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School Newsletter Tips - March

March
Cooking is fun – and a great skill!
Cooking with kids at any age can be fun and easy. If your kids get cooking now, chances are they will keep up this good habit as they grow older. Very young children like to explore with their senses of sight, touch, smell, hearing and tasting. Try letting your kids wash fruits and vegetables in the sink or help find ingredients in the fridge or cupboard.
Pop harms your teeth!
Drinking pop is a leading cause of tooth decay. Drink water instead of pop, it’s better for your teeth and body. Try something fun - put sliced fruit in your water for some extra flavour.
Get your active on outside.
Tips for winter activity:
• Keep hands and head covered to prevent heat loss
• On really cold days wear a scarf over your face and mouth
• Wear warm, waterproof boots
• Wear a warm coat that deflects the wind
• Woolen clothing helps to retain the heat
• Wear clothing or carry knapsacks with reflective material – it’s important to be seen
Do bugs need drugs?
Both viruses and bacteria cause infections but antibiotics only work against bacteria. Using antibiotics when you don’t need them (for example, colds and flu) can lead to antibiotic resistance. This means that antibiotics will not work when we need them to treat and kill bacteria. Infections caused by viruses, like colds, get better on their own and antibiotics won’t help. When you do have to take antibiotics for an infection caused by bacteria, it is important to follow all instructions provided by your doctor or pharmacist, including completing the full prescription. Remember not all bugs need drugs!
Pool Safety
March Break is almost here, so you might be spending some time in a pool. To make sure that you have a fun and safe time, always follow the pool rules.
These can include:
• Shower before entering the pool
• Shower again before re-entering the pool after using the washroom
• Do not go swimming if you have diarrhea or open sores
• Any child under the age of 12 should have an adult or guardian over 16 with them at all times
• Before diving check the markings around the pool for how deep the water is and if you can safely dive
Out of a booster seat - Is your child ready for a seat belt?
Properly used child seats and booster seats can significantly reduce the chance of children being hurt or killed in collisions. Make sure your child is safe and secure, and is buckled up correctly.
Your child should use a booster seat if:
• he/she is under 8 years of age
• weighs between 40-80 pounds (18-36 kg)
• is less than 4ft 9 in (145cm) tall
Remember: Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and use the lap and shoulder belt. Children under 13 years of age are safest in the back seat away from all active air bags.  For more information on choosing the right car seat for your child, visit MTO: Safe and Secure. http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/choose-car-seat.shtml
Anxiety
Anxiety is our body’s reaction to perceived danger or important events. Anxiety is like an internal alarm system. It alerts us to danger and helps our body prepare to deal with it. It also helps us to perform at our best. Anxiety is something that everyone experiences from time to time. Here are some helpful tips you can do with your child so they can stay balanced and dial down their level of anxiety;
·       Be active with your child-go for a walk together, play some pond hockey, have a dance off
·        Make a Change-do something completely different with your child, a new hobby perhaps
·       Your child needs time to themselves too-they can cuddle with the family pet, do some colouring, or read a book
·       Have a laugh with your child-put on a funny movie or tell some funny stories
Talk to Your Kids about Tobacco Use
It’s never too early to talk about tobacco. When you talk to your kids about not using tobacco, you give them more than just good advice. You can give them a solid defensive strategy to say “NO thanks!” Remember that kids often seem to be defying authority when what they really want are tips they can use to help them resist peer pressure.
The Northern Fruit and Vegetable Program (NFVP) Continues
Vegetables and fruit have important nutrients – vitamins, minerals and fiber. A diet rich in vegetables and fruit may help promote heart health and reduce the risk of some types of cancer.  To encourage fruits and vegetables with your children, ask about their favourites from NFVP and offer them prior to serving dinner when they are hungry.  Include fruit as part of a night time snack with yogourt dip.