Work Smart: The Secret to Effective Test-Taking

Special Days FinalBy Marianne Christie, Ometz Educational Supports Program

Below are suggestions for maximizing your test-taking abilities. The trick to being a successful student is not as simple as investing thousands of hours, it is planning what and how you are going to learn and remember. Many students are feeling the grind and anxiety about doing well. What if you knew that simply re-reading information is just not useful? Learning is not optimized by simply attempting to stuff the brain with information. This is a biological fact. Instead, your brain remembers based on the strength and number of associations it develops. As such, learning depends on using information. Therefore, the educational habits that you develop are what make the difference. Everything is a process and we cannot expect results overnight – so planning and problem-solving are your friends when it comes to academic success. Moreover, developing effective study habits is a life-skill more so than a school-specific skill – they are ways for students to discover how to be effective, to practice self-discipline and productivity.
Important background work:
1. Know what works for you: Do you need a quiet space or a noisy one? How often should you take breaks? How long can you maintain your attention? Where are you most effective? Are you a morning person or an evening person? Answer the 5-W’s (when, where, what, why, how) related to your study preferences.
2. Keep records of what you know and what you still need to learn. This can be as easy as making check marks next to the topics you feel pretty confident about on your study guide. Or you can make separate lists in your agenda, on your phone, or wherever works for you. Optimize this strategy by keeping running lists as you are learning things.
3. Plan and schedule. Make your study schedule and take into account how long you want to study, when you will take breaks, how long these breaks will be. Don’t forget to take into account what time your favourite show is on, what time dinner is, or any other activities that are important to you. Write the schedule down as a commitment to yourself. Make it a routine. Studying is not something you do simply when you have the time.
4. Space out your studying. While cramming may help you for tomorrow’s midterm – you won’t remember any of that information over the longer term. You will need to restudy it for the final. Do yourself a favour, with a little effort for planning, you will save yourself a lot of anxiety and time by studying over a longer period. Plan shorter study sessions over longer periods of time. The frequency with which you study is less important than just making it a point to study over time. Practice makes permanent.
5. Take breaks and give yourself rewards (for example: snacks, drinks, or a quick walk outside). Make sure to get up and move during your breaks (your brain needs that blood flowing in it!).
Effective study methods:
1. 3R: Read, Recite, Review: Begin by reading the information (in small chunks – such as one paragraph at a time). Then, without looking at what you just read, repeat the information to yourself (or someone else!). Finally, review what you read to ensure that you didn’t miss any key information.
2. Make Flashcards (Cue Cards): These are best done over the course of the year as you do homework or casual review, but not to be dismissed if you haven’t – creating them is also a great study tool. Put a word or a concept on one side of the card, with the definition or explanation on the other. Creating these forces you to use the information differently (Question-Answer format) and gives you a great way to quiz yourself. They also help you get to know what you know already and what you still need to brush up on. They are also portable – You can use them while you wait or travel!
3. Quiz yourself and ask yourself questions. You can use the ones that are commonly provided for you, but you can also ask yourself your own questions! Learn how to ask when, where, what, how and why questions related to your material. Forcing yourself to retrieve the information and make these connections helps bolster your memory. They also help you know what you might need to study a bit more. Elaborating rather than just receiving the information passively really ensures that the information won’t be lost.
4. Relate the information you are learning to things you already know. Make connections between prior knowledge, across subject areas and to your personal life.
5. Draw. Make diagrams, flowcharts and other visual models. This forces you to process the information actively, generating your own understanding with the ultimate result being better retention.
6. Make outlines. Outlines force you to summarize information and chunk or group them based on similar concepts.
7. Say things out loud. Don’t be embarrassed to explain things to yourself out loud. This can help you recognize how well you know something.
8. Make memory games or mnemonic devices. Make up fun stories related to your material while you learn. Mnemonic devices are created by using the first letter of each word in a list you are trying to memorize. The first letter of the first list becomes the first letter of a nonsense or crazy sentence you can easily remember. These force you to use more of your brain to remember visual and active images, rather than just remembering a list. Just be sure that you can remember your crazy sentence easily and more readily than the list of words you are actually supposed to remember (There are already many existing examples – such as Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally for order or operations, or King Henry Died Mother Didn’t Care Much for unit conversions).
Find what works for you and adapt the strategies to be even more effective for your needs. The bottom line is: re-reading information is not an effective study strategy. It does take effort to begin to implement study strategies and effective methods, but as they become second nature to you, you will be saving yourself a lot of time, energy and anxiety. Finally, it is crucial to remember to stay positive and that you can always improve!

Want to know more about how Ometz can help you and your family meet life’s challenges? Visit www.ometz.ca

L’expérience de Pessah

DSC_0148Par David Morris, Gestionnaire de cas, Équipe jeunesse de l’Agence Ometz

Pour la plupart des membres de la communauté juive, le Seder est le point culminant de Pessah. Les traditions familiales qui sont célébrées et transmises d’année en année contribuent à faire de cette fête un événement vraiment spécial. Les traditions offrent de nombreux avantages à nos familles et communautés. Entre autres, elles nous aident à demeurer connectés à notre patrimoine culturel et religieux en nous offrant des expériences d’apprentissage qu’il n’y aurait pas autrement. Nos traditions nous assurent une source d’identité, nous enseignent des valeurs, et créent des souvenirs inoubliables.

L’usage efficace de traditions et de rituels facilite la consolidation de nos familles et de nos communautés en créant un environnement où le bien-être personnel est amélioré. Cependant, ce n’est pas le cas pour tous, puisque de nombreuses personnes de la communauté juive n’ont pas de famille ou d’amis avec lesquels partager ces fêtes importantes.

Le 19 avril 2016, l’équipe jeunesse de l’Agence Ometz a offert une «Expérience de Pessah» à nos clients adolescents. L’objectif était simple: créer une nouvelle tradition qui établirait des liens durables et qui façonnerait un sentiment d’appartenance chez les jeunes juifs. Avec nos partenaires Shanie Ora Dotan et Alon Dotan de l’Initiative engagement envers Israël, de la Fédération CJA, nous avons été en mesure d’offrir cette soirée très réussie, fort plaisante, avec de la bonne nourriture et riche en conversations importantes. Pourquoi Pessah? Pourquoi le célébrons-nous? Pourquoi le Seder? Quelle est l’idée derrière le Seder? Quelle est l’histoire? Qu’est-il arrivé? Que pouvons-nous apprendre de cette expérience? Ce ne sont que quelques-unes des questions intéressantes que nous avons explorées et auxquelles nous avons tenté de répondre ensemble tout au long de la soirée, en tant que communauté.

Cette expérience de Pessah me rappelle à quel point la famille et les communautés que nous créons autour de nous sont importantes pour notre santé et notre bonheur. En fin de compte, chaque personne vivant dans la communauté profite d’événements et de programmes, comme celui-ci, qui augmentent le soutien social. Nous sommes tous connectés, nous partageons tous un patrimoine similaire, et si tout le monde avance ensemble, alors le succès viendra tout seul.

Nous espérons offrir bientôt encore de nombreux événements et programmes passionnants pour nos jeunes clients et nous attendons avec impatience d’accueillir de nouveaux participants qui souhaitent découvrir la chaleur et leur appartenance à notre communauté.

Pour plus de renseignements sur nos services aux enfants et aux jeunes, visitez www.ometz.ca

The Passover Experience

DSC_0148By David Morris, Case Manager, Ometz Youth Team

The highlight of Passover for most members of the Jewish community is the Seder. Part of what makes this holiday such a special occasion is the family traditions that are celebrated and passed down each year. Traditions offer numerous benefits to our families and communities, including but not limited to helping us stay connected to our cultural and religious heritage, offering learning experiences that might not otherwise occur, providing a source of identity, teaching values, and creating lasting memories.

The effective use of traditions and rituals are one way of strengthening our families and communities to create an environment where personal well-being is enhanced. However, this is not the case for all, as many individuals in the Jewish community do not have family or friends to share these important holidays with.

On April 19, 2016 the Ometz Youth Team provided a ‘Passover Experience’ for our youth clients. The goal was simple: to create a new tradition that would establish lasting bonds and build a sense of belonging among our Jewish youth. Along with our partners Shanie Ora Dotan and Alon Dotan of the Israel Engagement Initiative at Federation CJA, we were able to successfully provide a fun night, with good food, and meaningful conversation. Why Pesach, why do we celebrate? Why Seder, what is the idea behind the Seder? What is the story, what happened? What can we learn from this experience? These are just some of the essential questions that we explored and tried to answer together throughout the evening, as a community.

This Passover experience reminds me of how important family and the communities that we create around us are to our health and happiness. Ultimately, events and programs, such as this, that increase social support benefit all of us who live in this community. We are all connected, we all share a similar heritage, and if everyone is moving forward together, then success will take care of itself.

We are looking forward to many more exciting events and programs coming soon for our youth clients and to welcoming new participants who wish to discover the warmth and belonging of our community.

For more information about Ometz services for children and youth, visit www.ometz.ca

À coeur ouvert : Lindsay Waxman

April 15_Lindsay WaxmanC’était en après-midi, à l’automne, et Sam et moi venions de terminer notre première séance à l’Agence Ometz. Nous nous étions assis l’un en face de l’autre, et l’attitude «trop cool pour l’école» remplissait la salle. Il n’avait pas apporté de sac à dos, d’étui à crayons, ni de travail scolaire. Au cours de mes trois dernières années en tant que bénévole pour le Programme de l’Agence  « Taylor Adolescent Program » j’ai rencontré de nombreux étudiants — chacun avec des défis uniques réalisant des progrès indéniables. Cependant, aucun voyage n’a été aussi passionnant que celui dans lequel je suis engagée en ce moment.

Quand j’ai commencé à travailler avec Sam, sa présence était loin d’être assidue, et quand il venait, il fallait beaucoup de persuasion pour le faire travailler; il ne se souvenait jamais de mon nom et semblait totalement désintéressé. Comme je voyais en lui beaucoup de potentiel, je gardais espoir. Les mardis et les jeudis, à  chaque séance qui passait, nous avons commencé à développer une relation — à apprendre à mieux nous connaître. Ce lien que nous développions montrait un progrès, et Sam a finalement commencé à apporter son travail scolaire.

Le progrès s’est annoncé avec une simple feuille de travail. Il l’a sorti de son sac à dos, froissée et déchirée, et je n’aurais pas pu être plus heureuse. Je n’aurais jamais cru que les sciences du niveau secondaire m’apporteraient autant de joie. Ce papier était beaucoup plus qu’un simple bout de papier qu’il avait jeté au fond de son sac; c’était pour Sam la première étape vers le contrôle de sa vie scolaire, et une chance de devenir un élève autonome et indépendant. Au cours de ces derniers mois, depuis la toute première feuille de travail, nos séances ont été remplies de nombreuses autres feuilles de travail, d’un cartable occasionnel, des cartes aide-mémoire, et même d’un manuel.

Bien que ces actions puissent sembler banales pour d’autres, ce sont des pas de géant pour Sam. Beaucoup de choses dans sa vie demeurent instables et difficiles, et pour lui, c’est un exploit formidable de se concentrer sur sa vie scolaire au milieu de toutes ses luttes. Néanmoins, il arrive à l’Agence Ometz en souriant, avec des histoires hilarantes et une attitude «juste assez cool pour l’école». Non seulement maintenant il se souvient de mon nom, mais nous avons aussi développé des liens solides. Nous rions, étudions, et travaillons à développer des stratégies, nous parlons de ses difficultés, et occasionnellement, il m’enseigne des pas de danse nouveaux et cool.

Ma relation avec Sam a grandi et évolué, et elle est mutuellement bénéfique. J’apprends tellement de lui, et il s’améliore sans cesse sur le plan de ses responsabilités et de son organisation. Je suis vraiment reconnaissante pour le programme « Taylor Adolescent Program » de l’Agence Ometz. C’est pour lui un endroit où il peut venir prendre un repas chaud, où il se sent en sécurité et à l’aise, et où il a une chance de réaliser son plein potentiel. Travailler avec lui a été une expérience passionnante, parfois écrasante, mais tout compte fait, extrêmement gratifiante. Je sais que cela a été un parcours très formateur pour moi, et je crois que le travail que nous avons accompli ensemble a fait beaucoup de bien à Sam, et qu’il continuera à grandir.

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Making a Connection

April 15_Lindsay WaxmanBy Lindsay Waxman

It was a fall afternoon when Sam and I had our first session at Ometz. We sat across from each other, and the “too cool for school” attitude filled the room. He did not bring a backpack, pencil case, or any school work. Over my past three years as a volunteer for the Ometz Taylor Adolescent Program, I have come across many students – each with their unique challenges and undeniable progress. However, there has been no journey as exciting as the one I am on right now.

When I started working with Sam, his attendance was less than regular, and when he did come it took a lot of convincing to get him to work; he never remembered my name and appeared disinterested. I remained hopeful, because I saw huge potential in him. As each Tuesday and Thursday session went by, we began forming a relationship – getting to know one another better. The bond we had started building evoked progress, and Sam finally started bringing in his school work.

The progress began with one single worksheet. He pulled it out of his backpack, wrinkled and torn, and I could not have been happier. I never thought high school science would bring me so much joy. This was so much more than just a paper that he threw in the bottom of his bag; this was Sam’s first step towards taking control of his academic life and becoming an autonomous, independent learner. Over the course of the past few months, since the very first work sheet, our sessions have been filled with many worksheets, the occasional binder, cue cards, and even a textbook.

While these actions may seem trivial to others, these are huge steps for Sam. Many things in his life remain unstable and difficult, and it is a tremendous feat for him to focus on his academic life amidst all these struggles. Nonetheless, he comes into Ometz smiling, with hilarious stories and a “just cool enough for school” attitude. Not only does he remember my name, but we have developed a strong bond. We laugh, study, work on strategies, talk about his hardships, and he occasionally teaches me the newest and coolest dance moves.

The relationship I have with Sam has grown and evolved, and it is mutually beneficial. I am learning so much from him, and he is improving in terms of his responsibility and organization. I am thankful that the Ometz Taylor Adolescent Program is somewhere he can come to get a hot meal, feel safe and comfortable, and hopefully realize his full potential. It has been exciting, occasionally overwhelming, but at the end of the day, extremely gratifying to work with him. I know that this has been a very formative experience for me, and I believe the work we have accomplished together has done a lot of good for him, and that he will only continue to grow.

For more information on how to get involved with Ometz Volunteer Services, click here.

Aider la communauté un pas à la fois

February 25Rencontrez des gens formidables derrière les excellents programmes et services offerts à l’Agence Ometz! Notre collègue Deborah Groper nous parle du programme Petits pas, du soutien et des avantages qu’il offre aux parents et aux enfants.

Depuis combien de temps travaillez-vous chez Ometz, et quel poste occupez-vous?

Mon nom est Deborah Groper, et je suis gestionnaire de programme pour les services scolaires à l’Agence Ometz. Au cours des 14 dernières années, j’ai travaillé en étroite collaboration avec les écoles juives, en fournissant des évaluations et des services d’orthophonie et de psychopédagogie à leurs élèves.

 Pourriez-vous décrire le programme Petits pas?

 Petits pas est né d’une relation innovante avec l’Université McGill, en particulier à partir des départements d’ergothérapie, des troubles de communication verbale, de même qu’avec le Centre communautaire juif Ben Weider. Ce partenariat permet à des stagiaires de McGill d’obtenir une formation dans leurs domaines professionnels respectifs, sous la supervision de l’Agence Ometz, et avec les campeurs du camp de jour Friendly Faces qui ont besoin de support spécialisé. Les campeurs qui participent à ce camp d’été reçoivent une thérapie intensive de qualité, dans un environnement estival amical, chaleureux et accueillant, et ce, sans frais supplémentaires. En outre, les étudiants de maîtrise apprennent dans un cadre de vie réelle. Agence Ometz a déjà embauché certains de ces étudiants après l’obtention de leur diplôme. En fin de compte, tout le monde y gagne! Le camp de jour Friendly Faces de Ben Weider profite de programmes attrayants qui répondent directement à des besoins.

Qu’y a-t-il de nouveau dans le programme Petits pas cette année (2016)?

Durant l’été 2015, nous avons fourni des traitements à 18 enfants, âgés de 4 à 10 ans. Ces enfants montraient des retards de développement variant de légers à modérés, et provenaient de toutes les parties de la ville. Petits pas en est maintenant à sa 5e année. Cette année, nous espérons être en mesure d’accueillir 25 enfants.

Qu’est-ce que vous inspire le plus dans votre travail?

J’aime faire partie d’une initiative qui aide les parents et leurs enfants dans un modèle si spécial de partenariat, d’apprentissage professionnel, et surtout, de croissance pour les enfants.

Pour en savoir plus sur le programme Petits pas, visitez https://www.ometz.ca/petitspas

Helping the Community, One Step at a Time

February 25Meet the great people behind the great programs and services offered at Ometz! Our colleague Deborah Groper discusses the Small Steps program, and the support and benefits it provides to parents and children.

What is your position and how long have you been working at Ometz?
My name is Deborah Groper and I am a Program Manager for School Services at Ometz. For the past 14 years, I have been working closely with the Jewish day schools, providing Occupational and Speech Therapy services and Psycho-educational assessments to their students.
Could you describe the Small Steps program?
Small Steps grew out of an innovative relationship with McGill University, specifically within the departments of OT, Speech and Communication Disorders, and the Ben Weider JCC facility. This partnership allows McGill interns to get training in their respective professional fields, under Ometz supervision, and with campers from the Friendly Faces day camp who are in need of specialized supports. Registered campers receive quality, intensive therapy in a warm and welcoming social summer environment, at no additional cost. In addition, Master’s students learn in a real life setting. Ometz has even hired some of these students after graduation. Ultimately, this is a win/win situation for everyone! The Ben Weider Friendly Faces day camp benefits from having programs that attract and speak to needs from within.
What is new about the Small Steps program in 2016?
In the summer of 2015, we provided therapy to 18 children, ages 4-10 with mild to moderate developmental delays from all parts of the city. Small Steps is now in its 5th year. We are hoping that in the coming year, we will be able to expand this number to 25.
What inspires you most in your work?
I love being part of an initiative that is helping parents and their children in such a special model of partnership, professional learning and especially growth for kids.
To find out more about the Small Steps program,visit www.ometz.ca/smallsteps

Engaging Young Adults to Help Kids Shine

Kylie Huberman

Kylie Huberman

By Kylie Huberman, A Chance to Shine Young Adults Committee Chair

I first came into contact with Ometz through Concordia University. I was a student studying Human Relations as my major and Human Rights as my minor. In order to graduate, I had to partake in a fieldwork practice experience. In my final year of school, an Ometz employee came into my classroom to talk about the organization. Specifically, she was recruiting someone to come in and implement their fieldwork practice at the Ometz Jr MYP program. The JR MYP afterschool program engages children to succeed by providing them academic and social support. The children are supported by volunteers, who act as mentors over the course of the year. I knew that my partner and I would not only benefit from this because it was within our Jewish community, but we would be able to implement a program that would impact the lives of these children. I am so thankful for this opportunity because it led me to apply to a position within Ometz.
When I got the job as fundraising intern, my title changed to the A Chance to Shine Chair of the Young Adult Committee. Every year, Ometz has an annual gala raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for the child services and programs that the organization provides. My employers were very open to starting a new initiative called the Shine Afterparty. We decided to create this initiative in order to engage the 18-30 age cohort of our Jewish community. I started as an intern once a week throughout the year and I got hired as a summer student so that I can work on the party full-time.
Because I was organizing the Afterparty, inevitably my proudest moment was seeing the outcome, on the night of the event. The A Chance to Shine gala was so well put together and the Shine Afterparty was a huge success. There were over 100 guests who attended the Shine Afterparty. I received so much support from the Ometz staff as well as the committee members. I could not have asked for a more fulfilling experience. I knew that the evening would be successful, if I could be confident that one guest felt inspired. The goal of the Afterparty is to create future ambassadors within Ometz and the community. Not only did people feel inspired, but I’ve received an overwhelming response from the attended guests.
Ometz is truly a special organization. What is unique about the organization is that they are open-minded to new programs and opportunities. Ometz will continue to prosper and will only grow to support more members of our community. There is still so much about Ometz that I have yet to learn. Although I will be leaving to Israel for a year to study a Master’s in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, I know that my time at Ometz is not over.

Choosing the Right High School

By Joanne Baskin, Manager, School Services

If you have already selected a high school for and with your child for next year, it is probably because of one or more of the following reasons:
It is a cultural/religious “fit”;
It is in close proximity to your home;
It is the same school your older children attend(ed);
It is “what you know” as it is the school you attended.
Those are all pragmatic and legitimately sound reasons; however, it may also be important to consider some other factors in order to ensure your child’s transition from primary school is positive and beneficial to his or her learning and stage of development.
Betsy Van Dorn, in an article in Family Education.com, suggests the 3A’s of exploration: attitude, academics and amenities in asking the right questions of a potential school.
Considering a school’s ability to make you feel welcome, unhurried and open to communication is of utmost importance. Understanding how this is facilitated (written communication, email, phone calls, meetings) are ways of seeing what resonates with your style of communication. Knowing the attitudes and policies around partnership with parents and discipline of students are “key” to getting a feel for the school and how it relates to your own values and needs.
Academics are often central to a good school choice therefore understanding the curriculum will be an asset in the selection process. Knowing how the curriculum conforms to Quebec Ministry of Education standards as well as non-secular programming is also important. How well are teachers supported in their learning, such as attending conferences and ongoing professional development may be additional questions to ask. It is also important to understand how the school organizes its resources to cater specifically to your child’s needs.
In the area of amenities, the school building and layout, its general feeling of welcoming in this layout, will enhance a sense of belonging in youth and their families. The use of technology, its space for expression of the arts and physical activity are further components to look at.
Visiting a school beyond its Open House gatherings are another way of feeling out the functioning of the school. Can you see and hear what the school stands for when you walk in? Are the students happy , proud and engaged in learning?
Knowing what your own child requires academically, socially and emotionally is a way to begin this process of exploration in developing the right set of elements to consider and the right questions to ask.

To learn more about how Ometz can help your family meet life’s challenges, please contact us at 514-342-0000 or visit www.ometz.ca

It’s The Most Wonderful Time…Of The Year

By Joanne Baskin, Manager, School Services

If you are humming this familiar Bureau En Gros (Staples) commercial jingle, you have already been inundated with countless marketing messages around back to school specials. Apart from the tuition/school fees, books and uniforms, parents are preached to as to what school supplies, clothing, backpacks, lunch bags and locker organizers their children need to be supplied with. In an age of consumerism, parents can be overwhelmed by the marketing messages which only mask the real emotions both parents and students may feel in the anticipation of the start of a new school year.

From a parent’s perspective, some of the common anxieties are:

•    Will my child like his/her teachers?
•    Will my child make new friends?
•    Will he/she be bullied?
•    Will my child be able to keep up with the academic requirements?
•    Will I be able to find the right resources to support my child if more help is required?
•    Will my child be happy?

From a student’s perspective, some of the common anxieties are:
•    Will I like my teacher?
•    Will my peers like me?
•    Will I look stupid?
•    Will I be bullied?
•    Will I be able to keep up?
•    Will my parents be happy with me?
At first glance, the list appears to be the same. However, depending on the parent, and depending on the student, the order of preoccupation may differ. It is important to recognize that each family has its own set of circumstances which will support or challenge these worries. It is also important to establish communication weeks before school starts to address the above concerns, if any, in ways which provide both reassurance and strategies in how best to meet them if they arise.
Here are some suggestions around easing the transition back to school:
1.    Start Early. Get things out of the way before school starts so as not to interfere with the early weeks of routines becoming established. Meeting medical appointments, shopping for required supplies and doing a run through of the morning wake up routine are some ways of getting a head start. If your child walks to school, practice and time the route.
2.    Reset the body clock. Late bedtimes and late wake-ups are common in the summer. Begin a couple of weeks before to get the times closer to school schedules incrementally and  less adjustment once the alarm rings.
3.    Plan Social Activities. Stephanie Dolgoff of parenting Magazine suggests the following:
“Find out before his first day if his friends are going to be in his class, and if they’re not, prepare him for that by talking over whom he can eat lunch with and making plans for after school. See if you can have a late-summer playdate to reconnect him with some of the kids he likes, or even arrange to have breakfast on the first day of school with his best friend and his best friend’s mom. The more he knows about what’s coming up, the better he’ll feel.”
4.    Try to Project Needs. If you or your child is worried about academic performance, re-establish ties with available resources through your school or past tutors. Contact your child’s teacher and school counsellor for further resources once school begins.
5.    Air Your Concerns Together. Create a safe space where your child can vent or reveal any concerns or fears. Listen, remain positive and encourage your child to come up with strategies or solutions. Remind them you are there for them and who else in the school is available for them as well.
Finally, remind your child about his/her own ability to cope and use past examples to reinforce that message. Learning new things and making new friends are great reasons to sing, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

To learn more about how Ometz can help your familiy meet life’s challenges , please contact us at 514-342-0000 or visit www.ometz.ca