May your Christmas be filled with happiness, joy and the love of Christ. Merry Christmas!
Thank you to all the families who have been walking their children to and from school, as well as those that use alternative streets to drop off and pick up their children. Everyone is reminded that you are only to use the school parking lot if you need to come into the school. Please remember that our student safety is a joint responsibility.
As the weather gets colder, remember to allow extra time in your morning for those extra layers and potential traffic delays. Our traffic flow map is listed under About Us on our school website.
Winter Weather Update
When we experience wintry weather throughout the year families often have many questions. Considering this we are informing the community of the policy that is followed when deciding to keep students indoors during winter. Students will remain inside when temperatures, including wind chill, are at or below minus 20°C. Otherwise all students will go outside for recesses and lunches. Students must dress for the weather and be prepared to be outside before school, during the two 15-minute recess and the 40-minute lunch break. Please check the weather each day before students are sent to school and ensure that they are coming to school dressed appropriately to go outside every day. We are using the University of Waterloo weather station website for the information needed to decide on indoor or outdoor recesses. (http://weather.uwaterloo.ca/)
In the event of severe weather, please listen to the local radio stations for school closure or bus cancellation information beginning at 6:45 a.m. Announcements are made approximately every quarter hour. Additionally, all cancellation updates can be found on the WCDSB website (www.wcdsb.ca) under the Cancellations tab.
Here are some tips for walking to school in the winter:
- Wear a hat…up to 50% of body heat can be lost through your head, so keep it covered;
- Walk with smaller steps to improve footing on slippery sidewalk;
- Wear mittens…they are warmer than gloves;
- Use a lip protector (such as a lip balm) on your lips;
- Walk with a buddy…talk about all the great winter scenery.
Escape the Winter Blues!
There are many things you can do to prevent the winter blues from setting in. Eating healthy, being physically active, limiting screen time, and spending time with family and friends help to promote positive mental well-being.
Healthy eating means eating and drinking more:
- Vegetables and fruit
- Whole grains like brown rice, as well as whole grain breads and cereals
- Legumes and lean protein choices
- Milk and milk alternatives
- Water for thirst
Healthy eating also means limiting ultra-processed foods like:
- Sugary or salty snacks
- Sweetened beverages
- Pre-packaged meals
- Food from restaurants
Winter is a great time to cook with children and teach them food skills, share family traditions and spend quality family time together. Having healthy meals together can help families feel more connected. A healthy eating pattern that includes breakfast can also help children do better in school!
For information on healthy eating and nutrition, visit Eat Right Ontario at https://www.eatrightontario.ca and follow this link for tips on Cooking with Kids. Please note that some tips/recipes do involve allergenic foods; Continue to follow your routine precautions and healthcare provider’s advice if you or family members have food allergies.
Public Safety Letter
Please take a moment to review the attached letter.