Thank you all for a wonderful Catholic Education Week and Mental Health Awareness week! A special Thank you to Ms. Silva (CYC) for supporting our staff, students and families with her awesome virtual bulletin board of resources. We will continue to integrate mental health awareness into our lessons throughout the school year to support our school community.
Please see below for some important updates and information items.
Happy Mother’s Day to all!
“The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the heart of a mother.” ~ St. Therese of Lisieux
Moving? Not Returning to St. Paul in September 2021?
- If you are aware that you will not be returning to St. Paul CES in September, please let the office know. We are starting preliminary planning for next year and having the most updated information is very helpful when we look at school organization.
Faith & Well-Being Resources:
Recognizing that the extension of remote learning will create additional burdens on our families and staff. Here is a list of supports for families to access during this difficult time:
- School Mental Health Ontario: www.smho-smso.ca.
- Kids Help Phone at 1 (800) 668-6868 or visit KidsHelpPhone.ca for 24/7 support.
- Faith & Well-Being Resources: https://learnathome.hcdsb.org/faith-well-being/
FRIDAY, MAY 21 – DRESS LOUD DAY!
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.
Free HCDSB 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.
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.
Burlington Public Library Initiatives:
The Burlington Public Library continues to offer a wide variety of fun programs and innovative services that help to promote learning and literacy for all ages. They even have a very special program called StoryWalk®. It is a fun and engaging opportunity for you to read a story and enjoy the outdoors at the same time! Pages of a book are posted along a trail, path, or in a park. Walk from sign to sign to read the story. Optional physical literacy and early literacy activities are included on each sign. StoryWalks are available to enjoy anytime; you do not need to register in advance or arrive at a specific time. Visit the BLP website for more information and locations: https://www.bpl.on.ca
Asian Heritage Month:
Asian Heritage Month has been celebrated across Canada since the 1990s. In May 2002, the Government of Canada signed an official declaration to designate May as Asian Heritage Month.
Over the last two centuries, immigrants have journeyed to Canada from East Asia, Southern Asia, Western and Southeast Asia, bringing our society a rich cultural heritage representing many languages, ethnicities and religious traditions.
This month, HCDSB recognizes the long and rich history of Asian Canadians and their contributions to the growth and prosperity of our country.
Join us as we celebrate Asian Heritage Month virtually with multiple activities and resources to enjoy at home with your family! Please see the flyer for more details.
Promoting Well-Being – 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
Have a great week. Stay safe!
N. Costa and the St. Paul Staff
Link to the meeting below…