If we lose our memory, we destroy the future. The anniversary of the indescribable cruelty humanity discovered 75 years ago is a call to stop, be silent and make memory. We need this to not become indifferent. – Pope Francis
We need to remember the Holocaust to not become indifferent. The year 2020 marks 75 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. It is a date calling for pause and reflection. On Monday, January 27, 2020 our grade 8 students will lead our school in a prayer service to to honour the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.
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. With the support of our Child and Youth Counsellor, Mrs. Misner, our staff will lead our students in age-appropriate conversations about mental health and well-being during Bell Lets Talk Day on Thursday, January 29, 2020. When it comes to mental health, every action counts. Please click on the logo below to learn how to help end the stigma around mental illness and create positive change.
Our school board’s mental health team will be providing parents with a monthly mental health tip. You can access this month’s tip here: January Mental Health Tip
Research in child development tells us that our young ones live a much more ‘hurried life’ than ever before. The resulting anxiety can stand in the way of our children reaching their true potential and, in their ability to learn at school. In order to allow children the opportunity to calmly begin their instructional day, and to support their social, emotional, and academic well-being, it is important to arrive at school well before the bell.
When students arrive late, they miss the opportunity to join their peers as they socialize and prepare for the day ahead. Lining up, greeting the teacher, learning of the day’s expectations, participating in prayer and opening exercises, and getting a head start on schoolwork are opportunities for growth and skill development. Being present during these activities encourages students to feel that they truly belong to their classroom and to the school. Being absent from them has the potential to create anxiety within our children as they hurry to catch up with their peers.
Teaching our children to be organized and ready to attend school on time is a treasured life skill that will reduce their anxiety and assist their daily development.
Finding the right services for your family can be challenging. These links can help you find the information and services you are looking for in your community.
- Where to Get Help in Halton is a guide to community services in Halton.
- Halton Multicultural Council is a community-based settlement agency that provides a variety of programs and services to immigrant and refugee communities.
- ROCK (Reach Out Centre for Kids) provides multi-disciplinary mental health services for children, youth and families.
- Our Kids Network is a Halton-wide partnership of organizations and agencies serving children and youth. Visit the website to find out more about Halton neighbourhood data, local services and events in the Halton community.
- Dial 311 from any telephone to access information about Halton government services including consultation with a Public Health Nurse.
Our calendar for the week of January 27, 2020 is below:
Millions of Canadians, including leading personalities, engaged in an open discussion about mental illness, offering new ideas and hope for those who struggle, with numbers growing every year.
Our grade 8 students will participate in workshops and a youth rally led by St. Jerome’s University. Mass will be celebrated by Fr. David Walter of Holy Cross Church and Fr. Mark Sullivan of St. Joseph Church in Acton.