Monday Message – Week of December 17, 2018

Posted December 17, 2018

Thank you to those of you who visited our school for our Holiday Christmas Concert. We had a full house! Thank you to our performers, our student MCs (Hannah, Avery and Sarah), Mr. Kennedy and our tech crew, to Mrs. Runciman, our volunteer piano accompanist, to Mrs. Marshall and her class for working on the set and to Mme Gawthroupe for all of her time, support and dedication. And a special thank you to Mrs. Stevenson for all of her hard work putting this concert together.

Spirit Week (for the remainder of the week) – Tuesday – Green and Red Day; Wednesday – Sparkles Day; Thursday – Jersey Day; Friday – PJ Day.

Lost and found – We have several items that have accumulated in our Lost and Found since September. These items are laid out on a table in our front foyer to the right of the main office door. Come and take a look to see if you can recoup any lost items. Unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity at the end of this week.

Volunteers for food days – Our School Council is looking for volunteers to help out with the distribution of food on our various lunch days (Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays) at 12:30 p.m. Please message our School Council via their Remind app or at [email protected] to offer up a helping hand if you’re available.

Field condition – The snow that fell last week has since melted and then frozen. The condition of our field is once again treacherous. It is closed to students at all times until further notice. Please use caution if this is your path to and from school.

School Cash online – A reminder… if you have not already done so, to sign up for school cash online. There is a link at the bottom of our website (www.ugdsb.ca/montgomery). It is the preferred (and in many cases, only) way to pay for many of our food day options.

Holiday wishes – The school is closed over the holiday season from Monday, December 24, 2018 until Friday, January 4, 2019 (when did THAT happen?!?!). On behalf of all of us here at Montgomery Village, I would like to extend from our ‘family’ to yours, a Merry Christmas, a happy Holiday season and a healthy start to 2019.

Peter LeBlanc
Principal

Talking About Mental Health – Getting Outdoors
By Jenny Marino

Did you know that taking a 20 minute walk can boost your memory and brain power? Getting outside reduces stress, improves sleep and creates feelings of liveliness and energy. Even in the cold weather it is important to find time to get outdoors – even if just for brief amounts of time.

If you want your family:
To be less stressed
To be happier
To be more resilient
To feel better about themselves
To have increased attention
To have a better ability to learn

Then GO OUTSIDE! Take your kids outside! Enjoy and be part of nature.

One study showed that even 5 minutes in nature improves our mood. 5 minutes! We all can take 5 minutes (or more if have it) to go outside and enjoy nature.

Go for a walk or a ski or a skate or a run. Head for the woods. Go birdwatching. Follow tracks in the snow. Watch the sunrise or the sunset. Watch the clouds drift by. Visit a river or lake or pond. Listen for all the sounds of nature. Take in the smells. Notice all the colours and textures. Notice the light as the days get longer.

If you are not sure where to go, check out the links below for lots of great parks in the Upper Grand area.
http://guelph.ca/living/recreation/parks/
http://www.wellington.ca/en/discover/trailsandforests.asp?hdnContent=
https://www.grandriver.ca/en/grand-river-parks.aspx
http://headwaters.ca/experience/parks-conservation-areas/
https://www.uoguelph.ca/arboretum/

Have a mentally healthy 2019
Jenny Marino is the Mental Health Lead for the Upper Grand District School Board.
Follow me on Instagram #ugdsb_mental_health

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