Junior Volleyball Update

Congratulations to the Jr Co-Ed Volleyball Team for an outstanding season!! On Thursday January 18th, the German Mills Mavericks traveled to Woodland for our Area Tournament and played in 5 very exciting games! Our team was an excellent competitor. We won two very big matches against some top teams and learned a lot with each game. Mme. Nastic is very proud of each and every Maverick for their great hustle, teamwork, commitment and determination this season. Way to go, Mavericks!!

Inclement Weather Day


Today has been declared an inclement weather day today – due to the significant risk of freezing rain later today. As a result buses have been cancelled. School is open and operating on a regular schedule.If your child takes the bus and you choose to drive them to school today – please be advised that there will be NO bus in the afternoon and your child will need to be picked up again at 3:30 pm.

Please travel safely today as the temperatures drop and ice forms. If your child walks, remind them to give cars extra time and space to stop.

Have a great day!

Learning for All

Parenting is hard work!  When you become a parent, kids don’t come with a manual or a customer service help line…you learn as you go and from your own lived experiences.  In keeping with our GMPS theme of having a ‘Growth Mindset’, we all have lots to learn and to offer one another.  This month we have THREE opportunities to engage in learning together.  Please have a look at the options and consider signing up to attend something.  Childcare is provided.  RSVP by clicking HERE

#1 – On January 18th, from 6:30-7:30 our staff will be hosting a Primary Reading Night for parents and children.  

#2 – On January 29th, from 6:30-8:45 our school council is hosting a Parenting Session on Mindful Parenting.  

Mindful Parenting Workshop January 29 2018

#3 – On January 24th from 6:30-8:30, Blue Hills will be presenting the first of 3 sessions in Triple P Parenting.  RSVP to this event by emailing Oksana.Majaski@yrdsb.ca

Power of Positive Parenting Jan24 2018 @ German Mills PS

January Character Trait Focus: EMPATHY

Empathy is often defined as the ability to identify with the
suffering of another. It is however more complicated than this.
Humans are able to show empathy in three different ways:
reflexive, emotional and cognitive. As part of the executive
functions of the brain, the skills needed to have empathy are
complex and build upon one another. Developing the trait of
empathy in children is important because it enables them to
form and sustain relationships with others and helps them to
self-regulate their behavior in different social settings.
How can parents and educators teach empathy?
Here are a few suggestions:
1. Meet their needs – Treat the children in your life with
empathy. If children are shown empathy when they are
dealing with their own problems, then they will learn to show
it to others.
2. Lead by example – Modeling cognitive empathy and
narrating your thought processes out loud will give them a
template that will guide how they process events. Point out
situations that call for empathy. When reading a book about
a character who is going through a hard time, talk about how
that character must be feeling. Ask the child how he would
feel in the same position.
3. Help them find common ground – Kids are more likely
to feel empathy for those who they see as similar to them.
Help the children in your life discover what they have in
common with others – particularly others with whom they’ve
had conflict in the past.
4. Practice changing roles and perspectives – Ask
children to pretend to be someone else in a hard situation.
How do they feel in this situation? What would make them
feel better? Kids like to pretend, and this is something that
can help them practice the executive function of perspective
taking. Even the simple act of asking a child, “How would
you feel if …?” can diffuse a fight and help the child see things
from a different point of view.
5. Foster a happy environment – The good feelings that
come from positive social interactions make children more
adept at accurately reading the feelings of others.
For additional information and more ideas – see source: