Programs & Initiatives that Promote Mental Health and Well-being
At District School Board Ontario North East, we want to inspire innovation and a passion for learning in every student. We understand that mental health and well-being is key to this process. Thus, our schools adopt foundational programs and initiatives to create safe, inclusive, caring and supportive environments that enhance as well as promote mental health and well-being.
From Stressed Out
to Chilled Out
From Stressed Out to Chilled Out is an engaging, fun and student centred program delivered in all grade 7 classrooms. Its aim is to help educators create teachable moments to introduce stress-management strategies and skills to build emotional resiliency in their students and themselves. By providing students with opportunities and specific skills, we're helping to ensure that they enjoy a healthier future. The program includes a range of resources designed for parents & guardians and for classrooms.
Tucker Turtle is a targeted social emotional program delivered in all our junior and senior kindergarten classes. The goals of Tucker Turtle are to help young children handle their anger and impulse in conflict situations. The program consists of stories, crafts and physical activities that introduce self-regulation and help children understand and work through the emotion of anger.
Kids Have Stress Too!
The Kids Have Stress Too! program helps parents, families and educators understand childhood stress and how to provide children with the tools to deal with stress effectively. The program is being delivered in all our grade 1 classrooms. The program is a broad-based primary prevention program which provides parents, families, and communities with the knowledge, awareness and skills to help young people become healthier and more resilient through learning how to manage their stress. The program includes a range of resources designed for parents/guardians and for classrooms.
Stress Lessons is built on an experiential, hands-on learning approach and delivered in all grade 4 classrooms. Its aim is to help educators create teachable moments to introduce stress management strategies and build emotional resiliency. By giving children the tools they need to manage stress today, we're helping to ensure that they enjoy a healthier future. The program includes a range of resources designed for parents & guardians and for classrooms.
Roots of Empathy
Roots of Empathy (ROE) is delivered in our kindergarten to grade 8 classes. The primary goals of ROE are to develop social and emotional understanding, promote pro-social behaviours and decrease aggressive behaviours, and to increase knowledge about infant development and effective parenting practices. ROE is a 9-month program that has as its cornerstone a monthly classroom visit by an infant and his/her parent(s) whom the class "adopts" at the beginning of the school year. It is during these monthly visits that children learn about the baby’s growth and development via interactions and observations with the baby.
Restorative Practices is being used in our schools to successfully build healthy communities, support students and teachers, and address discipline issues. Restorative practices take incidents that might otherwise result in punishment and create opportunities for students to understand their obligation to take responsibility for their actions. Through this process, students learn how to interact and manage their relationships with adults and peers. They become better equipped to understand how their actions impact others and how to monitor future behaviour.
Aboriginal Student Forum
Each year the Aboriginal Student Forum is held at Camp Bickell for students of District School Board Ontario North East. The two-day event brings together Aboriginal students from across the Board to participate in discussions on the themes of preparing for the future and supporting transitions.
Character Development is about helping our students learn and practice positive character attributes, which will help them not only do their best, but be their best. In the school community, character development is woven into its programs, practices and interactions – teaching our students about respecting themselves and each other, making positive contributions to their school and community, and thinking critically and creatively.
Equity and Inclusivity
We strive to enable each and every student to learn effectively, to reduce achievement gaps and to improve learning outcomes for all, regardless of race, class, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and other historical forms of marginalization. Equitable and inclusive education is central within our school to allow for the achievement of high-quality education and inclusive communities.
Safe and Caring Schools
Safe and Caring Schools is responsible for a range of programs that promote peaceful problem solving, academic excellence and a sense of belonging for all students. Programs include providing ongoing support and professional growth in emotional intelligence, conduct management, prevention oriented strategies, mediation and violence prevention.