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Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day on March 21st World Down Syndrome Day on March 21st<p>​​<strong>What is World Down Syndrome Day?</strong></p><p>Every year on March 21, communities are encouraged to recognize and celebrate contributions from people with Down syndrome in their schools, communities, a​nd around the world! WDSD is officially ratified by the United Nations.</p><p> <strong>How can you celebrate?</strong></p><p><strong></strong></p><ul><li><strong>Wear Crazy Socks!  </strong><br></li><li>Come to school on March 21 wearing your craziest, wildest socks! This is a fun and easy way to show your support </li></ul><p>Incredible progress is made when people with Down syndrome are supported and given the opportunity to contribute to society. People with Down syndrome can go to school, finish university, find careers, and get married. The CDSS works to ensure that all people with Down syndrome live fulfilled lives. ​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Let's show Cookstown's inclusive Cougar spirit by celebrating and supporting our friends and community members with Down syndrome!</strong></p>
PARENTS INVITED TO INFO. SESSIONS AT THE BOARD OFFICE INVITED TO INFO. SESSIONS AT THE BOARD OFFICE<p>​The SCDSB is hosting a series of information sessions for parents/guardians to learn about special education in the SCDSB, and how to support students with special education needs.</p><div>March 19</div><div>Accessing supports in the Community</div><div>April 16</div><div>Understanding Alternative/Non-Academic IEP</div><div>Goals</div><div><br></div><div>All sessions take place from 6 to 7 p.m. at the SCDSB Education Centre, located at 1170 Highway 26 in Midhurst. No registration</div><div>required.​</div>
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION REGISTRATION<p>Kindergarten registration has begun. </p><p>To be eligible, your child must be four years of age by December 31, 2018. Please contact the school’s office at 705-458-4461 for more information.  Appointments are not necessary: however, we suggest you come in between the hours of 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 2:00-3:00 p.m. daily if you wish to register your child.​</p><div>For all those that register there will be a Kindergarten event on May 30th from 2:15 to 3:15 where you will receive information and</div><div>activities for you and your child and helpful tools for parents of new Kindergarten students.​</div><p><br></p>
VOLUNTEER TEA TEA<p>​VOLUNTEERS,</p><p>​Look for an invitation to our school Volunteer Tea coming out at the end of March.  We will be having the Volunteer Tea on April 19th at 10:15.  SAVE TGHE DATE.  We appreciate all of our volunteers and what they do and bring to our school.<br></p>
Mindful Moments at CCPS Moments at CCPS<p>​​Thanks to our Staff Mental Health Team and Student Cookstown Action Team—each morning Cougars will have the opportunity to start their day with a Mindful Moment.  At the end of announcements each day—student team members will guide us through a mindful moment that will help us self-regulate (calm) our minds and bodies to prepare us to be the best learners we can be. Students may also choose to opt out of this guided activity and privately reflect or sit quietly during this moment. This choice has been shared with all staff and students.  If you have any further questions,  please contact the office.</p><p>Some of the benefits shown in the research regarding mindfulness for staff and students include:</p><ul><li>Decreased stress and depression</li><li>Emotional regulation</li><li>Improved behavior and social skills</li><li>Reduced fatigue</li><li>Improved mood and self-esteem</li><li>Improved attention, memory and concentration​</li></ul>
Sign Up for the School Council REMIND Up for the School Council REMIND<p>​We have a new and exciting method for parents/guardians to receive information from our school.  It is called "Remind" and it can easily be installed on your phone.  Some of you may already be connected with classroom reminds but this one is being facilitated by your school council.  If you sign up you will receive "reminds" via text message ie: important dates coming up at school (picture day, due dates for fieldtrip payments, pizza and sub order reminders etc....) All you have to do is text the message @cookstown to the number 587-409-0081 to receive this feature on your phone.</p>
New Path offering child and youth mental health walk-in clinics Path offering child and youth mental health walk-in clinics <p>​In response to the increasing wait times for child and youth mental health services, and the increased need for such services, New Path has undertaken a service redesign that will provide more timely and responsive services to children, youth and families in Simcoe County.    New Path now offers Child and Youth Mental Health Walk-In Clinics in five office locations throughout Simcoe County: Bradford, Alliston, Barrie, Collingwood and Orillia.   Children, youth and families requesting service from New Path no longer need to call and complete an intake; they can simply attend one of the local Walk-In Clinics and will receive a single session intervention that day.  Should children or youth require further service, New Path will continue to offer a wide variety of community and school-based services as well as residential service and women’s service.  For further information, including the clinic locations, days and hours, visit or contact New Path’s central intake department at 705-725-7656. ​</p>



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