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Welcome to the 2017-18 School Year!

04 Sep

Dear Summit Heights Families,

The entire school staff welcomes you and your child(ren) to the new school year.  We hope that this past summer has been an enjoyable, memorable, eventful and safe season!

Whether your child(ren) are starting school for the first time, or attending our school as a ‘new’ student, or returning, we welcome all of our students with excitement!  We are all looking forward to seeing all of our students learn, grow and succeed in all facets of school life.

Perhaps your child, and maybe even you as a parent, are feeling a little bit anxious about school starting.  Returning back to school, with routines, new faces, spaces and pace can create some anxiety.  We ask that you happily embrace this transition, be there to positively support and encourage your child as they begin school.

Author Joanne Richard wrote an excellent article about the start of school.  In the article she lists a number of strategies that may help you and your child(ren) with the return to school.  These are some of those points:

Help your children beat a bad case of the back-to-school blues with tips from psychotherapist Ari Fox:

  • Validate your child’s feelings. Try to recall how it feels to return to school and let them know it is okay to be anxious, sad, angry, etc., and that you are there for them if they want to talk.
  • Help balance the dismay of school blues with positive thinking. Is there a club that your child could get excited about? Trips? School vacations? Who is she excited to see? Who will she tell about her summer adventures?
  • Encourage your child to adjust the sleep schedule as school approaches, so it is not as difficult to get up early in September.
  • Set up play dates with school friends for younger children and encourage older children and teens to hang out with friends.
  • Remind your child that everyone has strengths and weaknesses and that while school can be frustrating, challenging, boring and overwhelming at times, you believe in their ability to succeed.

 

TIPS FOR PARENTS:

  • Sit with your child and explore both positives and negatives of the previous year. What were strategies that worked and what could be better? Are there ways to make life easier for both of you so that there is less contention at home during the school term?
  • Set reasonable expectations and goals with your child.
  • Praise the process, not just the outcomes.
  • Practice self-care. Be aware of your own feelings about the beginning of the school year. Think about something aside from school to look forward to that you can enjoy this year; for example, going out more often with friends or significant other, engaging in a hobby, etc.
  • Do not be too hard on yourself. Just as your child is doing his or her best to manage the multiple pressures of school life, you too can only do your best.

 

Above all these tips, you can remind your child that our staff (teachers included) are also a little nervous about the first day of school – but together, students and staff can work together to make it a success!

Parents, there will be a package of paperwork going home on the first day of school.  Please do your best to return all of the forms (in this package) back to your child’s teacher, fully and carefully completed.  These forms are vital to the safety of your child (e.g., medical concern forms) and the smooth operation of our school (e.g., media release form).  These forms are due back to your child’s teacher on Monday, September 11th, 2017.

Please continue to visit our school’s web site for updates of news of our school.  Your child’s teacher will communicate with you on a more specific level about the classroom.  This communication may take a number of formats (class newsletter, class web site, communication via the school agenda etc).  Please be on the look out for news from your child’s teacher about how they intend to communicate with you.

Please also note there are already 4 important dates of events on our lawn sign in front of our school.  These dates, and many others, are also on our school’s Google calendar.  Please visit the calendar link on this web site.

Lastly, if you don’t already follow our Twitter account, please consider doing so (follow “SummitHeightsPS“). Our Twitter feed is active during the school year, with many updates (some aren’t necessarily uploaded on this web site).  If you would rather not create a Twitter account, you can still view our tweets by visiting twitter.com and search “SummtHeightsPS“.

With a positive mind-set, attitude and effort, there is no reason why this school year can be the best yet!

Wishing you a great start to the school year,

Mr. B. Mah,
Principal

 
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