Skip to main content

Social and Emotional Learning

At school, along with the academic subjects, we also teach and report on your child's growth in learning skills and work habits. Their social and emotional abilities can be seen in such areas as self-regulation, collaborate and initiative. It is now well established that social and emotional skills, such as the ability to manage one’s emotions and get along with others, play an integral role in academic and life success. 

"Evidence supporting this statement is illustrated in several recent studies. Students who are provided social and emotional learning programs significantly improved their social and emotional skills, attitudes, behavior, and academic performance that reflected an 11-percentile-point gain in achievement." Durlak et al. (2011)  

As we are discovering at WPS, by consistently teaching these skills in every learning environment the tone of the school improves and is making an impact on a positive school climate. As research and our own observations have shown us, children who are better able to self-regulate their emotions have greater potential to resolve conflicts and also increase their academic achievement.  We will continue to model and encourage “mindfulness” to support self-regulation with all our students through transition and breathing activities as well as through restorative approaches to resolve conflicts.  

It is also clear that the positive and calm manner in which adults interact with children at school as well as at home is essential, especially when they are frustrated (or frustrating…). Children take their cues from us and must see us model what we preach.  

Some parents have requested resources to read that support the MINDFULNESS education that we have been teaching at Westminster. We can share the following information and will continue collecting resources of interest to our community in upcoming blog posts:

Parent Resources: 

10 Mindful Minutes by Goldie Hawn  For more information try this link to start:

 The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder, and More Compassionate  by Susan Kaiser Greenland

 ‘Mindfulness Everyday’ – An Evening on Mindfulness and Learning Disability:  This is a great opportunity/workshop for parents of students with a Learning Disability to support their resiliency and developing skills, attitudes and information related to mindfulness.  For details, please go to:  or email


Popular posts from this blog

New Year's Day

January 1 marks the New Year in the Gregorian calendar, and is celebrated by many communities world-wide. Korean New Year was originally a lunar festival, called Son-nal, held at the beginning of the second new moon after the winter solstice (December 21 or 22). Nowadays, New Year's is often celebrated on the solar New Year, January 1st. Many Korean families use this day to honor ancestors, have special food, and play traditional games. Oshogatsu (January 1-3) is an important festival for many Japanese people. Some gather with friends and families to say good-bye to the old year at forgetting parties. They also say hello to the New Year. Many Japanese, some of whom practice Shintoism, welcome in the New Year with prayers for renewal of hearts, good health, and prosperity. In North America, January 1 has become a day for Buddhists of all schools to attend a special service in the local temple. For many people, New Year's Eve is a secular holiday and has become an occasion fo

Lunchbox Orders - Program Cancelled

Dear Parents, This is to inform you that due to low student enrollment in LunchBox orders we have to cancel this program for the rest of the school year.  The week of December 17th to 21st will be the last week you can place your orders.   If you have any other suggestions in any other lunch programs please let us know. Thank you, WPS School Council   

Booking Student-Led Conferences on EDSBY

Friday, November 2 nd , 2018 Dear Parents / Guardians: Westminster PS is pleased to announce that we will be using an online process through Edsby to manage our Parent Teacher Interviews/Student Led Conferences scheduled for Nov 22 & 23, 2018. Edsby is an intuitive, cloud-based platform that will allow families to easily reserve times to meet with their child’s teachers. YRDSB in partnership with Edsby have created a secure platform that protects the privacy of information for our YRDSB families. Families will need to create an Edsby account to access the online appointment scheduler for their child’s teachers for Student Led Conferences. Only families who create an Edsby account prior to the schedule being opened on November 7 th will have access. For help signing up for Parent-Teacher interviews/Student Led Conferences, please visit . If you require assistance in setting up your Edsby account, or have any questions about the boo