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November Newsletter

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November 2021


Tuesday, Nov. 9th – On our way to K: Information (online) for parents of Kindergarten students starting school in September 2022 (born in 2017)

Thursday, Nov. 11thSchools Closed for Remembrance Day

Friday, Nov.19th-School Closed to students – Staff professional learning

Monday, Nov. 29th - First Report Cards go home

Looking ahead:

Friday, Dec. 3rd - Schools closed to students-Parent/Teacher Interviews

Thursday, Dec 23rd – Last day before Christmas Break                 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The November newsletter was ready to print and then things changed with the announcement of home learning. A few additional notes have been added.  At this time, students will be learning from home until further notice.  Teachers will be communicating about learning plans for students.  We understand that this may not be easy for some. Students may be in places other than home, so plans are meant to be flexible, with students participating as they can. Email is the best way to communicate with teachers, however you can leave a phone message at the school, and this will be passed on to the teacher. You can also email susan.wilmot@nbed.nb.ca.

Picture retake day will be rescheduled. The new date will be communicated once it is confirmed. If you still have orders for school pictures that were due this past Friday, these can be brought to school when the students return.  We also plan to continue with our Halloween plans when students return including costumes and a parade to Fundy Manor.

We are planning a virtual Remembrance Day assembly with the students. They are familiar with virtual assemblies now.  Again, this year our local Legion is providing medals for a Remembrance Day poster contest.  Students will show what Remembrance Day means to them through art.  We look forward to being able to include the community again in the future.


Our librarian, Mrs. Comeau is planning a book sale in the library later this month. Please be aware:

 Library Used Book Sale Nov 25-26.  All books will be $1 regardless of size or condition.  

Finally, some on-line safety information is included at the end of this newsletter because of some popular online trends with TIK TOK and Squid Game. Inappropriate games/activities related to these have been noticed at school. We have had discussions with some students about this.  Our Guidance Counsellor, Mrs. Bamford has provided some specific information about these trends.  She has also included some tips to help.

Susan Wilmot

Principal HES



Online Safety and Awareness from Mrs. Bamford  (School Counsellor)

Squid Game

Netflix has a series for a “mature audience” called “Squid Game” which features debt-ridden adults playing children’s games for a huge cash prize-turned deadly.  In the first episode, tournament participants play a twisted version of the children’s game “Red Light, Green Light” in which those who are caught moving during the red light by the doll character are shot dead.  Squid Game is also being viewed via other platforms such as YouTube and TikTok, and given the popularity of the games in the show, developers have made various mini-games based on Squid Game on Fortnite, Roblox, and other gaming platforms.  Some versions are not as violent as others (ex. there is a version where contestants are sprayed with a water gun).

We are seeing some students play this at school and have had discussions with them about it not being an appropriate playground game.

It would be helpful to have home conversations that allow children to process what they may be seeing on Netflix/ hearing other children talk about or play. 

Some specific talking points:

a)       TV versus reality

b)      Time and place and understanding that schools have children of all ages and comfort levels 

c)       Shooting gestures at school is not appropriate.


 TikTok Challenges

#DeviousLicks challenge involves school vandalism. 


Parent/Guardian Tips for approaches to

social media, shows, video games



Discussion Points

1)       Talk to your child about trends and challenges on TikTok


If your child does engage with the TikTok platform, talk to them about how certain trends are more worthy of being followed than others. You can make this decision together with your child and talk to them about their own digital decision making.

2)       Consider the age ratings on shows and Social Media Apps

You know your child best so this can be a discussion with your child.  “There’s a process for rating what we all see.”  Some parents may choose to preview or monitor usage with their child.  Follow up checks are encouraged.

3)       Don’t eliminate your child’s access to TikTok entirely. 


Instead, have conversations around the appropriateness of the app, online behavior, and the impact that viewing Squid Game content is having on them. From there, you can make an informed decision, together.


4)       Monitor what your child watches on TV and streaming platforms as well as what they play as video games. 

Aside from social media, it’s possible for children to see the show on TV. The good news is, most streaming services have PIN and password-based parental controls. Research shows that kids whose parents actively manage their media consume less and make quality choices on their own, according to Polly Conway, senior TV editor at Common Sense Media, an organization that works to ensure digital well-being for kids.


5)       Preview video games, shows, and movies you are questioning before you let your child play or watch them.

If you do decide to let your children play the video game or watch the show, make sure to talk to them about what they’re seeing, and that, in real life, it’s not okay to engage in certain behaviors they see in shows and movies.