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Buses in Caledon are cancelled, schools are open - Jan. 23

Buses in Caledon are cancelled, schools are open - Jan. 23

​On Wednesday, Jan. 23,​ 2019 CALEDON buses are cancelled due to expected freezing rain and icy road conditions throughout the day. Buses for James Grieve, SouthFields Village, Tony Pontes and Esker Lake public schools are running. All schools are open.

IMPT CORRECTION: secondary International Baccalaureate program date changes

IMPT CORRECTION: secondary International Baccalaureate program date changes

​Please note that first round offers for the secondary International Baccalaureate program will be sent on Wednesday, Jan. 30, after 3 p.m. in advance of the other secondary Regional Learning Choices Programs (RLCP) this year.  ​

What you need to know about the 2018 interim Health and Physical Education (HPE) elementary curriculum

What you need to know about the 2018 interim Health and Physical Education (HPE) elementary curriculum

The Ministry of Education's 2018 interim Health and Physical Education (HPE) elementary curriculum, which came into effect in September 2018, includes changes to the section on Human Growth and Development. No changes were made to the secondary HPE curriculum.​
It's time to register children born in 2015 for kindergarten

It's time to register children born in 2015 for kindergarten

​We inspire success, confidence and hope in each student…and it all starts in kindergarten! If your child was born in 2015, he or she can start kindergarten in September 2019.  You can register your child at any time during regular school hours—just visit the school he/she will be attending to register. 

​For more information and to register, click full story below.  

Bus cancellation and closing schools due to bad weather

Bus cancellation and closing schools due to bad weather

​During the winter months, we may need to cancel buses or close schools because of inclement weather. 

​Information regarding details of cancellations or closures will be available on Twitter @Peelschools, Facebook at www.facebook.com/peelschools, www.peelschools.org and www.stopr.ca or by calling 905-890-1010 or 1-800-668-1146.

Click full story below for more information about cancellations, closures, types of announcements and what to do when your child's bus is cancelled.

Winter bus safety

Winter bus safety

​The following winter school bus safety tips will help to keep your child safe throughout the winter months. 

Winter bus safety

Winter bus safety

The following winter school bus safety tips will help to keep your child safe throughout the winter months.

  • Allow extra time to get to your bus stop.
  • Wear bright clothing so the bus can see you in the early morning and late evening.
  • Stand away from where the bus stops. Buses need extra room to stop when there is snow and ice.
  • Use the handrail when boarding or exiting the bus to prevent slipping on wet or icy steps or road surfaces.
  • Dress appropriately—winter clothing, hats, and boots will keep you warm.
  • Don't throw snowballs at the bus or other children waiting for the bus.
  • Don't slide on the snow or ice patches in driveways or on the street.
  • Don't push or shove around the bus. Someone could fall down on the ice and get hurt.
     
    Talk to your child about what to do if the bus is late. Here are some suggestions:
     
    When possible, wait with your child for the bus.
  • Make sure your child knows a phone number where he can reach you or another trusted adult.
  • Teach your child how and where to get help. Talk to your child about what a "safe" stranger is.
  • Help your child set up a bus stop buddy system so your child has someone to wait with for the bus.
Apply for French Immersion by Jan. 25, 2019

Apply for French Immersion by Jan. 25, 2019

If your child will be starting grade 1 in September 2019, one of the important choices you will make is whether you want to consider grade 1 French Immersion (FI).

The application form for grade 1 FI for the 2019-20 school year will be available online at www.peelschools.org/French as of Friday, Nov. 23, 2018 at 1 p.m.  The deadline to apply is Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 at 4 p.m. Applications received after the deadline will not be included in the random selection process and will be placed on the school's waitlist.

The FI school for our area is Springfield Public School. The phone number is 905-279-7950.

Enrolment cap and random selection process

The Peel board has a limited number of spaces available for students interested in grade 1 French Immersion. At this time, the grade 1 FI enrolment cap is set at 25 per cent of all Peel students enrolling in grade 1. A random selection process is used to determine which students will be offered spaces in the grade 1 FI program.

It is important to note that applicants are not offered space in grade 1 FI on a first come, first serve basis. A computerized random selection process will randomly assign a rank to each application that is received by the deadline.

Once students have been assigned to all available spaces, remaining students will be placed, again in rank order, on the school's waitlist. Each school has its own waitlist. 

How to get more information

  • Visit the Peel board website—www.peelschools.org/French.
  • Call [name of school] at [phone number].
  • Visit the Canadian Parents for French website at http://on.cpf.ca/. 

     

    Apply for Extended French by Jan. 25, 2019
The Attitude of Gratitude

The Attitude of Gratitude

The Attitude of Gratitude

From the PDSB Mental Health Resource Team

What is Gratitude?

Gratitude is all about focusing on what's good in your life. It is paying attention to the things that we can sometimes take for granted, especially when we are feeling stressed. There are many different words that can describe feelings of gratitude, including feeling thankful, lucky, or fortunate. An attitude of gratitude involves actively choosing to acknowledge and appreciate the things you are thankful for in life. By making a focused effort to reflect on the positive parts of your day, the stressors you face can begin to feel a little less overwhelming.

Why Does Gratitude Matter?

Practicing an attitude of gratitude can make a BIG difference on your overall outlook on life. Gratitude has been shown to BOOST both physical and mental health outcomes by helping people to:

  • Improve their self-worth and esteem
  • Balance their negative emotions
  • Experience other positive emotions linked with gratitude (e.g., happiness) 
  • Build better relationships with others

Give Gratitude A Go

Feel like an attitude of gratitude could benefit your family? Here are a few suggestions to get you started!

1. Keep a Journal: Each family member should write down three things they are thankful for each day (big or small). As a family, make a little time each week to review some of the entries. When an individual family member feels stressed or overwhelmed, encourage them to reflect on their recent journal entries.

2. Create a Photo Album: Take photos of things that make you and your family happy. Regularly add the photos to an album. Schedule a little relaxation time each week to review your entries.

3. Fill a Jar: Reflect on the things you and your family members are grateful for at the end of each day. For each reflection, add a marble to a jar to symbolize your gratitude. Monitor how long it takes to fill the jar.

4. Pay It Forward: Put together a gratitude box for someone else...why not one for each family member? On colourful pieces of paper, write several entries to let the person know what you appreciate about them. Try: 'Thank you for…' or 'I love you because….' Once the box is complete, wrap it and present it as a gift.

5. Say Thank You: As often as you can! Make a concerted effort to say thank you to other people. By thanking others, you will begin to notice things that you appreciate in the moment.

Remember! 

Like any skill, gratitude is one that needs to be practiced. Anyone who spends time with children and youth knows that they are are mimics and they learn by watching how we deal with life's stresses and opportunities. By mindfully modelling gratitude and bringing our children and youth into this practice, we are promoting their healthy development for life!

For updates and to follow along with the work of the PDSB Mental Health Resource Team, find them on Twitter @MHRTPeel.

 

Adapted from Reach Out Australia (2018) and The Optimistic Child (1995).

Help your family stay warm this winter

Help your family stay warm this winter

Canada Safety Council recommends the following tips for staying comfortable and preventing hypothermia when working or playing outdoors:

  • Wear a warm hat—most body heat is lost through the head. Children should keep an extra hat at school.
  • Wear layered clothing. Layers allow warm air to stay trapped around the body.
  • Protect your feet and hands. Wear loose waterproof boots. If the boots have liners, carry an extra pair to replace damp ones or take an extra pair of socks. Invest in thick socks to keep your feet warm. Mittens are warmer than gloves. Carry an extra pair of mittens to school, on outings, etc.
  • Prevent dehydration and exhaustion, which can lead to hypothermia. Drink plenty of fluids and pace yourself when doing vigorous activities.
  • Stay fit by exercising and eating well—people who are fit are less susceptible to hypothermia.
  • If you stay indoors, avoid moving from a hot environment to a cold one. Excessive sweating caused from an extreme change in temperature increases the risk of developing hypothermia.
  • Eat high-energy food such as nuts and raisins. A balanced diet will also help keep you warm and healthy in the winter. 
  • If you are travelling (on the road or in the wilderness) carry emergency supplies.
 
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