Middle School Snapshots

The Snapshot is a monthly newsletter focusing on topics connected to mental health & social emotional learning. The goal is to create a shared learning opportunity for schools and families.

Middle Snapshots

Healthy Relationships and Consent

October 2022 ~ Friendship is an important part of a child's development. Having friends supports their independence beyond the family and prepares them for respectful, trusting relationships as adults. The... Read more

Creating a Better World Through Inclusion

June 2022 ~ Inclusivity can mean a number of different things. Usually, it refers to including and considering those who are often excluded or marginalized—this can involve race, religion, sexuality,... Read more

Mental Health Literacy

April 2022 ~ Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being, which means it affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress... Read more

Building Healthy Habits

March 2022 ~ Promoting children’s physical health and well-being in the middle years lays the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. Children who feel healthy are more likely to be engaged... Read more

De-Constructing Bullying

February 2022 ~ The tween years can be particularly difficult for youth who experience bullying. They can feel isolated, powerless and afraid of the repercussions if they speak out or... Read more

Raising Savvy Digital Citizens

January 2022 ~ Responsible digital citizenship means taking part in online community life safely, ethically and respectfully. Tweens and teens with cell phones and social media, online education, gaming or other... Read more

Relationships and Romance

December 2021~ We teach our kids how to cross the road and tie their shoes, but do we give them the tools they need to give and receive love in... Read more

Youth and Substance Use

October 2021 ~ Talking to teenagers about difficult subjects like substance use can sometimes be a challenge for parents. However, providing your child with balanced information about substance use early... Read more

Preparing for School

September 2021 ~The transition back to school will be a big change as schools move to larger cohorts and more routine, in addition to once again facing a September of... Read more

Helping Youth Cope with Grief

April 2021 ~ We have passed the one year marker of living within the restrictions of a global pandemic. The impact of grief and loss is varied for individuals and... Read more

Managing Family Conflict

March 2021 ~ The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted family life significantly. Many families have remarked about the benefits of increased time together, greater connection, and more time spent on outdoor... Read more

Adolescents and Substance Use

February 2021 ~ The adolescent brain is still developing thus it is more vulnerable to the impact of substance use and potential addiction. How do we encourage our youth to... Read more

The Science of Happiness

January 2021 ~ The holidays looked different for many this year as we continued to navigate the challenges of COVID-19 while trying to maintain the happiness and well-being of our... Read more

Managing Emotions During the Pandemic

December 2020 ~ We are entering the 10th month of our collective worldwide experience - the impact of COVID-19. The concept of pandemic fatigue has been acknowledged by the World... Read more

Social and Emotional Learning

November 2020 ~ Social-emotional skills are the strategies one has for managing strong emotions, navigating relationships, working effectively with others, solving difficult problems, and making responsible decisions. When these skills... Read more

Hold on to your Kids

October 2020 ~ COVID19 has permeated every part of our lives and for many made parenting even more complicated. It has also had the potential to impact the secure attachment... Read more

Welcome Back!

September 2020 ~ This summer provided a brief period to catch our breath, and as we enter September return-to-school plans across BC are in motion. All School Districts and schools... Read more

Middle Snapshots 2019-2020

October 2019 - Vaping and Cannabis November 2019 - Human Rights  December 2019 - Teens and Alcohol January 2020 - Youth and Social Media February 2020 - Healthy Screen Time March 2020 - Mental Health... Read more

Middle Snapshots 2018-2019

December 2018 - Teenage Brain January 2019 - Cannabis and Alcohol February 2019 - Tobacco and Vaping March 2019- Positive Mental Health April 2019 - School and Community Connections May 2019 - Adolescent Health Survey... Read more