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Week of June 28th & Welcome Summer!

“Let us ask our Lord to help us understand that love is service, love means taking care of others”

Pope Francis

Tuesday, June 29th  marks the last day of this academic year! What a year it has been!  Certainly, another one to put in our memory books!  Thank you for making the most of a very challenging year!  Parents & families, please know we greatly appreciated your patience & teamwork in supporting our students ~We couldn’t have done it without you! We wish all of our families & staff a SAFE & FUN summer holiday!

Good-Byes & Best Wishes:

The end of the school year is a time of Transition for both our students and staff. Goodbye to the families that are moving over the summer! We wish you well at your new school communities. We would like to thank the following staff for their dedication & contributions to our school community; Mrs. McNeil, Mrs. Pedulla, Ms. Zomparelli, Mrs. Christie, Ms. Galley, Mrs. Graham, Mrs. Kjarsgaard, Mrs. Razniewski & Mrs. Utresky!  We wish you well on your new adventures!

Thank you to our incredible Grade 8 students for sharing your gifts & talents with our community over the last ten years~ please know you will always have a special place in our hearts! We wish you the very best as you begin this next exciting phase of your young lives!

Thank you to our INCREDBILE Intermediate Staff! Mrs. Ciarloni, Ms. Crew, Ms. Dobson, Mr. Murray, Ms. Makariak & Mme Pietrantoni for all of the time, effort & love you placed into organizing our Graduation ~ It was AMAZING!!!!

Please find the following link to our Graduation Ceremony & Slideshow, located on our school website : Gr. 8 Graduation ~ Class of 2021

Thank you to our students & their families for organizing the return of school resources~ We greatly appreciate your assistance in ensuring that all of our students have the necessary items for their learning in the new school year!

Thank you to all of our families who have returned either the SEA Equipment or Technology that was loaned out during Remote Learning.

Thank you to our wonderful students for your beautiful smiles, your resilience and your love of learning, our staff can’t wait to see you in September!

Thank you to our amazing parents for your ongoing support ~ you have ALL gone above & beyond this year~ please know how much we value your collaboration and commitment!

Thank you to our fabulous staff for their ongoing commitment & care that you demonstrate daily to all of our students through your words and actions ~all driven by a love of teaching!

Gentle Reminders:

Please note Monday, June 28th & Tuesday June 29th are Asynchronous Days ~there will be no live teaching on both of these days.

Picking Up & Returning School Items – SEA Equipment & Technology

Please be advised if you have not had an opportunity to return SEA Equipment or Technology, we are still receiving returns on the following dates & times:

Monday, June 28th between either 9am-noon or 1-3 pm.

Tuesday, June 29th between 9am-noon.

Please ensure that you leave all equipment/technology with a staff member. If you have borrowed a Chrome Book that was given to you in a box, please ensure that you have returned the box that it was delivered in.

Notre Dame’s Gently Used Uniform Sale

Please be advised that if you have a child in gr. 8 heading to Notre Dame in September, you may want to consider attending the Gently Used Uniform Sale on Tuesday, June 29th.

SEPTEMBER 2021 OPENING PROCEDURES: Tuesday, September 7, 2021

We know all of our families and staff have many questions about what September will look like. Please know that staff at central office will be working all summer in preparing plans for our return in September in consultation with Public Health and the Ministry Of Education. Please continue to monitor your emails from both the Board Office and our School for up to date information.

Parents are asked to review the following procedures for looking up their child’s class placement for September.

Please Note: All elementary student class placements will become live on Friday September 3, 2021. Parents/guardians will need their child’s OEN number which can be located at the top of students report card to access their class placement.

Follow these steps to access this information:

  • Click on school tab-school listing
  • Click on Elementary school placement
  • Enter OEN, click search
  • Your child’s name, school year and placement will be displayed

Grade 1 – 8 First Day School Procedures: Grade 1 – 8 students and parents are asked to proceed to the school playground where they will meet their teachers. Please note, all lists are ‘tentative’ until final numbers have been determined for in person school.

Kindergarten Students will have a staggered entry and DO NOT begin on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 as the Teachers and ECE’s will be taking part in virtual interviews. Year Two (Senior Kindergarten) students begin on Thursday September 9, 2021. A letter with Year One (Junior Kindergarten) & NEW to the school Year Two ( Senior Kindergarten) will be emailed to families on Monday June 28th, 2021.  At present, all Year Two ( Senior Kindergarten) will be returning into their same classrooms unless there is a change in numbers or staff.

Ideas for Summer Reading

  • Don’t view reading as a chore—Create a positive environment for reading so that children look forward to it. You don’t have to read; you get to read!
  • Reading doesn’t have to only be books—Get a magazine about your child’s favorite hobby, turn on the captions and turn down the volume on the television, look for information on the web.  
  • Your day to day routines can provide reading experiences—cooking, using the phone book, reading instructions for a new game, and reading maps or brochures for your vacation spots are all authentic reading experiences
  • Read during transitions times—Get some more reading time in during the drive to Grandma’s house or while waiting for the dentist.
  • Keep reading those old favorites—Reading books that are a little easy or are even memorized build confidence and fluency.
  • Read to your child—You get quality time with your child; you are a great reading model and you have the opportunity to talk to your child.   
  • Talk about books—Ask your child open-ended questions such as “What do you think about that story?” “What would you have done if you were that character?”  
  • Visit the library—Not only can the librarian help you find good, interesting books for your child, but they probably have a summer reading program your child can participate in.  
  • Support your child’s writing—There is no better letter/sound practice than writing. Provide supplies and opportunities for your child to write—letters, lists, messages, vacation journal or scrapbook, etc. Don’t worry about spelling—just praise your child’s efforts.

Ideas for some Summer FUN: 21 fun and active games for kids to play on the beach

~Susan Scandiffio

While beaches may not come to mind as Canadian tourist destinations, Canada is home to some of the world’s most stunning beaches, several of the most notable of which you can find in our list to the right. And that list represents only a smattering of the gorgeous beaches this country has to offer.

Beach holidays can be wonderful family getaways if you’re prepared. Of course, sand and water are a combination that invite free play and will trigger most kids’ imaginations to create fabulous, undirected games and activities.

But having a list of engaging ideas in your back pocket might mean the difference between them wanting to pack it in after only an hour at the beach and not being able to drag them home after several.

The following activities are fun and also help kids develop their basic movement skills.

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Mental Health Groups, Supports & Resources

The available supports will promote self-regulation and stress-management skills, and will help students as they transition into the new school year.

  • Transition Support Groups for students in Grades 1 to 12
  • Kids Have Stress Too! Groups for students in Grades 1 to 3
  • Stress Lessons Groups for students in Grades 4 to 12
  • The Art of Wellness Groups for students in Grades 9 to 12
  • Individual support to students and parents by request
  • Parent Webinars
  • Christian Meditation Webinars

 For more information about the summer programs available, and to register, please visit the HCDSB Return to School website.

Promoting Well-Being: Supporting Your Child’s Mental Health

Mental health affects the way people think, feel and act. Taking care of our mental health is just as important as having a healthy body. As a parent, you play an important role in your child’s mental health:

You can promote good mental health by the things you say and do, and through the environment you create at home.

You can also learn about the early signs of mental health problems and know where to go for help.

How can I nurture my child’s mental health?

Help children build strong, caring relationships:

It’s important for children and youth to have strong relationships with family and friends. Spend some time together each night around the dinner table.

A significant person who is consistently present in a child’s life plays a crucial role in helping them develop resilience. This person—often a parent or other family member—is someone your child spends a lot of time with and knows they can turn to when they need help.

Show your children how to solve problems.

Help children and youth develop self-esteem, so that they feel good about themselves:

  • Show lots of love and acceptance.
  • Praise them when they do well. Recognize their efforts as well as what they achieve.
  • Ask questions about their activities and interests.
  • Help them set realistic goals.

Listen, and respect their feelings:

  • It’s OK for children and youth to feel sad or angry. Encourage them to talk about how they feel.
  • Keep communication and conversation flowing by asking questions and listening to your child. Mealtime can be a good time for talking.
  • Help your child find someone to talk to if they don’t feel comfortable talking to you.

Create a safe, positive home environment:

  • Be aware of your child’s media use, both the content and the amount of time spent on screens. This includes TV, movies, Internet, and gaming devices. Be aware of who they might be interacting with on social media and online games.
  • Be careful about discussing serious family issues—such as finances, marital problems, or illness—around your children. Children can worry about these things.
  • Provide time for physical activity, play, and family activities.
  • Be a role model by taking care of your own mental health: Talk about your feelings. Make time for things you enjoy.

In difficult situations, help children and youth solve problems:

Teach your child how to relax when they feel upset. This could be deep breathing, doing something calming (such as a quiet activity they enjoy), taking some time alone, or going for a walk.

Talk about possible solutions or ideas to improve a situation and how to make it happen. Try not to take over. 

How common are mental health problems among children and youth?

One out of every 5 children and youth in Canada (20%) has a diagnosable mental health condition. Examples include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders and learning disabilities. Many more children have milder but significant emotional and behavioural problems.

Mental health issues can affect youth at any age. But certain situations can place some young people at a higher risk, including:

A family history of mental illness.

New immigrants and refugees who experience difficult economic circumstances.

Indigenous children and youth who have poorer overall health, live in isolated communities and have scarce educational and work-related opportunities.

LGBTQ children and youth who experience bullying and/or rejection from their families.

Big life changes such as moving to a new city or new school, caregiver separation or divorce, serious illness or death in a close relative or friend.

Facing or witnessing trauma, including abuse.

Substance use.

Unfortunately, too many children and youth don’t get help soon enough. Mental health disorders can prevent children and youth from succeeding in school, from making friends, or becoming independent from their parents. Children and youth with mental health disorders may have trouble reaching their developmental milestones.

The good news is that mental health disorders are treatable. There are many different approaches to helping children and youth struggling with emotional or mental health problems. Getting help early is important. It can prevent problems from becoming more serious, and can lessen the effect they have on your child’s development.

How do I know if my child or youth has a mental health problem?

All children and youth are different. If you’re concerned your child may have a problem, look at whether there are changes in the way they think, feel or act. Mental health problems can also lead to physical changes. Ask yourself how your child is doing at home, at school and with friends.

Changes in thinking

  • Saying negative things about themselves or blaming themselves for things beyond their control.
  • Trouble concentrating.
  • Frequent negative thoughts.
  • Changes in school performance.

Changes in feelings

  • Reactions or feelings that seem bigger than the situation.
  • Seeming very unhappy, worried, guilty, fearful, irritable, sad, or angry.
  • Feeling helpless, hopeless, lonely or rejected.

Changes in behaviour

  • Wanting to be alone often.
  • Crying easily.
  • Showing less interest in or withdrawing from sports, games or other activities that they normally enjoy.
  • Over-reacting, or sudden outbursts of anger or tears over small incidents.
  • Seeming quieter than usual, less energetic.
  • Trouble relaxing or sleeping. 
  • Spending a lot of time daydreaming.
  • Falling back to less mature behaviours.
  • Trouble getting along with friends.

Physical changes

  • Headaches, tummy aches, neck pain, or general aches and pains.
  • Lack of energy, or feeling tired all the time.
  • Sleeping or eating problems.
  • Too much energy or nervous habits such as nail biting, hair twisting or thumb sucking.
  • Remember: Just because you notice one or more of these changes does not mean your child or youth has a mental health problem.

Where do I go for help?

There are many ways to help your child achieve good mental health. Sharing your concerns with the doctor is one of them. Talk to your child’s doctor:

if the behaviours described above last for a while, or if they interfere with your child’s ability to function; if you have concerns about your child’s emotional and mental health;

about your child’s behavioural development and emotional health at each well-child visit.

If your child or teen talks about suicide or harming themselves, call your doctor or local mental health crisis line right away.

More information from the CPS

Promoting positive mental health (video)

How to foster your child’s self-esteem

How to talk with your teen

Physical activity for children and youth

Additional resources

Mental Health Resource Centre (SickKids)

Anxiety BC

Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario: Mental Health

Children’s Mental Health Ontario

Teach Resiliency (A program of PHE Canada) To find resources in your community

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Evergreen:A Child and Youth Mental Health Framework for Canada

Talking with kids & teens about dying and death (Canadian Virtual Hospice)

Reviewed by the following CPS committees

Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee

Public Education Advisory Committee

Looking Ahead:

Additional Date for Student Item Pick Up & Drop Off
Jun 28 all day
Tech & SEA Drop Off
Jun 28 all day
Additional Date for Student Item Pick Up & Drop Off
Jun 29 all day
Last Day of School & Early Dismissal @ 2pm
Jun 29 all day
Tech & SEA Drop Off
Jun 29 all day
First Day Gr. 1-8 Students A-K
Sep 7 @ 4:58 pm – 5:58 pm
First Day of School Gr. 1-8 L-Z Students
Sep 8 all day
All Gr. 1-8 Students Return
Sep 9 all day
ALL KDG students attend
Sep 13 all day
Intermediate Safe Schools Virtual Assembly @ 11am
Sep 15 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Cronin-Nowitsky, LouiseWeek of June 28th & Welcome Summer!