Weekly Parent Update March 1-5

Dear Parents/Guardians,

It was so great to see the students wearing pink shirts on Wednesday to show that they are against bullying and stand for kindness! This week we said farewell to Mrs. Myler. A special thank you to Mrs. Myler for her years of dedicated service to the OLG community. Her enthusiasm and love for teaching touched the lives of all of us. We will miss her. We wish her the best of luck in her retirement. Congratulations Mrs. Myler! We would like to extend a warm OLG welcome to Mrs. Iaquone, who will be the new Grade 4 teacher for the remainder of the year.

Throughout the month of March we continue to focus on mindfulness. Teachers will be continuing with mindfulness activities and we also have presentations scheduled for parents and students.

Youth & Anxiety Parent Info Night March 3:  St. Joseph Aurora is hosting a virtual parent information night on March 3 titled, “Helping Your Child Tackle Stress & Anxiety”.  The OLG community has been invited to join this event. Lisa Wood from the Canadian Mental Health Association will be sharing strategies to help children deal with anxiety and promote health and wellness.  There will be a Q & A following the presentation.  The pandemic has been challenging for our children and this evening will be helpful for parents!  Check out the flyer: Helping Your Children Tackle Stress & Anxiety Parent Night Flyer March 3 7-8pm.pdf  Link to Google Meet:  https://meet.google.com/jxn-ueop-vhh

March 11 Primary & Junior Mental Health Workshops:  These workshops have been made available to OLG students with the help of the Town of Aurora.

The Grades 2-5 workshop will teach our students how to build a Mental Health Tool Kit to help them manage stress and anxiety.  Our students will learn 10 strategies such as Belly Breathing, Power Stances, and Kindness Meditation.  Building a Self Care Tool Kit workshop flyer.pdf   Parents are also welcome to use the Self-Care Toolkit workbook with your child at home!  Building-A-Self-Care-Toolkit Workbook FINAL.pdf

Students in Grades 6-8 will participate in a virtual workshop called Empowering Young Minds.  The students will learn options for evidence-based coping skills such as Unplug/Unwind, Grounding, Thought-countering, Gratitude and Positive Affirmations so they can choose which fit best with their moods.  Empowering Young Minds for New Times outline (5).pdf

A Few Reminders:

Safe Arrival Attendance Procedure:  This is a reminder to parents that if your child is learning face to face and you decide to keep them home from school for the day, whether it is to learn remotely for the day or because they are ill, you need to enter your child’s absence into the system.

Switching Modalities:  If your child is currently learning Face to Face and you wish them to continue learning Remotely (or vice versa) please contact the school office.  Families must commit to 30 days within the new modality.   Please see the board flyer explaining the details: Feb 16 Switching Modalities_Attendance – Parent Poster.pdf

Students who arrive after 8:30 am need to use the main entrance and check in with the office staff.

Please ensure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather (snow pants, boots, hats, mits). Indoor shoes are required. Extra socks are also suggested.

Due to Public Health Protocols, parents are unable to enter the building. We will meet you in the front if there is anything that needs to be dropped off.

Early On Child and Family Centre March Flyer

Yours in Catholic Education,

F. Grossi

Stay connected with OLG through our website olg.ycdsb.ca and on Twitter @OLG_YCDSB

Looking Ahead:

March 3

Parent Presentation : “Helping Your Child Tackle Stress & Anxiety”

March 11

Youthspeak Mental Health Presentation Grades 2-8

March 16-18

Grade 6-8 VIP Presentations

March 30

Easter Virtual Liturgy

Virtue of the Month: Perseverance