Week #4

Parenting during

Whistler Schools Collaboration (WSS, MPE and SCE)

Evening with Greg MacDonnell

PARENT session on Tuesday April 7th at 6:30pm

Thank you for checking our webpage Learning and Brain: Understanding the Adolescent Brain. This week we are planning to host a parent meeting with local clinical counsellor Greg MacDonnell to provide education and discussion for students and parents around the broad topic of “Raising Healthy Humans”. Whistler Secondary started this series in late February with the topic of healthy relationships and sexuality. Spring Creek and Myrtle Philip were planning to host Greg this week to discuss these topics with our parents and students.

In light of the current times, we have decided we would like to adapt this presentation and address some more pertinent issues around the changes we have all experienced due to the spread of COVID-19. We will discuss anxiety and ways to recognize it, strategies for self-care, normalizing feelings and the importance of human connections. If you have questions about topics that you would like addressed during this presentation, please email them to us chanbury@sd48.bc.ca , jmaynard@sd48.bc.ca or sbent@sd48.bc.ca with the subject line “topics for presentation.”

This presentation will take place in the form of a live broadcast on Tuesday evening at 6:30pm presented by Whistler Live. It will be recorded so that parents who are not able to watch will be able to see it and a link posted here at a later date.

The importance of Parent Well-being during COVID-19

Teacher wellness is critical. Now, that your kids are at home, so too is your personal wellness.

Replace the word Teacher with Parent..

The power of relationships is coming into stark relief. It's true at school that relationships are key to learning. That won't change at home.

Stay attuned to your child's needs.

All behaviour is communication, and sometimes our kids can't tell us with words that they need a break, that they are afraid of not being able to do the work, that they miss their friends. Sometimes that's because they don't know what they are feeling. At school we take time to listen, we try to stay curious rather than furious.

Also remember that kids do the best they can if they are able. If they can't do a task, be curious about what is getting in the way.

And most of all, take time for yourself, take healthy breaks for schooling, connect with your circle of supports and friends, let your kids do the same.

The images above what we talk to teachers about, regarding their own well-being. Use the images to consider what's on your plate now. When one dimension of your well-being changes, lean on the others for support when things get tough.

Managing Crisis Lines in a Health Emergency: A message from the Crisis Centre of BC.

For the Crisis Centre of BC, answering our crisis phone lines and online chats is our top priority, and we are working to ensure every call and chat is answered.

We encourage you to pick-up the phone and call a friend, neighbour, loved one. Reach out to those in isolation, especially seniors and those who are extra vulnerable to getting sick.

No matter what happens, the Crisis Centre of BC will be here to answer your call. We’ve made our own plans to keep the lines open, and we are sticking to them. If you need someone to talk to about the stress of COVID-19 or any other issue, we are here for you:

  • Vancouver Coastal Regional Distress Line: 604-872-3311

  • Sunshine Coast/Sea to Sky: 1-866-661-3311

  • Online Chat Service for Youth: www.YouthInBC.com (Noon to 1am)

  • Online Chat Service for Adults: www.CrisisCentreChat.ca (Noon to 1am)

If you are looking for some very timely, free or low-cost programming for adults or youth during this time, please check out our offerings.