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November 8 Udate

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Media Smarts Take Away

On Tuesday we hosted a Media Smarts Session for Parents.  One thing that parents can do that has the most significant positive impact on your child's wellbeing is to take away their technology at bedtime.  They will sleep better, and wake up rested and ready play and learn.  

Anti-Bullying Week

Each year we set aside a week where we focus on Anti-Bullying.  During the week of November 18-22 teachers and the school will be participating in many activities that help our students choose to be kind and caring.

Alberta’s provincial legislation defines bullying as repeated and hostile or demeaning behaviours by an individual in the school community where the behaviour is intended to cause harm, fear or distress to one or more other individuals in the school community, including psychological harm or harm to an individual’s reputation. It can focus on disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion or other issues.

At DCE we choose to focus on friendliness, kindness, inclusivity, love, encouragement and caring. 

Christmas 'Mustang Style' Starts on December 2!

This year we are focusing our 12 Days of Giving on an organization called Basically Babies. Basically Babies is a registered charity that works to provide for the basic outfitting needs of newborn babies born to families in extreme need in the greater Edmonton area. They offer the gift of a complete first year’s wardrobe for these infants in the form of a beautiful colour-coordinated basket filled with clothing, outerwear, blankets, toys, storybooks, sleepers, undershirts, footwear and other baby essentials. We call these packaged gifts “Layettes” and they are both practical and beautiful, providing hope and dignity to those who receive them.

We are looking for new or clean, gently used items to give to Basically Babies.  Our student leadership team will be packaging these up and delivering them to the warehouse where they packaged and then delivered to families in need.  Please do not send formula, baby food or diapers.

December 2            1 Snowsuit

December 3            2 Summer (or Winter) Hats

December 4            3 Board Books

December 5            4 Little Blankets

December 6            5 Baby Toys

December 9            6 Cozy Slippers

December 10            7 Little Outfits

December 11          8 Warm Tights

December 12          9 Woolen Mittens

December 13          10 Comfy Sleepers

December 14          11 Cute Onesies

December 15          12 Pairs of Socks

You will find the complete list of items they are collecting for the babies here.

Thank you for supporting some of our most vulnerable and valuable citizens.

Inclement Weather

With the winter season almost here, we want to remind families to dress children appropriately for the weather when getting ready for school or the bus. The weather often changes unexpectedly throughout the day, so please select suitable outerwear and ensure your child is prepared for changing conditions.

If inclement weather conditions occur, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) advises families of any bus cancellations using various communications tools—automated-telephone messages, alerts posted on www.eips.ca and school websites, Twitter, Facebook, local radio stations and on Versatrans My Stop. Morning bus cancellations are posted on www.eips.ca by 6:30 a.m.

Decisions regarding bus cancellations are guided by EIPS administrative procedures that states, “school bus service may be suspended…when Environment Canada reports a temperature of -40 C.” Other reasons for suspending or delaying school bus services include adverse weather and poor road condition. When school bus services are suspended, schools remain open to students. EIPS believes families have the right and responsibility to make choices for their children based on their beliefs and perceptions of safety during times of inclement weather.

For more information, contact EIPS Student Transportation at 780-417-8151.

Wellness Committee

As the weather changes and we head into colder temperatures, a less pleasant season creeps in: Influenza season. This is a great time to remind our children that “washing hands” and “covering coughs and sneezes” help to prevent spreading germs that cause influenza, common colds and other illnesses.

Wash hands with warm water and soap for 15-20 seconds – about the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday. Wash your hands every time you get home from school, playgrounds, extra-curricular activities, stores, or other public places. Wash your hands before you handle food, eat, drink, or touch your face. Always wash your hands after handling pets, blowing your nose, sneezing into your hands, or using the toilet!

To learn more about influenza and how to protect against it, check out Influenza in Children. Not sure if you or your family has the flu? Refer to this comparison sheet to determine the differences between influenza, common cold and stomach “flu”.

The best protection against influenza viruses is immunization. Flu shots are available at many doctor offices, pharmacies and public health clinics. Go here to find clinic schedules closest to you - lots of dates and times are available during the November break!

Have a safe and healthy November break!

For any feedback or questions, please email dcewellness@gmail.com.

 

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