Parent Involvement Committee

Information Shared with PIC: Nov 16 – Dec 15, 2013

Last updated on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Here is the information shared with PIC in the past month:

BEWARE of Bullying – News release from Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ontario
Prevent the Harm – Protecting Kids from Online Bullying. This news release recommends seven tips for parents to become Smartphone savvy. View the Commissioner’s Corner on You Tube video blog about what parents can do to keep their children safe.

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES FOCUSING ON BULLYING PREVENTION – COPA Blog Nov 21, 2013

In conjunction with Bullying Prevention Week, COPA offers the following support activities and resources;

  • For Teachers and School Staff – Safe@school Multimedia Toolkit. A guide for teachers on bullying prevention go to changeourworld.ca. Also, Safeatschool.ca offers a professional learning module.
  • For Students – changeourworld.ca offers students the opportunity to share their opinions and expressions on the issue of bullying prevention.
  • For Parents and Guardians and Schools – WE ALL BELONG Multimedia Toolkit. This toolkit includes DVD series, discussion guide and a guide for parents on understanding and preventing bullying, see COPA website.

HEALTHY SCHOOLS ENEWSLETTER AVAILABLE NOW – Hamilton Public Health Services School Program launch first eNewsletter now available at www.hamilton.ca/healthyschools . This website also provides links to:

  • Public Health Services Community Directory for Schools
  • Head Lice and Bug Buster Clinic Information
  • Curriculum and other health resources
  • Schedule grade 7 & 8 Healthy Growth and Development Sessions
  • Contact a School Public Health Nurse using the ‘Ask a Question’ form

EDUCATION NEWS FROM PEOPLE FOR EDUCATION – In this issue:

  • A new poll for students, parents, teachers
  • Problems in French Immersion
  • Graduates in 2030
  • Growing and selling fool in schools
  • Measuring what matters
  • Child poverty on the decline
  • Go to www.peopleforeducation.ca

BIG NEW AWARDS FOR BASEF 2014 – Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair 2014 sponsored by ArcelorMittal Dofasco. Not just a science fair, it is much more! It gives students a chance to explore issues that interest them, and prove something to their peers. Students can work independently or with a partner and project work is cross-curricular. This year’s fair will have the biggest single prizes in their 53 year history. For more information visit www.basef.ca/2014

MORE ON LISTENING – COPA BLOG, Dec 4, 2013
COPA discusses the value of listening – fully, actively, for empowerment. ‘Listening, like apologies, may be one of the mist essential human tools for change and healing, and yet, like apologies, listening is something we do little of, and often poorly.’ For more on active listening see the Capsule Family animated series homepage and watch the third episode in the second series titled Listening Carefully.

SUPPORTING TRANSITIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS – For a copy of Ministry’s Policy/Program Memorandum 156 outlining support transitions for students with special education needs, go to www.edu.gov.on.ca/extra/eng/ppm/ppm156.pdf

2013 STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT REPORT – This annual report includes much valuable information including:

  • Graduation rates
  • K-2 Oral Language strategy and Early Reading strategy
  • Strategies to Support Instruction in Mathematics
  • Special education students in regular classes
  • Strategies to reach out to potential early school leavers
  • Community and Continuing Education Services to support student achievement
  • Report Link www.hwdsb.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/meetings/information-nights-invitation-1384443053.pdf

MENTAL HEALTH WORKSHOPS FOR YOUTH – MacMaster Children’s Hospital is offering Child and youth Mental Health Workshops hosted by The Community Education Service and are currently running and continue into January 2014, for more information, please go to https://docs.google.com/document/d/1t3XpMbrwLWzcXNRkgeXkvVif_aO-05KenEsS09GIWxQ/edit

EYE SEE…EYE LEARN – Children in Junior Kindergarten (born 2009) enrolled or living in designated publically funded School Districts including HWDSB are able to participate in the Eye See… Eye Learn program for the 2013/2014 school year. To participate go to www.eyeseeeyelearn.ca and follow the link to ‘find a Doctor of Optometry’ to make and eye exam appointment by June 30, 2014. Participating children who require a pair of glasses will receive one free pair free of charge courtesy of the participating industry sponsors Jungle Eyewear and HOYA Vision Care.

PARENT SURVEY FOR THE CHILD CARE FEE SUBSIDY – The City of Hamilton is updating the strategy used to manage waitlist for child care fee subsidy. They are looking for feedback directly and anonymously from parents/caregivers of children 0-12 years old. Please take a few minutes to complete this online survey by clinking on the following link fluidsurveys.com/s/childcarefeesubsidy_parent. Deadline to complete this survey is Dec 24th at noon.

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