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School Weekly Update January 27, 2020

One goal for each day: to convey the tenderness of Christ to those who are most in need. ~Pope Francis

Family Literacy Day

Family Literacy Day, held annually on January 27th, was developed by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 to celebrate adults and children reading and learning together, and to encourage Canadian families to spend at least 20 minutes a day enjoying a learning activity together. We encourage everyone to curl up and enjoy some family reading on Monday, January 27th!

International Holocaust Memorial Day

On Monday, January 27th, the St. Elizabeth Seton School Community, together with our HCDSB, will recognize and participate in the International Holocaust Memorial Day commemorating the tragedy of the Holocaust that occurred during the Second World War. Through prayer and activities, we aim to raise awareness and explore the voice and perspectives of Holocaust survivors.

Bell Let’s Talk Day

Mental health affects all of us. This Wednesday, January 29th, we invite every member of St. Elizabeth Seton school community to join the conversation towards improving access to mental health care, supports and services for people in Canada. Let’s continue to work together to end the stigma and promote positive mental health and well-being for all.

Catholic School Council Meeting

There will be a Catholic School Council Meeting on Wednesday, January 29th in the Library Learning Commons at 6:30 pm. All are welcome to attend!

PA Day – No School Friday

Please remember that there is no school on Friday, January 31.

Egg Carton Collection

We have already collected about 100 egg cartons for a future “eggciting” makerspace creation in the Library Learning Commons, but we are seeking at least another 100.  Please send in clean egg cartons with your children instead of putting them in your green bin. You can drop them off in the office. We are grateful to Mrs. Bisbee for all the amazing inquiry and engagement opportunities she plans for our students and school community!

Promoting Well-Being

Tips for Talking 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 by 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.

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Elementary PrincipalSchool Weekly Update January 27, 2020