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Counsellor Connections - November Blog

Building and Maintaining Healthy Relationships

With the school year in full swing and the end of term one quickly approaching, students and families may feel their stress levels increase. The stress management and calming strategies students have learnt in October will help them cope in the coming months and throughout the remainder of the school year.  I also hope those who checked out October’s blog found the at-home activities helpful and something you can use as a whole family to help with life’s everyday stressors.  

In November, Northern Lights Public School Division focuses on the wellness theme of building and maintaining healthy relationships.  At Learning Together anywhere, we will continue with our weekly wellness presentations. In addition, our K-3 students will learn how to set up boundaries for healthy friendships using the book “The Not-So-Friendly Friend” and through participating in class discussions and activities around the topic.  If you would like to continue family discussions around boundaries and friendships, here is the link to the read-aloud version of the book:  We will use this exact version for our classroom discussions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-CLxKFmsFk

Our wellness presentations for our grade 4-9 students will continue to be facilitated by Pamela Cameron, a Wellness Coach with Successful Families, Successful Kids (SFSK).  Just like she did with the topic of stress, Pam will provide weekly informative and interactive online sessions to the students on the subject of healthy relationships.  Students will learn what healthy relationships look like and the importance of setting healthy boundaries.   

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Successful Families-Successful Kids, here is a bit more information: 

Successful Families-Successful Kids (SFSK) is one project in the Mental Health Capacity Building (MHCB) in Schools initiative, serving over 100,000 students province-wide. This initiative is led by Alberta Health Services - Mental Health and Addiction in partnership with Alberta Education, continuing care zones, and other partners and community agencies, with funding from Alberta Health and Wellness. The MHCB initiative is based on the belief that mental and emotional well-being can be developed, nurtured and supported through promotion and prevention efforts. When individuals, communities and agencies work together to promote mental and emotional well-being in whole populations of children, youth, and families, we can enhance mental health and decrease addiction and the negative impacts of mental illness. The SFSK Wellness Coaches provide mental health promotion and prevention programming to our schools and community.  

We are very grateful here at LTA to have access to the promotion and prevention programming offered by the SFSK! 

At Home Resources

If you want information on how to teach your child about healthy relationships, check out this website: How to Teach Children About Healthy Relationships.  This website provides tips on how to teach your child about healthy relationships but also helps to explain why it is important. 

Looking for more at-home resources:  Print off this poster, or encourage your child to create one of their own.  This will give your child a visual reminder of tips for making and keeping friends.


Does your family love to play games together? Try this interactive healthy vs. unhealthy relationship snowball game:


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

If you would like to discuss healthy relationships or any counselling-related matters further, don't hesitate to contact me at the school at  825-723-0208 or by email at stephanie.rychlo@nlsd.ab.ca.

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