November 16 – 20, 2015 is Week of Kindness in Trillium Lakelands District School Board. Its purpose is to help promote safe schools and a positive learning environment. During Week of Kindness, TLDSB students, school staff, and parents are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on student learning and well-being.

Bullying is defined as a form of repeated, persistent, and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem, or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance.

TLDSB Schools are encouraged to use this opportunity to explain the different forms bullying can take. These include:

  • Physical – hitting, shoving, stealing, or damaging property
  • Verbal – name calling, mocking, or making sexist, racist, or homophobic comments
  • Social – excluding others from a group or spreading gossip or rumours about them
  • Electronic (commonly known as cyberbullying) – spreading rumours and hurtful comments through the use of cellphones, e-mail, text messaging and social networking sites

So far, many positive activities have been planned within our schools, these include:

Alexandra Public School: APS will be promoting ways to Feed all Four this week. When you feed all four, you are kind to yourself and you can branch out to be kind to others. They will also be running family workshops on Tuesday, November 17. Families will dance and laugh together. They’ve had a great response so far, with 54 adults and 80 kids registered. Beyond that, staff will focusing on the four components of Feed all Four. Students in grade 3 are writing thank you letters to various people in their school and our kindergartens our doing acts of kindness for their new custodian who has been doing such a great job.

Bobcaygeon Public School: BPS is planning something different each day. Activities include:

  • Community Day — Finding opportunities for students to learn more about their school, local, national, and global community and how they as leaders fit in to the larger picture. Lunch time picnic & a movie in the gym.
  • Make New Friends Day — Students can take time to meet and greet other students who they may not know very well. Kindness-themed craft stations in the gym.
  • Stand Up to Bullying Day — WEAR PINK to show your support for learning about what it means to take a stand against bullying behaviours in our community. There will be a Stand Up to Bullying Assembly during the last block of the day.
  • During recess BPS will invite students to participate in a country-themed lounge where students can play board games, listen to country music, and learn more about one another.
  • High-Five Day — A day to share with others how they contribute to making their day a little brighter by giving them a high-five.
  • Theme Day: Sports Jersey Day in honour of Sports Day in Canada on November 21, 2015.

Fenelon Falls Secondary School: FFSS  hosted Ally Week from November 9 – 13, 2015. Activities included a kickoff assembly, Walking Taco Tuesday, a Sexual Health and Awareness Workshop, Movie Day, and Coffeehouse social. For Week of Kindness, FFSS will also be hosting a myriad of activities, such as:

  • Therapy Dog Visits
  • Wear Yellow Day and Safe Talk by former FFSS Student
  • Public Skate for Students at Fenelon Arena
  • Staff vs Students Basketball Game
  • Bake Sale in partnership with Best Buddies
  • They will also be wearing different colours each day that represent different quadrants of the ‘Feed All Four’ initiative.

How will you, your family, your class, or your school contribute to Week of Kindness? Pay it forward! 🙂