January 23-27

Reminder: School Council Meeting January 23

Monday January 23, 2017 at 6:30-8:00PM, all parents are encouraged and welcome to attend.

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Being on time for school or work is an important life skill. As parents we are role models when it comes to instilling this important skill set in our children.

Unfortunately we have noted a sharp increase in students being delivered to school late. Students who are late, generally arrive at school less able to cope with the demands of their day. This has serious implications for their academic performance.

Please model effective time management skills by:

  • Setting an alarm clock or ensuring that you are able to get up early in the morning ensuring plenty of time to complete routines and get to school.
  • Preparing clothing, lunches and backpacks the night before
  • Establishing and sticking to a routine in the morning that encourages student independence.
  • Reinforcing positive behaviour and adherence to morning routines.

We want your child to start off the day in the most positive way possible. So please remember that they can be at school as early as 8:55 to play with their friends prior to school. Our bell rings at 9:05 and your child must be in class by 9:10 AM.

Healthy Schools Update: Coping with Stress

Stress affects everyone regardless of age and is a normal part of everyday life. stress-essentials-course-health-and-safety-elearning-1Limited amounts of stress can actually motivate us to achieve our goals, but excessive stress can have overwhelming and debilitating effects on our lives. This is why it is so important to have the right tools to positively cope with life’s stressors. Tips to help parents and children positively cope with stress:

  • Spend time with your children and try to understand how they are feeling
  • Do activities as a family; physical activity is an excellent way to burn off stress
  • Give children a chance to calm down; teach them different breathing and relaxation exercises
  • Implement a bedtime routine to help children wind down at the end of the day
  • Ensure children get the recommended amount of sleep based on their age; tired children get stressed easier Other great tips to cope with stress:
  • Talk to a friend or trusted adult
  • Deep breathing
  • Physical activity
  • Play with a pet
  • Get creative; play music, paint, draw or dance
  • Stay on top of schoolwork and prioritize workloads

Ask for help For more information please visit york.ca/healthyschools This material is provided by York Region Public Health.

Workshop Series in Mandarin & Cantonese

Presented by the Parent Engagement & Network (P.E.N.) Workshop Series: Ontario Secondary Schools and Course Selection (see flyer)

  • The Ontario secondary school learning environment, graduation requirements and types of courses, post-secondary pathways, where to find information about Ontario universities and colleges
  • 6:00 – 8:00: Thursday, January 26, 2017 @ Markham South Welcome Centre (7220 Kennedy Road, Unit 8, Markham) OR Thursday, February 2, @ Unionville High School (201 Town Centre Blvd, Markham)