Spring is Near…

Important Dates

  • Mar 5 – Evening of Jazz 7pm Langford Legion
  • Mar 8 – Daylight Saving begins (clocks spring forward at 2am)
  • Mar 8 – International Women’s Day
  • Mar 10 – Badminton Practice after school
  • Mar 12 – Important Kayak trip mtg. for Outdoor Ed students at lunch, portable 3
  • Mar 12 – Badminton Practice after school
  • Mar 17 – St. Patrick’s Day
  • Mar 16-27 – Spring Break (school not in session)
  • Mar 28 – Westcoast Jazz Festival
  • Apr 6 – PAC Mtg.  7pm
  • Apr 6 – Dry Grad Mtg. 8pm
  • Apr 7-8 – Vancouver Island Concert Band Festival
  • Apr 8 – Mid-Term Report Cards Published
  • Apr 9 – Early Dismissal Learning Conferences
  • Apr 10 – Good Friday (school not in session)
  • Apr 13 – Easter Monday (school not in session)

Athletics

Basketball Finishes

Boys:

Junior Boys B – placed 5th in pool play and did not make playoffs

Junior Boys A – placed 21st in BC

Senior Boys B – played in 3 tournaments and was ineligible for playoffs

Senior Boys A – 4th on the Island missing the BC’s by 2 spots

Girls:

Junior Girls A – placed 11th in BC

Senior Girls B –  played in 2 tournaments and was ineligible for playoffs

Senior Girls A – 4th on the Island and had a very successful year

Total athletes for bball –  approximately 85-90 players

Up next the Spring season – Junior and Senior Girls soccer, Boys and girls rugby, Coed Ultimate frisbee, Coed track, Coed Golf

Track and Field

Interested in running, jumping or throwing for Belmont this year?  Please come to a meeting next Wednesday, March 4  during Focus block in room B210 or talk to Ms. Evans or Mr. Smith.

Badminton

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Careers

Dual Credit Courses

Grade 11 / 12 students interested in earning a free College course credit while still in High School?

Course options :  Psychology 130, Biology 103, Marketing 110, Accounting 110 and Criminology / Law 170 will be offered in the 2020/2021 school year

Information session – May 6th  during Focus Block in the learning commons

Any questions please come to the Career Centre

Please come and see us in the Career Centre if you have any questions.


Fines Arts

On March 5th, over 200 friends, families, and community members were treated to an evening of Jazz hosted by the Belmont Music Department.  Our students lead off the opening hour with amazing Jazz classics.  The audience was then treated to another set of incredible music performed by the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy.

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Food Studies 9-12

Students in Food Studies 9-12 classes participated in a homemade beeswax wrap workshop with Aboriginal Education in an effort to raise awareness of and reduce food related waste.

 


French Immersion Gr. 9 or 10 Students

Interested in participating in the BC Quebec exchange?  Please see Ms. Evans in room B210.


France Exchange

Interested in an exchange to France with our sister school in Sarreguemines?  Please see Ms. Evans for an application form in room B210.


Honour Roll (semester 1) – 43% of our entire school is on it! 

Grade 9 Honour Roll – 103

Grade 9 Honour Roll with Distinction – 60

Total Grade 9 = 376

Percentage 43%

Grade 10 Honour Roll – 71

Grade 10 Honour Roll with Distinction – 71

Total Grade 10 = 360

Percentage 34%

Grade 11 Honour Roll – 101

Grade 11 Honour Roll with Distinction – 50

Total Grade 11 – 356

Percentage 42%

Grade 12 Honour Roll – 75

Grade 12 Honour Roll with Distinction – 88

Total Grade 12 – 312

Percentage 52%

Total Certificates – 600 Total Students 1404 = 43%

Post-Secondary Education

Message for Parents of Gr. 10-12-The Post-Secondary education system is our province is one of the best in the world, but it can also be difficult to understand. To assist both students and parents, the new Post-SecondaryBC website has been developed by 30 colleges and universities in our province as a resource to help everyone learn more about our system and how it works, the terminology, history, credentials and the many different options that are offered. Take a look and explore: www.postsecondarybc.ca.


Provincial Graduation Assessments:  April 2020

Literacy (LTE) 10 & Numeracy (English/French – NME/F) 10

Date Assessment Who How to Register
14-20 April Literacy 10
  1. Semester 2 English 10 & Math 10 students; and

2.       Grade 12 students who have not previously completed this/these assessments.

See Ms. Carlson & Ms. Nursey in the office by 12pm on March 9.
Numeracy English/French 10

Further information regarding the Provincial Graduation Assessments:

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/administration/program-management/assessment/provincial-exams


Regional Skills Canada Competition at Camosun!

Today at the Regional Skills Canada competition at Camosun College, two of our students below earned Silver and Bronze for their efforts in the Baking competition.

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Scholarship Info:

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STA Scholarship deadline Slide - 2020


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District News:

Healthy Schools, Healthy People is our District’s Comprehensive School Health website with resources and information for students and families. Click on the title to have a look!


 

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New Semester Underway…

Education Quote

Important Dates

  • Feb 19 – Grad Assembly #2 Focus
  • Feb 22 – FoodSafe Level 1 Certification 9am-4pm, Room B104
  • Feb 22 – Choral Collaboration Day
  • Feb 24 – Travis Price (co-founder of Pink Shirt Day) presentation
  • Feb 26 – Pink Shirt Day
  • Mar 2 – PAC Mtg. 7pm
  • Mar 2 – Dry Grad Mtg. 8pm
  • Mar 5 – Evening of Jazz 7pm Langford Legion
  • Mar 8 – Daylight Saving
  • Mar 8 – International Women’s Day
  • Mar 17 – St. Patrick’s Day
  • Mar 16-27 – Spring Break (school not in session)

Aboriginal Education Team News

WEXES Moon – Moon of the Frog

This moon is significant because the frog acts as a witness and a messenger. The frog announces the Sacred Season of Plenty. Because the frog is honoured as the Keeper of the Sacred Season, it is often presented on Cedar Monuments (totem poles) and in artwork to show that an important event has occurred.

During this moon, the wonder of nature repeats in an amazing process: Mother Earth warms up and the hibernating frog wakes from its winter sleep. The frog announces the coming of spring. It is soon time to gather foods and medicine.

Upcoming Important Dates:

Ongoing- Traditional Tea Day (usually Mondays!) at lunch in the Lakeside Café. Rethink your drink! The purpose is to raise awareness about consuming healthy food and increase knowledge about local traditional plants and herbs such as nettle, nootka rose, licorice root and mint.

Feb 24- Moosehide Campaign

For information and lessons go to https://moosehidecampaign.ca/events/2020-moose-hide-campaign-day-in-b-c The AbEd team has pins available for classes or teachers. We are available to teach lessons on the subject and raise awareness about keeping women and girls safe and being an active participant in this decolonizing work.


Athletics

Badminton Club

Attention all badminton players.  A very important meeting will take place in room B310 at lunch, Feb. 12.  See Mr. Willing for details.


Boys’ Rugby

Jr. and Sr. Boys Rugby 7s practice has just begun, Mondays and Thursdays 3:30 – 5:30 on Goudy field. Everyone welcome, no experience necessary, just bring a mouth-guard, and cleats. See Mr. Beattie in A216, or Mr. Peacock in A304 if you have any questions.


Ultimate Frisbee

Special Ultimate Meeting

Thursday [27 February] at lunch in A301 [Stee’s Room]

All are welcome! Come one come all …

Past players, present players, new players, novice players … any and all!!


Girls Basketball Update

The Senior A girls Basketball team finished 3rd in the City and will be hosting the first ever AAAA Girls Island Championship on Feb 13th- 15th with games starting at 2pm on Thursday.

The Senior B girls Basketball team finished their exhibition season with a win over Claremont B team 39-34. Two weeks ago they competed hard in their 4 games as hosts for the Bill Spotswood Memorial tournament.

The Junior Girls Basketball team finished league play in 3rd place and won the first game of the city championship 55-31 over Stelly’s.  The top 4 teams in the City will qualify for the Island Championship.

We’re very proud of the accomplishments of our Girls’ Basketball program! Thanks to all of our coaches for their tie and leadership and too all our supportive parents too!

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Belmont Mindfulness Group Feb 5- March 11


Careers News

Women in Trades and Technology Exploration Day

Date: Feb 26th     Location: Camosun College    Time: 9:30-2pm

Sign up at the Career Centre!


Are you looking for work? 

Come to the Career Centre to check for volunteer and paid work opportunities in the community.


Fine Arts News

Belmont Music Department (BMD)

What a year so far…                                                                                                                             Thank you to all the staff, parents and musicians for making 2019 such a wonderful year of music. It’s hard to believe a year has already flown by. Time sure does fly when you’re having fun. Winter is a time for the BMD to showcase what we’ve been working on and this year was no different. It started off with our Drumline, R&B Band and Jazz Band raising school spirit by playing at the November Pep Rally. Next up, the BMD carollers headed to Millstream Village to spread the cheer of the season with the community. Meanwhile, all musicians were hard at work preparing for the annual Winter Concert. This concert was a time for the entire BMD to put our best foot forward and show that all those early mornings and late nights paid off and boy did they! The Spotswood Gym was filled with wonderful music. From those in their first winter concert to those in their last, everyone did an amazing job to make this winter concert one to remember. A special shout out to our amazing MCs (Mrs.Fortin and Mrs. Orton) and our staff volunteers Ms.Frodsham, Ms McKechnie, and Ms. Christ-Rowling. Thank you to all the staff, students and parents who came out to see us perform!

As we head into 2020, the BMD is just ramping up! On Saturday, January 18th we had our first performance of the decade, with our Senior Winds and Concert Band 9’s joining bands from across the District and Greater Victoria in our now annual “Evolution of Band Concert”. The following weekend saw our Drumline members learning from some excellent clinicians on a Saturday Retreat. On Jan. 29th the BMD was a part of a Fine Arts show for visiting grade 8 students from our Middle Schools. On Saturday, Feb. 1, our Vocal Jazz group headed to Oak Bay Highschool to take part in the Oak Bay Vocal Jazz Festival. We’re then onto the 3rd Annual Choral Collaboration hosted at Belmont. Similar to the Evolution of Band, the Choral Collaboration will involve choirs from across Greater Victoria and the Island! Finally, to say goodbye to Winter, our Evening of Jazz will be held on March 5th in the theatre! Our R & B Band and Jazz Ensembles, along with student combos, will be joined by the Naden Jazz Band for a night of jazz! Here’s to an amazing 2020!

Dance

Ms. Conways 1st semester Dance classes performed for two nights (Jan. 24/25) to finish up the semester.  Thanks to our dancers for their hard work and preparation as well as all those who helped with the event!

Media Design

The Media Design class is working with the Adobe Creative Suite to develop their skills as artists and graphic designers. They also spend time using digital SLR cameras, as well as learning about principles and elements of design.

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Visual Arts

 Highlights From Ms. Pampin’s Art Classes                                                                                This semester, we explored different media, ranging from white charcoal on black paper to acrylic on large canvases. These are some of the works that students so passionately created.

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Home Ec News

FoodSafe Level 1 Certification

Students, interested in getting your FoodSafe Level 1 Certificate? The FoodSafe Level 1 course will be offered here at Belmont on Saturday, February 22 from 9:00am-4:00pm. Space in the class is limited, register by paying the $50 fee at the office. If you have any questions about the course, see Mrs. M. Evans.


Provincial Graduation Assessments:  April 2020

Literacy (LTE) 10 & Numeracy (English/French – NME/F) 10

Date Assessment Who How to Register
14-20 April Literacy 10
  1. Semester 2 English 10 & Math 10 students; and

2.       Grade 12 students who have not previously completed this/these assessments.

See Ms. Court in the LLC by Friday 13th March 2020.
Numeracy English/French 10

Further information regarding the Provincial Graduation Assessments:

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/administration/program-management/assessment/provincial-exams


Sustainability

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Community Events

Mini Med School - April 2020

 

 

Boys Girls Club WILD Program - Belmont and Royal Bay

 

End of the Semester…

Important Dates

  • Jan 19 – Dance Show Tech Rehearsal
  • Jan 20 – ISP Farewell at lunch
  • Jan 21 – Copernican Day Blks A/C (2:20 pm dismissal)
  • Jan 21 – Graduation Assessments
  • Jan 22 – Copernican Day Blks B/D (2:20 pm dismissal)
  • Jan 22 – Dance Show Tech Rehearsal 3:30-9:00pm
  • Jan 23 – Numeracy Assessments
  • Jan 23 – Dance Show Dress Rehearsal 3:30-9:00pm
  • Jan 24 – Literacy Assessments
  • Jan 23/24 – “I” days
  • Jan 24 – Dance Show Performance 7pm
  • Jan 25 – Dance Show Performance 7pm
  • Jan 25 – Chinese New Year – Year of the Rat
  • Jan 27 – Semester 2 Begins ABCD
  • Jan 30 –  ISP Chinese New Year Celebration 4-6pm

 Careers News

A huge shout out to our Grade 12s for their efforts in presenting their Capstone projects on January 16th. Despite the snowy conditions we had many community members attend to help support our grads.  A huge shout out to Ms. Arkell, Ms. Bodman, and Ms. Robertson for all of their efforts in hosting this excellent event.  Our students shared their passions and learning with grace and enthusiasm.


Available for Gr. 12’s:  RCMP – National Youth Engagement Week March 23-27th, 2020

Opportunity to send two West Shore students to Depot (In Regina) to train like a Mountie for a week!

Applications available in the Career Centre or email Ms. Bodman at cbodman@sd62.bc.ca

Applications Due : Jan 31, 2020


Women in Trades and Technology Exploration Day

Date: Feb 26th       Location: Camosun College     Time: 9:30-2pm

Sign up at the Career Centre!

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UVIC’s School of Health Information Science Open House

The School of Health Information Science is hosting its Spring Open House on Thursday, February 13th 4:30-6:00pm at the University of Victoria’s Hickman Building room 110. We invite you and your students to learn more about this exciting field by talking with our faculty and students. Please share this invitation with your students and please join us for pizza while learning about the rapidly expanding field of information technology in healthcare!

The world is becoming increasingly reliant on the use of information technology in health care delivery. The School of Health Information Science has the most comprehensive and established undergraduate program in the study of health informatics in Canada, offering two programs including a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Science and a Combined Major in Computer Science and Health Information Science. Students may enter directly from high school or transfer from college or other undergraduate programs.  Individuals graduate with a BSc degree, and benefit from excellent employment opportunities with starting salaries typically above $55,000 per year.

If you are unable to join us for the Open House, we would be pleased to meet with you in person or over the phone to let you know more about the Health Information Science programs offered at UVic. This is a dynamic expanding field of study which many of your students would excel at. Students interested in the life sciences, medicine and/or information technology would be especially interested in our programs. Please contact Sandy Polomark at his@uvic.ca or by phone at 250-721-8576 to schedule an appointment.


Athletics

Jr. Girls Basketball

The Junior Girls Basketball Team continued their success in tournaments this season placing second in the Island Challenge held at Spectrum/Stellys. The girls now have 2 First place and 2 Second place finishes this year. This coming weekend they will be playing in the Provincial Qualifying Tournament in Nanaimo. 

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Community News & Info

Langford and Sooke Minor Fastball 2020


Coast Collective Art Centre Classes - Ages 9 - 16


VIPC 8x11 2020


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Happy New Year!

Important Dates

  • Dec 23-Jan 3 – Winter Vacation
  • Jan 6 – Welcome Back
  • Jan 9 – CLC12 students presenting Capstone Projects
  • Jan 19 – Dance Show Tech Rehearsal
  • Jan 21 – Copernican Day Blks A/C (2:20 pm dismissal)
  • Jan 22 – Copernican Day Blks B/D (2:20 pm dismissal)
  • Jan 22 – English 12 & English First Peoples Exams 1-3pm
  • Jan 22 – Dance Show Tech Rehearsal 3:30-9:00pm
  • Jan 23 – Comm. 12 & FRAL 12 Exams 1-3pm
  • Jan 23 – Dance Show Dress Rehearsal 3:30-9:00pm
  • Jan 24 – FRALP 12 Exam 9-11am
  • Jan 23 24 – No Scheduled Classes
  • Jan 24 – Dance Show Performance 7pm
  • Jan 25 – Dance Show Performance 7pm
  • Jan 25 – Chinese New Year – Year of the Rat
  • Jan 27 – Semester 2 Begins ABCD

Hello Belmont Families and Students.

As we’ve come to the end of another decade and usher in 2020, on behalf of our entire staff, we hope you have had a happy holiday!

The weeks leading up to the winter break were very busy at Belmont as we hosted our annual Winter Concert, ISP Gingerbread House competition, the annual 10,000 Tonight Food Bank Drive, our Grad Winter Formal at Bear Mountain, and this morning’s Santa’s Pancake Breakfast.

We look forward to school re-opening on January 6 as we finish off the first semester on January 22. A huge shout out to our PAC for their continued support and to all the parents and volunteers who make our school such a great place to live and learn.  Below are some pics of 10,000 tonight with grade 12 students Zak, Mat, Jon, and Keagan and Jim from MOD pizza delivering a cheque to the Goldstream Food Bank for $2500. These proceeds were donated by MOD pizza from their opening day sales at their new location at Belmont Market.

On December 20th we hosted our annual pancake breakfast and had a surprise visit from Santa Claus (who looked a lot like Assoc. Superintendent Dave Strange).

And to top off today’s events, we hosted our 1st annual RCMP & Staff vs. Student Dodge Ball match at lunch.  The students defeated the RCMP & Staff in a close match 2 games to 1. Thanks to our local WestShore RCMP for organizing this match and also brining pizza to share!

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ISP Gingerbread House Contest

On December 17, our International Student Program hosted the annual gingerbread house contest.  It was awesome!


Gr. 11 Students

Boarding U of Alberta is an exclusive event open to Gr 11 students from across Canada. Twenty lucky students will be chosen to visit our North Campus in Edmonton for the weekend of May 29-31, 2020. This is their chance to test-drive a Top 5 Canadian University, and to see first hand if Edmonton and the University of Alberta are the right fit for them. If selected, their ticket will include flights, accommodations and a whirlwind weekend of exciting events both on campus and in Edmonton. For more information, including a video from previous years, see https://www.ualberta.ca/admissions/undergraduate/tours-and-events/boarding-ualberta Applications will be accepted until end of day on February 17, 2020.


ISP Weaving

At the beginning of December, our ISP cohorts were so lucky to have Christine, June and Jack Jack visit our classes, work with our students and teach us about Nuu-chah-nulth culture. Student learned about the importance of traditional weaving practices and knit their own woolen pouches. Students also enjoyed traditional tea and smoked salmon. Many thanks to our Aboriginal Department for organizing this amazing experience for us!

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Winter Warmies Drive

Gr. 12 student Austin T. organized a Winter Warmie Drive collecting mittens, scarves, coats and toques, etc. to donate to West Shore families in need.  The Metchosin Firefighters came to the school to receive the donations from Austin.  Thanks to families who donated items for this important cause.


2020 Francophone Games


Fine Arts

Evo of Band 2020 Poster FINAL


Athletics

Girls’ Rugby

Any girls, with or without experience, interested in playing rugby in the new year come see Mr. Barrick in the PE office for information.

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Community News

Mind-Fit-WH-Fall

Tis the Season!

Important Dates

  • Dec 6 – Belmont Youth Action Team hosting Self-Care Day
  • Dec 6-15 – PACE Musical Theatre 7pm
  • Dec 11 – 10,000 Tonight Food Bank Drive
  • Dec 9-20 – Belmont Winter Season (Leadership Activities at Lunch)
  • Dec 16 – BMD Legion Community Dinner
  • Dec 17 – ISP Gingerbread Decorating Competition Blk A
  • Dec 19 – Winter Formal 6-10pm Bear Mtn. Resort
  • Dec 20 – Santa’s Breakfast 8:30am to 10am (altered bell schedule)
  • Dec 21 – Winter Solstice
  • Dec 23-Jan 3 – Winter Vacation
  • Jan 16 – CLC12 students presenting Capstone Projects

Sharing Holiday Cheer and some awesome dance moves too!

This past weekend Ms. Conway’s Dancers took to the streets of Victoria as they participated once again in the 38th Annual Island Farm’s Santa’s Light Parade.

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10,000 Tonight – December 11th Raising

Belmont’s 10,000 Tonight food drive is happening on Wednesday December 11th from 5pm-10pm and we need your help to make it a success! Volunteers can help drive the routes and collect donations or stay at the school and sort the items. This is a great opportunity to spend time with friends and family while helping out our local Goldstream Food Bank.

A reminder students can bring in non-perishable food items to their block A class by Friday December 6.  The class with the most items will win a pizza party!

MOD Pizza is opening it’s first Canadian location in the Belmont Market on December 10th and they are generously donating 50% of their opening day pizza sales to Belmont to give to the Food Bank! Please help us support them on their opening day as it will greatly increase what we can donate.

Thanks for your support!


Career Life Education Update (Careers 10)

So far this year, grade 10 students have completed assignments in the Careers curriculum that have examined the following ideas:

  • Finding a balance between work and personal life is essential to good physical and mental health;
  • A network of family, friends, and community members can support and broaden our career awareness and options; and
  • Effective career planning considers both internal and external factors.

In Careers 10, students operate on a blended learning model which allows them to take greater advantage of other elective courses by freeing up a block in their timetable. Students do receive some face-to-face instruction at least once a month, but if a planned session is missed, students must see a careers teacher in B210 during focus block to ensure they are staying on task.

This month, students are completing Benchmark Assignment 3 (Personal Network Connections), due 6 Dec, which allows them to explore who may be an asset to their future career or educational goals. Assignment 4 will be delivered to students fade-to-face in the second week of December and will be due in January. Students must complete all benchmark assignments in order to receive credit for the course.

With each month’s assignment, comes the opportunity to extend their learning. Students can use cross-curricular (work done in other classes), extra-curricular (activities done outside of school), or self-directed activities to reflect how the work they have already done meets the Career Life Education Big Ideas. These extensions are quick and simple, yet they do require an element of reflection. Please see a Careers teacher in B210 to discuss the extension opportunities for the course – you will never leave without an idea to use!


 

Belmont’s Youth Action Team (YAT)

On Friday, December 6th, during A & B blocks, Belmont’s Youth Action Team (YAT) is hosting its first ever Self-Care Day, including booths & various activities that focus on stress relieving and connecting students with Belmont Wellness Centre and local organizations that focus on youth and health.


Grads!  Got your ticket to the Winter Formal?

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Winter Formal is on Thursday, December 19th, 6-10pm at Bear Mountain Resort for Grads only.  A reminder all school rules apply.  On sale now on School Cash Online until December 12th. $60


Athletics

Sr. & Jr. Girls’ Basketball

The Sr. & Jr. Girls’ are co hosting the Victoria Christmas Tournament once again with both our teams playing at 11:20am on Friday, December 6th.  Games will go all day on both courts and continue all day Saturday.


The Belmont Music Department presents:

BMD Winter Concert 2019

See you there for our annual holiday classic!


Community News

Strategies for helping the holidays go better  – Thursday, December 5th

The Holiday Season is approaching and this can be one of the most stressful times for families. FamilySmart believes that we are all experts in our own lives with our children, and when parents get together to share their wisdom it can be helpful for everyone.  Hearing another parent’s approach to handling a situation with their child might be something they want to try with our own family. That’s why our December meeting will be more casual giving us an opportunity to share stories and strategies with one another.

Date & Time: Thursday, December 5th – 7:00 pm- 9:00 pm

Location: Saanich Neighbourhood Place

RSVP: Lisa.Tate@familysmart.ca

 


Community Christmas Activities in Langford