The Card Project – Order Until Sunday, March 10

The Card Project fundraiser is back at PJ. Each student created a piece of art, which can be printed on everything from mugs, to notebooks. Look for a sample greeting card featuring their art, which has been sent home with your child.

To place an order for unique items featuring your child’s art, please visit and use the personal code printed on the back of their sample artwork, or our school’s code PJ71. Orders are due by Sunday, March 10 at midnight, and will be delivered the week of April 8.

Visit our Card Project page for more details.

Online -Only Parent Education Session: ‘Untangling Anxiety for Parents’ with Paula Foran on March 5

On Tuesday, March 5 at 6:30pm PAC is bringing back Paula Foran to present Untangling Anxiety For Parents. This will be an online-only parent education event, accessible via this Zoom link.

This workshop will give an overview of:
-What stress and anxiety are and how they impact the body, brain and behaviour
-How anxiety can impact the family
-The problem with accommodation (avoidance)
-What is typical worry and what is problematic anxiety
-When to ask for help
-Strategies to support your child in anxious moments
-Routines and build joy and connection
-Strategies to cope with parent anxiety and worry (self-care and compassion)

Does it seem like parenting is much harder today than when you were a kid? Growing up (in the ‘80’s…) my parents didn’t really seem worried about life’s ups and downs, and when things were difficult it was a “keep calm and carry on” (pretend we are OK) vibe. The world and parenting has come a long way since the 80’s (and not just better hairstyles.) When you have been parented in a certain way and then the world changes (drastically) you really do need to work at it a bit and rethink how children of today need to be parented in what has been labelled the age of anxiety. Personally, I would like to relabel it as the age of finding joy. I have learned a few things as a teacher, counsellor and parent of a 20-year-old and a 15-year-old. I believe that it is crucial to be intentional about finding positive moments, laughter and joy and sharing these with our children. I have also learned that “keep calm and carry on” is a pretty good message when infused with empathy, understanding of emotions and your important role in being a strong, reliable, and connected parent that copes with stress in healthy ways. No matter what your child bumps up against in their journey toward adulthood coping with stress and anxiety builds resilience and overall positive mental health and well-being. This enhances their sense of self, builds positive relationships with others so that they may thrive in their personal and professional lives.