Friday, 29 August 2014
Comprehensive School Health Presents…
Timely Tips for your School Newsletter
September '14 - Planting Seeds for a Healthy School Year
- Back to school means back to packing lunches. Get your children involved by taking them grocery shopping. Teach them that a healthy lunch includes three out of the four food groups from Canada's Food Guide. To make mornings less hectic, have your children help make their lunches the night before.
- Children need about 10 to 11 hours of sleep a night. Avoid soft drinks, chocolate, TV, and video games at least one to two hours before bedtime. These activities can make it hard for children to fall asleep. Remember that a solid night's sleep helps children pay attention and learn well at school.
- Did you know that cigarette smoke is estimated to be 27 times more concentrated in a car than in the home? Keep your child free from the negative effects of second hand smoke by keeping your car smoke free. You'll avoid a ticket under the Ontario Smoke Free Legislation, and support a good health practice with your family.
- Make back to school time easier by getting organized. Review school information like:
- Bus schedules.
- Health and emergency forms.
- School supply lists.
Keep a calendar and mark important dates like parent/teacher meetings and field trips. As new events come up, add them to your calendar to stay organized.
- Children need 60 minutes of vigorous physical activity every day. This means movement that gets the heart beating faster. Start the day by encouraging your children to walk to school. Remember proper clothing for rainy and cold weather will encourage them to stay active even as the weather changes.
- Children are at the greatest risk of injury near buses. Teach them to:
- Stay out of blind spots. If they can touch the bus, they're too close.
- Use the handrail and climb in one person at a time.
- Face forward while riding.
- Keep backpacks and feet out of the aisle to prevent tripping.
- Remain seated until the bus has stopped completely.
- 90% of all colds, flus, and sore throats are caused by viruses and cannot be cured with antibiotics. Protect yourself and your child by getting the flu vaccine this fall. Remember to encourage frequent hand washing.
Apple Seeds – Fall 2014
October '14 - Freshly Picked Tips for a Safe and Spooky Halloween
- At Halloween, help your children to balance healthy foods with unhealthy trick-or-treat items. Provide snacks like high fibre, low sugar granola bars, vegetables, fruits, or whole grain crackers.
- Halloween is trick-or-treat time. Remind your children to follow these rules to keep them safe:
- Travel in a group.
- Carry a flashlight.
- Walk on the sidewalks.
- Never run.
- Look both ways before crossing the street.
- Children can be injured if their Halloween costumes do not fit properly. Make sure that:
- Masks or headgear don't block your children's ability to see all around them.
- Costumes don't drag on the ground.
- Reflective tape is fastened to their bags and costume so cars will see them easily.
- It's estimated that about 6% of Canadian children have food allergies (Health Canada). Check Halloween treats carefully. As well, it's important to be aware of allergies when making lunches. By packing nut-free lunches you are helping to keep all children safe from allergic reactions. For more information about nut-free lunches visit:
- Keep a healthy smile after Halloween by encouraging your children to:
- Reduce the number of sweet treats eaten.
- Avoid soft, sticky candy that gets stuck in teeth.
- Drink plenty of water to rinse sugar away.
- Finally, have children brush their teeth for TWO minutes, TWO times a day.
November '14 - Golden Delicious Tips
- Pack your children's lunches with protein rich foods. Protein helps with healing, provides energy, and boosts the immune system. Add foods such as fish, meat, eggs and beans to lunches.
- School can be stressful. Teach your children that stress is a normal part of life. If they are feeling overwhelmed, encourage them to be active, and do deep breathing or imagery exercises. Talk to them about what they find stressful and remember to really listen before giving advice.
Apple Seeds – Fall 2014
- At home, choose an area or desk space that is just for homework. Make sure that it's quiet with few distractions. Keep the TV off and noisy siblings out. This creates a place for learners to focus and concentrate. And make sure that you have room to work with them too!
- Encourage your children to get involved in school sports. They will:
- Make new friends.
- Get physically active.
- Learn about being part of a team.
- Build strong muscles and bones.
To show your support, volunteer at fundraisers or practices, and cheer for their team at games.
- Hand washing is one of the easiest ways to remove germs and avoid getting sick. Encourage your children to wash their hands after playing outside, going to the bathroom, and before handling and eating food.
December '14- Ingredients for a Safe Holiday
- Over the holidays there are lots of opportunities to eat unhealthy snacks and meals. Teach your children to:
- Eat in moderation foods such as stuffing, gravy and desserts.
- Pick healthy options like steamed vegetables, salads, and turkey.
- Take the opportunity to spend time with your children over the busy holiday season by:
- Playing a family board game.
- Going for a winter walk.
- Attending free public skating.
- Building a snowman or snow fort.
Just remember to dress for the cold weather to avoid injury.
- Wearing a helmet can reduce the chance of a head injury by 85%. Helmets should be worn when using bicycles, scooters, rollerblades, sleds, snowboards, and skis. It's also the law to wear a helmet while snowmobiling. As well, don't forget that it's important to wear them when playing physical sports like hockey this winter.
- Hearing loss in children often goes undiagnosed. Common signs may include:
- Delayed speech.
- Not reacting when someone is speaking to them.
- Asking the speaker to repeat information.
- Turning up the volume of the TV.
- Talking very loudly.
Recognize the signs of hearing loss. Talk to your health care professional if you have concerns.
Apple Seeds – Fall 2014
January '15- Growing into a New Year of Healthy Choices
- Set a healthy goal for the whole family this New Year. Decide to eat the recommended 5 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Include them in every meal and snack. Try a new one at least once a week.
- Make physical and mental health a priority by getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, and exercising. Check out programs in your community that are family based so that you can participate with your children.
- Start off the year with the right information about good decision making. Talk to your children about the negative effects of drugs, alcohol and smoking. If you talk, they will listen.
- Set a resolution to limit screen time. Encourage children to spend less than 2 hours per day on computers, video games, and television and more time doing activities. Try sledding, skating, or playing in the snow instead.
- Watch your step this New Year. Make sure you and your children have boots or shoes with good traction. Also, keep porches and sidewalks clean and ice-free to help prevent slips and falls.
© Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, 2014.
Thursday, 28 August 2014
Monday, 25 August 2014
On behalf of the entire staff, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you back to another exciting school year at Sacred Heart Catholic School - Proud home of the Cardinals!! I trust that you had a restful and enjoyable summer. It is wonderful to be here and in partnership, we will venture forth with great optimism united by our shared beliefs for the future of our community. My warmest greetings are extended to all new and returning families of our school community. All members of the staff are anticipating the start of a new school year with much enthusiasm. The custodial team has worked very hard scrubbing, polishing and shining to prepare for a new year. The school looks GREAT!!!!
School Hours & Attendance (519) 734-1255. Your child's regular and timely attendance at school is of the utmost importance. If your child is going to be late or absent from school for any reason, you MUST contact the office at 519-734-1255. Please know that there is an answering machine to take messages 24 hrs/day 7 days/week. It is very important that students be at school on time. Please help us to work towards reducing the amount of late students entering the office/school after the bell. Thanks for your support!
Morning Entrance – 8:25 a.m.
Morning Recess – 10:28 a.m.
Lunch – 11:23 a.m.
Lunch Recess - 11:43 a.m.
Afternoon Entrance - 12:23 p.m.
Afternoon Recess – 2:00 p.m.
Bus Dismissal - 2:55 p.m.
Walker Dismissal - 3:00pm
Many students move in or out of the area throughout the summer months. This has a direct impact on school staffing. Please be advised that your child's classroom teacher may be subject to change until the end of September. Currently our classroom sizes are quite large which opens up the possibility of the addition of another teacher or staff member. Please keep in mind that we strive to keep these changes to a minimum.
A few Reminders...
- Student Registration Verification forms will be going home. (Please make necessary changes and return to classroom teacher.)
- Students will need $5.00 to purchase their school agenda. The Student/Parent Handbook is included in the agenda. Please read this over with your child. Please submit monies to the classroom teacher. The agenda is used as a communication tool between the parent and teacher. Any notes from parent to teacher should be put in the agenda.
- Absence from School – In the best interest of your children's safety, we are asking that the school be contacted before 8:25 a.m. if your son or daughter is going to be absent or late. You can leave a message on the school's answering machine by calling
- Students must know after school arrangements prior to their arrival to school.
- Students are not allowed to wear Heelies at school. Rollerblading, bicycling and skateboarding are not allowed on school property.
- Students must wear a bicycle helmet when riding their bicycles to school. Please encourage your children to use a bicycle lock, as the school is not responsible for stolen bicycles.
Over the past four years, Sacred Heart families have been the primary contributors to Project TLC. Janet Janisse, a retired teacher from our system, continues to need our help. She and other retired teachers make up gift baskets for people who are in the care of a variety of non-profit organizations in the Windsor-Essex County area. Would you please search your closets and drawers for any of the following unused and unopened items:
- hotel shampoos, soap, etc.
- cosmetic samples
- travel sized care products
- cologne, aftershave samples
- Donations can be brought into the main office, thank you for your support!
PEANUT AWARE / EDUCATED
Thank you for supporting us in keeping Sacred Heart School a safe place for children with peanut allergies. We ask for your continued support throughout the school year in keeping Sacred Heart a Peanut Aware/Educated environment.
Kiss'n Ride Program
We look forward to our Kiss'n Ride Program continuing this year. The morning drop off time is between 8:10 – 8:25 a.m on Divine St. The safety of your children is our greatest concern and we ask for your co-operation, patience and courtesy during the peak periods of the day on Divine Street. Please do not use the church parking lot.
Welcome To Grade 3
We are happy to welcome your children into our classrooms and are looking forward to a great year. Listed below are supplies it is suggested your child have for school. Please label everything that your child brings to school.
* 2 large boxes of kleenex tissue
* A pair of non-marking running shoes to be left at school
* A large school bag
* 1 pack of lined paper
* 1 pack of 3 ring plain paper
* Coloured pencils (sharpened) and markers (no crayons),
high lighters optional
* 1 large pencil box
* 2 glue sticks and a bottle of white glue
* Large pencil case
* Pencils (already sharpened) and erasers
* A pair of scissors
* 1 small bag of large size zip-lock bags (unlabelled)
* 30 cm ruler (please be able to see the numbers)
* An inexpensive solar calculator
* Duotangs - please label them clearly ( on the front
cover) with your child's name and the subject. Using
specific colours makes it easy for the children to locate
their books. Staples sells a wide variety of colours.
Please see the back of this page for a detailed list.
*******No liquid white out!
Looking forward to seeing you in September!
The Grade 3 Teachers
# NEEDED COLOUR LABEL
1 Yellow 1 Word Study
1 Grey Language
1 Red Reading
1 Red Writing
1 Green Science
1 Purple Social Studies
1 Black Music/Media
1 White Health
1 Orange Religion
4 Blue Math
**REMEMBER TO LABEL duotangs**
**PLEASE DO NOT PUT PAPER IN THE DUOTANGS**
Designated Areas for the first day of school:
If the weather is cooperative:
1) Grades 4 to 8 meet in court yard, yard B. The grades will be posted on the wall. Students are
to meet at their grade level.
2) Grades 1 to 3 will meet in the gym with teachers. The grade levels will be posted on the
wall. Students please stand near your grade number. Teachers will have the rosters and will
call out the names.
3) SK will meet in the JK/SK enclosed area.
4) Dismissal for JK and SK will be from the enclosed area. At dismissal parents will wait
outside for their children.
5) JK staggered start, parents come in with the students on their day.
1) If it rains, grade 6, 7 and 8 will meet in the senior hall, grade 5 will meet in the library and
grade 4 will meet in the gym with the grade 1, 2 and 3's and SKs will meet in the JK/SK classroom
* Hope you all had a restful summer and are eager and ready to return to school.
* Also a reminder that school starts at 8:25 am