Social Media Awareness Presentations

Parent Presentations at the Raymond Jr High Gym September 27 - Wednesday Night 7:00 pm for Raymond and Stirling Parents

The parent presentation will focus on all things digital. Your child in Middle/High School has now entered into the peak of their digital media lives, where cell phone ownership doubles, video game use explodes and they dive into the world of social media and hypertexting. Your child is rapidly developing their personal identity with cell phone in hand and you need to be prepared. Family rules, parental controls and developing a family tech plan will be outlined as well as recommendations for monitoring your tween/teen’s digital life.

As a parent, you must lead the charge as a digital role model and help your child develop a strong digital citizenship foundation while reminding them that their digital tattoo is a reflection of their real and online selves. At this age, they will encounter situations that will challenge their independence, including cyberbullying, cyberexclusion, the dangers of anonymity, privacy, sharing intimate images, and inappropriate websites. Parents have an important role to play in providing support and guidance during critical periods. A snapshot of current trends and concerning apps will be provided to equip you in your digital parenting strategy.

 

Student Presentations

September 28, 2017 (Thursday)

The student presentation will focus on lessons and content that is most applicable to the particular age group. This presentation will cover all things digital, from digital citizenship and how to be a good digital citizen to the criminal consequences of cyberbullying. Some of the most prominent concerns currently surrounding student’s use of social networking sites and smartphones will be discussed. Topics covered will include: how to practice netiquette (online etiquette), how to recognize and respond to cyberbullying, the criminal and social consequences of cyberbullying behavior and the possession and distribution of intimate images (sexting), self-peer exploitation, digital media habits and oversharing, digital addiction, piracy and plagiarism.

      • Safer School Presentations for students will be in the school gymnasium as follows:

        • Grade 4-5 - 8:30-9:30

        • Grade 6-8 - 10:00-11:30

        • Grade 9-12 - 1:00-2:30

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Calming Sibling Rivalry: Four Quick Tips

Is it possible that some degree of sibling rivalry is normal… and can actually provide opportunities for our kids to learn essential lifelong relational skills? Absolutely! But only as long as we have commonsense skills for ensuring that these conflicts don’t grow into chronic resentment, feelings of victimization, and constant family chaos. While the subject can be a complex one, here are four tips that can help keep the family atmosphere healthy:
 
Nurture each of your children’s unique strengths and gifts.
 
When children are noticed and appreciated for their unique interests and aptitudes, they are less likely to perceive that their parents have “favorite” children. Of course, favoritism is the kiss of death when it comes to sibling relationships.
 
Provide strong and loving leadership.
 
Love and Logic is all about helping parents become… and remain… loving and strong authority figures. Much of this is achieved by providing consistent and enforceable limits. When kids feel a lack of such leadership, they experience anxiety and subconsciously wonder, “Well… if our parents aren’t running this home, I better.” Chaos among siblings ensues as they compete for this leadership position.
 
Stay out of the middle, while guiding them toward solutions.
 
Most of us struggle with the temptation to rescue our kids from each other by placing ourselves in the middle of their conflicts. When we succumb to doing so, we send an unhealthy message: “If you want some attention, all you have to do is start a fight with your brother or sister. Then I’ll swoop in to rescue.”
 
In my audio, Sibling Rivalry, I describe how parents avoid making this mistake while guiding their children toward learning how to resolve their own conflicts.
 
Of course, we do rescue when life and limb are in obvious danger.
 
Use the “Energy Drain” technique to keep it their problem rather than yours.
 
We’ve received story after story of how parents have informed their children that bickering and arguing drains their parental energy. Of course, when this happens, kids are expected to replace this energy by completing extra chores, staying home from an activity so that their parents can rest instead of drive, etc.
 
While we can’t ensure that our kids always love and appreciate each other, we can create a home where it’s always in their best interest to work hard at doing so.
 
Dr. Charles Fay

High School Rodeo Update

This weekend Alberta High School Rodeo takes place in Cardston , indoors at the Agridome.  Admission is free and the action starts Friday night at 6 pm following the Jr. High rodeo and then again on Saturday at noon.

The last high school rodeo was in Pincher Creek September 9th and 10th .  Other than the smoke and wind the weather was good.  Stirling School’s Clint Barnson placed 2nd in the tie down roping there.

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Terry Fox Run

Come join our Stirling School for the annual Terry Fox run.  Assembly at 12:30 in school gym.  Bring a Loonie for a donation. Following the assembly grade 6-12 students will be participating in a 4 km walk/jog/run.  The elementary students will be doing a 3 km walk/jog/run. Afterwards parent council will provide a goodie to all.  All community members/parents/grandparents/guardians are invited to participate.

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Stirling School Modernization update - September 14

After my construction meeting this past Wednesday, I took a few pictures of the ongoings inside phase 1. Here's a look and a description of what's going on. Really exciting!

Our new commercial kitchen/eatery.

Our new commercial kitchen/eatery.

Looking west towards our Learning Commons (on the left), commercial kitchen/eatery (on the right), and our student gathering section in between the two. 

Looking west towards our Learning Commons (on the left), commercial kitchen/eatery (on the right), and our student gathering section in between the two. 

Looking north into our new gym! The metal beam will be removed and sliding glass doors will be across this entrance. Pretty cool! 

Looking north into our new gym! The metal beam will be removed and sliding glass doors will be across this entrance. Pretty cool! 

Commercial kitchen/eatery.

Commercial kitchen/eatery.

Standing at the entrance into our new gym! Our new gym will be a beautiful addition to Stirling School for years to come. It has a total area of 8300 square feet. Our old gym was in the 5600 square feet realm. Super nice!  These are not the lights that will be in our gym ceiling :-). 

Standing at the entrance into our new gym! Our new gym will be a beautiful addition to Stirling School for years to come. It has a total area of 8300 square feet. Our old gym was in the 5600 square feet realm. Super nice! 

These are not the lights that will be in our gym ceiling :-). 

PE change rooms and PE office.

PE change rooms and PE office.

Looking south towards our Learning Commons from the gym entrance. 

Looking south towards our Learning Commons from the gym entrance. 

When Kids Constantly Interrupt

Have you ever tried to have a talk with another adult who constantly interrupted the conversation with completely unrelated, irrelevant details? Just the other day, I tried to visit with a friend. Every three to five seconds, he'd blurt, "Stop that!" or "Hold on" or "Just wait!" or "What did I say about that?" or "Doggone it!"
 
Of course, he wasn't saying these things to me. They were directed at his kids.
 
To be fair to my buddy, this bad habit is easy to fall into. Breaking it requires that we first make a pact that we won't say a single word to the kids when they begin to interrupt. Nope. Not a single word...or even glance their way.
 
Of course, their interrupting will get much worse in the short term! When this happens with small children, we can buckle them into the stroller or high chair... or we can gently put them in their playpen or room. All of this is done with no words or excess attention given to the tots.
 
With older children, we often have to grit our teeth and manage to get through the conversation as best we can... despite all of the whining going on around us. When we're finally done, we can say to them, "This is so sad. You guys really drained our energy by how you behaved when your mom and I were talking. How are you planning to replace that energy?"

In our audio, Love and Logic Magic: When Kids Drain Your Energy, we teach that kids can replace this energy by doing extra chores, paying for a babysitter so that you can have a peaceful dinner away from them, staying home instead of being driven somewhere, etc.
 
Dr. Charles Fay

Back to School- September 5, 2017

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School is back in session, Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 at 8:10am.  All Grade 1-5 students will go to their classes in the Elementary School. Grade 6 and 7 students will find their classes in the Old Lion's Hall, and our Grade 7-9 students will be going to their homerooms in the basement of the Community Centre .  The High School students will be registering for classes at the following times; Grade 10s at 8:10am, Grade 11s at 9am, and Grade 12s at 10am.  There will be an assembly for all Grade 6 to Grade 12 students upstairs in the Community Centre beginning at approximately 10:15am.

It will be a full day for all students.

Listening Means Love

The next time one of your kids expresses their opinion… or their hurt… be sure to lend a sincere and empathetic ear, showing loving interest by using the points above. Remember: The more you listen to them, the more likely they’ll listen to you. If the tone turns disrespectful or manipulative, you can always switch gears and repeat, “I love/respect you too much to argue” or “I’ll listen when your voice sounds calm like mine.”

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Professional Development: Dr. Thomas Guskey

The focus of the time teachers will spend with Dr. Guskey is on standards based grading and reporting. It builds on the foundational teacher practice of skillful formative assessment in the classroom. It will give teachers an opportunity to learn together, examine existing practices, thoughtfully plan our way forward, and purposefully incorporate desired practices into our process of continual improvement. We affirm that the skill set of the classroom teacher is the factor with the greatest impact on student learning.

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Chores and School Success

As much as many kids are reluctant to admit it, a new school year is just around the corner. We’re already seeing the back-to-school ads on television and many websites.

What can we as Love and Logic parents do right now, during these final weeks of summer, to help our kids enjoy the best academic success when they return to class? The answer may surprise some of you: Ensure that our kids are contributing to the family by consistently helping with housework, yard work, and other duties.

Kids in the habit of successfully completing chores are far more likely to develop a habit of successfully completing academic assignments.

In one of my books, From Bad Grades to a Great Life,  I describe why chores meet an essential human emotional need: The need to feel needed. When we treat our kids like guests in a five-star, all-inclusive resort, their true self-esteem plummets and they develop attitudes of entitlement.

Low self-esteem and entitlement go hand in hand. Both equal low achievement motivation.
 
To prevent this from happening… or to begin the process of healing… follow Love and Logic’s ABC's for training kids to do chores:
 

A: Assign every member of your family some meaningful contributions.

 Ask yourself, “What am I doing that my kids could do on a regular basis?”

 Many parents find it helpful to post this list on the refrigerator complete with names next to each contribution.

 
Caution: Don’t say, “Do it now.” This just creates power struggles. Instead, allow them to have a deadline for each contribution.
 
B: Be quiet.
 

Avoid reminding or nagging. Remember: Kids who have to be nagged into doing their chores are kids who need to be nagged into doing their schoolwork and homework.

 
C: Consequences preceded by sincere empathy will do the teaching.
 

When their children refuse to do their chores, forget, or do them haphazardly, many parents find it helpful to complete the chore for their child… and expect their child to repay the time and energy expended to accomplish those contributions.

Sometimes this means doing extra chores for the parent. Sometimes this means staying home or doing without some privilege so that the parent has time to rest and relax. Other times this means paying the parent or a professional to do the job. A memorable example involved a teen who had to pay a maid service to complete her housework contributions.


The key to success hinges on sincere empathy! Remember: Anger and frustration create resentment, while sincere empathy creates responsibility.
  
Dr. Charles Fay