PIC Conference

DSBN Parent Involvement Conference 2019

Event Details

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
4:00 - 8:15 pm

Eden High School
535 Lake Street
St. Catharines, ON (Map)

Registration CLOSED

If you would like to attend the PIC Conference, you can register at the door, after 4:00p.m.

4:00 - 5:15   Light Dinner and Educational & Community Agency Showcase
Cafeteria and Gym AB
5:15 - 5:25   Opening Remarks
5:45 - 6:45   1st Session   
6:45 - 7:15   Showcase and Refreshments
Gym AB and Cafeteria
7:15 - 8:15   2nd Session   

(e) - topic of interest to parents of elementary students
(s) - topic of interest to parents of secondary students
(e & s) - topic of interest to all parents
new - New for 2019


Elementary Mathematics Classrooms of Today (e)
What does an elementary mathematics classroom look like/sound like today? Why? Come and engage in mathematics in ways that we engage your children in learning mathematics. We will discuss elements of what an elementary mathematics classroom looks like and sounds like in DSBN. We will compare how they are similar and different to what your elementary mathematics classroom experiences were. We will also share ideas about how you can support your child with their classroom math experiences at home.

Extending Learning at Home Using D2L (e)
Looking for more ways to support your student at home? Join us as we look at the great resources available through D2L and how they can be used to support Math, Literacy and a variety of other subjects. This Ministry licensed Learning Management System (LMS) removes many of the obstacles that stand between your child and their online learning. Bypass usernames and passwords to some of your children's favourite sites such as Dreambox, Bookflix, Britannica, Pixton and the Learning Carousels. We will also show you how to make it quick and easy to access on any device. Come see why people are talking about D2L!

Learning Through Play in Kindergarten (e)
Research has shown there is a strong link between play and learning in your children, especially in the areas of problem solving, literacy, numeracy, social skills and physical development. Play builds on knowledge and skills, according to where the child is developmentally. Come and learn how the Kindergarten classroom of today is a place for exploring, investigating, creating and hands-on learning!

Makerspace and Technology (e)
The Maker Movement combines high-tech and low-tech techniques to help students explore their creativity. Think of a craft show, science fair, art exhibit, and robotics festival all combined into one. In this session we will explore how Makerspaces are being used throughout DSBN to encourage student centered learning and how parents/caregivers can encourage their children to be "makers" at home!

New Expectations in the Health Curriculum (e)
Participants will look at the 2019 Revised H&PE curriculum, become familiar with the expectations in the Human Development and Sexual Health sub strand, connect and discuss how to engage our children in meaningful movement experiences so they will embrace Healthy Active Living for life.

Playing Games to Develop Mathematical Thinking (e)
Do you like playing games with your child? Which games do you play? What mathematical concepts are they bumping into throughout the game? What questions might we ask to intentionally develop their mathematical thinking and reasoning during the game? Come and play a few games that you can play with your children at home. We will look at some common games involving cards and dice as well as investigate some board games and other strategy games. We will discuss different mathematical concepts that your child can be experiencing through these games and come up with questions parents/caregivers might ask to develop their child's reasoning through play.

Raising Confident Successful Children (e)
This seminar will teach parents strategies that encourage their children to develop a healthy self-esteem, good communication, social and problem solving skills. We'll also explore how parents can encourage children to show respect and consideration for others.

Supporting a Love of Reading (e)
Join us in an exploration of a wide variety of reading materials from apps to word searches and board games to books. Discover some simple tips and tricks to encourage a lifelong love of reading.

Supporting your child's success in French Immersion (e)
This session will highlight practical suggestions for simple, everyday things that you can do at home to enhance your child's learning as they enter Grade 1 French Immersion.

Transitioning from Elementary to Secondary (e)
Do you have a child entering high school? We can help you understand how to choose a pathway that reflects your child's ability, interests and future plans, leading to improved secondary success.

Understanding Dreambox (e)
As a parent/caregiver, are you wondering Why DreamBox? Or Why technology for math? Come and investigate this adaptive computer program with some of the teachers using it with students. DreamBox lessons connect visuals (ten frames, math racks, base ten blocks, number lines, arrays, graphs, etc.) to numbers and may be very different experiences than the ones you had learning these concepts. Together, we will go through some of the lessons your children are experiencing while on DreamBox and explain some of the reasons why the lessons are set up the way they are. We will also share a few other ideas about how you can support your child with non-technology based math experiences at home.

Working In Partnership: Supporting Your Child's Mental Health and Wellbeing Through The Elementary Years (e)
"A team approach is the best approach" - learn how to support and advocate for your child when you have concerns regarding their mental health and well-being. Through an introduction to the topic of mental health and an exploration of school and community resources, learn when to turn for help and where to go to for support, giving you greater hope for the coming year.


Financial Literacy (s)
This session will help parents and students in considering the options available to help finance post-secondary opportunities. This will include information regarding scholarships, OSAP, saving for post-secondary and financing through financial institutions.

new Healthy Teen Relationships - A Parent's Guide (s) (recognizing signs, prevention, what a parent should do if they discover their teen is in an unhealthy relationship, etc.)
Today's young people have access to more information than ever before, and are inundated with often contradictory messages about healthy relationships. They're accustomed to sifting through these messages to consider what is relevant to them, and parents and caregivers are valuable to supporting them in this challenge. With this challenge in mind, we have created this workshop. Our goal is to help adults create an environment in which youth can learn the skills to create and foster positive, healthy relationships with peers and dating partners. It is our hope that the application of these skills will help prevent dating abuse and break the cycle of violence.

new Summer Learning (s)
Experience the world while earning high school credits! These unique programs allow students an opportunity to explore historic sites, walk in the footsteps characters, and become global citizens. DSBN EduTravel students have the opportunity to reach ahead and earn credits in Civics and Careers, Senior English, Fashion, Hospitality, and Science while travelling to destinations like New York, Florida, California, France, and the UK! Come to our session to find out more about this exciting learning opportunity.

Raising Competent Successful Teenagers (s)
This seminar will teach parents strategies that encourage their teen to develop self-discipline and establish good routines. Parents will also learn tips to help their teens get involved with school activities and establish supportive friendships.

Transitioning from High School to Post-Secondary Education (s)
Graduating from high school and pursuing post-secondary education is one of life's biggest transitions, not only for the students, but also for their parents. Valuable resources will be shared that will be of benefit to both students and their parents.

Working In Partnership: Supporting Your Child's Mental Health and Wellbeing Through The High School Years (s)
In this session, we'll be sharing information and resources for youth that provide insight and suggestions on how to cope and navigate mental health issues. Come learn about our DSBN Mental Health Teams who are here to help families cope with mental illness and enjoy success in school and in life.

Elementary and Secondary

An Indigenous Perspective on Education (e & s)
Parents will be provided with background information on First Nation, Metis and Inuit heritage, history, traditions, and celebrations specific to Indigenous students in this region. There will be information to help gain a greater understanding of the issues and challenges facing our Indigenous youth in Ontario and in our board. An overview of programming and resources will also be covered as well as how this fit with the curriculum.

DSBN Outdoor Education (e & s)
At the DSBN we recognize the tremendous role that outdoor education plays in student learning and development. We are thrilled to be able to provide these opportunities for all our students at our very own DSBN Outdoor Campuses - the DSBN Adventure Campus and the Living Campus.From nature exploration, outdoor survival skills and geocaching to teambuilding and leadership our Campuses provide the perfect setting for students from K-12 to connect to the outdoors and each other. Join us for an interactive session highlighting our programs and the benefits of providing opportunities for children to Play, Explore and Discover in nature.

new eLearning (e & s)
Taught by DSBN teachers, our online courses prepare students for the 21st Century and post-secondary school through their use of D2L, our virtual learning environment. While allowing for flexible scheduling, eLearning classes help students foster time management and organizational skills as they earn high school credits online. Come learn more about our DSBN eLearning program, as well as the online opportunities that are available to students in both Day School & Summer School.

new Online Safety (e & s)
A Niagara Regional Police presentation discussing resources to help parents with teens in a digital age.

new unlearn (Equity and Inclusive) (e & s)
Unlearn: Participants will work with Unlearn posters in order to think critically about bias, stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination. We will explore how we can use this awareness to create a safe, equitable, caring, inclusive and a positive school environment.

Parenting in the Digital Age (e & s)
Online and digital communication is an integral part of youth's lives and often a focal point to their social engagement. Youth are joining the social media scene every day and it is important that caregivers know how to support and keep youth safe while they engage in this medium. This 60 minute caregiver education session will offer information about the use of digital communication, the importance of talking to youth about on-line communication and tips for how to start the conversation with youth.

Positive Partnerships: Building an Effective School Council (e & s)
Parental engagement is proven to have a positive impact on kids, parents and schools! We'll explore the importance of parental involvement and the specific roles and responsibilities for School Councils in developing positive partnerships between parents, the school and beyond.

Positive Psychology and Social Emotional Learning (e & s)
Dr. Amanda Sherman, DSBN Mental Health Lead, will present on social emotional learning (SEL) in DSBN schools. SEL is the process through which children learn to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Dr. Sherman will present an overview of why SEL is needed in schools and how SEL has been woven into the fabric of student life at the DSBN. Information about how parents can promote SEL at home will be included.

Special Education - Working Together to Support Self-Regulation (e & s)
Supporting our students with consistent strategies for self-regulation and applied behavior analysis strategies can be lasting and impactful. How can schools and families work together!

Welcome to the Future: Technology at School and Home (e & s)
Digital technology has been integrated into all areas of our daily lives and school is no different. This session will explore the core technologies that are being used in DSBN classrooms. By seeing how your child is using technology at school and how to access this technology at home you will be better equipped to support your child's learning. Join this session to learn about D2L, the Google Suite of tools, and Microsoft 365.