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Nurturing Positive Connections: Fostering Healthy Relationships in November

Hello, amazing parents and students!

As November graces us with its presence, we embark on a journey dedicated to the art of fostering positive connections and relationships. This month, we'll explore the magic of building meaningful bonds that enrich our lives, from friendships that light up our days to family ties that provide unwavering support, and beyond. Join us as we delve into the heartwarming realm of nurturing healthy connections, enhancing our well-being and spreading positivity throughout our lives.  

This month Grades 1-3 Read the story The Not-So-Friendly-Friend by Christina Furnival. This book teaches the value of setting boundaries so that friendships are healthy and happy experiences.  Grade 1 and 2 discussed qualities in a friend that they would want and Grade 3 students created Friend wanted posters that will be displayed in the hallway outside the gym. 

Students have been learning about Kelso's choices as well and learning how to solve conflict using "I messages." 

Link to story: The Not-So-Friendly-Friend

I message activity Sheet

Sprouting Feelings I messages video

For our elementary students friendships are very important for children’s social and emotional development, as well as their happiness and well-being.

  • Teaching your child basic social skills, such as sharing, honesty, taking turns, and saying sorry

  • Engage your child in enjoyable activities with other children, such as games, sports, arts, or clubs

  • Encourage your child to express their feelings and opinions, and listen to their friends’ feelings and opinions

Breakfast Club:

At Cold Lake Elementary we have Breakfast Club daily available for all students every morning in the classroom. We are proudly supported by Breakfast Club of Canada as well as Cenovus supporting healthy eating and fruit bowls in every classroom. Breakfast Club is available for all students. Our grade 3 peace patrol students deliver daily to each classroom the breakfast of the day. Each day will look a little different. Some of the foods that students have had this year include: Cereal and milk, Blueberry and plain bagels, yogurt/granola, eggs, cheese/crackers, english muffins, fruit sauce, fruit cups, muffins, cheese quesadilla, bagel cheese pizza, fruit/veggies (apples, bananas, pears, oranges, cucumbers). 


Resource Roundup: Nurturing Healthy Connections and Relationships

Explore these carefully curated resources suitable for parents and students of all ages, designed to inspire positivity and cultivate healthy connections:

For more resources, check out the Healthy Relationships page on the NLPS website.


Reflecting on Last Month: Your Insights Matter!

In October, we explored the beauty of gratitude. Share your experiences: How did our previous blog post influence your family? We're eager to hear the feedback and ideas that brought positivity into your lives.

Nurturing Healthy Relationships: Tips for Students

Students, enrich your connections:

  1. Practice active listening to understand viewpoints.
  2. Share acts of kindness and compassion.
  3. Communicate openly and respectfully.
  4. Seek common interests for bonding.
  5. Show appreciation to friends and family.

Connect with Our Student Advocacy Counsellors: Here for Support

Need guidance or want to discuss well-being? Our Student Advocacy Counsellors are ready to help. Reach out at or call 780-639-3107. Let's continue our journey of nurturing connections and spreading positivity together.

Here's to a November filled with nurturing relationships, flourishing bonds, and a canvas of shared joy. Let's celebrate the power of positive connections!

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