PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Our climbing program last week was a great success. Our students were laughing, sweating, and working together as they climbed through the Ninja Obstacle Courses. We successfully raised the $2500 for the Climbing program and we gave out the 19 prizes this past Monday to the Dance-a-thon draw winners. Thank you for all of your support!

We are looking forward to seeing all the students and their families at our Brant Family Wellness Night on Wednesday, May 8th at 6pm.  Please make sure to send in your RSVP so that we can plan for how many families to expect. If you lost your invitation, it’s OK...just send a note to school, or call, or email, or send a message on Remind. :) There will be free food, fun activities, and some great prizes!

IMPORTANT DATES

May 2 - Grade 6 Empowerment Day @ Sleeman Centre

May 2 - Bicycle Safety Assembly - Grade 3,4,5

May 3 - We celebrate Star Wars Day (costumes encouraged)

May 3 - Jump Rope For Heart Assembly

May 6-10 - Mental Health Week

May 16 - Spring Picture Retake Day

May 17 - Jump Rope for Heart Event

May 20 - Victoria Day Holiday

May 22-24 - EQAO Grade 3

May 28-30 - EQAO Grade 6

June 1 - Running and Reading 5K Race

NEW SPRING AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS

We have partnered with several organizations this spring to provide after-school opportunities for our students.

Mondays: Sports and Stem - Grades 1-6 - 3:15-5pm May 6-June 24 run by www.onsideathletics.ca

Tuesdays: Soccer Clinic - All Grades - 6-8pm  May 21-June 25 by www.onsideathletics.ca

Wednesdays: Mad Science - All Grades 3:15pm-4:20pm May 15- June 19 by www.hamilton.madscience.org

Fridays: LevelUP Contraptions - Grade 1-3 3:15-4:30pm May 17-June 21 by http://levelupkids.ca/program/1186

HEALTH CURRICULUM

This school year, the Ministry of Education has requested that the Human Development and Sexual Health expectations from the 2010 Physical Education curriculum be taught to students. This education starts with children learning about themselves, their feelings, their bodies and about showing respect for themselves and others in a reliable and accurate way. This learning is most effective when parents and schools work together. Parents help their children form values about relationships and their behaviours. To support these discussions, we are letting parents know that this unit will be covered in the May by our teachers. There are plenty of resources available for parents to support the learning of the curriculum on the Ministry of Education website: http://edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/elementary/health.html

JUMP ROPE FOR HEART

This month all Brant students will take part in Jump Rope for Heart.  The Heart and Stroke Jump Rope for Heart benefits us all...your child gets active and learns to be healthy, our school earns resources such as sports equipment, and we help support vital heart disease and stroke research and education.

Kick-Off Assembly: May 3rd  (Pledge forms come home)

Event Date:  May 17th  

*****Raise $5 ONLINE to earn a skipping rope.    

Go to: jumpropeforheart.ca and search Brant Avenue to Jump-start your fundraising!

Thank you for your support!

TALKING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH - May  6-10 is Child and Youth Mental Health and Well-being Week!

Child and Youth Mental Health and Well-being Week is about promoting mental wellness, increasing awareness of child and youth mental health, decreasing stigma and understanding that support is available. Let’s improve everyone’s mental health and well- being!  

The theme for Child and Youth Mental Health and Well-being at UGDSB is: Have a SUPER Week!

Social Connections

Understanding Emotions

Personal Health

Empathy

Resilience

Each day of the week will focus on a different aspect of Mental Health and Well Being. The schools will be provided with resources and activities related to each day’s theme.  

As a parent, you can increase the Mental Health and Well-being of your children, youth and family too! Here are some suggestions:

Monday May 6-Social Connection -  ``Don`t be shy. Just say hi!``

Say “Hi” to 3 people that you do not know. Perform a random act of kindness.

Tuesday May 7– Understanding Emotions – “Sad, glad, happy, mad – just be you”

Right now, stop and reflect on how you are feeling. Take a couple of moments as a family to do some deep breathing. http://youth.anxietybc.com/how-do-it  Now, how are you feeling?

Wednesday May 8 – Personal Health - “Healthy Self. Heal-thy self”.  Wear green today to support Mental Health Awareness.

Did you know that how our bodies feel affects how good we are feeling? Three of the best things you can do to improve your mood is to exercise, sleep well and eat well. Go for a walk or play a game, get outside, turn off the devices an hour before bed and eat fresh food! The more you do to help your body feel good, the better you will feel!  

Thursday May 9 – Empathy - “Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody”.  

When in doubt – be kind.  Try seeing something from another person`s perspective today.

Friday May 10 – Resilience - “If Plan A doesn`t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters!”.  

Mental Health and Well-being means coping with the ups and downs of day to day life. Building more resilient thoughts and skills can really help. Children and youth can also find support by seeking help from caring adults. Take time now to talk with child or youth about who those caring adults are in their lives.

For more information about Mental Health and Well-being and interactive activities with your children and youth:

CMHA Get Loud! A comprehensive resource and tool kits. https://mentalhealthweek.ca/

Mind your Mind (online) www.mindyourmind.ca/Interactives Fun, interactive options for de-stressing for youth.

Smiling Mind (Free App) www.smilingmind.com.au An app that guides you through simple, calming meditations.

GoNoodle (Free App) https://www.gonoodle.com/ Fun interactive body and mind breaks for kids.

At the end of the week, talk with your child/youth about the things that made them feel more connected, emotionally aware, healthy, empowered and resilient and continue to do those things every day!  

Most of all… have a SUPER week!  

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