Mountain of Love
Our annual Mountain of Love campaign has begun. If you have any clean, gently-worn winter coats, mitts, hats, scarves and boots at home, please bring them to school to create our “Mountain of Love.”
St. Nicholas CES Speaker Series
Further to our mission to be a Healthy, Safe School and building on the parent feedback (received from April 2017 Parent survey) – the St. Nicholas School Council has received a PRO grant to support a 3-part speaker series. This series of guest speakers is an effort to enhance parent involvement in our children’s lives through better comprehension of their children’s use of social media. It will also address issues related to the mental health of their children as affected by their use of social media platforms.
Improved Student Achievement and Well-being:
Social Media is being used by kids and is here to stay. Technology and fashion may entice children to use different platforms from their parents (e.g., Snapchat instead of Facebook). It is important for parents to be aware of what their kids are exposed to through their use of social media, and how potential predators can contact their children online. Studies have also shown that some individuals display symptoms of an addiction to social media. We hope that through education, through these three speakers’ presentations, parents will become more aware of how social media use can affect their children’s wellbeing and learning outcomes.
School Council has extended an invitation to three speakers to address students and parents regarding the safe use of social media, and the potential effects of social media use on mental health and well-being:
- On November 30th, Dr. Daniel Smilek from the Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo to discuss how social media use is related to mental health of children. In addition, two of Dr. Smilek’s graduate students will be invited to talk to students in grades 5 to 8 about social media, multi-tasking and mental health.
- On January 16th, Detective Sandor Illess from the Waterloo Regional Police Service, Child Exploitation Unit to talk about how to keep children safe on the internet;
- On April 17th, Cat Coode from Binary Tatoo will talk about how kids should behave safely on social media and will inform their parents on how to foster safe use of social media in their children. Cat Coode will also cover how to safely behave on social media platforms with the children of the school.
More information will be available next week on the first presentation in this series. A link to RSVP will also be provided at that time. Stay tuned!
Please remember that photo retakes will occur on Monday, November 13th in the afternoon.
PA Day – November 17th
November 17th is a PA Day for staff, so students won’t be at school. Staff will be working on student achievement in numeracy.