March 7, 2013

Peel board promotes quality family time during March break

March Break is a great opportunity for parents and students to continue the learning process at home. That is why the Peel District School Board provides parents with ideas to make a fun-filled and educational March break.

“Turning everyday activities into educational experiences over the break helps encourage student success outside of the classroom,” says Patricia Stellick, coordinating principal of elementary education. “With some free time and imagination, learning can take place right at home and in the community.”

Parents can try some the following activities to ensure a productive and fun March break:
• Ask your child to take charge of family recycling (get containers, wash the jars, stack papers, etc.)
• Encourage your child to start a collection - rock, stamps, marbles. This teaches valuable organizational skills.
• Have children write letters, cards, emails and send postcards to cousins, grandparents and friends.
• Encourage your child to pick out a book at the library that you can enjoy and read together.
• Read the daily newspapers weather map and check how the weather changes throughout the world.
• If you take a trip, visit historical sites along the way and save the information brochures.
• Find interesting places to visit locally and outside the city. Get your children involved by letting them plan activities for the day.
• Reserve a day to play cards, board games, and make healthy snacks together to enjoy.

March break is also a great opportunity to volunteer. Students can volunteer for their required 40 hours of community service. More information on the 40 Hours program is available on the Peel board’s website at www.peelschools.org/students/40hours/

The "Help your child have a good March break" parent tip sheet is available in the Parents section at www.peelschools.org/parents/helpyourchild/

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Media Contact: Patricia Stellick, Coordination Principal, Elementary, 905-890-1010, ext. 2548, [email protected]

Reference: Akiyah King, Communications Assistant, 905-890-1010, ext.2817,   [email protected]

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