“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” ~ Mother Teresa
International Holocaust Memorial Day- Jan. 27
Tomorrow, Monday, January 27th, the St. Mary 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.
Gr.6, 7 & 8 Ignite Program- Jan. 28
We are thrilled to offer this lunch time program-K4K Ignite Leadership Program. This program will take place starting on Tuesday, January 28 from Noon- 1 p.m. It will run for 5 consecutive weeks. The cost is $85 per child.
This program promotes mentorship and leadership development. Topics include: How the characteristics of a leader will build an impenetrable personal brand, anti-bullying strategies, social media and how it can affect your reputation and so much more. This program is recommended for all Gr.6- 8 children. Please see the registration form for more details.
Bell Let’s Talk Day- Jan. 29
St. Mary will be recognizing Bell Let’s Talk Day on Wednesday, January 29th to help create positive change and awareness for mental health. Students from grades 1-8 will be invited to participate in self-care activities which promote having a growth mindset.
We will be tweeting some fun photos throughout the day with “#BellLetsTalk” as Bell is generously donating 5 cents to mental health initiatives for every tweet. Be sure to look for examples of the important hands-on learning taking place in hopes to reduce the stigma and encourage our youth to talk
Spirit Day – Jan.30
We invite students and staff to participate in our upcoming Spirit day.
Thursday, January 30- Jersey Day- Non Uniform Day (Students and Staff are invited to wear their favourite Jersey to school).
Family S.T.E.M Night – Jan. 30
Parent Council is super excited for this weeks, Family STEM Night event Thursday January 30th. Doors will open at 6:30pm and activities will be available until 8:00pm. Highlights of the evening include:
– For the first time we are showcasing our very own Innovation Hub. Drop by for a mini tour and see what great technology our teachers and students have access to.
– Fun and collaborative STEM stations ranging in difficulty and created for all ages; as young as JK/SK and the “big kids” too!
– A TVO/mPower representative
This is the last week to order your STEM Kit(s) online. All orders must be placed through cash online and are due by January 29th. Orders will go home the week of February 17th. Please see the attached flyer for more details.
We look forward to seeing the 155 St. Mary community members that have registered. If you are would like to join us for this wonderful event, please complete the registration form and return it to your child’s teacher. See you Thursday night!
PA Day- Jan. 31
A friendly reminder to parents that this upcoming Friday, January 31st is a PA Day and there is NO school for students.
Pancake Tuesday- Feb. 25
Save the date – On Tuesday, February 25th our school will continue our wonderful tradition of preparing pancakes for the entire school. It takes many volunteers to make this wonderful tradition come about. If you would like to volunteer, please send an email to: stmaryCESvolunteers@gmail.com indicating your interest. Griddles, large bowls, spatulas, serving trays & extension cords are also needed for the day. If you are able volunteer these items for the day, please let us know.
March Break Basketball Camp- Mar.16-20
St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders are pleased to offer a Basketball for boys and girls ages 6-13 during March Break. Please see this flyer for more details and registration information.
Please check our school calendar found on our school website for upcoming events: https://elem.hcdsb.org/stmary/
St. Mary Tip
How to talk with your child when you feel concerned that they may be struggling with 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.
K. Dobbie & D. Comito