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Public information sessions scheduled for Upper Grand’s French Review

UGDSB is holding four public information sessions to provide the public with information on the board’s French Review. All are welcome to attend. For meeting dates and to read the French Review report, visit

Island Lake P.S. News

February 2016

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Stay up to date on a very busy February at Island Lake PS.  Read the newsletter and calendar for the activities.

"Focus on where you to want to go, not on what you fear." -- Anthony Robbins

January 2016

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Happy New Year!  The newsletter and calendar have many reminders and updates for January 2016.

December 2015

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It is going to be a very busy month at Island Lake PS read about our activities in the newsletter. "Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out." --Frank A. Clark

How to support children when tragic events happen in the world

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Last week, terrible events transpired in Beirut and Paris that shocked many. We are saddened by the tragedies and our thoughts are with all those affected.

Although events like this are rare, they can have an impact on each of us—our children, staff, families and friends. We all respond to situations like this in different ways. Some feel sadness or grief. Some feel anger or a sense of helplessness and anxiety. Whatever we feel is okay, and we want families to know support is available to help you and your children in these situations.

The tips below may help you support your children following tragic world events:

  • Recognize that children may become concerned that something bad will happen to themselves, family or friends. Explain that safety measures are in place and reassure them that you and other adults will take care of them.
  • If your child is not focused on the tragedy, don’t dwell on it. Try to avoid having detailed adult conversations regarding the tragedy in front of children. However, be available to answer questions to the best of your ability. Young children may not be able to express themselves verbally. Pay attention to changes in their behaviour or social interactions.
  • Limit exposure to media coverage. Images of a disaster or crisis can become overwhelming, especially if watched repetitively. Young children in particular may not be able to distinguish between images on television and their personal reality. Older children may choose to watch the news—be available to discuss what they see and to help put it into perspective.
  • Maintain normal family routines as much as possible. Routine family activities, classes and friends can help children feel more secure.
  • Be aware of your own needs. Don’t ignore your own feelings of anxiety, grief and anger. Talking to friends, family members, faith leaders and mental health counsellors can help. Let your children know you are sad. You will be better able to support them if you can express your own emotions in a productive manner.

The safety and well-being of our students and staff remains our top priority. If you feel your child needs additional support, services are available within school. To access these services, please contact your principal or vice-principal.

November Newsletter is available

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The Island Lake November Newsletter is here!
Check out the information inside about events going on in November at ILPS. Please see the last page for information about a free presentation for parents at Westside Secondary tomorrow evening, Wednesday, Nov 4th at 6:30pm. David Bouchard will be presenting “The Gift of Reading – practical reading strategies for every family” organized by the Parent Involvement Committee.

October 2015

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Read the October newsletter and calendar for activities in and out of the school.  It is getting cooler outside, remember to dress for the weather.

"You may only be someone in the world, but to someone else, you may be the world." --Unknown Author

September 2015

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Welcome back to another wonderful year at Island Lake PS.  Read our September newsletter for new school year information.