March 2019 Newsletter

Posted March 5, 2019

March 2019

Principal’s Message

We have had some seriously weird weather lately! We have, however, continued to keep an active school with many opportunities for our students to engage. We are very much looking forward to our Colour House Winter Festival this Friday, March 8 from 11:00 – 12:30! The forecast looks to be on our side!

We are very grateful to the staff and parents who have supported extra-curriculars through February and January. When parents get involved, our children benefit! We are always looking for ideas to help enrich our children’s experiences. Thank you to those parents who have responded to Mrs. Grant’s letter regarding coming to school to teach us about your culture or language! Keep the responses coming! Have a great month and encourage your child to have an active and safe March Break!

Remember to engage your child when they come home and ask “What did you learn today?”

Ken Keesmaat                 Alan Gouk

Principal                          Vice Principal

From the Greening Team

Taylor Evans completed our annual waste audit at the end of February.  Although there are signs our school community is sorting our garbage into the correct bins (recycling, garbage, compost), evidence suggests we have a long way to go!  It is important to sort our garbage both at school and at home for appropriate disposal.  It is a great idea to have conversations at home to teach and encourage everyone in the home to properly sort.


Please see important things that are happening on our website at

March 7th – Dance-a-thon

March 8th  – Booster Juice Orders are due, Outdoor Winterfest from 11:00 – 12:30

March 19th – Suspensions for students whose Immunizations that are not up to date


Talking About Mental Health: March 2019

Random Acts of Kindness

Did you know that there are scientifically proven benefits of being kind! That’s right. Just the act of being kind has been shown to stimulate the same part of the brain as those who receive an act of kindness. The simple act of kindness can:


  • Reduce the stress hormone cortisol
  • Increase sense of positive mood and satisfaction
  • Help with physical health including lowering blood pressure
  • Increase sense of happiness
  • Increase feelings of “calm”
  • Improve the mood of somebody simply witnessing the act of kindness


Kindness is also something that is TEACHABLE.  Dr. Ritchie Davidson of the University of Wisconsin states that: “It’s kind of like weight training, we found that people can actually build up their compassion ‘muscle’ and respond to others’ suffering with care and a desire to help.”

As a family, you can:

  • Make a conscious effort to recognize and say something kind about each other or someone else
  • Give everyone in the family sticky notes to leave kindness notes to each other around the house
  • Challenge everyone to do a random act of kindness every day for a week and have dinner time discussion about what everybody did that day
  • Make an effort to identify and appreciate kindness that has been received

The weather may not be “playing nice” with us here in Southern Ontario these last weeks but we can still give our brain and our mental health a winter “boost”!  So go out and notice kindness, receive kindness and give kindness this month.

Jenny Marino, Mental Health Lead

Follow me on Instagram @ugdsb_mental_health


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