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Education Week and National Mental Health Awareness Week, May 1-5

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Education Week - Showcase Events across HWDSB

We all belong#HWDSBArtExhibit

Opens Monday, May 1, 8:30 a.m.

Education Centre (20 Education Court)

An exhibition of hundreds of postcard-size works of art by Kindergarten to Grade 12 students from across HWDSB, around the theme: We All Belong. #HWDSBArtExhibit

Chase the Future: 2041

When: Wednesday, May 3, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location: Ancaster Fairgrounds (630 Trinity Road South)

Culminating event for HWDSB’s Chase the Future: 2041 initiative, a year-long project that saw students dive deep into the new City of Hamilton strategic priorities and ask: How might you make Hamilton a better place to live? Students present their diverse ideas. #ChasetheFuture2041


When: Thursday May 4, 5 to 7 p.m.

Location: Lawfield elementary (45 Berko Ave.)

Lawfield drew on the sensational Humans of New York to create Humans of Lawfield, an exhibit that explored empathy, stereotypes, biography and photography to profile 15 Lawfield adults and two students per class.

They Come from the Mountains: Why the Michif Love Horses

When: Friday, May 5, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Location: Bennetto elementary, 47 Simcoe St. E. A

Metis celebration of the horse with special guest Sergeant Denise Leonard of the Hamilton Police Mounted Unit and Police Horse MacNab. Enjoy horse art, horses at work and singing. Inspired by a short story written by two local Metis Elders. Supported by the Hamilton Community Foundation.

National Mental Health Awareness Week - Education Centre Events

Education Centre Events

The Education Centre will be lit green, staff will use the #GETLOUD hashtag to promote well-being and will host mental well-being displays in the front foyer.

Mindfulness presentations

When: Monday, May 1, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Room 181 A/B

Free Yoga

When: Monday, May 1, 1 p.m. Room 181 A/B

Therapy Dog Visit

When: Tuesday, May 2. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Room 181 B/Courtyard weather permitting.

Employee Assistance Program Session

When: Wednesday, May 3 at 11 a.m. Room 180 A.

Speaker on “Talking About Mental Illness”

When: Thursday, May 4, noon to 1 p.m. Room 201 B.

Talk by Jill Dennison of Canadian Mental Health Association, “ Talking about mental illness,” with Nick Petrella.

Board Games

When: Friday, May 5 at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rooms 211, 212, 210 Q, 210 G, 210 P.

Additional Events

For May 1 to 5, many other events will occur at schools across HWDSB. Here are a few examples.

May 1 to 5 – Mental Health Awareness Week at Saltfleet

Using Five Ways to Mental Well-being, students and staff have opportunities to express ideas, be physically active, appreciate the talents of peers, embrace diversity, try new activities, meet new people and hang out. Organized by Saltfleet’s Health Action Team (HAT), a youth leadership committee.

Date Theme Activities

Period 4


Give time and space to both strengthening and broadening social relationships

Staff and student board games, Jenga, cards, adult colouring templates
Period 4
Give Back

Helping, sharing, giving, and being kind make will make you feel better


Enjoy a HAT-style cookie

Online quiz: How Stressed are YOU?

Coping with Stress bingo


Periods 3 and 4

Be Active

Do something active you enjoy daily to release endorphins and help manage stress


Elephant ball (dodge ball with soft ball) with staff and students

Period 4


Try new and different things

TEA Stress at the HAT cafe



Period 4
Take Notice

Take the time to notice not only your surroundings, but your thoughts and feelings

Connecting the Dots – Saltfleet banner (What makes you feel a connection with the Saltfleet community?)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 (until May 4)

Wizard of Oz at Eastdale Elementary

Eastdale will perform The Wizard of Oz for parents and neighbouring schools during Education Week. This will include afternoon school performances May 2 and 4, and an evening performance for families at 7 p.m. May 3.

Address: Eastdale, 275 Lincoln Rd, Stoney Creek

Contact: eastdale@hwdsb.on.ca, 905-662-4363

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 AT 9:00 AM

All Star Day at Ancaster Meadow

For the second year now, Ancaster Meadow will host All Star Day, a basketball event raising money for the Ronald McDonald House and the ROCK (Reach out Centre for kids). Students will enjoy activities led by a Grade 8 leadership council. Learn more on YouTube at Ancaster Meadow All Star Day.

Address: 93 Kitty Murray Lane, Ancaster

Contact: Kelly McLaughlin, kmclaugh@hwdsb.on.ca, 289-983-0512

Thursday, May 4, 2017 AT 5:00 PM

50th Anniversary at R.L. Hyslop Elementary

See the contents of R.L. Hyslop’s time capsule created in 1992, follow a timeline of events from the decades the school has been open, see classroom displays showcasing 50 years of education and connect with former students in person and through yearbooks. Be sure to visit the “Guess Who” staff baby picture display. Refreshments by the R.L. Hyslop School Council. Commemorative T-shirts $10.

Address: R.L. Hyslop, 20 Lake Avenue, Stoney Creek

Contact: Caroline Prawak, cprawak@hwdsb.on.ca, 905-662-8425

Thursday, MAY 4, 2017 AT 5:30 PM

Open House & Multicultural Night at Westwood

Westwood Elementary School is Celebrating Education Week (May 1 – 5) by hosting an Open House & Multicultural Night.

Address: 9 Lynbrook Drive, Hamilton

Contact: Principal Michelle Rodney Bartalos, 905-383-2143


Updated on Thursday, April 27, 2017.
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