May 28
Mental Health

Dear Parents of Sibylla Kiddle School,

When a child falls and scrapes their elbow, we know how to help. When they fall off their skateboard and break a bone, we know what to do. While these are unpleasant experiences, that we don’t wish on any child, these are visible injuries that modern medicine has taught us how to treat.

Mental health is far more complex. The challenges are not visible and how to help is not intuitive or always evident. Earlier this month we recognized Hats On for Mental Health, this upcoming week Alberta Education is hosting Mental Wellness Day for Schools. Some of our classes will be participating in province wide sessions geared to students in K-6. Examples of these sessions include; Making Friends with Your Stress Response and Move to Wellness.

As a school staff, we are particularly excited about an evening session geared towards parents. This session is called Connection Matters and is led by Alberta’s own, Dr. Jody Carrington. When we first started meeting as a newly formed Sibylla Kiddle staff, back in 2020, many of our early conversations were anchored in Dr. Carrington’s work. As a staff, we did a book study on her book, kids these days. Her message with respect to how we connect with our children is timely, meaningful and critical.

Dr. Carrington’s province wide session for parents is on June 3 from 7-8 pm. The link for the session has still not been posted online but when it is, it can be found on Alberta’s Mental Wellness Day website, by scrolling to the bottom of the page. Based on other talks I’ve heard by Dr. Carrington, I am confident that this hour will be well worth your time and give you encouragement along with practical insights into how to support both your child’s mental wellness and yours. This will be one session you definitely do not want to miss.

Brad Emery


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