We had a great participation rate on Wednesday for Orange Shirt Day. Students and teachers had some great discussions about the history and impact of residential schools and the importance of looking back to ensure a more positive future.
Cell Phones and Personal Devices
We would like to remind families about our policies surrounding the use of cell phones and other personal electronic devices. Students who bring these items to school are required to put them in their backpacks during the school day. They may only be removed in classrooms if the teacher has given permission. They are never allowed on the playground at recess or lunch. These rules are in place for a variety of reasons, but the main reason is to protect student privacy and safety. There have been incidents in the past of students being videotaped and photographed in classrooms, on the playground, and even in the washrooms. Students are welcome to use their devices once school is dismissed at 3pm. If you need to contact your child on a personal device, please be aware that he/she will not be able to reply until after school. If there is an emergency, please contact the office.
If we do see students using their personal electronic devices during the day, we will confiscate the device and it will have to be retrieved by a parent or guardian from the office. Thank you in advance for your help in keeping all our students safe.
Tips for Heading Back to School
Going to school is about changes from summertime and this is stressful, even if a child is looking forward to school. Check out these tips written by Jody Dunn, a Child and Youth Mental Health Clinician in Squamish:
SLEEP: Start a few weeks before school starts. Gradually shift bedtime and waking in the morning to earlier times so that your child is getting enough sleep and waking more easily. For parents, give yourself an earlier start soyou can have a little quiet time each morning before the children get up to start their day.
ROUTINE: Some preparation can be done the night before to reduce morning pressures. Get children to help you to make up charts or wall calendars that list what needs to be done each day (this can be in pictures for some children). Include the steps to take each morning to get ready and out the door on time. Parents can put children in charge of most of the routine and some children like to check off each step or to have parents notice which steps the child does on their own. This helps to reduce the stress of rushing or of parents who find themselves frustrated or yelling at their children to hurry every school morning.
LISTEN: Help children with the words or ways to talk about what worries them about going to school. If a parent understands what a child worries about, they can help their child to come up with ways solve the problem. If this is a new school or a new teacher, some children need a tour or to meet the teacher before the first day of school. Some children need to know in detail what are the school rules and some children just need a buddy who is a familiar person at school.
NUTRITION: Breakfast is the first meal of the day and it’s a good idea to add a protein or fruit to the carbohydrates that are common breakfast food. Lunches and snacks can also help to balance out nutrition for children who just don’t eat in the mornings. Picky eaters may eat better if they help to pack their own lunch or have some choices about what they pack.
DOWNTIME: Children can be overscheduled after a busy day in school and they may come homework. Help your child to fit in breaks too. Plan for one or two unscheduled times a week. Take time for family time and exercise together or alone.
Parents need to take care of themselves too. It helps to compare notes with other parents about what works for their children or at their school. A confident parent can calmly remind a child of the successes they had last year and that this fall things could go even better.