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School Update – May 17-21, 2021

“The way we see the world, shapes the way we treat it” ~ David Suzuki

FAITH AND WELL-BEING

Recognizing that the extension of remote learning can create additional burdens on our families and staff.  Together we can persevere and overcome any obstacles. Thank you to essential works, families, community members, staff and students for everything.

Here is a list of supports for families to access during this difficult time: 

Family Wellness Night – Save the Date

The MTClife program is based on an old African proverb which states: If someone hears, they will forget. If someone writes, they’ll remember. However, if someone does, they’ll understand. The students have had the please to work with Miguel during the month of May and we are ending our sessions with a Family Night on Thursday, May 27th @ 7 pm. Details regarding the event will be emailed to families closer to the date.

Moving

If you are moving within the end of this school year or know that you will be moving prior to the start of the next school year, please contact our office to let us know which School and School Board your child(ren) will be attending and their start date. 

SCHOOL CLIMATE SURVEY

School Climate Surveys are conducted every two years to gather information from parents, students, and staff to help us create and sustain safe and welcoming schools. All parents in our school community are invited to complete the School Climate Parent Survey. The survey will be available online from May 10, 2021, through May 24, 2021. Parents are encouraged to check their email inbox, as they would have received an email invitation to complete the survey online.  This voluntary survey is completely confidential, and respondents will remain anonymous. The survey asks parents to share their thoughts on their child(ren)’s school environment.

If you have any questions or you would like more information about the survey, please contact the Research and Development Services at research@hcdsb.org. We value your input and greatly appreciate your support.

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What is meant by “child and adolescent mental health”?

The term “child and adolescent mental health” refers to the social, emotional, and behavioural well-being of children and adolescents, and is considered an integral part of healthy development. Many such problems are a normal part of life. For the most part, we learn and grow from them. For children and adolescents, however, adult awareness, sensitivity, and guidance often are very important to help them to learn and grow from such problems.

For some children and adolescents, the problems are serious enough that support and guidance from the main adults in their lives (e.g., parents and teachers) are not sufficient, and specialized assistance is needed. Without such assistance, the problems can cause much stress and heartache to the children and adolescents, as well as to their families, their teachers, and the community. In addition, such problems can lead to even more serious mental health problems in adulthood.

What can parents do?

  • The daily activities of parents and families, as well as parents’ positive relationships with their children and adolescents, actively promote the mental health of their children and adolescents.
  • Parents’ roles and relationships impact children and adolescents’ feelings of self-worth, dignity, identity, and belonging. Through interactions with their children and adolescents, parents are in a unique position to strengthen these important elements of mental health.
  • Parents also are in an excellent position to observe mood changes or behaviours that seem excessive or unusual, perhaps lasting longer than average, which could indicate a mental health problem requiring consultation and intervention.

~https://www.sickkidscmh.ca

Snyder, SoniaSchool Update – May 17-21, 2021