Hello again Royal families! Our R.O.A.R topic for Wednesdays is on building resilience. We have added it to our school code as it is such an important quality for all of us to develop, especially now during COVID-19. Each Wednesday I will share some strategies you can use to help your child feel secure, calm, and more confident in handling the worries and challenges of at home learning.
“Sometimes it’s hard for adults to know what to say or do to ease a child’s worries, especially during times of change and uncertainty. As the most important big people in their world, parents and caregivers can help children feel safer and soften the sharp edges of whatever is happening to make their worries grow.” (EASE Program )
EASE, which stands for “Everyday Anxiety Strategies for Educators” has been adapted by the BC Ministry of Education for families to use at home. I will add a link to a weekly topic for you to explore with your children. The first one outlines the importance of including simple calming routines into a daily schedule that works for the needs of your family. Here are two versions of this information suitable for different age levels.
As always, if you or your children would like to share stories of ways you have faced worries or problems, or simply showing your “WE CAN DO IT!” attitude, please email email@example.com. Also, please let us know ways we can help support your family during this trying time.
Welcome to TERRIFIC TUESDAY, the day we will showcase terrific projects done by students and staff. It’s a way to develop our curiosity, creativity, and ingenuity as we imagine, design, measure, build, draw, paint and play.
This week RO’s “rocking it” with painting rocks for our Earth Day challenge. Our office has turned into quite the workshop thanks to Mrs. McCracken and Mrs.Collins and it’s been exciting to see families out looking for the rocks that have already been hidden around our school grounds. We will post pictures of all the rocks later this week, but here’s a few hidden by one of our students. (See her clues below-Ms Sihlis and Ms Eldridge found one!)
In keeping with the Earth Day theme, Ms Lis has given her class the TERRIFIC task of a directed drawing of “The Lorax”. Here’s Ms Lis with instructions. Follow along and draw one of your own.
Next, we have some TERRIFIC builders in Mrs. Tewari’s class. Here are some birdhouses they created for Earth Day.
Finally, here’s this week’s SD60 MakerSpace project for you to try presented by Ms Conway. Looks like lots of fun!
If you have any TERRIFIC projects you would like to share, please send pictures or videos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you know that being grateful can help us cope through hard times, ease worry and give us hope? Despite the challenges and worries surrounding COVID-19, we have much to be thankful for, so we’re calling today “Thankful Thursday”. RO Staff has started a gratitude jar to write down some of our thankful thoughts, maybe you’d like to do the same!
What are you thankful for? To share some of your ideas: e-mail email@example.com (can also include pictures or videos). Here’s a grateful list from these students:
Today marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day campaigns, though we know every day is a good day to celebrate, respect and care for our planet. This year, we have a challenge for interested RO students and staff to complete by the end of April:
Paint a rock (or 2 or more) and write on a positive word or statement, include (RO School) on the back.
Send a picture of you with your rock(s) or just your rock(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org to include in our ROYALS – at Home photo album (launching this week)
Place the rock(s) out in the community for someone to find, spreading messages of joy and hope to our community.