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Look Hear Co. Annual Hearing/Vision Screening

Look Hear Co. Annual Hearing/Vision Screening

​On March 25 and 26 a technician from Look Hear Co. will be conducting hearing and vision screening at Springfield.  Permission forms will be sent to be signed by the parent/guardian and returned to the school on or before the above date, along with the $15.00 fee.

Let’s Talk: Provide input on the Peel District School Board’s 2019-20 budget priorities

Let’s Talk: Provide input on the Peel District School Board’s 2019-20 budget priorities

To guide the Peel board in the development of its 2019-20 school year budget, trustees are seeking input from staff, parent, student and community members. We'd like to hear from you about what you see as budget priorities for the upcoming school year.  ​

Peel board celebrates public education during Education Week – April 8 to 12

Peel board celebrates public education during Education Week – April 8 to 12

​The Peel District School Board will host hundreds of celebrations, activities and events across its 257 schools and worksites to celebrate Education Week from April 8 to 12. On April 15, the Peel board will host Showcase of Excellence, an evening to honour recipients for their outstanding contributions to public education. The theme for this year's Education Week is We Inspire.

Help your family stay warm this winter

Help your family stay warm this winter

​Peel Public Health recommends the following cold weather guidelines for preventing cold-weather injuries:

  1. Reduce amount of time children (grade 8 and under) spend outdoors when the temperature is –20 degrees Celsius or colder, with or without the wind chill.
     
  2. Keep children indoors when the temperature is -25 degrees Celsius or colder, with or without wind chill. Some medical conditions may increase sensitivity to cold. Parents should consult their physician (Source: Environment Canada). 
  3. Allow indoor breaks if children say they are feeling cold or during extreme temperatures.
     
  4. Ensure children are dressed warmly, covering exposed skin: insulated boots, winter weight coats, mittens, hats, neck warmers.
     
  5. Change wet clothing or footwear immediately.
     
  6. Although these conditions are unlikely to occur during the school day, ensure that all staff are able to recognize and treat symptoms of frostbite and hypothermia. Given plenty of warm fluids to prevent dehydration.
     
  7. When children are outside, be watchful for shivering or signs of numbness in faces, ears, hands or feet.
     
  8. Educate children in dealing with cold weather: drinking plenty of fluids, dressing warmly, and recognizing signs of cold injury.
What you need to know about head lice

What you need to know about head lice

What is head lice?

Head lice are tiny insects that live on the scalp where they lay their eggs. They have three stages: the egg (nit), the nymph and the adult. Head lice do not spread diseases and cannot be spread between animals or pets and humans, only through direct contact between people.

Head lice spread easily, especially where people are in close contact. They are common among school-aged children or children attending child care, where they spread through direct hair-to-hair contact or directly by sharing things like hats, combs, hairbrushes or headphones.

One of the first signs of head lice is an itchy scalp. However, children can have head lice for several weeks with no symptoms. If you think your child has head lice, check their hair for nits right away, then again after one week and after two weeks.

 

What to do if your child has lice

If you discover your child has lice, notify the school immediately so that classmates can be checked.  Parents must keep their child at home until they have been treated for lice and are nit-free. Students may only return to school if they are "nit-free" and will be checked by a school administrator before being re-admitted to class.  If your child has live lice, ensure they avoid head-to-head contact with other children until the lice are gone. Children should not share combs, hairbrushes, caps, hats or hair ornaments. You should also check all family members for head lice. Be sensitive to your child's feelings and let them know that having head lice does not mean they are not clean.

Head lice can be treated with the following approved insecticides:

  • pyrethrin (found in R&C Shampoo + Conditioner)
  • permethrin (Nix Creme Rinse or Kwellada-P Creme Rinse)
  • lindane (Hexit Shampoo or PMS-Lindane Shampoo)

Although head lice does not pose a significant health risk, it is highly contagious and very uncomfortable for children, therefore schools take precautions to prevent the spread.  Your cooperation in controlling the spread of lice by keeping your child at home until they have been treated and are nit-free is much appreciated.

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.
How to report absences when School Messenger is experiencing technical issues

How to report absences when School Messenger is experiencing technical issues

​Recently before the Winter break, the SafeArrival system, provided by School Messenger, experienced problems reporting absences through the App and website. While School Messenger works diligently to fix any technical issues, parents/guardians are reminded that absences can always be reported by calling the School Messenger toll-free number 1-855-209-6155 even when the App and website are inaccessible.

Peel Public Health tips to prevent and beat the flu

Peel Public Health tips to prevent and beat the flu

During the winter season, it's important to take precautions to avoid and help prevent the spread of germs and illnesses such as influenza or "the flu." Influenza is a disease that affects the airways and the lungs. The flu can spread from person to person and can sometimes cause severe illnesses.

Peel Public Health has provided these tips to help reduce the risk of becoming ill or spreading the flu:

Get your annual flu shot: It's not too late to get your annual flu shot. Visit your physician, a walk-in clinic, a pharmacy or find another location near you that is offering the free influenza vaccine.

Stay home when you're sick: If your child develops flu-like signs and symptoms, (fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue), keep them home from school. Contact your health care provider if symptoms are severe.

Practice good hygiene: Help your child get into the habit of covering their nose and mouth with a tissue when they cough or sneeze, and throw the tissue in the trash after it's used. If they don't have a tissue, they should cough or sneeze into their sleeve or elbow. They should also avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are spread this way.

Wash your hands: Encourage your child to wash their hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially after they cough or sneeze.

There are many locations across Peel where you can get your flu shots:

  • Peel flu clinics
  • Family Doctors' offices
  • Walk-in clinics
  • Pharmacies

For more information, call Peel Health at 905-799-7700 or visit www.peelregion.ca/flu

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.​
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).

 
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