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Thursday, May 5, 2022

This first week of May marks some important events in the education world. This week schools across Alberta recognize Education Week and organizations across Canada recognize Mental Health Week. I have to admit that I feel a bit sheepish about forgetting about both of these important events and not including them in the sidebar calendar of this newsletter! It is tough to keep track of all of the special days or events when life gets busy. This week was rather pivotal for our school in that we presented our RAM (Resource Allocation Method) or school budget. If you can recall, we asked all families to share plans for continuing at Eugene Coste next  year as our budget is dependant on student numbers. Last week we hosted a successful in-person Kindergarten/Grade 1 Open House. New families and those considering registration were excited to finally enter our building, meet staff and check out spaces in person. So yes, with all of these important school-based events happening, we overlooked celebrating two very worthy campaigns.  In all fairness, this serves as a reminder to be gentle and patient with ourselves. It’s ok to make mistakes or to overlook things sometimes. For us at Eugene Coste, we focus on education and mental health every day. Lifting up these priorities through public awareness campaigns is very important and necessary. This serves to highlight the work we do with your children every day. Strong public education builds strong communities! Strong communities can develop and protect the resources to provide supports for mental health. It is all connected!

I really do love the Canadian Mental Health Association’s focus on empathy this year. When we work with our students to problem solve the conflict, empathy is at the core of our conversations. Of course, we must approach each discussion by taking into account the age and developmental stage of the children involved.  Many students do require adult coaching to understand how to take another person’s perspective. We often refer to that as “thinking about someone else’s feelings”. Empathy is a skill we can all practice by considering others’ perspectives and thinking about our own beliefs/feelings before jumping to conclusions.  Sometimes we can diffuse a potential conflict situation between students very quickly by simply teaching children to take a moment to check in on the other person. An accidental bump is often misinterpreted as being done “on purpose”. When we coach students to notice others by saying “Whoops! I’m sorry, are you ok?” many problems are solved peacefully. A quick check-in is sometimes all that is needed and demonstrates awareness of others and how they are feeling! We do hope you can reflect on these ideas at home with your children and reinforce the importance of approaching others with empathy.


​Sra. Andrea Riquelme  - Principal                             

Sra. Jackie Michaud - Assistant Principal                                        


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