Legalization of Cannabis – A Note to Parents

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The legalization of Cannabis in Canada raises a lot of questions for you and your child. There are important and difficult questions that parents might be struggling with or wondering about like, how is this going to affect my child and what should I do?  The best approach is for you to educate yourself on the realities of cannabis and then be open to listening and talking to your child.

Being under the influence of cannabis, possessing, using and or distributing cannabis at school, school activities, or on a school bus is strictly prohibited by the Public Schools Branch.  Failure to comply will involve school discipline and law enforcement.  The rules around cannabis, alcohol and other drugs at school can be found in the Public Schools Branch Alcohol and Drugs policy and procedure.

https://edu.princeedwardisland.ca/psb/policies-regulations/operational-policies-and-procedures-2/

The Government of Canada and other reputable organizations have developed resources to help us become knowledgeable about cannabis and to support our conversations with our children about cannabis. Here are links to several of these resources:

Federal Government Web Site – Cannabis In Canada – https://www.canada.ca/en/services/health/campaigns/cannabis.html
Provincial Government Web Site – Just the Facts – https://www.justthefactspei.ca/
Drug Free Kids Canada – Cannabis Talk Kit – https://www.drugfreekidscanada.org/prevention/drug-info/cannabis/
Teenmentalhealth.org – Cannabis Information – http://teenmentalhealth.org/cannabis/

The school has a role to play too.  Our grades 7-9 classes were presented the “Just the Facts” information and the grades 10-12 classes had a Cannabis Information presentation from Cnst Hugh Panelas, RCMP.   In addition, the curriculum being delivered to your child is designed, at an age appropriate level, to promote healthy behaviours, increase awareness and provide an understanding about the risk factors associated with alcohol and drug use.  If a student or parent is concerned about a student’s alcohol or drug use, please contact the school counselor or school administration for information about school and community support services.

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Yearbook Sales

2018-2019 Yearbook orders are taking place in homeroom from Monday-Thursday this week, Oct. 22-25. Prices are the same as last year: $35 for non-personalized books and $38 for personalized. Please order your yearbook now to avoid disappointment in June!

You can order online at http://ybstore.friesens.com/stores/330345. If you want to order a book but don’t have the money right now, please see Mr. MacAulay and sign the sheet on the door of Room 241 …but the order will NOT be placed for you until payment is received.

School Therapy Occupational Therapy (OT) Program

School Therapy Occupational Therapy (OT) Program

Hi everyone!  I would like to introduce myself and the School Therapy Occupational Therapy (OT) Program.  My name is Colleen MacPherson and I am very excited to be working at your child’s school for the 2018-2019 school year.  I will be at Souris Regional School once a month beginning October 11th.

Occupational Therapists work with children of all ages and know a lot about children’s development in the areas of: fine motor, gross motor and visual motor, sensory processing and environmental set-up.  The focus of the service will be working together classroom teachers and school staff in promoting children’s motor and sensory development to assist children in achieving their learning goals and successfully participating in school.  I will be spending time in classrooms, gym and music, the playground and in small group settings offering guidance, suggestions, and tips.

Feel free to contact me or the school if you have any questions. I can be contacted at the school or at cgmacpherson@ihis.org. I look forward to a wonderful school year working together with school staff, students, and you as parents!

Art Trip

The Art Trip to Paris, France for next May has unfortunately been cancelled due to lack of interest.

We are in the process now, of going through the accounting piece to get donated/fundraised money to the appropriate places.

Thank you for your patience as we sort this out.