Spring Time and Bears

Please be advised that with Spring’s arrival and the start of some warmer weather there have been a number of bear sightings in our local community. Most recently, this Sunday, a bear was spotted in the area of Cliff View and Birch Crescent (near our school).

Please talk to your children about being aware of bears. The Nature Canada website has some helpful information if you follow this link https://naturecanada.ca/news/blog/be-bear-aware/.

In the event of a bear sighting on or near school property during the school day, we have procedures and protocols in place to ensure student safety.

Welcome back to school!

Welcome back from Spring Break on Monday, April 4! Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.

Just a reminder that when we all come back to school that the mask mandate has ended. SD83 is a “mask friendly” school district. You can wear a mask if you choose.

Please continue with the daily health checks and stay home if you are ill. Also, regular hand washing and sanitizing should continue. For those who choose to wear a mask, medical grade masks continue to be available for students and staff.

If you really enjoyed your time off don’t fear, there are two more school holidays on the horizon. Good Friday is on April 15 and Easter Monday is April 18.

Important federal information for those who travelled internationally over Spring Break

If you and your family travelled outside Canada over Spring Break there are important federal requirements to be aware of. This includes that for 14 days following entry into Canada, travellers must:

Some federal rules after entering Canada are different from the provincial or territorial rules. In this case, you must follow the stricter rules.

For more information: Federal requirements for out of country travellers

Message from the Superintendent

March 17, 2022

SD83 Employees & Families,

I recognize that these last two years have been a tumultuous time for our families, our schools, and for our communities. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we have continuously navigated the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beginning on Monday, April 4, 2022, SD83 will remove the masking mandate in school district facilities and buses. SD83 will continue to be a “mask-friendly” environment. Medical grade masks will still be available to employees and students for voluntary use. We are also reminding employees and students to complete a daily personal screening check before school to ensure they are feeling well. Individuals who are feeling ill are asked to remain at home.

I want to sincerely thank parents and community members who have reached out to seek understanding through respectful dialogue over the last eight months. Everyone has felt the impact of a prolonged pandemic. Please continue to be patient and trust that we are all working towards the same goal – maintaining respectful, healthy, and welcoming environments for all students and staff.

I trust that each of you will have the opportunity to enjoy the next two weeks. May you have time to enjoy family, friends, and the spring weather we are currently experiencing.

See you back on Monday, April 4, 2022.

With gratitude,

Donna Kriger,

Superintendent 

Managing anxiety in children

Close to 60 people joined an online presentation featuring Dr. Sean Larsen who discussed a Practical Approach to Managing Anxiety in Children on March 10 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Director of Instruction Carol-Ann Leidloff was pleased with the turnout and said this online workshop was presented to help parents and educators with some essential tools to better understand anxiety in children, recognize when it is becoming problematic, help children build the capacity to overcome it, and create environments to foster better outcomes for those struggling. She noted Dr. Larsen has agreed to allow the recording of the session to be shared so that those who couldn’t attend can watch it at their leisure.

View recording of Thursday’s presentation here

View pdf of Dr. Larsen’s slides here

Drawing on literature on brain development, emotional regulation, psychology, and years of clinical experience Dr. Larsen wants to help others better understand children’s anxiety and how to support them in more meaningful ways.

Problematic anxiety in childhood is common and disrupts opportunities for healthy experiences. Anxiety can influence a child’s ability to achieve academically, make friends, or find reward in the activities they take part in.

He notes that about one in ten Canadians will access mental health support for mood and anxiety disorders in their lives and a far larger percentage could benefit from these supports and a better understanding of what anxiety is and how it impacts their lives.

Leidloff adds the district hopes to have Dr. Larsen return in the fall with presentations on how to help children sleep better, and on digital parenting.