“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” St. Teresa of Calcutta
Dear HRM Parents and Guardians,
Thank you for your support with our first HRM Indigo Family and Friends Night- special thanks to Mrs. Cutrara for organizing this great event. Please note that you can continue to support our school by placing your online Indigo purchases through this link which is active for the rest of the school year https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1mQgi1YHMj95iiTevW-z4DfZ4oLx2xYHmK0eUJ4dAUHo/edit?usp=sharing
Thank you for your continued support to ensure the COVID guidelines are followed.
Thank you Mlle. Jankowski for all of your hard work and dedication- YOU will be missed! We wish you the best in your next endeavour.
Thank you to our amazing Student Parliament members, Ms. Helston, and Ms. Holding for facilitating Equity walks in our school.
Daily Self-Assessment of COVID-19 Symptoms: Staff are to monitor self and students for signs/symptoms of COVID-19. All Staff and students who are experiencing new or worsening symptoms consistent with COVID- 19 must go home/stay at home and seek appropriate medical attention as required, including getting tested for COVID-19. Take the October 1st Update – COVID-19 Screening Tool for Children and follow the recommendations shared with the new changes highlighted.
HRM Christmas Events:
HRM Purdy’s Fundraiser– HOLY ROSARY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS 2020 is fundraising with Purdys Chocolatier, just in time for Christmas! If you’d like to support us through purchasing some very sweet Christmas gifts for friends, family and yourself, please click the link below: https://fundraising.purdys.com/1233448-80045 After you’ve signed in you can buy our amazing chocolates or invite others to join and support our Fundraising Campaign. Our goal for the school is $1000 worth of orders so we may qualify, otherwise all orders will be cancelled. All orders must be in by November 25th.
HRM Angel Tree: Please access the online catalogue to access the angels for the Angel Tree. Big thanks to Mrs. Cutrara for creating this. We ask for all gifts to be returned to school by Friday December 4th. https://read.bookcreator.com/aYIzLsCkiyRlwr5hNl2akl9n4Hm2/tXG0ldLPQwmiw6UWD5rUCA
The Amazing Fundraiser:
HRM Masks & Lanyards: All HRM Masks and Lanyards continue to be on sale through Cash Online for $10 each c00329f0-fda8-4bd9-ab21-5e158107551f.JPG e01c85c8-9f2f-4ae9-bc68-9f3ba051e4a9.JPG HOLY-ROSARY-FACE-MASK-PROOF-2020.png
We are very excited for our HRM Virtual Christmas Night with Santa on Thursday December 3 and for our HRM Virtual Christmas Concert on Wednesday December 16, 2020.
HRM Scholastic Virtual Bookfair:
HRM Teacher-Parents Interviews: We look forward to virtually meeting with all of our amazing families on the evening of Thursday November 26 and during the day on Friday November 27. Please use the links provided by your child’s teacher to access your interview. Friendly reminder: Friday is a PA day for our students.
Promoting Well-Being: Mind Power: Tips for Students Mental Health
“Sadness and anxiety and other difficult emotional experiences are part of the human experience — we can’t avoid these emotions,” says Lewis. “Students feel isolated if they think they shouldn’t be struggling. What they need to do is figure out how to take care of themselves when they struggle.”
Here’s what can help
1. Remember the basics: Get enough sleep, eat well and exercise regularly. Sounds simple, right? “Good mental health is built on top of these basic habits — when one goes it can put everything else in jeopardy,” says Dr. Meghan Davis, a Hamilton family physician. She adds that parents who model these positive self-care strategies can influence their kids to do the same.
2. Focus on the positive: According to Davis, we’ve inherited a negative bias that dates from prehistoric days when we were wired to be alert for danger in order to survive. “That’s why we need to work on rewiring the brain to see the positives,” she says. “It’s important for students to find things that turn off their fight or flight reaction and turn on their rest and repair reaction.” One of the best ways to maintain a positive attitude is with a gratitude practice — for example, writing down three things you are thankful for every day. Another is acts of kindness. “It can be as simple as cleaning up after a mess,” she says.
3. Use an agenda to stay on track: Daily to-do lists in her agenda help Boaventura prioritize what needs to get done. “It prevents me from being overwhelmed,” she says. Lewis adds that it’s important to schedule downtime.
4. Watch for warning signs: “When all this came crashing down, I was blown away. I didn’t see the signs at the time, but they were there,” says Denise of her daughter’s mental health challenges that began in Grade 12. In retrospect she noticed Jessica going out less frequently with friends, not sleeping well and taking less care with her appearance.
5. Consider how you communicate: “Sometimes parents want to jump in and try to fix things, but often the more powerful thing is just listening,” says Lewis. “Ask the student what’s it like for them, how does the stress impact them, whether it gets in the way of sleeping or socializing, and how you can work together to help them manage stress.”
6. Build healthy habits: Studies show the more time young people spend on social media the greater their chances of depression. If you are on social media all the time it can lead to comparisons that make you unhappy,” says Dr. Davis. “Your life is made up of what you pay attention to, so choose wisely,”
7. Talk openly about mental health issues: “Stigma and shame still play a huge role — if mental health issues aren’t discussed openly, it stifles any thought students might have of coming forward,” says Lewis. “Parents can learn to communicate with their kids in such a way as to allow these kinds of conversations to happen.”
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Wishing you a great weekend – the Staff of Holy Rosary-Milton CES