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School Newsletter Tips - March

March

March is Nutrition Month 

Food is an excellent way for children to learn about different cultures. It’s important to expose children to many different food cultures at an early age. Always approach new foods with an open mind! Try some of these recipes from the Nutrition Month 2021 Recipe eBook: https://bit.ly/2M8cjfo.

Cooking with your kids lets you share food and cooking traditions while fostering important food skills. Try letting your kids wash fruits and vegetables in the sink or help find ingredients in the fridge or cupboard. Learn more about cooking with kids of different ages: https://bit.ly/3igZzPs. ​ 

​COVID-19 - Prevent the Spread!
COVID-19 is commonly spread by getting too close to others. Stay 2 metres away from anyone that you don’t live with. Getting together with people you know does not make the risk of getting COVID-19 any lower. Eating a meal together or having a playdate indoors can spread COVID-19, even before symptoms show. Someone who feels good and has no symptoms may still have (and be able to spread) the COVID-19 virus. Learn more: www.nwhu.on.ca/covid19​.
Masks Work

Recent research from the Public Health Agency of Canada shows that wearing a mask reduces the chance of spreading COVID-19. Continue to wear a mask, even outdoors if you cannot maintain 2 metres from people not living in your household. Learn more about non-medical masks here: 

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks/about-non-medical-masks-face-coverings.html​ 

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 is important to be seen

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.

Your Child's Mental Wellness and Remote Learning
Attending school remotely is a new experience for all of us. That means that there will be some inevitable road bumps and curveballs for parents, teachers, and students to manage. And while it may feel like everything about learning has changed, what hasn’t changed is the importance of relationships. Check out the links below for some tips on working through the tech challenges and nurturing that all-important connection between your child and their teacher:

https://cmho.org/your-childs-mental-wellness-and-remote-learning/​
https://cmho.org/four-tips-to-ease-frustration-in-remote-learning/ 

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.