Weekly update Oct 6th

Posted October 9, 2023

Happy Friday! Here are some updates for this month:

Halloween Oct 31st: Our school will be celebrating Halloween and students are welcome to wear a costume or black and orange. We ask that parents carefully consider the costumes their children wear to school. If students choose to wear a costume they should come to school wearing it. Please have regular clothes available for your child, as they may need to change out of their costumes part way through the day. Class specific activities may be communicated by your child’s teacher.

Accessories (ie. Masks and replica weapons) are to stay home

A reminder that costumes should not be extremely scary as we have young students who may be frightened

If your child does not participate in Halloween please inform their teacher and there will be alternate activities available.

Costumes:  It is our responsibility to ensure that school community members avoid using identities and cultures as costumes. This includes appropriative costumes/cultural stereotypes (i.e. cultural garments), body-shaming and objectifying costumes. Such costumes perpetuate stereotypes and can cause harm that can further marginalize and oppress community members.


Is your child struggling with attending school? We are here to help! Throughout the month of October il we will be sharing tips and strategies with parents/guardians to help encourage regular school attendance.

This week, we are going to focus on strategies around attitudes and beliefs – try some of these tips at home!

  1. Keep in mind that attendance issues can quickly escalate.  Parents/guardians need to intervene and reach out for support as early as possible before it becomes the norm.
  2. Keep the expectation in your home of attending school and staying all day.  Don’t give up. Even if your child is anxious about school, ensure the expectation of regular attendance doesn’t change.  Work with the issue, not around it.
  3. Talk to your child to find out what is behind them not wanting to go to school.  Anxiety can show up in a lot of ways and one of them can be not wanting to go to school. Encourage your child to talk back to their anxiety!  Tell themselves they can do it!
  4. Ask questions about your child’s worries about school.  Although you know your child well, try not to assume you know the answers.  Keep an open mind. Validate your child’s concerns.
  5. If your child is having difficulty with attendance try setting a goal with them such as if they attend for a certain amount of time, they can have a special treat or do a special activity.

For more information, please visit the UGDSB website:https://www.ugdsb.ca/parents/student-attendance-at-school-tips-and-strategies-for-families/

Professional Activity Day Description: October 27, 2023

Length: Full Day

Topic 1: AM – Workplace Violence Prevention Training

Presenter(s)/Facilitator(s): School Administrators and Online Modules

Description: Staff will spend the morning completing mandatory Workplace Violence Prevention Training on the board’s Online Learning Platform. This is self-directed learning made of online modules for staff to work through independently.

Topic 2: PM – Progress Reports

Presenter(s)/Facilitator(s): Independent / Individual

Description: Staff will be engaged in evaluating assessments to develop and prepare Progress Reports for distribution to students and families in November.


Did you know that over 10% of children have a communication disorder? A new resource for parents has been added to your school website. Parents of children who have a persistent difficulty in speaking, listening, reading and/or writing will find helpful information and strategies to support their child.  www.ugdsb.ca/clsparents

Have a wonderful and enjoyable Thanksgiving long weekend with your family!


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