Social Media Awareness and Parenting the Digital World Event

We are excited to share the attached invitation to our upcoming Social Media Awareness and Parenting the Digital World event being held on Wednesday, September 26th at Campus Regina Public, starting at 7:00 p.m.  Regina Public Schools is proud to sponsor this event which is being presented by Safer Schools Together.

The parent presentation will focus on all things digital. Your child has now entered into their digital media lives, where cell phone ownership doubles, video game use explodes and they dive into the world of social media and hypertexting. Your child is rapidly developing their personal identity with cell phone in hand and you need to be prepared. Family rules, parental controls and developing a family tech plan will be outlined as well as recommendations for monitoring your teen’s digital life.   As a parent, you must lead the charge as a digital role model and help your child develop a strong digital citizenship foundation while reminding them that their digital footprint is a reflection of their real and online selves. At this age, they will encounter situations that will challenge their independence, including cyberbullying (and more commonly – cyberexclusion), the dangers of anonymity, privacy, sharing intimate images, and inappropriate websites, and you need to be there to provide support and guidance during this critical period. Finally, to better equip you for your digital parenting strategy, a snapshot of the current trends and concerning apps will be provided.

To RSVP your attendance for this event, please email leanne.wall@rbe.sk.ca by Friday, September 21, 2018. Limited seating is available.

Please feel free to share this invitation with your committee members and parents.  Everyone is welcome!

School Safety Procedures

Safety of our students is important.  All adults, even parents, must check in at the office if they are coming into the school for any reason.  For the safety of all students, adults should not be in the halls or the classrooms during the school day.

If you are coming in to pick up your child for an appointment please check in at the office and we will buzz the classroom and get your child.

If you would like to speak to a teacher or an administrator, please call the school and make an appointment for a meeting.  It is important that we set aside the time to talk and ensure that our staff is available to meet. Drop in visits can be challenging as our staff have responsibilities scheduled throughout the school day.  We value your input and want to set aside appropriate time for uninterrupted meeting.

Thank you in advance for your co-operation!

Welcome!

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School Safety Zone

Here is an important video from the Regina Police Service and Regina Public Schools regarding safe driving around schools.  Please remember that the staff parking lots are not appropriate places for drop off and pick up of students.  For everyone's safety please park on the street and respect the pylons and our school safety patrol!

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Smudging in Schools

Smudging is a tradition, common to many First Nations, which involves the burning of one or more natural medicines (plants) gathered from the earth. The four medicines (plants) commonly used by First Nations’ are tobacco, sage, cedar and sweetgrass. The most common medicines (plants) used in a smudge are sage and sweetgrass. The natural plants are gathered annually and used with no additives or chemicals.

Smudging has been passed down from generation to generation. There are many ways and variations on how a smudge is done. Historically, Métis and Inuit people did not smudge; however, today many Métis and Inuit people have incorporated smudging into their lives. Through the guidance of cultural advisors, we are told the reasons why smudging is practiced.

Our Elders/Life Speakers and Knowledge Keepers have taught us when we smudge:

  • We cleanse the air around us.
  • We cleanse our minds so that we will have good thoughts of others.
  • We smudge our eyes so that we see the good in all things.
  • We smudge our ears so that we hear positive things.
  • We smudge our mouths so that we speak good words.
  • We smudge our whole being so we become open to other peoples, thoughts, beliefs and actions.
  • We smudge to cleanse all negative energies within our own being or any spaces.
  • We smudge to bring balance to our whole being

Smudging allows people to become mindful and centered. This allows people to remember, connect and be grounded in the event, task or purpose at hand. Smudging also brings about a sense of balance and focus. Smudging will vary from nation to nation but is considered by all to be a way of cleansing practice. Smudging is part of “the way things are done” and is part of living a good life.

Smudging is not considered a religious practice but rather a practice of good living. Many other groups of people, regardless of cultural background have adopted smudging as a daily practice of seeking balance in life.

Smudging is always voluntary. People should never be forced or pressured to smudge. It is completely acceptable for a person to indicate that he/she does not want to smudge and that person may choose refrain from participating. It is acceptable to remain in the room as an observer during a smudge. It is the learning through participation or observation that provides insight into cultural practices. Respect for all is the guiding principle in any Indigenous tradition.