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Peel board raises Pride and First Nations flags in schools, sites in June

Peel board raises Pride and First Nations flags in schools, sites in June

​In the month of June, Peel District School Board schools and sites will raise and/or display Pride and First Nations flags, in the spirit of equity, inclusion and reconciliation. The raising of flags is only one of the ways we help to create spaces that are inclusive, welcoming and safe for students, staff and families. Click on "Full Story" to read more. 

On the road again—how to keep your cyclist safe

On the road again—how to keep your cyclist safe

​Here are some tips you can review with your child to ensure bike season gets off to a great start:

School Cash Online

School Cash Online

Pay school fees online—register today!

The Peel District School Board now offers a new preferred method of payment at your child's school, for all school fees. School Cash Online is a safe and secure form of online payment that allows you to pay for your child's school items, like field trips and pizza days, from your computer or smartphone using eCheck, Visa or MasterCard.

Register now
By registering, you'll have the ability to:

  • Keep track of your children's school item and activity fees
  • Check account history
  • Print or view receipts
  • Make donations to school fundraisers online and instantly receive a tax receipt
  • Pay for school fees with the click of a button

    Also you no longer have to search for cash or worry about your child carrying money.

For more information and to register, visit https://peelschools.schoolcashonline.com. If you have any questions, please contact the school directly.

Elementary SchoolMessenger SafeArrival Attendance Program

Elementary SchoolMessenger SafeArrival Attendance Program

​Elementary parents are reminded to sign up for a Safe Arrival account in order to report a child's absence in a quick and easy manner.

Set up your account by going to: go.schoolmessenger.ca and use the same email address the school has on file for you. You can also download the blue School Messenger App to your smartphone.

If parents prefer not to set up an account, the toll-free number is always available for all families: 1-855-209-6155.

Summer Well-being

Summer Well-being

Summer break is around the corner! The psychological and physiological benefits of summer are hard to beat. However, while summer allows for a break from the routine and structure of the school year, for some children and youth, it can be stressful to be away from school. So, while the stressors change when the last school bell signals summer, they don't disappear.

Here at a few tips for summer well-being to keep everyone safe and having fun in the sun!

Get outside. With longer and warmer days, try to spend more time outdoors which increases our vitamin D intake and allows us more time to exercise and connect with nature. A minimum of 60 minutes of daily physical activity is recommended for all children and youth. Healthy body = healthy mind.

Always stay hydrated. Replace sugary sports drinks & sodas with water; add slices of fresh fruit like strawberries, lemons, limes or watermelons to your water for a delicious flavor. Staying hydrated prevents heat related illness: symptoms are headache, cold sweats, exhaustion, nausea and/or vomiting, and diarrhea.

Get plenty of rest.  During the hot summer heat, making sure you get plenty of rest is important to prevent heat exhaustion. While playing outside, take frequent shaded breaks and use sunscreen. Getting 8-10 hours of sleep every night is important for recuperation and growth.

Wear safety gear. Whether you are riding your bike or swimming in a pool always wear the recommended safety gear. Being safe reduces stress for everyone! A good rule is that if you are not doing an activity safely; you will not be allowed to do it.

Be safe on-line.  Some students will stay in-touch over the summer primarily on-line. Remember that some people will use electronic media to embarrass, harass, or threaten their peers. When there is cyberbullying occurring remember to save it, report it, and block it. If the incident is criminal call Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Constant communication for the win! Using open ended questions with children and youth can help identify fears, anxieties and concerns. Ask questions like, "How are you feeling about going to summer camp?" In addition, communicating expectations about what is going to occur during the summer will help to ease transitions. Saying, "I am inviting relatives to stay with us in July" or saying, "You will need to be in bed by 9 pm on weekdays this summer" allows children and youth time to adjust to what will occur.

Over summer break remember that HELP is always available:

Peel Children's Centre maintains a Crisis Response Service (24/7/365) if your child is experiencing a serious mental health problem at 416-410-8615

Kids Help Phone is Canada's only national 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous phone counselling, web counselling and referral service for children and youth. 1-800-668-6868.

What is an IPRC?

What is an IPRC?

IPRC stands for Identification, Placement and Review Committee.

Each student is unique and has different needs when it comes to education. All students need the support of teachers, classmates, family and friends to succeed in the school environment, however, some students need more support and may be deemed exceptional.   The IPRC is a formal process, governed by provincial law that is designed to help students get the special education assistance that they need.

These committees do three main things:

Determine if the student is exceptional and meets the criteria for identification under one of the five areas of exceptionality.

Consider and recommend the best placement to meet their needs

Review the identification and placement yearly

You and your child are entitled to be a part of this process to ensure the right educational choices are made.  Your child's teacher or principal are a good starting point if you have any question about the IPRC. SEAC representatives can also help you understand the process and options available.  For detailed information see the link to "A Parent's Guide to IPRC" at www.peelschools.org/parents/specialed/iprc.

Summer activities that boost learning

Summer activities that boost learning

Kindergarten to grade 4

Sorting and stacking – Teach classification skills with dinnerware. Ask your child to match and stack dishes of similar sizes and shapes. Also have your child sort flatware – forks with forks, spoons with spoons. This is like recognizing the shapes of letters and numbers.

Comic strip writing – Use comic strips to help with writing. Cut the segments of a comic strip apart and ask your child to arrange them in order. Then ask your child to fill in the words of the characters (orally or in writing).

Float and sink – Encourage hypothesizing (guessing). Use several objects – soap, a dry sock, a bottle of shampoo, a wet sponge, an empty bottle. Ask your child which objects will float when dropped into water in a sink or bathtub. Then drop the objects in the water, one by one, to see what happens.

 

Grades 5 to 8

Follow the news – As a family, choose an important news event to follow for a day or two. Ask each person to find as much information on the topic as possible – read newspapers, look at online news webpages, listen to the radio and watch TV news. Then talk about what everyone learned.

Pro and con: what do you think? – Make a family game of discussing a special issue. For example, "Teenagers should be allowed to vote," or "There should never be any homework." Ask your children to think of all the reasons they can to support their views. Then ask them to think of reasons opposing their views. Which views are most convincing? For variety, assign family members to teams and have them prepare their arguments pro and con.

Stretch, run, walk – Ask your child to do at least one kind of exercise every day. For example, run or walk briskly for 10 minutes. Walk, when possible, instead of driving, for any distance less than a mile. Have your child make a week-long exercise plan. Try to think of a modest reward for sticking to the plan and exercise with your child.

Let your voice be heard – Promote good citizenship. Help your child write a letter to the editor of the local newspaper about an issue affecting children – for example, suggest that a bike path be built near the school or that a city event be planned for youngsters. Children are citizens, and their ideas are worth hearing.

Preparing for the summer sun

Preparing for the summer sun

Excessive exposure to the sun can lead to health concerns such as sunburn and skin cancer. As summer approaches and the weather gets warmer, it is necessary to apply sunscreen to protect ourselves from too much sun damage and burns.

 

In summer, we are exposed to higher levels of ultraviolet (UV) rays. This exposure is a risk factor for developing skin cancer and cataracts later in life. The UV index is the measure commonly used in Canada to assess the strength of the sun's UV rays risk on a given day.

 

What is the UV Index?

The index scale ranges from 0 to 10. The higher the value, the more intense ultraviolet rays. 
The UV index is calculated daily by Environment Canada using ozone and weather information. It can vary from day to day with changes in the ozone layer – the thinner the ozone layer, the higher the index reading.

 

How to protect your family from the sun?

  • Wear a hat (preferably with a broad brim), sunglasses and protective clothing on sunny days.
  • Use sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or greater whenever you're outdoors.
  • Encourage your children to play in shady areas if they are outside for a long period of time.
  • Remember that sunburn can occur even on a cloudy day, as up to 80 per cent of UV rays can penetrate light clouds, and 40 per cent of UV rays can bounce back from sand, water or concrete.
On the road again—how to keep your cyclist safe

On the road again—how to keep your cyclist safe

Here are some tips you can review with your child to ensure bike season gets off to a great start:

The right fit

  • children should be able to straddle the bike with both feet on the ground
  • a bike that is too big or too small can be a safety hazard
  • the helmet should fit—if it's too loose, it could fall off, if it's too tight, it's uncomfortable


Get noticed

  • a young child's bike should be equipped with a bell and reflector
  • older riders should have a light and/or reflectors


Follow the rules

  • no riding on busy streets
  • no riding at night
  • stop for all STOP signs


Actions that cause injuries

  • driveway ride out—not stopping and looking both ways before entering the street
  • running the stop sign
  • turning without warning
  • cycling in the dark
  • following the leader—one child goes through a stop sign or misses a parked car but the second cyclist doesn't
Elementary SchoolMessenger SafeArrival Attendance Program

Elementary SchoolMessenger SafeArrival Attendance Program

Elementary parents are reminded to sign up for a Safe Arrival account in order to report a child's absence in a quick and easy manner.

 

Set up your account by going to: go.schoolmessenger.ca and use the same email address the school has on file for you. You can also download the blue School Messenger App to your smartphone.

 

If parents prefer not to set up an account, the toll-free number is always available for all families: 1-855-209-6155

 

A few things to note with our new system:

 

  • parents are encouraged to add the 1-855-209-6155 number to their Contacts (under PDSB or School Name) so the number can easily be identified when it calls 
  • this new system will call once per child, therefore if you have three children absent at one time, you will receive three different phone calls
  • parents who set up an account can choose their preferences as to which numbers will be called
  • parents can report Late Arrivals by choosing the Report an Absence option first, then choosing Late Arrival in the sub-menu

 

As always, parents are encouraged to report absences in advance to the Safe Arrival system.

 
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