Last week we were pleased to have representatives from our school council attend the YRDSB Parent Symposium. This event with an attendance of over 800 parents, staff, guests and students from all over York Region participated in a variety of workshops and heard interesting speakers all with the intention of finding innovative ways to support our schools and our students. It is widely known that parent involvement and engagement in a school community is key to successful learning for all students. Below are some of the sessions that we attended. We look forward to sharing the insights we learned at our next School Council Meeting on April 19th, 7:00. Hope you can join us.
- Mindsets and Habits. The key to supporting your child's success in school and in life. Summary: Based on the best-selling book by Stephen Covey, this Introduction to The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People will give parents the opportunity to explore practical leadership principles and mindsets their kids can apply to the tough choices they face every day, as well as learning how to gain greater control of their lives, and building relationships high in trust. Parents will gain insights that will help build their child’s self confidence and interpersonal skills, and support and elevate their achievement in school, and in life. For example; Positive social interactions are habits forming; "Thinking negatively and blaming others is a bad habit". "Respecting others and speaking kindly to one another is a habit that can be cultivated."
- Parent Involvement to Parent Engagement. Summary: The Ministry of Education has moved from Parent Involvement to Parent Engagement over the past several years. This workshop, presented by parents and staff on the Parent & Family Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC), will provide insight and strategies on parent advocacy, community engagement and School Council communications. Multiple policies and provincial resources will be explored and shared.
- The Power of Recreation to Prevent Student Bullying and Substance Misuse: Summary: Students appear to be experiencing increasing levels of stress and anxiety. Many find themselves turning to negative coping mechanisms, including substance misuse and becoming involved in bullying. Learn to become advocates for an evidence-based of promoting positive mental health and developing resilience in youth: engaging in physical activity, sport and recreation at schools.
- Games for Learners of all Ages. Summary: Breakout EDU creates ultra-engaging learning games for learners of all ages. It presents students with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve, communicate effectively, build resiliency and think critically. This session will introduce an innovative approach to teaching problem-solving skills, collaboration, resiliency and the importance of teamwork.
Thanks to School Council parents, Brandi Sherman, Alice Ko and Jeanina Laskey and her daughter Olivia (not pictured) along with our Principal, Mrs. Joseph who were able attend the Symposium this year.