GMS Update

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact Ontario and areas throughout the country, we wish to reassure our school community that the health and safety of our families, students and staff remain a top priority. In support of Ottawa public health containment measures, GMS will follow the Ontario government’s directives and remain closed until further notice. We will keep you updated.

Once GMS reopens, we will require that individuals returning from high risk areas or who have been in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, inform our administrative office and remain out of school for 14 days, following the date of return or contact. This includes all staff, children and family members, individuals with drop off and pick up privileges, and visitors.

GMS teachers are providing home study lessons and guidance to our students during the extended break. We will continue to monitor phones and emails on a daily basis, and reply within 24 hours.

We hope everyone stays safe and healthy.

Sylvie Rankin, GMS Director

How to Talk to Children When the Grown-Ups are Scared –  A Montessori Foundation Webcast

We must prepare ourselves:

• Self-regulation-awareness of feelings, stressors and ways to self-calm

• Self-calm helps us listen, reflect, and respond to the needs of our children

Steps to a positive conversation – with an understanding of your child’s developmental level:

1. Start with questions – What have you heard? What do you know? What are you wondering about?

2. Listen to your child – maintain eye contact, observe your child’s facial expression and body language.

3. Reflect on what you think you heard; mirror if necessary, to ensure you heard correctly.

4. Ask, “How do you feel?” Listen, reflect, validate, empathize.

5. Ask, “Is there more?”

6. STOP – (gap) Reflect on what you have heard, how your child has said it, what does his/her behavior tell you. THINK – What response does my child need from me? CHOOSE.

7. Conversation: Be factual but simple, direct but give limited information. Use developmentally appropriate vocabulary. Be willing to pause to let your child respond.

8. Main message to your child should be reassurance of safety, health and care. “I love you.” “The grown-ups are going to manage this.”

9. Share what each member of the family can do to stay healthy:

• Wash hands often.

• Keep hands away from faces.

• Develop a daily schedule and routines.

• Stay in contact with friends, family, classroom and school.

Be open to having versions of this conversation multiple times. Be prepared to be flexible. Give your child lots of affirmations and encouragement and express your love often.