ClassroomEvents Notes





It is all about learning - and learning can take on many forms. Students on field trips are participating in learning that looks much different than what happens in a classroom. Similarly, the learning that takes place for the students who choose not to participate in a field trip may look much different than usual. In both cases, learning is happening. We plan and program for the students who stay back; it may look different but it is a learning experience. 


Proactive Parents Drug Awareness Presentation
One resource highly recommended is the "Cannabis Talk Kit", available at this LINK.


Two Articles

I just received a couple of articles/links in my Inbox that you may find interesting; one is about "controlling" technology, and another about helping your child become a ("better") reader (not just for beginning readers). The first can go a long way towards your peace of mind about your child's use of technology/social media. The second fits with our role as a school that is placing a major emphasis on improving the Literacy skills of all of our students. Click HERE for the tech article, and HERE2 for the Reader article.


It's beginning to feel a bit like spring!


Mrs.Matias/ Resource


Hi All HGS Parents,

"Lifelong Learner"
How often have you heard that phrase? What does it really mean? It is all about "curiosity"!
Another buzzword connected to this topic is "engagement" – is the student actively involved in his/her learning?
Let me share a link to an article on this topic, written for parents. Many of the strategies discussed in this article are often used in school in our classrooms. The article puts these strategies – and others - in the context of the family: What can parents do to nurture curiosity and engagement in order to develop a lifelong learner?
Some of you may be thinking: It's too late. The author of the article disagrees: "Though it's best to start encouraging kids to be lifelong learners when they're little, it's never too late." Check it out; stimulate and nurture your son's/daughter's curiosity. Click HERE for the article.


Helping kids stay safe


Many parents are concerned about their children being online. Yet, as a parent, it can be difficult to stay up to date with new technology and how to best protect your kids. is here to help parents/guardians stay on top of the digital world their children are engaging in.


Here you’ll find information about the ever-changing online interests of young people, the potential risks they face and proactive strategies to help keep your child/adolescent safe while online.

An Article for Parents
Here is a link to an on-line article that might be relevant and helpful at this stage in your parenting years: click HERE.





The school recognizes that some students may require the administration of medication in response to an acute allergic reaction. Therefore for the safety of students, staff, and parents/guardians, “Anaphylaxis Procedures” and “Anaphylaxis Avoidance Strategies” must be followed.

Services Offered

Currently some classrooms are teaching lessons around mindfulness, the growth mindset, the Zones of Regulation, and PAX. Resource will be working with classroom teachers to determine needs, and focus areas of lessons.
Resource will also work with small groups in classrooms to assist teachers in implementing Independent Education Goals.




The Growth Mindset is based on 30 years of research surrounding students’ attitudes of failure by Carol Dweck and her colleagues. They coined the terms “fixed mindset” and “growth mindset” to describe how some students will quickly get back up and try again after failure, and other students will be incapacitated by even the slightest setbacks they encounter. Basically students who have a growth mindset believe that they have the ability to get smarter, through effort and educational risk-taking, and that this will ultimately make them stronger. These students will then put in extra time and effort, leading to higher achievement.
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Understanding what kind of Mindset your child has can give insight and understanding to your child’s behaviours, thoughts, motivation, and achievement. Parents have a huge amount of influence on their child’s mindset. Understanding your own mindset, and modelling a growth mindset for your children is a practical way to influence your child’s mindset. Showing excitement when faced with a challenge, seeing mistakes as opportunities to learn more, and understanding the value of practice and trying out new and different strategies are great ways to foster a growth mindset in your children.
The website is filled with ideas and tips to help out parents trying to learn more about the Growth Mindset. There are
free resources and articles, and also pay resources. If you are interested in learning more, please visit the website to find some simple strategies you can use at home with your child which will compliment what teachers are doing at school!



Mrs.Matias/ Resource


What early literacy skills do children need to learn?


 Early literacy can be divided into two sets of skills:


 1. De-coding skills- These are the skills that allow a child to make sense of what’s on the page. De-coding skills include:


Print knowledge – The ability to identify letters, words and symbols on a page and to understand how print works – for example, understanding that print is read from left to right and that letters combine to make words. Sound awareness – Understanding that words can be broken down into syllables and smaller sounds, and that letters correspond to certain sounds.


2.Critical thinking skills- These are the skills that require a child to draw on their knowledge and experience to form ideas and understanding that goes beyond what’s written on the page. Critical thinking skills include:


Story comprehension – Understanding not only what is happening in a book, but why it is happening, and being able to read “between the lines” to uncover the author’s intention. Vocabulary – This skill grows like a snowball – the more words a child knows, the easier it is for them to learn new words and to gain meaning from stories. Conversation – As a child engages in a conversation, they can draw on their knowledge and experience to make new connections, form new knowledge, and build language skills.


Practise reading skills


1. Let children read aloud and discuss materials.


2. Talk about books including who, what, when, where and why questions.


3. Tell pretend & real-life stories.


4. Have a reading routine and provide a comfortable place at home for your child to read.





WHAT Does the Resource Team DO?                                         

  • We consult regularly with classroom teachers to discuss and assist with the learning and behaving of their students.
  • We act as case managers for our students with special needs.
  • We assist classroom teachers with programming for students on Individual Education Plans and adapted programs.
  • We have regularly scheduled problem solving meetings with a school team to brain storm and problem solve around individual students who may not be meeting with success in their learning and/or behaviour.
  • We work closely with our Educational Assistants so that they can develop skills to work as successfully with our students as possible.
More important information from the Resource Department located under Programs on main website page including Resource Online Tools!


We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she:

1) Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience, preferably to initial pages.

2) Completes all homework assignments given by teachers 

3) Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills 

4) Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life

5) Informs you if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject

6) Knows that you expect him/her to succeed in school

7) Check for agenda reminders, this is a good source of communication between teachers and parent(s).

8) Help your child to reach a goal ie., reach a reading goal of reading at least 5 times per week for 20 mins. and to read a variety of genres such as graphic novels, fiction, non- fiction, poetry, science fiction, folk tale, newspaper, magazines, etc.


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Mrs.L.Matias- Resource Teacher