Posted: February 11, 2024
Live and Learn – Student Inclusive Conferences
We advertised the ability for families to change their SIC appointments quite late when we first rolled out the appointment booking. As we have continued working and learning, though, we have realized that we need time to prepare for individuals’ conferences, so we will be closing off appointment booking this Thursday, Februray 15 so that teachers’ schedules for the conferences can be set and predictable, and they can be ready for each student’s conference.
Black History Month
February is Black History Month. We will include something each week here in TWARBE, as well as looking at black history in Canada and beyond through our literature and other class activities this month. This week, we share the Black History Month edition of Kayak, Canada’s history magazine for kids.
Get Cyber Safe
Have you heard of phishing? I’m sure you have. How about ‘vishing’ though? That’s Voice Phishing. I’m starting to wonder if that’s why I’m getting so many blank calls on my cel these days. You can learn about vishing and all sorts of other cyber threats we all face every day in this resource our counsellor, Mrs. Rushka shared with me. It is a federal government program, so presumably is solid, reliable information. getcybersafe.gc.ca
Youth Substance Use for Parents & Guardians
It is my sincerest hope that none of you parents will ever have to deal with substance use in any context at all. Unfortunately, many of us, at some point, will have to have some conversation about it with someone we love.
The Ministry of Education and Child Care, in partnership with adolescent Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Hayley Watson, will be hosting free virtual sessions on youth substance use for parents/guardians, caregivers and caring adults. Dr. Watson will provide valuable insights, practical tips, and resources to equip participants with the tools needed to guide their children and youth toward making positive choices when it comes to substance use.
Key Takeaways for Participants:
- Learn why children/teenagers are drawn to substances.
- Understand what causes and maintains substance use disorder and needs.
- Increase your child’s ability to make positive choices about substances.
- Acquire practical conversation tools for discussing substances in the home.
Participants must register in advance due to limited capacity. Session dates are:
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Keeping Kids Safe Information – Fraser Health
Health, safety, and wellness continue to be a priority in our schools. To help support our students and families, we are sharing important information from our community partner Fraser Health about bullying and keeping kids safe. Please see below for helpful tips to support your child.
Help keep kids stay safe from bully behaviour online and at school
Bullying can affect all children and has negative impacts on the victim as well as the bully.
Bullying can appear in several forms:
- Verbal bullying: Examples are name calling, making fun of someone, making jokes at another’s expense, unwelcome teasing and spreading secrets someone disclosed in confidence.
- Physical bullying: Pushing, shoving, pinching, hitting, spitting, damaging property and vandalizing lockers or school supplies.
- Social bullying: Examples are spreading rumours, being exclusive with friends and excluding people from events or study groups.
- Cyberbullying: Using social media to intimidate, exclude and disseminate private information or using texting, emails or other applications to damage someone’s reputation.
Strategies focused on building self-esteem, developing respectful relationships, and providing clear but respectful communication tend to be the most successful.
Children who are bullied need to be empowered and supported in developing healthy relationships.
Bullies on the other hand, need to learn social responsibility, empathy, right from wrong and remedial actions, such as rebuilding relationships and apologizing.
What can you do as a parent to prevent or deal with bullying?
- Encourage your child to report bullying they either experience or witness to school staff, such as teachers, counsellors, principals or parents.
- Provide opportunities for open dialogue about sensitive topics.
- If your child is the bully, encourage them to reflect on their actions, and how they would feel if the tables were turned and they were on the receiving end.
- Help your children develop digital literacy so they are aware of what cyberbullying looks like and have strategies for handling cyberbullying when it arises.
Find more advice for preventing or dealing with bullying on Fraser Health’s website at: https://ow.ly/Yq2150Pei4C
Good Luck, Bulldogs Basketballers
Please join us in wishing well to the grade 5 basketball teams who will play their first-ever games against other schools this week. Expect a crowd in the front foyer on Wednesday after school as the girls gather to get their jerseys and walk over to Donna Gabriel Robins Elementary while the boys wait in the gym for their opponents to arrive.
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The February PAC newsletter is now up on our website here:
General PAC Meeting – Monday, February 12th
Please join us for the February General PAC Meeting on Monday February 12th at 7 PM in the Richard Bulpitt Elementary School Library.
You can enter through the main entry doors at the front of the school.
This is open to all parents of the RBE school community.
Hope to see you there!
Noodle Box Fun Lunch Order Deadline – Tuesday, February 13th
Please make sure you submit your Noodle Box Fun Lunch Order and PAY IT IN FULL by 11:59pm Tuesday, February 13th here: https://munchalunch.com/schools/richardBulpitt/
If you do not, your child will not receive their Fun Lunch on Friday February 23rd.
You can view the full list of upcoming fun lunches and general information about fun lunches on our website here.
Pink Shirt Donut Day Fundraiser for CKNW Kids’ Fund – Wednesday February 28
We will be selling Pink Vanilla Dip Donuts from Gourmet Donuts after school in the courtyard for $3 each, on February 28. Maximum of 2 donuts per person. Cash and card will be accepted!
Presale orders ARE REQUIRED for orders of 6 or more donuts and will be open on Munch-a-Lunch starting Thursday, February 15th here:
The money raised will be donated to the CKNW Kids’ Fund. They offer support and hope to kids with physical, social, and emotional disabilities. More information here:
Spring Fling Vendor Market – Looking for Vendors
We are now accepting applications for vendors at our Vendor Market at our annual Spring Fling Carnival!
It will be on Friday, June 7th from 5-9 PM. More information is available on the registration form.
This year the market will be held outside rain or shine. No exceptions will be made. You will have to walk through grass to get to your vendor spot, so please keep that in mind when deciding whether to register. Volunteers will be available to help you access your vendor spot from the parking lot.
Fill out the application form here: https://tinyurl.com/sfmarketrbe
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Vendor Market” in the Subject line with any questions.
Flip Give Fundraiser
This year, fundraising for RBE PAC is going to be so much easier with FlipGive, a free team funding app.
We can earn cash back on every purchase we make all year long! All you have to do is shop anytime with the brands you already love, like Home Depot, Walmart, Sport Chek, Indigo, Old Navy, Apple, Esso, and Loblaws. No more going door-to-door selling chocolate bars – it’s completely virtual and contactless.
Join our team now and you’ll get a $5 bonus the first time you shop: https://flipgive.app.link/teams/join?joincode=WYW49S
Or enter this code: WYW49S
Want to learn more? Check out this 2 minute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vTO_Qg4n80
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Stay in the Know
Quote(s) of the week
Something to read…
- I heard last week that researchers in the Pacific think they may have found the remains of pioneering aviator, Amelia Earhart’s lost plane in 3.8 km of water. And they found what they think might be the plane in an area of 13000 square km. The find, in itself, I think is pretty interesting. Then I read a couple of articles and letters that suggested that some mysteries are best left as mysteries, so that we can focus on learning about how they lived, rather than on how they died.
- I also came across this, and I loved it:
- I stumbled across this graph on Sunday, so now if it looks like I’m counting at the crosswalk, I probably am. The graph covers from the year 1990 to 2020. But it’s missing orange.
Things to Remember from the Calendar
Monday, February 12
- Grade 5 Girls’ Basketball Practice – 2:45-4:15
Tuesday, February 13
- Grade 5 Boys’ Basketball Practice – 2:45-4:15
- Order Deadline for Noodle Box Fun Lunch
Wednesday, February 14
- Spirit Day – Red/White/Pink for Valentine’s Day
- Grade 5 Girls’ basketball game @Donna Gabriel Robins Elementary
- Grade 5 Boys’ basketball game @ home vs Donna Gabriel Robins Elementary
Thursday, February 15
- Don’t forget to book a time for a Student-Inclusive Conference for each of your children before the end of today.
Friday, February 16
- Professional Development Day – Students do not attend
Monday, February 18
- Family Day Holiday – School closed