News & Announcements

Transitioning kids back to school

By Wanda Kampijan – Wanda has 28 years of parenting experience, raising three unique individuals. She has supported her children’s transition to school 58 times: from preschool to elementary school to high-school to post-secondary schooling. Wanda works for the YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo as a community connector. Parents can reach Wanda at wanda.kampijan@ckw.ymca.ca or 519-741-8585 x. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Parent Involvement Committee

By Brent Hutzal – Brent is co-chair of Parent Involvement Committee. He has two daughters, Kate (8), who attends Bridgeport Public School, and Claire (almost 3) will be attending Bridgeport Public School JK Class of 2019-20. Are you passionate about education? Are you interested in helping the school board engage with parents? Are you looking […]

The Screen-“Free” Challenge

By Brent Hutzal – Brent is co-chair of Parent Involvement Committee. He has two daughters, Kate (8), who attends Bridgeport Public School, and Claire (almost 3) will be attending Bridgeport Public School JK Class of 2019-20. “Daddy, did they have Screen-Free Week when you were a little boy?” Kate asked me on the Sunday evening […]

Journey of Support

By Angela (In order to protect the identity of the student involved, this Parent Post has been published using only the first name of the author). Mental illness has been a very real journey for our family over the past eight years. My daughter was internationally adopted when she was two years old. She had […]

Managing Anxiety

In order to protect the identity of the student involved, this Parent Post has been published anonymously. As a parent of a teen with a chronic anxiety disorder, I want to share my experience with you, because anxiety is still often misunderstood, underdiagnosed and enveloped in shame – for both the children and the parents. What is […]

PIC Parent Conference 2018

By Laurie Tremble – Laurie is a member of the Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) and former co-chair of the Waterloo Region Assembly of Public School Councils (WRAPSC). She is a parent to two boys – Luke attends grade 10 at Grand River Collegiate, and Sean attends grade 8 at Sunnyside. On Saturday, April 7, the […]

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