Our staff are putting forth a wonderful effort to explore strategies, routines and activities that will help our students develop ways to prevent and avoid stress and anxiety. We will share ideas and resources with you this year, so we invite you to check our Edsby articles regularly. Here are a few quick ideas that you can explore at home with your child:
Connect more often. Chat, take time to ask how your child is doing and spend more quality time together.
Turn screens off! Decide as a family what day or what time each day you will turn your screens off and pick alternative activities that are focused on spending fun, relaxing and playful time together.
Breath! Simply taking 3 deep inhales and exhales will calm you down when stress is rising.
Be grateful! By writing down or sharing what you feel grateful for, you instantly activate the "happy" part of the brain. The more grateful you are, the happier you are. Getting your kids in the habit of identifying even the small things that are going well and that are appreciated will have huge positive effects on your life. Start by letting your child know what you appreciate about him or her.
Get outside! Research shows that nature has a powerful positive effect on calming our nervous system.
Check out the endless list of mindful and guided meditations that are free on Youtube. Just search "Mindful Meditation" in the time amount of your choosing such as 1 minute, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, etc. and sit back and relax!
Try the Meditation Mountain challenge! Day 1, meditate for 30 seconds. Day 2, meditate for 1 minute. Day 3, a minute and a half, etc. Do this all the way up to 6 minutes and then back down again. Reflect on how different you feel after the challenge. My guess is you will feel calmer, more connected and excited to meditate every day!
Phone Number, Web Address, Phone App Coming for Reporting Absences
KPR, student safety is our highest priority, and we thank families for adopting
the automated safe arrival system to help ensure students arrive safely at
school each day.
this September, we will be introducing a new automated Student Absence
Reporting System. Therefore, you will need to create a NEW account to
report your children’s absences online.
will receive an email in August with instructions on how to create your new
account and download the mobile app. You also will receive a magnet in
September with the new Student Absence Reporting System details.
Unfortunately, since ownership of the reporting software has changed, we cannot
simply transfer your child’s information to the new system.
Many parents and guardians have been wondering what effect the legalization of marijuana will have on KPR schools. In short, KPR schools will treat cannabis in much the same way they treat alcohol: students of any age will not be allowed to use marijuana at schools, on school buses or field trips.
Once the new federal law comes into effect this October 17:
non-medical marijuana use will be legal only for those age 19 and older
any student, at any age, could be suspended for possessing or being under the influence of cannabis at school
any student who shares marijuana with others younger than 19 could be expelled from school
it will be illegal for adults to use cannabis on, or within 20 metres of, school grounds
it will be illegal to drive under the influence of cannabis, and drivers age 21 or under will not be allowed to have any cannabis in their system.
If you have any questions about cannabis at school, please speak with your principal or vice-principal. Further information on the new law is available at Ontario.ca/cannabis. Information on how to talk to your child about cannabis can be found at Cannabis Information – CAMH.
KPR wishes everyone a happy holiday. We hope that this time allows for some much needed rest for students, staff, parents and guardians, and allows families opportunities to celebrate together.
While the holidays can be joyous, they can also be difficult for some. We wanted to provide families with some resources you may find useful over the holiday season. Our mission is that all students remain safe, and this includes their mental and physical well-being.
Mental health is a state of well-being; it is relevant to all of us. According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, in any given year, one in five people in Canada experiences a mental health crisis or illness. It is important to us that we remind everyone to use resources that are accessible to all. These include:
the Be Safe App, a free mobile app that aims to help young adults make healthy decisions during a crisis; it can be downloaded onto cell phones from https://besafeapp.ca/
Kids Help Phone, also available 24/7, at 1-800-668-6868 or text “CONNECT” to 686868
Four County Crisis line, available 24/7 for Northumberland and Peterborough County residents at 1-866-995-9933
Durham Mobile Crisis Services, available 24/7 for anyone experiencing a crisis, at 905-666-0483 or 1-800-742-1890
Connex Ontario Mental Health Helpline, provides information about mental health services in Ontario 24/7, at 1-866-531-2600 or www.connexontario.ca
Ontario 211, a free helpline that connects people to community and social services in your area, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling 2-1-1.
Your family also has access to your closest hospital, as well as to regional supports serving specific areas of KPR.
Let's keep our mental health and the mental health of those we love and care about in the forefront. We encourage you to use community support services if you ever find yourself or someone near and dear to you struggling and in need of assistance.
Once again, we wish everyone season’s greetings, a Merry Christmas, and safe holidays.
New Kindergarten families are invited to attend one of our five, free upcoming regional Kindergarten Information Sessions. Current Kindergarten families are also welcome to attend. Parents and caregivers will learn about the Kindergarten Program and the new provincial Kindergarten report card. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with community agencies and partners that serve families, and together, we will provide strategies to help prepare your child for Kindergarten and support your child at home.
Starting high school in September? We invite current Grade 8 students, parents and guardians to join us at Grade 8 information nights to learn about the variety of programs available to help learners meet with success.
Several schools have already held their open houses; parents can contact those schools directly for program and registration information. Contact information is available in the Find A School section of www.kprschools.ca
The following open houses are coming up:
Bowmanville High School, Bowmanville – January 16, 6 p.m. Kenner Collegiate Vocational Institute, Peterborough – January 16, 7 p.m. Clarington Central Secondary School, Bowmanville – January 17, 6 p.m. Courtice Secondary School, Courtice – January 17, 6:30 pm. Port Hope High School, Port Hope – January 17, 6:30 p.m.