Students from Carson Graham participated in a transformational experience aboard the schooner Pacific Swift. The students worked together to sail and operate the schooner on a five-day voyage through the Gulf-Islands. The students and teachers reported that it was an outstanding experience!
Halloween is a time to celebrate with our community and families. We enjoy it when students and staff get into costumes and have fun, but here are some safety tips that need to be adhered to:
* Students in costume at school should be easily recognizable, and as a result, we ask students not wear full face masks. Replica weapons (guns, knives, etc.) are not allowed.
* Please dress appropriately - do not where costumes that are discriminatory or offensive in any way. It is inappropriate to wear costumes in poor taste (ex: hyper-sexualized, culturally insensitive).
* School codes of conduct must always be followed, even when in costume. This includes maintaining respectful and appropriate behaviour with others and with school property.
* The use and possession of firecrackers or fireworks at school is strictly prohibited at all times (before, during or after school).
The Grade 9 Counsellors are coordinating Take Our Kids to Work Day on Wednesday, November 14th for all Grade 9 Students at Carson Graham. Here is a little background info, also please feel free to check out the following website http://www.thelearningpartnership.ca for additional info.
Take Our Kids to Work is an annual program Canada wide in which Grade 9 students spend the day in the workplace of a parent/guardian, relative, friend or volunteer experiencing and learning about the world of work. The program supports career exploration and career readiness among Canadian public school students. Experiencing a “day in the life” of a professional within a workplace allows students to explore the world of work and helps them make informed educational decisions. Launched in 1994, Take Our Kids to Work is the most recognized career readiness program in Canada with more than 200,000 students visiting workplaces every year on Take Our Kids to Work Day.
At Carson Graham we are very excited to offer this experience to our Grade 9 Students, as all Grade 9 classes will be cancelled that day to give students the opportunity to explore the world of work with their parents or an alternate. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact your child's counsellor by phone 604 903 3555 or email. Students will be bringing home a consent form for you to complete. It is vital that every student return this form to the Counselling office in a timely manner so that all Grade 9 students are accounted for on this day. We want to ensure that no students are left out of this fabulous opportunity.
A - L Gayle Weyell : firstname.lastname@example.org
M - Z Kat Robb : email@example.com
Grade 9 Counsellors
Safeteen workshops will be held on Wednesday, November 14th from 8:35 - 11:30 (Period 2 & 3)
Student room assignment information will be posted in front of the counselling offices and in the front of the school entrance. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Gayle Weyell, Gr. 10 Counsellor at 604 903 3555 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Level 1 program introduces our highly acclaimed violence prevention assertiveness model. The topics covered delve into many social and emotional survival issues youth are facing in their day-to-day lives. Teens can experience tremendous pressure and anxiety both online and face-to-face. They struggle with the need to fit in, body image issues and gender stereotypes and more. Safeteen offers them strategies to navigate these issues skillfully and effectively. By utilizing experiential exercises, role-plays and dialogue participants will learn to access their inner-wisdom, hone their critical thinking in order to stand up and speak up for what they believe in without violence.
For more info please visit the Safeteen website http://www.safeteen.ca/secondary/
We are very much looking forward to Parent-Student-Teacher meetings on Thursday, November 8th. These conversations provide an opportunity to discuss how your child is settling in, their progress, work habits and ATLs. It is very important that parents and teachers work together and support each other. On October 30th, parents will be able to go online to book interviews. More information will be forthcoming.
Students are encouraged to attend the meetings with their parents. This is a valuable opportunity for students to take a central role in their own educational growth and development. We want our students to be able to articulate what they are working on, areas of strength and future growth.
Anxiety is a growing concern for the youth of today. Students are experiencing more pressure, increased demands and a never ending barrage from social media leading to increased anxiety and depression. Although anxiety is a normal part of the teenage experience, there may be instances where it impedes everyday functioning and requires support. The Carson Graham counsellors have put together some information for parents and resources to help you navigate and identify the signs and symptoms connected to anxiety.
Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety
- Feeling nervous, irritable or on edge; restlessness
- Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom
- Avoiding social situations
- Feeling agitated
- Having an increased heart rate
- Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation), sweating, and/or trembling
- Feeling weak or tired
- Difficulty concentrating
- Having trouble sleeping: falling asleep and/or staying asleep
- Experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) problems
- Tense muscles
- Panic attacks
Parental support is extremely important for students, especially those who may be dealing with an anxiety disorder.
How to Help Someone with Anxiety
- Be an active listener. Lend an open ear when you child is feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Listen to what he or she says, as well as to what isn’t said. (Is there any mention of friends or social activities?). Respect his or her feelings even if you don't understand exactly them. This will encourage your child to start talking, which can serve as a source of comfort when feeling overwhelmed.
- Educate yourself. Knowing the difference between everyday stress and anxiety disorder can help you learn what to listen and look for.
- Encourage participation in extracurricular activities. These can help to relieve stress, help your child make new friends, and build self-esteem.
- Explore opportunities for seeking help. Investigate mental health and other treatment options available in the local community.
- Share what you find with your child. Once you've accumulated information about getting help, pass it along. Having the information available will give your child the option to get help when he or she needs it or feels ready.
- Be patient if your child doesn’t seek help right away. It may take a while for your child to seek professional help. It’s important especially for young adults to feel that getting treatment is their own decision.
- Get help with study skills to learn the best way to manage time and workload.
People with anxiety may wish to consider the following:
- Cutting down on foods and drinks that have caffeine such as coffee, tea, cola, energy drinks, and chocolate. Caffeine is a mood-altering drug, and it may make symptoms of anxiety disorders worse.
- Eating right, exercising, and getting better sleep. Brisk aerobic exercises such as jogging and biking help release brain chemicals that cut stress and improve your mood.
- Sleep problems and anxiety disorder often go hand in hand. Make getting good rest a priority. Follow a relaxing bedtime routine. Talk to your doctor if you still have trouble sleeping.
- Asking your doctor or pharmacist before taking any over-the-counter meds or herbal remedies. Many contain chemicals that can make anxiety symptoms worse.
- Trying mediation, especially mindfulness-based stress reduction can be helpful.
- The Foundry https://foundrybc.ca/northshore
- https://youthinbc.com/ Vancouver Crisis Centre
- Anxiety Canada Youth https://youth.anxietycanada.com/
- UBC Student Services: https://students.ubc.ca/health-wellness/self-help/stress-anxiety#what-are-stress-and-anxiety
- PDF: https://cmha.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Anxiety-MI-NTNL-brochure-2014-web.pdf
Supplemental fees for the 2018-2019 school year are now available for payment. Fees are levied for materials, goods and services associated with enrichment activities or programs that extend learning opportunities beyond the basic educational program required to achieve provincial learning outcomes. Specifics on what is covered by each fee can be obtained from the teacher of the specific class and can be found on the Cash Online fee statement.
Fees are used primarily in elective classes to enhance the student experience and provide for materials and opportunities that go beyond the basic curriculum. The student activity fees provide for goods and services that support all students outside of the classroom. Below are some examples of how supplemental fees are used:
Art - Supplemental course fees allow for the purchase of materials, supplies, and equipment used for enrichment activities and for projects intended for a student to take home for personal use. Enrichment art materials and supplies including artist quality acrylic and water colour paints, raw and stretched canvas, wooden panels, artist quality water-soluble graphite, conte and specialized artist pencils, guest artist visits and art materials of quality beyond necessary to meet the learning outcomes.
Photo - Supplemental fees will be used to pay for enrichment materials such as light sensitive photo paper for darkroom processing and digital prints of student work that can be taken home for personal use. Equipment such as cameras and tripods that students can borrow for personal use and enrichment opportunities. Supplemental fees will also be used to pay for transportation and entrance fees for supplemental/optional field trips to art galleries and unique photo shoot locations.
Foods - Supplemental course fees allow for more frequent cooking labs, in-depth cooking experience using a wider variety of techniques and ingredients. Students will take home and be able to consume the products they create in class.
Student Activity Fee - The supplemental activity fee will be used to support the purchase of Student Agenda Books, Student Leadership Activities, School Sponsored Clubs, Athletics, Locks for Lockers, Student Awards, general non-curricular materials and supplies for student consumption and events. When a supplemental fee is charged, the intent is to assist in recovering costs without realizing any profit. Every effort shall be made to keep student fees to a minimum.
School fees can be paid conveniently online by credit card or direct debit via School Cash Online. Please login to your School Cash Online account to pay school fees. In order for teachers to plan and purchase supplies it is helpful if fees could be paid as soon as possible. You can access your School Cash Online account here: https://sd44.schoolcashonline.com
If you do not yet have a School Cash Online account, signing-up is quick and easy. You will need your child’s student number to register for an account. Student numbers are available on student school fees invoices, on student ID cards and on student schedules. Detailed instructions on how to register for a School Cash Online account are available here: https://www.sd44.ca/District/SchoolCashOnline/Documents/SchoolCashOnlineStepByStepRegistration.pdf
PAC Donations PAC also raises money every year for scholarships for Grade 12 students who are pursuing post-secondary education. Some scholarships are for academic excellence, some for school spirit and one is an inspirational award in honor of former school counsellor Rob Watson. Please consider donating (and getting a charitable receipt) by using the Make a Donation button on School Cash Online and following the link to Carson PAC Scholarships.
Thank you for your support. If you need any assistance with fees, please contact Carol Oswald, Administrative Assistant at email@example.com or 604-903-3679.
If you have not filled out the following forms: Notice of Outside Media Consent, Personal Information Consent Form, Acceptable Use of Technology Form and the Walking Field Trip Consent Form, please go to: https://sd44.schoolcashonline.com or https://www.sd44.ca/District/SchoolCashOnline/Documents/SchoolCashOnlineStepByStepRegistration.pdf to register.
Hope you are enjoying our lovely fall. Three news items below for this edition of the Principal’s Blog.
First: The PAC meeting on October 3 featured presentations from our talented students regarding the Interact Club and the Vancouver Model United Nations, as well as a panel discussion of Grade 11 and Diploma Program students giving their perspective on how the Middle Years Program (MYP) helped lay the groundwork for the senior high school years. Principal Kennedy gave a thought-provoking presentation on Orange Shirt Day, and Heidi Degenstein of the Carson Graham Music Parents Association updated us on music initiatives underway. Important funding initiatives were also approved, such as a Lego wall for the Library Learning Commons, a HiPod camera system for the sports teams, the North Vancouver Holocaust Symposium , Coffee House Open Mic, the Interact Club and the Vancouver Model United Nations Conference. Three additional PAC executive members were also elected: Rene Cravioto as our District PAC Representative, Kevin Barefoot as a Member at Large (designated responsibility for Family of Schools), and Bernice Discon (designated responsibility TBA).
Second: Mark your calendars! We have a special guest speaker at our next PAC meeting on Wednesday, November 28 at 7 pm. Brittany Palmer, a renowned specialist on scholarships, will give a dynamic presentation entitled “Unlock Your Future”. Brittany will explain how scholarships are not simply reserved for those with high marks and achievements on a national level; there are numerous opportunities available for all students. Brittany’s presentation will help simplify the complex process of applying for scholarships. Parents are encouraged to bring their children, as she emphasizes the importance of the parent-student partnership during the scholarship process. Students in the Middle Years Program are also encouraged to attend because Brittany will review early planning strategies. She believes it is never too early to get started. The PAC meeting will be held in the Agora that night, as it should be quite a turnout.
Third: Hooray! Hooray! The water fountains are here! The PAC agreed to fund the installation of two more water fountains, in order to reduce lineups and promote the environmentally-friendly use of water bottles. We are happy to see them installed this month
October 30 - Halloween Concert
October 31 - Halloween
November 2 - North Vancouver Curriculum Day
November 8 - Parent Teacher Interviews (Early Dismissal 1:15)
November 9 - Remembrance Day Ceremony (Early Dismissal 1:15)
November 12- Remembrance Day - School Closed
November 14 - Grade 9 - Take Your Kids to Work Day
November 14 - Grade 10 - Safeteen Workshops
November 15 - Grade 8 - Green Thumb Theatre
November 20 - Grad Winter Formal
November 21 - IB Collaboration - Late Start 9:55
November 26 - 27 IB Evaluation Visit
November 28 - District Collaboration Late Start 9:55
November 28 - PAC Meeting 7:00 PM
November 29 - Jazz Night
November 30 - Term One Ends