“The time is always right to do what is right.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
Dear HRM Parents and Guardians,
Thank you to Mrs. Packer, Student Parliament, and student volunteers for leading The Promise of the Cross Liturgy on Wednesday. The Cross remains in our gym until Wednesday;
Thank you to Mrs. Babin and Mrs. Ayers for all of their work and dedication during Kindergarten Registration days. If you have a little one turning 4 years old by December 31, 2019, please be sure to come in and register them for Kindergarten at Holy Rosary-Milton CES.;
Thank you to Kayia in Mrs. Holding’s Class for initiating and proposing the Civvies Day on Thursday in support of the wildfires in Australia. What a wonderful example of a global thinker- Keep up the good work Kayia;
Thank you to The Board’s Pathway Team especially Mrs. Gilchrist and Mr. Dietrich, in addition to our Grade6 teachers for all of their work in leading and planning the Raptors905 Game and Raptors905 Career Exploration Day;
Friday January31- PA Day- Friendly reminder that there is no school for students on Friday January 31 as it is a PA Day.
Milton Community Events: Please see the events occurring in Milton for you and your families to access:
FUNTastic Fridays- An exciting program for 9-13-year-old at Milton Leisure Centre COMMS_REC18-007_FUNtasticFridays January_March_2020
Milton Kids Art Club- FREE Registered arts club for kids aged 7-12yrs. Come after school and create with ArtHouse! You must sign your child up for all weeks they plan to attend. When: January 22nd, 2020 at 3:30pm-5:00pm, Location: Milton HUB, 540 Commercial St. Milton, ON L9T 4Z3, Jan 22, 29, Feb 5, 12 – Drama Workshop, Feb 9, 26, Mar 4, 11- ArtHouse lean green, community clean up and art creation/installation. Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/milton-kids-art-club-tickets-89158807393
Terra Greenhouse Winter Market- All Ages/Free. Food and artisan vendors in a lush indoor greenhouse. When: January 18th, 2020 10:00am-3:00pm (Reoccurring until March 28th, 2020), Location: Terra Greenhouse Milton, 12800 Britannia Rd., Milton
After School Create Club- Children are Free. Join our After-School STEAM Club and explore science, technology, engineering, art and math through play and experiments. Drop in, first come, first served. Space is limited. When: January 28th, 2020. Location: Milton Public Library: Sherwood Branch, 6355 Main St. W., Milton.
Family Literacy Day – Monday January 27: Family Literacy Day takes place every January 27th to raise awareness about the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. Since 1999, thousands of schools, libraries, literacy organizations and other community groups have taken part in the initiative. ABC creates free learning and promotional resources for anyone that wants to get involved. Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child’s development, improving a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can help a parent improve their skills as well.
Appropriate Outdoor Wear: It is cold and windy outside in our playground! Please remember that it is that time of year when our weather changes drastically throughout the day. Layering is a great solution for our students to ensure that they have the proper wear. Don’t forget indoor shoes, boots, snow pants, gloves, and hats! Students are outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15°C. When temperatures range between -15°C to -20°C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20°C students must remain inside.
Inclement Weather Reminder: Please check out the HCDSB website for the Inclement Weather procedure & info on school emergency closures & bus cancellations. When we have inclement weather days, students will enter the gym at 8:50 am.
Parking lot- Before and After School: Please ensure that no cars are parked in the loop as buses need full access to the loop. This is especially hard during the winter months with the snow and slippery surfaces. Please ensure that you park your car in a parking spot (please don’t park in the reserved parking spots which require permit) and walk to pick up your children. Also please use the sidewalk at all times as they are salted rather than walking between buses. This is a great safety concern as sometimes bus drivers can’t see pedestrians or due to the winter conditions may not be able to stop abruptly. Please review these safety guidelines with your students if they are walkers.
Expected Uniform Attire: ISW is the uniform provider for our school board. Clothing from ISW is the expectation for students. Jogging pants and legging are not uniform items, unless used for gym classes. Please contact your child’s teacher or the office if you have any questions or if you need further information.
Morning Drop Off: Thank you to our parents for continuing to get your children to school in time to line up with their class at the 9:05 am bell. A warning bell rings at 9:00 am. Please remember that supervision does not begin until 8:50 am, therefore students should not be on the playground until that time. Thank you!
Promoting Well-Being – How to talk to your child when you feel there is a mental health concern: It can be challenging to talk about mental health. Sometimes parents, like others, avoid the conversation because they don’t know how to start or they worry that they might put thoughts into their child’s head that had not been there, and will therefore, make things worse. Research tells us that this is not the case. Bringing up worries, concerns, changes in behaviour etc. with your child will open the lines of communication rather than worsen the situation. Here are some tips to help you talk to your child about mental health:
Find a quiet time when you are unlikely to have interruptions to begin the conversation.
Reassure your child that they can tell you anything and you will not get angry with them (even if you get scared).
Start the conversation with describing changes you have noticed in their mood, behaviour, reactions etc. e.g., “I have noticed that you seem to be crying more.” If you have had conversations with your child’s teacher about concerns, include comments from the teacher’s observations.
Share that you “wonder” about how your child might be feeling, what they might be thinking, what they might be worried about etc. e.g., “I wonder if you’re feeling sad about losing your friendship with Sam.”
Allow your child time to reflect before they answer.
Stay calm and don’t abandon the conversation if your child responds with “Nothing is wrong……leave me alone”. If this happens, reassure your child that you are there for them. Give your child some time and then try again.
If your child tells you anything that makes you worried (e.g., thoughts of suicide, overwhelming anxiety, self-injurious behaviour like cutting) reassure your child that you are glad they told you and you will help them find the right professional to talk to, and you will be there for them throughout the journey.
Please see https://smho-smso.ca/ for more information.
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