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Rainbows: Helping Your Child Through Life’s Trials

Onoway Elementary School offers the Rainbows’ Program 2 times per year to assist students who have experienced a significant difficulty in their lives. This can include: death, divorce/separation, family violence, family breakdown, serious illness (child or family member), parent incarcerated, foster care, a move, or other significant loss or change.

Rainbows is a peer support group that provides children with a safe and supportive environment to process difficult experiences and to learn coping skills for life’s challenges. Participants receive a journal that covers a variety of situations and they will take their journal home after the last session (end of May). The curriculum consists of approximately 14 weekly half hour meetings where a small group of children work through a variety of topics that address the experiences of the group. Rainbows’ participants also learn to understand and accept their circumstances and to move forward in a positive way.

The next Rainbows’ classes start on Feb. 7th & 8th and registrations are available online (click here) or at OES (classroom and office). Children with the most serious concerns will be given preference if classes are full. If you would like more information, do not hesitate to call me at OES.

Charmaine Sandulac, Counsellor

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