Engaging Parents as Partners in Education
Parent Tip Sheet – November 2019
Kindness: does it matter?
Parents and teachers influence our thinking about kindness by creating meaningful relationships with our children, by encouraging us to reach out, and by being upstanders when we see others being hurt. We teach empathy by showing our kids how to share, how to help, and how to include others.
At Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB), we are helping build empathy in our students through the facilitation of a program called Roots of Empathy. The program has trained facilitators come into our elementary schools with a new mom and baby, or even baby animals and teach students about empathy. You can find more information on the program by visiting the Roots of Empathy website.
Is vaping harmless?
The use of e-cigarettes (e-cig) is on the rise, becoming a public health concern. E-cigs or vapes are easily disguised, and can take many shapes. They come in many flavours that are attractive to youth, and may contain nicotine, which is addictive. The use of e-cigarettes use can result in lung disease, heart disease, and cancer.
Vaping tobacco and marijuana is banned within 20 metres of all school properties. It is important we work together at school and home to talk about vaping. Parents can encourage their kids to make healthy, vape-free and tobacco-free lifestyle choices. For more information visit Health Canada.
Carbon monoxide alarms
To protect your family, you need to have both smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in your home. CO alarms are not just a good idea, they are the law. In Ontario, working CO alarms must be outside all sleeping areas when a home has a fire place, fuel-burning appliance, or an attached garage.
You can’t see, smell, or taste CO. It is virtually undetectable without a working CO alarm. Carbon monoxide alarms also expire and should be replaced as directed by the manufacture. Know the symptoms of CO poisoning:
- Loss of consciousness
Have appliances checked annually by a certified technician. If your CO alarm is sounding, react immediately. Exit the home with children and pets and then call 911 from a safe location outside the home.