nutrition program such a success this school year.  The donation of time that you have given and your ongoing support says so much about your capacity for compassion and generosity.  Thank you for “Bringing Healthy Food to Hungry Minds!”

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS - Talking About Mental Health: March 2019

Did you know that there are scientifically proven benefits of being kind! That’s right. Just the act of being kind has been shown to stimulate the same part of the brain as those who receive an act of kindness. The simple act of kindness can:

        

Kindness is also something that is TEACHABLE.  Dr. Ritchie Davidson of the University of Wisconsin states that: “It’s kind of like weight training, we found that people can actually build up their compassion ‘muscle’ and respond to others’ suffering with care and a desire to help.”

As a family, you can:

The weather may not be “playing nice” with us here in Southern Ontario these last weeks but we can still give our brain and our mental health a winter “boost”!  So go out and notice kindness, receive kindness and give kindness this month.

Jenny Marino, Mental Health Lead      follow me on Instagram @ugdsb_mental_health