2021 December News Items
Notes from the Office!
Wow! It is hard to believe we are already into December! Ms. Broadhead has done a great job coming in as our new VP and Intermediate resource teacher!
It is getting cold and snowy! Please help us support your child in developing responsibility! Remind them to come dressed for the weather (clothing labelled!)and outside learning and their materials for the day. This should include lunches, water bottles, and this time of year – a dry pair of socks!
We have had an excellent November for learning. Thanks to all of the hard work from students, families and staff to support learning, interviews and Progress Reports! We appreciate the efforts everyone has made to adjust to online Report Cards and navigating technology. Remember, your child’s Google classroom is always a great place to check for homework, classwork and information.
Continue to complete the COVID Screening for your child(ren) on a daily basis. Sometimes the information changes!
Information on the Ontario Government’s initiative for rapid tests will be coming soon! We will post the information as soon as we have it!
Please remember to follow us on twitter @taylorevansps, calendar, and check the website for information updates.
British Columbia Flood Relief
Thanks to our amazing Taylor Evans School Community, the Ice Cream Sandwich Fundraiser for British Columbia Flood Relief was a great success! After hearing about the flood in B.C. and learning about organizations like the Canadian Red Cross, that help during emergencies, 6A wanted to help! They worked hard to organize, advertise, and count the funds during the Fundraising Campaign. Thanks to staff purchased Ice Cream, all funds that were raised will go directly to the Canadian Red Cross for B.C. Flood Relief. Our final total for the Ice Cream Fundraiser was $1832.75. Once matched by the government, the donations from the Taylor Evans School Community will provide much needed support. This fundraiser again proves our school community’s amazing capacity to give and help others! Thank you for your support.
Kindergarten Registration for the 2021/22 school year will start January 4, 2022 (the first day back for school). Students who will be four years old by Dec. 31st, 2021 are eligible to register for Junior Kindergarten and students who will be five years old by Dec. 31st, 2021 are eligible to register for Senior Kindergarten. Students who are already attending Taylor Evans Public School for the Junior Kindergarten program are not required to register again.
If you know of anyone with a child who will be four or five years old by Dec. 31st, please encourage them to register online at www.ugdsb.on.ca/kregistration and bring their paperwork into the school. People can also come in and register online in the office using our chrome book. You will need to bring the following documents:
- Proof of birth date (Birth Certificate)
- Proof of address (Hydro/telephone bill, etc.)
- Immunization record (Yellow card)
Wellness Works December 2021
December’s Umbrella Theme is Gratitude
Gratitude is not just “good manners” and it plays a significant role in overall wellbeing. Gratitude can be expressed by a simple “thank you” but there are many other ways to nurture and identify gratitude. Gratitude can happen in four ways:
- NOTICE what it is that you are grateful for
- THINK about why you are able to be grateful or why the thing you are grateful for is there
- Identify how you FEEL about the things we are grateful for
- DO express appreciation back “outwards”
Gratitude is not just about receiving, it is also about giving. So what can you do with your child/ren or even yourself?
- Point out the things you are grateful for and remember that modeling for your child/ren is a very powerful technique
- When you are grateful make sure to point out why you feel grateful
- Help your child/ren find gratitude in the things they may take for granted such as something in nature, or a simple meal
- Encourage them to use their own areas of strength to give back and be helpful and cooperative with others
- Notice accomplishments – even the smallest ones are something we can be grateful about
- Have a gratitude wall or space on your fridge where everyone can write something they are grateful for – the whole family, visitors, friends. Seeing what others are grateful about is also quite powerful
- Identify someone your child/ren is grateful to have in their life (e.g., an extended family member, an elder, a peer, a teacher, a principal, a counsellor) and encourage them to let that person know
Taking just a bit of time to identify gratitude can have an impact. We are very grateful to all of the parents, guardians, elders, and caregivers who support our communities’ children and youth.
Jenny Marino, Mental Health Lead
And the Wellness Works Committee