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Transitioning kids back to school

By Wanda Kampijan – As a parent with children in the school system, going back to school is a time to celebrate. As much as I enjoy the laissez-faire attitude summer time offers, I love the idea of getting back into a routine after a couple of months of “flying by the seats of our pants”.

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Tips to prepare your child for their first day of Kindergarten

For most children and parents, the first day of school can be an exciting milestone. When students begin school in Kindergarten, all students will learn through play. Play-based learning is an essential part of a child’s development and combines all areas of learning. Through play, children learn skills to help them negotiate social relationships and use […]

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Promoting diversity and inclusivity

The following messages of support were written by WRDSB parents. They explain what flying the rainbow flag at their child’s school means to them. “I once flew the rainbow flag to celebrate individual identities, particular queer ones, but now I fly it to remind my children that there are different kinds of families in our […]

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Using mindfulness to help children deal with stress

By Susan Cranston – Susan is a mother of two daughters. Her youngest is a Grade 9 student at Sir John A. MacDonald Secondary School. She is a volunteer on the Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) and a Certified Meditation, Yoga and Vedic Educator. Stressed-out kids Stress is a result of how we cope or relate […]

Talking to your child about making healthy and safe choices

Dear Parents and Caregivers, With the summer break approaching, we wanted to communicate some updates and reminders to students, parents and caregivers. We know that having supportive and honest conversations with young people about substance use is important in their ability to make healthy and safe choices for themselves and in supporting others. Here are […]

Tips for summer learning and fun

With only a few more weeks of school left, ChildMind.org has put together some tips for parents and caregivers to help keep children learning and active during the summer break. Child Mind notes that when you have kids who thrive on routine, making a plan early on for structuring free time and scheduling activities can help […]

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Staying active with your kids this summer

By Kim Holmes – Kim is a Personal Trainer and the owner of My Fit Coach. She helps busy moms care for their bodies (and minds) through online fitness and nutrition programs. She is a mom of two young sons who attend Glencairn Public School. Kim understands that busy parents don’t have hours to spend […]

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Strengthening our community through the fentanyl crisis

By Angelica Allen – Angelica is a parent of three, two of whom have graduated from WRDSB schools and another who is currently in Grade 9. She is also the current Waterloo Region Assembly of Public School Councils Co-Chair. Fentanyl and drug use is an important topic that has been covered extensively in the media […]

Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why

As you may have heard in the news, Netflix released the second season of 13 Reasons Why on May 18, 2018. This is a popular series and we anticipate that many young people may watch the show. Some of the content could be potentially triggering for some teens who are more vulnerable at this time. […]

Flying the Pride flag to celebrate diversity and inclusion

June is nationally recognized as pride month in Canada. Many institutions and organizations fly the Pride flag as a celebration of diversity. During the month of June, all Waterloo Region District School Board locations will fly the Pride flag alongside the Canadian flag. We believe that our schools are safe spaces for everyone that walks […]

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