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CSPA - Mental Health Night - January 27th!

Supporting ourselves and each other!

With COVID-19 affecting every aspect of our lives, our OCSB Community is feeling the impact of the pandemic on their mental health. Small actions from recognizing stressors, to being there for a loved one can help support mental health and strengthen our communities during this difficult time. Join us January 27th for some wonderful sessions supporting our mental health and the mental health of our families.

For more information and to register:

What is motivation and why does it matter?

Motivation is the driving force behind our daily behaviours. Biological, emotional, social and cognitive processes all play a role. In this session we will explore what motivation is and where it comes from and how parents and caregivers can promote positive motivation throughout childhood and adolescence.

Mental Health Supports at the OCSB

Our OCSB Mental Health Lead, Chief Social Worker, and Chief Psychologist will present an overview of Mental Health services and supports offered this winter/spring. A focus on more recent initiatives used to improve student mental health and well-being in this time of return to virtual learning as well as eventual return to in person learning will be explored.

Supporting Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health

Join local Trainer / Parent Coach Joanne Boyd for a 1.5-hour workshop to explore the concept of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and its link to optimal brain development, attachment and resilience. We will discuss how to maximize everyday moments to support your child to thrive in their relationships, health and well-being and learning for life. Suitable for parents / caregivers of children aged 3 to 10 years.

Tech Overuse & Online Addictions

This presentation will address what tech overuse is, the various levels of tech overuse and how it is used to manage mental health symptoms of anxiety and depression. We will look at gaming, social media impacts as well as compulsive sexual behaviour that youth may be presenting. Different techniques to curb the behaviour are also going to be discussed.

Equity in Mental Health

Through the lens of Mental Health as well as Equity, various members of our Mental Health Workers (MHWs) team will present on services being offered at this time in our schools. A focus on re-engagement in the classroom for elementary students will also be explored by our new Culturally Sensitive Partner (CSP) who will discuss her role through equity. Finally, a panel discussion with Dr. Prince Ehoro our Equity Diversity and Inclusion Advisor and Dr. Richard Bolduc our Mental Health Lead will be open for the remainder of the presentation.

My child is not feeling well... what do I do?

Parents and guardians have the responsibility to check and screen their children before sending them to school on a daily basis and initial the slip in the agenda.

The tool provides clear steps to follow whether your child has a simple runny nose or a full barking cough. Students who are sick - even mildly - with any symptoms must stay home . Follow the instructions on the Screening tool or on this OPH Flowchart. to know how long to self isolate.

Kindergarten Registration is NOW! :)

It is that very important time of year again where we welcome our newest students to our school! Your child must be four-years-old on or before December 31, 2022 in order to be able to register for junior Kindergarten. Please share this with your friends, family and neighbours to invite them to join our fantastic St. Monica Community!

Newspaper Article about Kindergarten at OCSB

Registration Information

3-D Tours of St. Monica Kindergarten Classroom

Remote Learning Resources for Families

Thank you very much for helping us transition so smoothly to remote learning. Please see this document for resources to help you support your child during remote learning:

Remote Learning for Families

School Calendar