Thursday's parent presentation, Pause, Listen & Connect: Navigating the Transition from Childhood to Adolescence, was incredibly funny and informative.
Nicola Doughty, a teacher and counselor with a teenage daughter herself, talked us through some great ideas and strategies for parenting our younger children today to create an environment where children flourish and want to keep coming back to as they navigate the teenage years. Here is the power point from the evening. Nicola said all the books on the last slide are excellent and worth a read.
Thank you Karen for organizing another great speaker!
Noonhour Programming is pleased to offer free demo classes next week! Kids can try out the following classes in advance of the winter session:
Location : Toss
When: 12:15-12:45 (noon hour program time)
Dec 3 - Dance and Draw Laboratory (all ages)
Dec 4 - Junior Yoga (new kids that have not taken previously)
Dec 5 - Senior Yoga (new kids that have not taken previously)
Kids Love Abrazos introduces a free demo Yoga class for children at the Lord Tennyson Elementary at TOSS this Dec 4th for Juniors and Dec 5th for Seniors. The practice of yoga cultivates self-regulation by focusing on controlled movements and games combined with breathing awareness. Studies show that Yoga practice helps children and teens in several ways:
DD Lab: Dance and Draw Laboratory
There's no boundaries when it comes to art. Join us this Dec 3rd at TOSS for a free demo session, all ages. Children don't have to paint sitting down all the time, they can draw with their whole bodies, without looking, with their voices, in the air. There are no limits! Creative arts are an important outlet for people of all ages, but many may fear that they are not good enough to dance or make art. Our Lab aims to find interesting ways to bring the arts into education. We work to engage all kinds of learners, encourage freedom of expression without anxiety and teach valuable skills such as creativity and curiosity. We move into a certain dimension, which is about the exploration, experimentation, discovery, amazement. The intention of our program is to explore the common ground between dance and drawing. Learners are able to experience how these two languages can blend together, using a sensory approach in a non-competitive setting. DD Lab focus on creating an environment that stimulates collaboration and innovation, supporting children to overcome fears that block creativity.
We can't wait for Winterfest this Friday, December 6. This is a long standing Tennyson tradition to kick off the Holiday Season, is hosted by Grade 6 students and their families as a fundraiser for their Grade 7 trip to Quebec.
Doors open at 3 PM.
This year we will be treated to an amazing talent show, wine raffle, bake sale, used book sale and a photo booth and craft room. This year's silent auction is truly impressive. Here are some of the items in the Silent Auction you can bid for this year:
The goal of SACY (Supporting And Connecting Youth) is to enhance the prevention and brief intervention infrastructure in VSB schools and surrounding community to prevent substance use, delay substance use and reduce substance use related problems.
Although the SACY workshops are geared towards parents with teenagers, there is no harm in attending them if you're children are younger. It's always good to be informed.
Here are the details of some upcoming workshops:
Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 SACY workshops for caregivers of teens and preteens*
Limited seating! Please register at: www.sacy.eventbrite.com
Dates for additional Building Bridges workshops to come shortly
SACY believe that young people that feel connected to their schools, who have supportive family, and have adult allies and mentors are stronger, healthier and better able to live up to their full potential. Learn all about SACY and their upcoming events on the VSB website.
For those who are new to Tennyson, Winterfest is our annual Winter celebration and a big fundraiser for the Grade 7 Quebec trip. There will be a bake sale, dinner, games, a photo booth and a silent auction (the perfect place to do some holiday shopping). But, the main event, for the students anyway, is the talent show. Between 3-7pmish, students take to the stage to sing, dance, do magic, play instruments and share their talents with their peers and parents.
The Winterfest Talent Show sign-up sheets will be posted in the lobby tomorrow, Wednesday November 20, before school. You'll need to be at school bright and early to get the spot you want!
For the day of the performance, December 6th, please have your music ready and saved on a cell-phone to give to the sound people for your performance.
It's time for the Tennyson French Scholastic Book Fair - Festival du Livre.
When: Tuesday Nov. 26 - Friday Nov. 29 at morning recess, lunch recess and after school
Where: The school lobby and hallwa
What: A huge book sale of french books (just in time for the holidays)
The Scholastic French Book Fair is a great opportunity to earn book credits for your child's classroom, the resource teachers and the library, at the same time as building your French library at home. Picture books, dictionaries, non-fiction - we have it all! All of the books will be in French this fall (the English Book Fair will take place in the Spring).
To run the book fair we need some volunteers. Volunteering at the Book Fair is a great way to meet lots of Tennyson students and have plenty of time to browse the shelves yourself. If you are able to help out for an hour or two during the week please email Jacqueline Crummey at firstname.lastname@example.org with the days/times that you are available. It would be fantastic if we had enough volunteers to cover before and after school and the recesses.
See you there!
There are multiple interesting meetings for families with children on the autism spectrum, or who are being assessed for autism. Here are a few that may be of interested to families in our community.
POPARD’s Introduction to Navigating BC’s School System – for Families with Children with ASD
Friday, November 15, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Vancouver
Supporting Indigenous Families Affected by Autism through Engagement and Research
Friday, November 22, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm, Vancouver
Polar Express- Sensory Friendly Ride
Sunday, November 24, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, Squamish
POPARD’s Introduction to Behavior and Mental Health – for Families with Children with ASD
Friday, November 29, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Vancouver
The General and Special Education Summit: Behavioural Challenges, Mental Health and Brain-Based Learning
Monday, December 2 - Wednesday, December 4, Richmond
Multi-Model Communication and Learning Strategies for Children Who Face Significant Challenges Including: Severe Multiple Disabilities and Children on the Autism Spectrum
Tuesday, December 3, Richmond
High Functioning Autism: Proven and Practical Interventions for Challenging Behaviour in Children and Adolescents
Wednesday, December 4, Richmond
Behaviour Interventionist Training Workshop (Online)
Saturday, December 7 - Sunday, December 8, Richmond
Read their newsletter for full a full list of events and more information about available resources.
The Tennyson Administration has been doing a valiant job of passing on parent's concerns about the traffic pattern changes and lack of parking around the school. The City has responded to the concerns with this information pack. Below is an excerpt from thE pack that concerns the area around Tennyson.
If you still have concerns/questions/comments we urge you to contact the City to let them know. The more people with concerns voice them, the more likely action will be taken. All you need to do is call 3-1-1 or use Van Connect, the City's very handy app and website
Unsure of what to say? Here is an example that someone sent last week.
“The intersection of 10th and Maple is currently dangerous for the pedestrians, cyclists and drivers in the area. Many children use this intersection to walk to school. The signage is inadequate, and the bike lane confusing. We ask that you install correct signage quickly, and install a pedestrian controlled crosswalk to keep the many children who use this intersection daily safe.”
Do you have new or clean gently used children's shoes and boots that you don't need? If so please consider donating them to the Tennyson Winter Shoe Drive.Shoes and boots can be dropped off in the box at the lost and found next week, November 4-7. Donations will go to our sister school, Britannia Elementary.
This initiative is sponsored by the Groupe Globale, a team of Grade 7 students running charitable initiatives in our community,
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