Our families and caregivers are supported in creating the best possible outcomes for our students
The fifth annual PIC-WRAPSC event was a success
The Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) supports, encourages and enhances meaningful parent involvement at the board level to improve student achievement and well-being. The PIC also acts as an advisory body, and provides an important link between parents, the director of education and trustees.
The 5th Annual Waterloo Region District School Board PIC-WRAPSC Parent Conference was held on Saturday, April 16th at Bluevale Collegiate and it was a huge success. Attendees settled in to hear this year’s keynote speaker, Monique Howat. Monique charmed the audience with a mixture of stories, humour, and tools of how to raise confident and motivated children.
Following the keynote, parents attended sessions throughout the day with fulfilling topics ranging from Food: How it Affects Learning and Behaviour, CODE Parent Math Kit, Supporting Your Child’s Stress Management, Family Habits of Happiness, Science: STEM Skills in Career Education, and so many others. The various sessions were hosted by Bluevale’s very own Choose 2 Lead students. A great added feature to this event was that during the lunch break, attendees had an opportunity to mingle with 10 exhibitors, all relevant to the theme of student well-being.
Childcare was top notch this year. The 89 children that attended were entertained in the gym and were led by an amazing team of WRAPSC-PIC volunteer, Kerri Getliffe and University of Waterloo early childhood students. Their endless efforts were additionally supported by more Bluevale Choose 2 Lead students. Activities included (but definitely not limited to!): face painting, crafts, sports zones, movie time, and outdoor fun. Also new to this year’s event, all of the young participants got a colouring book on their way home as a thank you for taking their time to attend with their parents.
A deep sense of gratitude goes out to the presenters and exhibitors, WRDSB staff, all of the businesses that supported through event donations, and of course Bluevale Parent Council, The Choose 2 Lead students and Principal Mark Hunniford for once again graciously hosting this event. The committee was exceptional this year, and the event was put together with a true sense of synergy. There was much instant feedback from attendees throughout the day, and everyone echoed the deep appreciation for this event that truly has such an important need within our community.
Our staff is equipped with the skills and resources to support every child in their learning journey.
Supporting our students with Special Education Needs
Special Education in the Waterloo Region District School Board provides authentic learning opportunities based on student interests in an effort to further engage all students with Special Education Needs and allow them to reach their potential.
Our Speech Language Pathology Department is actively involved in supporting communication in the Full Day Kindergarten Program and have initiated monthly speech and language tips to kindergarten teachers to support classroom communication goals. Communication and engagement with our school communities continues to be a priority for this department and this year a twitter account was launched to highlight department updates and share related speech and language information.
Our Staff is supported in their wellness as they promote and model wellness for our students
safeTALK is a three-hour alertness workshop that prepares participants, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide alert helper. Through the safeTALK training program, participants are taught how to recognize invitations to help that are often overlooked, how to move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss and avoid suicide, notice and respond to situations in which thoughts of suicide may be present and apply basic TALK steps: tell, ask, listen and keepsafe.
The Parent Involvement Committee sponsored our safeTALK series.
School climate and well-being
We know that students succeed when they feel safe and supported in school. A healthy school climate leads to greater student success. Parents and guardians play a key role by advocating for the well-being of their children. This year, staff worked with our Parent Involvement Committee to create resources for parents relating to school climate and well-being.
Focusing on our operational goal of student and staff wellness, the WRDSB is committed to:
- Creating a culture where it is safe to discuss mental health challenges to reduce stigma
- Increasing access to evidence-based programs, services, community resources or system supports
- Making sure our facilities have the necessary tools to foster student collaboration and flexible learning environments
- Increasing access to gender neutral washrooms