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February 2020 – Secondary School E-Bits

For Educators

Winter Walk Day 2020: Get active this winter and encourage walking to school!

Winter Walk Day is Wednesday, February 5, 2020. Students across the province will celebrate on this day and throughout the entire month of February by going outside on their journey to and from school. Join the crowd by planning a Winter Walk Day celebration in your school community. Get ideas for activities and announcements, and download posters on the Ontario Active School Travel website. We want you to celebrate! Register your school’s Winter Walk Day activities and you could be the winner of a $200 Scholar’s Choice gift card.

Kindness in the Classroom®

The Kindness in the Classroom® program was created to integrate intentional kindness skill building with the development of social and emotional competencies. SEL programs like Kindness in the Classroom® improve attitudes and behaviors and reduce emotional distress. Research shows that students receiving the curriculum had greater empathy and sympathy for fellow students and teachers, were intrinsically motivated to be kinder and caring and showed decreased aggressive and antisocial behaviors. Interestingly, teachers reported they had significantly fewer conflicts with their students after teaching the curriculum and said they had more time for teaching… all resulting in students having more time for learning.

Find the lessons for K-12 by grade under the Mental Well Being and Resiliency section at: Educators – Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit

For Families

Parenting can feel like a challenge some days. There’s a lot our teens need to know to become successful adults.

Join us for a small group discussion on all or one of the topics listed below. Gain parenting tips to help your family life run smoother.

  1. Coping with teenagers’ emotions.
  2. Getting teens to co-operate.
  3. Reducing family conflict.
  4. Building teen’s survival skills.
  5. Building stronger family relationships.

For more details, go to Parenting matters!