Friday, October 6, 2017
We appreciate all those who attend to watch our students in extra curricular activities but in the interest of safety and supervision of our students please be advised that students or siblings may only attend extra curricular events as spectators when accompanied by their parent or guardian.
Please note that the entrance to the Middle School is at the Northwest corner of the building facing the St. Denis Centre near the walkway over Huron Church. If you are coming to the middle school please use this entrance and not the High School entrance, the secretary will let you in once you press the buzzer near the door.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
· The flu shot is safe and free! All children over six months of age should get a flu shot every year. Flu outbreaks usually begin with children, who spread it to adults. Find out where to get your flu shot at https://www.wechu.org/classes-and-clinics/clinics/flu-clinic
· Teaching children some techniques to relax can be helpful for their mental health now and in the future. One easy method to lower stress is deep breathing. This can send a message to your body to relax by lowering the heart rate and blood pressure, and it also gives the mind something calm to focus on. Plus, it’s easy to do, anywhere! Sit or lie in a comfortable, quiet place. Breathe in, counting to five, hold the breath for three counts, and then breathe out for five counts. Continue for a couple of minutes at a time, or until you feel calm.
· If you’re looking for ways to help get your children to eat veggies and fruit, try some of these suggestions:
- Role model healthy eating by filling half your plate with veggies and fruit at every meal. Experiment with seasonings to make them more flavourful for everyone to enjoy.
- Keep cut-up veggies and fruit handy in the refrigerator for your children to eat when they get home from school. Enjoy these snacks with them while they talk about their day.
- Keep healthy dips like yogurt, hummus, peanut butter, or other nut butters on hand as they may encourage your children to eat more vegetables and fruit.
- Make desserts fruit-based such as fresh fruit kebabs, frozen grapes, baked apples, or canned fruit with yogurt.
· Happy Halloween! Trick or treating is a fun evening for children, but eating too many treats can coat teeth with a lot of sugar. To keep teeth healthy and enjoy the treats in moderation, decide on a number of treats kids can have each day and let your child pick what they want. Make sure kids brush and floss their teeth twice per day to clean off the sugars which can cause cavities.
· Children spend a lot of their day sitting – both in and outside of school. Physical activity guidelines recommend that children should be active for one hour per day for health benefits. This can be reached by doing smaller amounts of activity throughout the day, in bouts of at least ten minutes or more. For example, children can play on the school’s playgrounds for 10 minutes when they arrive, another 30 minutes during breaks and lunch. Then the family can be active for 20 minutes in the evening. This can include playing sports, playing at a park, riding a bike, or going for a walk with the family dog. In just three easy “sessions”, your child can be active for the day!
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
September 2017 – Welcome back to school!
· While it may feel like summer is over, that doesn’t mean the sunshine has left. The sunshine brings UV rays which can cause harm to our skin. Using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 on any exposed skin can help keep you safe. It’s also a good idea to wear a hat when out in the sun to keep your face and neck protected. Remember – no matter how hot or cool it is outside, there are still UV rays!
· Keep stress levels down by staying ahead of schedule. School work, tests, and even friend and family requests can add up quickly and cause stress in children. Help teach kids to plan ahead for their week to avoid feeling stressed at the last minute. Create a weekly “agenda” that shows their school work, sports, and other activities so it’s easy to see how time needs to be managed. Teaching children these skills will help them throughout life.
· Children learn and perform better at school when they eat a healthy breakfast and lunch. Here are some tips for packing a healthy lunch:
- Change it up from sandwiches by using a wide mouth thermos to give them leftover of chili, soup, pasta, or stew.
- Make small wraps with a protein, vegetables, and salad dressing, or make mini-pizzas on an English muffin.
- Lunchables are not healthy. Make your own version with finger foods like crackers and cheese, small pieces of fruit, and meat cut into small circles and squares.
- Instead of bread, use small pita pockets, dinner rolls, breadsticks, or round Melba toast.
· Vaccines keep our children and community healthy! The Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) R.S.O. 1990 is a law in Ontario that makes sure all school-aged students are protected from avoidable diseases. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is working with you, your school board, and community healthcare providers to make sure that your child’s permanent immunization record is up-to-date. Learn more about how you can update your child’s immunization record at https://www.wechu.org/immunization-record/school-immunization-qa