Email Roundup: April/May
Here is an overview of emails shared with PIC members, from April 16, 2014 – May 15, 2014:
The Ontario Physical Literacy Summit will be hosted in Hamilton on September 26 & 27, 2014. This Summit will provide the opportunity for parents, coaches, staff, and community leaders to learn more about how they can provide the best Active Start for their child(ren), understand the importance of moving properly in different environments at a young age and understand what to look for in a quality active program. Click here 2014 Summit for a direct link to the website and registration page to find out more information about programming for the conference.
COPA (Le Centre ontarien de prévention des agressions) is a non-profit provincial Francophone organization, with bilingual capacity, that serves as an award-winning centre of excellence in the field of bullying and violence prevention as well as equity and inclusive education. Recent news from COPA:
- COPA has recently launched a new illustrated storybook series for young children, as part of their WE ALL BELONG initiative. This new resource has been designed for parents, families, and schools thanks to funding from the Ministry of Education. The three storybooks in the series highlights COPA’s themes of listening, compassion, kindness and courage. For more information about the series and how you can obtain your copy of the first 2 books in the series (the third is soon to be released), visit the COPA website.
- SWIMMING TOWARD A DIFFERENT WORLD: GENDER SPLENDOR!
Schools have an important opportunity to interrupt and challenge what feels like an inevitable march toward gender confirmation – what amounts to oppressive practices and policies that can have very negative consequences for all of us – and offer instead practical and visionary tools for change. Read about the example one school is setting for others in this area.
The ABCs of Mental Health is a valuable online resource available for teachers and parents, providing information about children and mental health. The website does not provide a diagnosis but does offer information so you know when help is needed. The teacher section allows teachers to use the site when there are issues with a child in their classroom. As parents, the website offers the same opportunity but through observing your child at home. The site uses a simple, traffic light type system to offer information. Green is seen as normal activity. Yellow is behaviour that needs to be monitored while red suggests professional help is needed. The children are grouped into age appropriate sections, based on clinical research that shows when changes happen. The site also discusses how boys and girls differ, how special needs affect mental health, etc. The link to the website is: http://www.hincksdellcrest.org/abc/welcome
People for Education (P4E) has released a Report on Special Education in Ontario’s Schools. The full report can be found as part of People of Education’s May newsletter.
Additional items of interest from the People for Education’s May newsletter include:
- Grants for parent involvement
- Canadian Stars support public education
- Getting kids outside
- Music Monday
- Help support People for Education
More Opportunities to Succeed for Aboriginal Students
The Ontario Ministry of Education has announced an Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program for First Nation, Métis and Inuit students. The goal of this new pilot program to help more Aboriginal students develop business and entrepreneurial skills. Pilot programs will begin in September 2014 for students in grades 11 and 12 in Fort Frances, Kenora, London, Sioux Lookout, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Toronto and Wallaceburg. For more information, please refer to the news release.
Save the Date! Ophea Healthy Schools Conference – October 16 & 17, 2014
Refer to the Conference website to find out who should attend, and why.
HWDSB Policy Consultation
The HWDSB is currently seeking public input for two draft policies – the draft Parent Engagement Policy and the draft Community Engagement Policy. Both policies and online questionnaire feedback are available until June 30, 2014 on the HWDSB website (scroll to the bottom of the screen).