Community Update - May 5
Thank you for partnering with us in your child's education. We recognize that our families are busy, we'll be providing a summary of relevant information every two weeks to help. Here are some items that you may have missed:
- Don't forget to read our previous update on continuing student learning.
- Foothills School Division is contributing $50,000 to expand existing partnerships that support nutrition programs.
- Thank you to our staff and families for their prompt response and adaptability as we restricted access to our High River schools and points of service based upon recent information from the Medical Officer of Health, Calgary zone and in collaboration with Alberta Education. It remains our collective responsibility to ‘flatten the curve’ and school access restrictions will be reviewed on May 1, 2020.
- Highlights from our April 22, 2020 Board Meeting are now available.
- The Prime Minister of Canada announced emergency funding for grade 12 students and recent graduates.
- The Alberta Northern Lights Volunteer Recognition Program was launched.
- The Town of Okotoks has arranged 11 different activities and events to celebrate Youth Week between May 1-7.
- Calgary's Child is publishing an online magazine for families.
- Please join us in congratulating Joanne Higgins, Principal of Heritage Heights School and Sam Spangler, Teacher at Ecole Foothills Composite High School on their recent awards.
Virtual Parent Cafe
- Tuesdays: Okotoks / Heritage Heights / Red Deer Lake
- Wednesdays: High River / Cayley / Blackie
- Thursdays: Black Diamond / Turner Valley / Millarville / Longview
The Foothills School Division Minds Matter Team invites parents to a weekly online cafe to support mental health and wellness!
- 12:30 - 12:40 Weekly Learning
- 12:40 - 1:30 Q&A, Join anytime!
Our team of supports will be happy to discuss topics such as:
- how to cope and maintain routine during the pandemic
- accessing community supports and resources
- strategies to support yourself as a parent or your family
Join Google Meet or if you are connecting via landline, please call Loriann Salmon, (403)-422-0328.
Mental Health Literacy for Parents
- May 13, 6:00 - 8:00pm
This interactive session is geared for parents and people who work with youth. It will introduce parents to the basic concepts in establishing and maintaining positive mental health. Topics Include:
- The Teenage Brain
- Common Myths about Mental Illness
- Teenage Stress
- Recognizing When to Access Supports
- Promoting Positive Mental Health
Register by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Upcoming Parent Education Webinars
Offered by Community Education Service. To view a webinar:
- Login, or create a new account, and register here.
- A confirmation email with instructions will be sent
- Alternatively, login to your CES account and go to the Your Courses tab.
- Scroll to the session and click where it says "click here".
From Finsta to FOMO: Understanding Social Media Use in Teens
May 6, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
This session will look at some of the most popular platforms among Canadian youth and how to protect privacy and keep everyone safe. We will also discuss the effects of social media use on teen mental health and how to promote healthy social media habits in a digital world.
Supporting Your Children to have Healthy Relationships during Physical Distancing
When: May 7, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
This presentation will focus on how parents can help children develop and maintain positive healthy relationships during a time of physical distancing. Children and teens can and should stay social and emotionally connected with their peers and others. Healthy relationships and social connections are key in fostering positive social-emotional development and resilience. Strategies to help parents promote healthy and positive relationships during a time of increased physical distance will be provided. Parents will be empowered to have meaningful conversations with their children to build the parent-child relationship, as well as help their children develop and maintain healthy relationships and digital connection outside their immediate household.
Understanding Teen Mental Health & Wellness
May 12, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Everyone has mental health, teens included. This workshop will provide information to help parents and caregivers understand and support positive mental health for youth in their teen years. Learn to distinguish between normal feelings and behaviour of young people, and signs and symptoms of mental health concerns and issues. Relevant school and community resources will be shared.
Crisis Survival Skills: Supporting your Child and Teen during Stressful
May 19, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
May 20, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
This presentation will provide parents with a better understanding of how to support their child during a time of global crisis. Related stressors include social isolation, disruptions in routine, difficulty coping, and the disappointment of canceled events and anticipated opportunities. It will empower parents in recognizing signs that a child may be struggling and how they can support their child during this time of physical distancing and absence of in-person peer interactions. Strategies discussed will include mindfulness, distress tolerance, and other coping skills.