February 5th Update

posted Feb 7, 2021, 6:30 AM by Roisin Philippe
This message was previously sent out through school Messenger:

February 5th

We had a great first week back to In-School Learning! I think we are all exhausted but lots of smiles (you can tell by the eyes :-) as our school community, students and staff, reconnected. By visiting our School Webpage you can see pictures that have been posted on our twitter site. Just a few updates to share with you below:


February is Black History Month - This week, our daily announcements focused on the work that Michaelle Jean has done for our country as well as for the World. Ask your child if they remember some of the tidbits that we shared this week. Next week we will focus on another “local leader”. 

Apart from the learning that is taking place in the individual classrooms, we have also created a “moving board” with info that will be moved throughout the school every few days so that all students will be able to interact with the information being posted. 


Valentines and Upcoming Spirit Week - Unfortunately, we have been given instructions from OPH to not permit the distribution of Valentines at school this year. Instead, we have made LOVE our focus for next week! We have a few activities planned to show our LOVE for one another. Here is the plan for the week:


Monday: Love of Music - trivia activity planned

Tuesday: Love of The Outdoors - getting outside!

Wednesday: Love of the St George Community! - school colours!

Thursday: Love my hair! Fun Hair day!

Friday: Love of colours - wear your favourite colours, mix and match!


Mental Health - We continue to make this a top priority. The SMHO tool kit offers many great strategies which we are using with our students. There is a parent section as well that is well worth looking into. https://smho-smso.ca/parents-and-families/

 

As previously noted, if you continue to be concerned about your child’s mental health, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) offers various services to help those struggling with mental health concerns. To learn more about how to talk about mental health through a return to school, consult have THAT talk.

  • Please visit OPH’s Parenting in Ottawa mental health page for information about child and or youth mental health agencies. If you have a youth in crisis, contact the Youth Services 24/7 Crisis Line (24 hours a day/7 days a week) at 613-260-2360, if outside Ottawa toll-free 1-877-377-7775.

  • Students and families can also contact Kids Help Phone, which offers 24/7 counselling and referral services across the province. To use this free resource, children can call 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868

Other services include


If your child or youth does not seem to be improving and you are still concerned about his/her well-being, it may be time to reach out for additional support.  Contact your school Principal to learn about school mental health services such as  Counselling Connect or contact School Mental Health Ontario for free mental health services in our community. 


Love of Reading: Check out this link to virtual books through SORA


Reminder that there is no school on February 15th - Family Day!


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