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Weekly Update: May 10, 2021

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.”  

~ 1 Corinthians 13:13

Thank you to our students and staff for showcasing how they “Nurture Hope / Cultiver L’Esperance” during the past week, and to the parents that were able to join us.  It was such a  wonderful opportunity to express gratitude together/apart.

Thank you to the Walk With Jesus Committee for a beautiful welcome message and liturgy during our Catholic Education Week – view it here at https://youtu.be/7JvgBFogM24 if you missed it on Thursday!

Thank you parents for monitoring your child’s online presence especially during the school day. Students should not be on their phones or other electronics during the school day and lessons, just as we would expect at school.

Thank you to our families for your efforts to stay home and stay healthy so we can return to in person learning!

Family Kahoot Night – This Tuesday!

Calling all trivia buffs! On the evening of Tuesday May 11th, we will be holding our second Virtual Family Kahoot Night at 6:30 pm. A Microsoft Teams link will be sent out the afternoon of May 11th, which you will need in order to enter the Kahoot Night. Please also have a handheld device to play on. Prizes will be awarded once again for the top 3 families! We are looking forward to this community building event and hope to see you there! 

DRESS LOUD DAY!Friday May 14

May is Speech and Hearing Month and the Halton Chapter of VOICE for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children is launching their annual DRESS LOUD DAY!

Dress Loud is a school spirit day that encourages all participants to dress in their loudest, wackiest outfits to create awareness about the impact of hearing loss. Please click here – https://www.voicefordeafkids.com/Dressloud/ to visit the Voice for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children website for additional information and activities.

Cross Boundary Renewals for September 2021

Mrs. McCormick has mailed out cross boundary forms that need to be renewed for existing cross boundary students.  Due to privacy concerns, cross boundary renewal applications are filled in with personal information and should not be emailed back to us.

Completed forms will need to be mailed to St. Patrick School or dropped off at the main office between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. 

All NEW cross boundary applications will be reviewed by Superintendents at the beginning of June. Once a determination has been made a confirmation email will be sent to the parents.

Free Family Paint Nights

Our HCDSB Indigenous Education Advisor has organized three free on-line paint nights with Indigenous Artist Moses Lunham.  This is a wonderful way of engaging staff, parents, students and family members to come together in community, to be creative and learn more about Indigenous Art.  All information for the paint nights, pictures and supplies will be posted on the HCDSB webpage.

Each session will have a different theme based on the natural cycle of the environment.  All sessions will be on the HCDSB YouTube Channel from 6 pm – 8 pm.

  • Wednesday June 9th, 2021 – Strawberry being the First Fruit of the Season

Moses Lunham will provide step-by-step instructions, provide encouragement and has agreed to leave the live video up for a period of one week between each session. 

Remote Learning Expectations

As the weather outside starts to improve, we wanted to remind parents and students of the expectations we have with respect to remote learning.  Students should be reminded that work must continue to be completed and submitted for feedback/assessment, just as it was during our time together in-person.  Wherever possible, we recommend that students find a quiet and comfortable workspace.  A table, countertop or desk is more conducive for a live learning session than a bed or couch.  We also ask that our students remember to mute their microphones unless they are sharing something with the  class, that they use the “Hand Up” feature if they would like to share something or ask a question and that the chat box only be used to engage in discussion/ask questions about the topic.  Thank you for your help with this!

Mental Health for All Children and Youth

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.
  • Just as with physical health, no one goes through life without some mental health problems. This is as true in childhood and adolescence as it is in adulthood.
  • 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 supports 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.
  • “Sometimes you just can tell that something is not right.”

~https://www.sickkidscmh.ca

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