Holiday Gift Ideas

Thank you for these great gift ideas from our OT Colleen MacPherson!

CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS 

Looking for Christmas gifts for your children?

Here are some ideas that are great for a child’s development and fun for all ages!!

Gift ideas for grades kindergarten to grade 2:

  • Bed Bugs Game (hand strength)
  • Memory Games (memory skills)
  • Operation (eye hand coordination)
  • Kerplunk (fine motor)
  • Snakes and Ladders (counting and math)
  • Playdoh and accessories (hand strength and imagination)
  • Velcro Mitt and ball (hand eye coordination)
  • Legos (fine motor and imagination)
  • Puzzles (Great for all areas!!)
  • Dot to Dot workbooks, Mazes workbooks, Colour by Number workbooks

Gift Ideas for grades 3 to 6:

  • Battleship (hand eye coordination)
  • Scooters (balance and strength)
  • Lite Bright (fine motor)
  • Monopoly (Counting and math skills)
  • Deck of Cards for games such as Crazy 8 (math and memory skills)
  • Legos (fine motor and imagination)
  • Twister (coordination; understanding left and right)
  • Nerf Gun (hand eye coordination)
  • Perfection (fine motor)

 

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Christmas Concerts

Christmas Band Concert will be held Thursday, December 6th at 7PM at St. Mary’s Church.

K-3 Christmas Concert will be held Tuesday, December 11th at 6:30PM in the school cafeteria.

All After-school activities are canceled for Thursday, November 22nd.

The current weather forecast indicates that there is a blowing snow advisory in effect for all of PEI, with winds expected to increase between 6 and 7 PM. This is expected to result in poor visibility and hazardous travel conditions.

As a result of the above:

All After School Student Related Activities are cancelled for this evening.

In consultation with the Department of Education, all Parent Teacher Interviews schedule for this evening are to be postponed for one week to next Thursday, November 29. Parents who are unable to accommodate Nov 29 should make alternative arrangements with the school.

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.

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!