Category: Parent Posts

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 […]

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 […]

Healthy Beginnings

By Elizabeth Lougheed – Elizabeth is a Youth Worker and Team Lead for the Healthy Beginnings Program at Langs where she specializes in educating youth and families on healthy eating and physical literacy. With funding support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Elizabeth and her team have led Healthy Beginnings in primary classrooms in Waterloo Region, including […]

Learning to cook should trump hockey practice … even in Canada

By Rosanne Robinson, RD – Rosanne is a Registered Dietitian and owner of Blueprint Nutrition, where she specializes in pediatric and family nutrition, and women’s health. You can catch her on CTV Kitchener News at 5:00 for nutrition segments. She is a wife and mother of two. Her son is in Senior Kindergarten at Millen Woods […]

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