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Weekly Communication - Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020

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Weekly Communication - Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020
by Tammy Cowley - Wednesday, 19 February 2020, 2:29 PM


February 19th

EARLY Dismissal TODAY at 1:48 pm to facilitate parent/teacher conferences.

February 20th

Vaping Awareness – A Parent Education Night, 7:00-8:30 pm at Bayside Middle School

February 23rd

Ordering for Hot Lunch closes today.

February 26th

EARLY Dismissal at 1:48 pm to facilitate parent/teacher conferences.

February 26th

Pink Shirt Day

February 28th

PAC Hot Lunch – Subway for those that ordered.  Don’t forget a snack!

February 29th

PAC Silent Auction, 6 pm to Midnight, see below for more details.

March 6th

ADHD Workshop for Parents, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, see below for more details.

March 6th

Gr. 4/5 Basketball Members Jamboree, 11:45 to 3:00 pm at ROMS

March 8th

Ordering for Hot Lunch closes today at midnight.

March 12th

Report Cards Home

March 13th

PAC Hot Lunch – Boston Pizza for those that ordered.  Don’t forget a snack!

March 16th-27th

Spring Break – Students do not attend school.


Food Bank Donations:  A BIG THANK YOU to all the Cordova Bay families and CB55+ members for their support in our recent food drive for the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank!  We filled 2 ½ collection bins and received cash donations as well!!!   Thank for helping to care for our community!

Handicapped Parking:  A reminder to families that the designated handicapped parking spots are for those families and CB55+ members that have handicapped decals.  Thank you for your support in this.

Times Colonist Literacy Society Grant:  Mrs. Bales and Ms. Jenkins are delighted to announce that the Times Colonist Literacy Society has once again generously provided a grant in the amount of $1,900 to support the purchase of new books for the Learning Commons.  Cordova Bay Elementary acknowledges the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Education, as well as the Times Colonist Literacy Society.  We look forward to the purchase of many new books!

Request for Gently Used Clothing for Rainy Days:  The office could use a small supply of gently used t-shirts, socks or pants for students (especially in the primary grades) for rainy days for those students without a change of clothes.  If you are able to donate some, please contact the school office at 250-658-5315.  Thanks so much!

The Power of Why – A Blog by the Superintendent of Schools:  Storytelling Our Way to Better Comprehension

Vaping Awareness – A Parent Education Night: February 20, 7:00-8:30 pm at Bayside Middle School.  See below poster for more information.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Workshop for Parents:  March 6, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm.  See attached PDF for more information and how to RSVP.

What Children/Teens are Sharing About Technology:  Information provided by Shannon Husk who is a Clinical Counsellor and Prevention and Community Engagement Service Provider for BC Gaming who specializes in issues regarding technology (social media and gaming). 

Over the past few months I have been connecting with children/teens in classrooms and doing outreach with those who use social media or video gaming excessively. What has come out is that many young people realize that they are using technology as a way of coping.

Getting distracted instead of doing homework is often due to teens struggling with emotional feelings, or challenging school work and they find technology is an escape. Many adults have shared that they have found themselves doing much the same thing. Adults say that when they are stressed they relax by playing on their phone, looking at social media or gaming. Once they have learned that exercise or connecting with a friend or family member or choosing other activities can be just as helpful, new habits form to replace the escape into technology. We need to help our children/youth to do the same. Make a family list of things to do besides technology and put this up in your home for all to view.

Two youth I met with admitted that when their parent was working a lot, playing video games and texting or chatting online helped them to not feel so alone. Many of the youth I talk to have also shared that they no longer feel comfortable being alone because they are connected all the time and that they feel bored without their devices.

In 2018 I took two courses through the Institute of Child Psychology and founders Tammy Schamuhn and Tania Johnson shared that diagnoses of ADHD, autism, coordination disorder, developmental delays, unintelligible speech, learning difficulties, sensory processing disorder, anxiety, depression and sleep disorders are associated with technology overuse and are increasing at an alarming rate.

Young people have also shared that it is easier to take rejection online than in person so texting, using social media or video gaming to communicate has become the easier form of interaction. More and more youth are realizing that this lack of in-person communication is leading to increased feelings of social anxiety.

What can we as parents do to help them to find better ways to cope and to communicate? We can help them set limits on their screen time by having conversations about what that can look like and if needed we can install apps that help them to monitor their use. We can encourage our kids to express and feel their emotions. We can continue to communicate with our kids verbally face to face, rather than through text so that our kids feel more comfortable communicating in person. We need to be present, without use of our own devices and this can make a huge impact on our relationship with our youth and is a great way to role model boundaries with technology. Maybe even spend time with your youth doing activities of their choosing.  A popular public speaker Collin Kartchner speaks openly about what teens are telling him about technology in his TedX talk, “Can flip phones end our social media addiction?”  Please check it out and hear more from the voices of our children/youth who realize they may need support with their technology use.


Silent Auction/Hollywood Glam Event:  February 29, 6:00 pm, Beach House Restaurant.  Online Ticket Sales $25, Deadline is Sunday (  Tickets can still be bought from the Office ($25), $30 at the event.   Thank you for buying your tickets early as this is helpful to gage numbers for food.   Many thanks for the donations already received. Donation DEADLINE: Friday


Cordova Bay Fastball:  2020 registration is now open.  See below poster for more information.