ABOVE & BEYOND

Health and Wellness

 

PHYSICAL HEALTH

After many conversations with WIC families, it has become quite apparent that parents take their children’s temperature in different ways. I would like to point out that Public Health requires taking the oral temperature (by mouth) for children 6 years and over. It is important to take the oral temperature when your child first wakes up in the morning and not after breakfast or after consuming a hot or cold drink. In order for the temperature reading to be accurate, please make sure that your child places the thermometer under the tongue while closing his/her mouth tightly.

Here is a hyperlink to read and print for daily reference while reading the guidelines of the Ministry of Health.

Please feel free to contact me at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Best wishes,

Rada Semberov
School Nurse

 

 

MENTAL HEALTH

Our school theme this year is Balance, and I look forward to bringing this to light by way of school-wide activities, classroom workshops as well as resources for you as parents on how we can promote a balanced lifestyle for our families.  

I know that the return to school this year is unlike any other. In light of the pandemic and our current health and safety measures that we have in place, I am very aware that some of your children may be experiencing increased levels of worry or anxiety, and that not all may be at ease during the day. I also know that virtual learning, while convenient, can also pose its own set of challenges. Please know that it is my pleasure to support you and your child in navigating this year’s challenges.

Whether for personal or academic needs, do not hesitate to reach me directly at [email protected].

Wishing you a wonderful 2020-2021 academic year. 

Sincerely, 

Kristin Morse, MACP, c.o.
Guidance Counsellor

Tips and support

 

 

STUDENT SUCCESS

Whether your child will be learning virtually or not this school year, a well-planned home work station is crucial in setting up your child for success. Here are my top 5 tips:

  • Separate your space: the learning space in your home should be separate from your personal and family spaces, away from high traffic areas, and be free of clutter. 

  • Lighting: Position your work station near a window to avoid eye strain and increase focus. If this is not possible, a desk lamp is the next best option.

  • Destroy distractions: Take a few moments to think about possible distractions and destroy them before they become an issue. For example, if there is a sibling doing work nearby, noise-cancellation headphones may be helpful. Apps like StayFocused can help limit digital distractions by blocking time-wasting websites. 

  • Set up a home for supplies that are needed every day so that your child doesn’t waste time looking for materials.

  • Use a timer to help manage breaks. 


If your child needs additional strategies please feel free to contact me at [email protected]

Sincerely,

Tara Sadeh
Learning Specialist