April Newsletter 2019
We have had a hectic March in terms of learning and in terms of weather. Mr. Gouk and I have been doing our blue sky dances on a nightly basis.
We would like to thank the School Council for running the dance-a-thon in March! We raised $3300 to support Math and Literacy resources (like books for the home reading program), as well as field trips. Mrs. Perrett and Mrs. Hasson’s class were the winners of a pizza lunch for raising the most money!
Please be sure to check the school calendar and the dates below for Special Events. The staff and School Council are working hard to provide meaningful experiences for you and our children in April. We are always amazed at all of the effort our family puts in! It takes a village!
Ken Keesmaat Alan Gouk
Principal Vice Principal
Friday April 5th – PA Day – NO SCHOOL!
April 16th – Junior Hockey Tournament
April 17th – JK/SK Vision Screening, DRESS WACKY DAY
April 18th – Family movie night – “How to Train Your Dragon”
April 19th – Good Friday – no School
April 22nd – Easter Monday – No school (Earth Day)
April 24th – Administrative Professionals Day
April 25th – Custodial Appreciation Day
April 25th – Intermediate Badminton Tournament
April 26th – Colour House Greening and planting Day
April 30th – 6pm – Parent night for Social Media and Wellness
Please see important things that are happening on our website at https://www.ugdsb.ca/tevans/calendar/monthly/
Parent night – Social Media and Wellness
School Council is hosting a Parent Info Night on Social Media & Wellness which emphasizes achieving balance with Mental Health and less screen time . Recognized educator, Chris Vollum (https://cmvsocialmedia.com/about/ ) is the presenter. Translators for Punjabi, Vietnamese & Cantonese will be here too!
Please call/email to register for child care. . 519 766-4544 ext 223 or [email protected] Refreshments provided. Doors open at 6pm
Presentation begins 6:30pm
Monthly environmental activities to help celebrate our planet
April 22nd is Earth Day!
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein
Celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd!
Founded in 1990, Earth Day Canada inspires people of all ages across the country to connect with nature and build resilient communities as well as foster an intrinsically motivated, enduring commitment to stewardship and conservation. https://earthday.ca/about/
Earth Day 2019 Theme: Protect our Species
All living things have an intrinsic value, and each plays a unique role in the complex web of life. We must work together to protect endangered and threatened species. Go to https://earthday.org for some quick facts on the current wave of extinction and additional information about this problem.
Ideas for your family to celebrate Earth Day:
- Review last year’s Earth Day Theme on ending plastic pollution, as this important work continues. Make a pledge to always carry a reusable shopping bag, use alternates to Ziploc bags, buy in bulk, refuse to buy-over packaged products and make litter-less lunches. Download your Plastic Pollution Primer to learn more about this problem help End Plastic Pollution! https://www.earthday.org/yourjourney2018/
- Spend a day outside. In the garden with your family, plant vegetables, trees or native flowers and attract native animals and pollinators. Or join a local community event to help clean your neighbourhood or restore local plant life.
- Make commitments to cut down on your energy usage as well as waste. Turn lights off, power down electrical devices, turn down your thermostat and only do full loads of laundry and dishes.
- Learn more about the environment and the effects of global warming. Encourage awareness and promote the Reduce (buy less), Reuse (repurpose it) and Recycle (sort it right!) way of life.
Remember that every day is Earth Day! Don’t restrict yourself to just one day a year. Make environmental actions and caring about the planet a habit – on Earth Day and every day.
Talking About Mental Health: April 2019
Jumpstart your Brain for Spring
Did you know that you can actually boost your brain power and increase your focus, ability to concentrate and your overall sense of wellbeing? So how do you do this?
Feed Your Brain: Did you know your brain uses up to 20% of the calories that you take into your body? A well-balanced diet can provide your brain with much needed energy and increase your ability to focus and concentrate. Some high-quality brain foods are blueberries, salmon, nuts, avocados and whole grains. As a family you can journal what you are eating and then engage in a conversation and reflect on what you are feeding your brain.
Get Quality Sleep: It is estimated that approximately a third of school aged children in Canada are not getting the required amount of sleep. Sleep actually restores the brain and supports memory, thinking and creativity! Try stopping screen time at least an hour before bed. Don’t drink sugary or caffeinated drinks. Is your brain getting enough recharge time?
Get Outside and Move: Even just 20 minutes of walking can increase your brain power. Try and charge your brain with fun, family friendly exercise. Walk around the neighbourhood and try and find all the spring buds and other signs of spring. Try and count your steps for one minute – it’s not that easy!! Fresh air, exercise and movement are all fuel for your brain!
Take a Mental Vacation:
Take 3 minutes and close your eyes imagining a place that you love or wish you could see. Focus on the smells, the sounds and sensations. When we visualize something, our brains respond the same way as if we were actually there. Just 3 minutes of a mental vacation can put your brain into “relax” mode.
Be Creative! Creativity can increase focus and sense of calm. Pick a craft or project to do as a family. Make a springtime collage of all things spring: images from magazines, words, drawings, items you find outside, etc. Taking the time to engage your brain creatively will give your brain a boost!
Exercise Your Brain: Exercising your brain is as important as exercising your body! So how do you do this? Do a crossword puzzle or a word search. Anything that gets your brain thinking and being strategic will do! Play a game of chess, make some origami art or even playing hide and seek! These activities may not feel like work, but they are doing great things for your brain!!
And, as always, remember that there are many people who are struggling. Stay kind, be a good listener and talk to someone if you need support!
Jenny Marino, Mental Health Lead
Follow me on Instagram @ugdsb_mental_health
School Newsletter Insert from Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health
April 2019 – Elementary & Secondary Schools
Information from Public Health:
Free dental care for children and youth (17 and younger)
If you can’t afford dental care, we have FREE services for your children at Public Health. We provide free basic dental care, including cleanings, x-rays, check-ups and treatment to children and youth.
Our dental hygienists provide preventive services (e.g. cleanings) out of all Public Health locations. Our dentist also provides dental care to children and youth enrolled in the Healthy Smiles Ontario program, and is located in Guelph at our 160 Chancellors Way office.
Have this card? Call Public Health to book an appointment.
For more information about our dental services or to book an appointment, call our Dental Line at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 2661. Visit our website for more information: https://www.wdgpublichealth.ca/your-kids/dental-oral-health