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Parent Weekly Update for Week of May 17th, 2021

Dress Loud Day

May is the Speech and Hearing month! On Friday, May 28, staff and students are encouraged to participate in Dress Loud Day to celebrate the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) community. We want to see your brightest, most sparkly, patterned LOUD outfits in your virtual classrooms. On this day, teachers will engage their class in discussions and activities about friendship, assistive technology, and communication to raise awareness about the DHH community. For more information, please go to:

https://www.voicefordeafkids.com/Dressloud

New to Canada Networking

Do not forget to register for our virtual meeting for Newcomers to Canada on June 2nd, at 6:30.  Please remember, this meeting is for parents and guardians who, themselves, were born outside Canada.  The purpose of this gathering is to provide Newcomers an opportunity to network with families in our St. Scholastica community who are also born outside Canada.  We will have representatives from HCDSB’s Welcome Centre as well as community service representatives in attendance.  There will also be people available to help with translations from English to your spoken language.  So that we may tailor the event to meet your needs, we are asking parents and guardians, who are planning to attend, to please answer a few questions by clicking on the following link: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=fas3Jb0likmmQnwTV3nm0gIJJowhZ4NFm5Nh3TYTkYdURENPVDBURjRSQllaQU43M1pWT1hSN1pCWi4u

Trivia Night

Your Catholic School Council has received a great deal of positive feedback regarding the last two trivia nights.  Catholic School Council is planning another evening on Thursday, May 27th at 6:30 PM.  The theme this time is School and Staff trivia.  The prizes for this Trivia Night are gift cards for Baskin Robbins!  A link for a Teams meet will be sent out on May 27th for the big event!! 

Climate Survey

Please refer to the email that was sent to you on May 12th regarding the Parent/Guardian 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.

The survey provides feedback to each school about the extent to which parents feel their school supports learning and positive behaviour, and promotes a safe and inclusive environment.

Some important notes about the parent survey:

  • The survey is completely voluntary.
  • You may skip any questions you do not wish to answer.
  • The survey is anonymous and confidential. Names will not be collected, and your responses will be securely stored by HCDSB Research and Development Services staff.
  • Results of this survey will be reported at the school-level and individual respondents will not be identified.  

Access the Survey Here! 

Parents are encouraged to access the School Climate Survey online by visiting: https://www.surveymonkey.ca/r/MZNKRVV

Student Summer Learning Programs (K-8)

Thomas Merton is running summer learning programs during the month of July for students in grades 6-8 in math and language.  The programs will be offered virtually and will be offered in two, two-week sessions (July5-16 & July 19-30).  The information that will be covered reinforces what has been taught this past school year (2020/2021).  You will receive more information from the board in the coming weeks.  Once you register, the application will be reviewed for approval by Mrs. Sweeney-Hurd.

For students in Kindergarten to Grade 8, there is an Indigenous Languages Program being offered. Please click on the following link for more information and registration:

https://merton.hcdsb.org/youth-programs/international-languages/

Mental Health Update

Naming how we feel is good for us on so many levels. Here are some tips for building your emotion-naming muscles:

Check in with yourself and come up with just the right words to describe what you are feeling.  Talk about your feelings.  We have them.  And normalizing talking about them is good for everyone.

Carve out time to practice. For instance, Dr. Marc Brackett suggests an exercise: watch a movie with a friend. Discuss what the hero was feeling. How did you feel during the movie? How did you feel when it ended?

Get beyond “pat” answers when someone asks you how you are. Don’t settle for saying “I’m fine” or “I’m ok.” Chances are, if you investigate a little, you will see you are feeling something more specific. Even if it’s “bored”. Bored is a feeling.

Social niceties aside, people may want to know how you really feel. So go ahead and make that assumption. #GetReal with them. Say it out loud, it will help you process it. Plus, sharing it will give the other person the chance to empathize and even help if you need them to.

You can build your emotional vocabulary by searching lists of emotion words on the Internet.

Write it down. When you express your feelings in writing, it can help you become more self-aware.

When your children are struggling with identifying how they feel, you can use your expanded vocabulary to help them express themselves. 

If your emotions are overwhelming, persistent and/or are interfering with your daily functioning, it is important to seek mental health support.

Canadian Mental Health Association

MacLennan, LisaParent Weekly Update for Week of May 17th, 2021