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Student Mental Health and Addictions Newsletter December 2021
The ABCs of Mental Health: A focus upon Bridge & Connection
In this Newsletter, we continue our focus on the ABCs of Mental Health framework with a closer look at B-Bridge and C- Connect both at school and at home.
Acknowledge, Bridge and Connect are interrelated and work one with the other. Acknowledgehelps us center and validate the lived experiences and realities of students, staff and families. In our previous Newsletter, we noted that acknowledging lived experiences and realities is the beginning, but is not enough. In this effort, Bridgeand Connection aid us in creating learning environments where growth and healing can occur. As we continue to navigate COVID-19, these are important now more than ever.
B- Bridge Bridging centers on the fact that your children/our students, staff and families possess personal, cultural and community assets and strengths. When we all learn about these assets and strengths, we can better build meaningful and affirming connections and enhance growth, healing, and shape student/family support opportunities. When we Bridge, we honour and value varying ways of knowing, being and doing in the world. Children and families are seen as the experts in their lives. Their interests, assets, unique beliefs, traditions, experiences and strengths are valued, respected and reflected in the learning environment. Beyond this, when we Bridge, we affirm that families and communities are essential and valuable allies.
C- Connect Connect encourages us to build connections based on the strengths, assets and interests shared by our students, staff and families. Establishing positive connections is vital and fundamental to the experience of mattering and belonging. This is equally important both at school and at home. Caring is at the core of forming positive connections and relationships. We consider the difference between “caring for” and “caring about.” Geneva Gay invites us to consider, “while ‘caring about’ conveys feelings of concern for one’s state of being, ‘caring for’ is active engagement in doing something to positively affect it.” Caring for encompasses a combination of concern, compassion, commitment, responsibility, and action. When we engage in the action of caring for one another, the outcome is a sense of mattering and belonging. It tells our children /students, staff and families that:
- I belong here
- I matter here
- I am valued here
- I am cared for here
Connection and relationships must be cultivated, and care must be actioned. By this, we mean relationships require attention, intention, and ongoing effort. Care must be seen and felt.
We invite you to consider and do One Small Thing that demonstrates caring for someone. “A simple call to a friend brightens someone’s day – it’s a small thing.” -YRDSB Student.
YRDSB Mental Health acknowledges the importance of cultivating positive relationships and building community not only with students and staff but with families and community members. We understand that to best support students and strengthen our school board’s mental health supports; we must listen, learn from, and collaborate with families and community members. In this effort, we have created a feedback formas a starting point to hear your voice as parents and caregivers and learn how we can shape and improve supports and resources that enhance students’ mental health and wellbeing.
We look forward to creating pathways for caring connections and meaningful relationships with parents, caregivers, and families. Share your voice by using this feedback form, and let’s pave the path forward together.
What are students saying about the ABCs of Mental Health? Have a look at this Video. To learn more about the ABC Framework & lesson series, please visit YRDSB ABCs
We invite you to consider the followingfree seminar focused on Connection:
Getting Teenagers Connected – Help your teenager develop good, supportive friendships. You’ll learn ways to build their confidence, encourage social skills, help them to plan and meet commitments and encourage them to take care of others. Click here to register.
The link below is dedicated to supporting student mental health. Resources for students, parents/guardians, and community resources are listed. Please consider taking some time to familiarize yourself with the Mental Health and Community Supports. Continue to check out the YRDSB website for updated information as well as the Twitter accounts @YRDSB and @YRDSB_SS.
Patricia Marra-Stapleton, M.Sc., C. Psych. Assoc. Mental Health Lead patricia.marra-stapleton@corybarlow123
Hoshana Calliste, MSW, RSWAssistant Coordinator of Mental Health email@example.com
Dear Wilshire E.S. Families,
We are so excited that the Scholastic Book Fair is open!
November 12-19 (online) & November 16-18 (in person for students)
We are so excited to announce a special opportunity, just for our school!
A select number of Canadian authors have generously offered to donate signed bookplates for any of their books that are purchased from our book fair!
Anyone purchasing the Hockey Super Six series, will receive a bookplate from Kevin Sylvester. Click here to purchase Hockey Super Six books.
Anyone who purchases Like a Duck, By Deborah Kerbel.
Anyone who purchases the book, Traitors Among Us, by Marsha Skrypuch.
Anyone who purchases books by Lorna S. Nicholson. Check out the Amazing Hockey Stories series! Titles include: P.K. Subban, Mitch Marner, Alex Ovechkin & Hayley Wickenheiser.
Should you purchase any of these titles at our virtual fair, please email Mrs. Byrne at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any of these specific titles bought at our in person fair will be tracked at school.
Please visit our school’s Virtual Book Fair Extension site using this link or scan the QR code below:
A reminder that if you are sending money to school with your child, please make every effort to send exact change in order to minimize money handling, and in a baggie labelled with your child’s name.
We thank you in advance for your cooperation!
On Thursday November 11th, 2021, our students and staff came together virtually for a moving and inspirational assembly for Remembrance Day. The videos, tributes, and presentations, with the themes of peace, hope and bravery, helped us all to understand the significance of the day and honour our veterans. Thank you to Ms. Byrne for all of her efforts preparing our Remembrance Day assembly, and to Ms. Pintzov’s Gr. 6/7 class for hosting the virtual time together.
Progress Reports will be coming home with students the week of November 15th, 2021 through your child’s GAPPs account. Please take time to review the report with your child, celebrate successes and make a plan for some next steps.
Parent Teacher Virtual Conferences will be held on either Thursday, November 18th after school or during the morning of Friday, November 19th. This is a wonderful opportunity for families to learn more about the progress of their child, and to work together to support their learning. The deadline for booking a conference on-line through Edsby is today, Friday November 12th, at 11:59 p.m. On November 16th families will receive a virtual link and information for accessing the virtual conferences from their child’s homeroom teacher. As a reminder, there is no school for students on Friday, November 19th, 2021.
If you miss the online sign-up opportunity or do not have an Edsby Account, please contact the office or your child’s teacher to set up an interview. If you have any questions about this process, please contact our main office at (905) 889-6767.
We hope everyone enjoy a wonderful weekend!
Dear Wilshire Families,
We are so excited to be bringing the Scholastic Book Fair back to our school!
Our school’s Scholastic Book Fair starts next week! It will be open from:
November 12-19 (online) & November 16-18 (in person for students)
Your investment in your reader also helps our whole school. All purchases earn Rewards that can be redeemed for books and Education Resources for our school’s classrooms and library.
Only students will be permitted to visit the Book Fair with safety protocols in place. For parents, family and friends that cannot enter our school, don’t forget to visit our Virtual Book Fair Extension! Orders will ship to our school for free!
Beginning November 12, visit our school’s Virtual Book Fair Extension site using this link:
Your child will have the chance to preview our Book Fair with his/her class and will be coming home with a flyer and a wish list that they will have filled out at the fair. In order to minimize handling of money, please try to send exact change with your child if he/she wishes to purchase items in person.
Thank you for your support!
Every year on November 11th, Canadians pause in a moment of silence to remember the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace. We honour those who fought for Canada in the First World War (1914-1918), the Second World War (1939-1945), and the Korean War (1950-1953), as well as those who have served since then. More than 1,500,000 Canadians have served our country in this way, and more than 100,000 have died. They gave their lives and their futures so that we may live in peace.
By remembering their service and their sacrifice, we recognize the tradition of freedom these men and women fought to preserve. They believed that their actions in the present would make a significant difference for the future, but it is up to us to ensure that their dream of peace is realized. On Remembrance Day, we acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of those who served their country and acknowledge our responsibility to work for the peace they fought hard to achieve.
The students and staff at Wilshire ES will observe Remembrance Day on Thursday November 11 with a virtual assembly.
Turn Back Your Clocks!
Please be sure to ‘Fall Back’ this weekend. All clocks should be moved back ONE HOUR before bed on Saturday, November 6th. This is also a great time to check the batteries in your smoke detector!
Virtual Evening for Parents with Paul Davis: Social Networking and Online Safety on Wednesday.
We look forward to sharing with you your child’s progress report on the week of November 15th. The purpose of the Elementary Progress Report Card is to communicate your child’s progress towards the achievement of the curriculum expectations since the beginning of the school year.
For this report card, teachers use a rating scale instead of letter grades or percentage marks. The rating scale is as follows:
- Progressing Very Well
- Progressing Well
- Progressing With Difficulty
Teachers will also write personalized comments that indicate what has been learned, the student’s strengths, and next steps that home and school can collaboratively work on to improve student learning.
The Progress report will:
- tell you how well your child is developing the learning skills and work habits we know are essential for success
- report on all academic subjects – such as language, math, social studies, science and technology– but instead of assigning a grade or mark, it will tell you how well your child is progressing: “very well”, “well” or “with difficulty”.
- highlights strengths and areas to improve before evaluations are completed
Parent Teacher Interviews
Thank you to all the Wilshire families who have already booked an appointment for your child(ren)’s Parent Teacher Interview on Thursday, November 18 and Friday, November 19. Invitations were sent out via EDSBY on Tuesday morning (November 2nd). Please feel free to contact your child(ren)’s teacher or the office if you need help.
Picture Day! REMINDER
The YRDSB has approved school photos to take place in our schools. Please save the date of December 8, 2021. Further details will be provided closer to Photo Day.
Dress for the Weather
The colder weather has arrived! Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather each day. Daily outdoor activities and recesses are part of the regular school day, and we want to ensure that all students can participate comfortably.
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions: Student Absences
Please see the YRDSB link above for answers to frequently asked questions, such as the one below!
If a face to face learner is absent during the school year, would they move to remote learning for the time they are away (self-isolation/quarantine, illness, vacation)?
- Absences due to COVID-19 related issues (e.g,.confirmed case, close contact)
- Parents/guardians inform the school’s main office why the student will be absent
- Students are to be accommodated with remote learning as soon as possible.
- If the class is already hybrid, then students may access remote learning as soon as possible.
- If the class is not hybrid, the class will move to hybrid as soon as possible. As this may take up to 48 hours, the student can be supported through regular classroom/school practice which may include the Google Classroom during this time
- Absences due to short-term illness (unrelated to COVID-19)
- Parents/guardians inform the school’s main office why the student is going to be absent
- Students are marked absent with the appropriate reason code.
- The student may access the class’s Google Classroom, however the student is marked absent.
- Absences due to long-term illness (unrelated to COVID-19)
- Families should communicate with the school principal to discuss long-term absences.
- Appropriate medical documentation should be provided by a regulated health professional.
- Absences due to vacation
- Learning model changes are not intended for the purpose of vacation or any other reasons where the family has control of the schedule.
- Remote learning is not intended to provide temporary education while students are on vacation
Happy Diwali to all who celebrated yesterday! We hope your family had a wonderful celebration!
Have a lovely weekend.
To all our Wilshire families and staff who celebrate Diwali, may happiness and blessings come to your steps. We wish you a bright future filled with hope and love.
November Family Challenge
During November, we are encouraging our students, staff and families to try something new! Learning something new or starting an activity is great for our wellbeing. Keeping our brains active is not only good for us physically but it can help you feel you are flourishing as you see yourself make progress with a new skill, or just make you smile as you make a mess and decide to start again. This month’s calendar is full of ideas to help you decide what to try next.
Holocaust Education Week November 1 – 8th
Over the next week, we are sharing stories of survival, hope and love. We remember those who died by sharing the stories of those who survived. We will be learning of the courage and bravery while dispelling myths and misinformation that fuel antisemitism and hatred. Together, we will secure the legacy of the Holocaust and ensure that our society remains an inclusive and respectful place for all Canadians.
Treaty Week – November 1 – 7th.
This year Treaties Recognition Week honours the importance of treaties and helps students and residents of Ontario learn more about treaty rights and relationships. By learning more about our collective treaty rights and obligations, we can create greater understanding and nurture relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. We are able to learn on the land Wilshire ES is built because of a treaty. This week, we will continue our learning together.
Our families have voted and we wish to congratulate our top three winners of the Wilshire School Council’s Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Thank you to all our students and families for their creativity. Thank you to our School Council for organizing such a fun event.
1st Place: “Haunted House” by Matthew
2nd Place: “Spooky Face” by Arvin & Aran
3rd Place: “Skeleton by Gabriel
Families will be receiving a gift card for Uber Eats and an Itunes Movie!