École Sherwood Park Elementary
North Vancouver School District
Social - Emotional Resources
When to Reward or Not to Reward?
"Remember when our children were babies?  Often times, to be able to get our child to eat the vegetable baby food such as peas, we needed to follow it with something more delicious like apples and blueberries. As you probably realize, we continue to do this throughout our lives." Please click the link for the entire blog.

How Much to Push an Anxious Child?
"If you’ve ever tried to get anxious kids to do something that they’re not comfortable doing, you know it can feel as if their fur is up, claws are out and they are on guard!  It’s very challenging to push an anxious child!" For the entire blog, please click the link below.
Social-emotional learning (SEL) is critical in today's society. It allows us to grow our interpersonal and intrapersonal skills, and make deeper connections with self and others. These skills are important to the well-being and success of all children as they grow into adulthood.

At Sherwood Park Elementary, we believe education to be a partnership between home and school. We teach our students about SEL on a daily basis during teachable moments, through morning announcements, in classrooms, and hosting community speakers.

We also know that school is not the only important educational institution that children have; home is extremely integral in educating our kids. Therefore, we have created this resource page to provide our parents with important and interesting resources that may help provide more insight into SEL. 

Please continue checking back to this website as we will continually add articles, research-based documents, and other resources on a variety of SEL topics throughout the school year.


 We Need To Teach Kids How To Look After Their Mental Health

"We've never been taught to put our mental health first in the same way we've been taught to look after and listen to our bodies. This is simply ludicrous and irresponsible. As you're growing up, you're taught to try and reduce the risk of getting sick. Wash your hands often. Wrap up warm when it's cold. Get enough sleep. Keep active and eat well. But where's the guidance on reducing the risk of mental illness? " For the entire post click the link

Remembering the Importance of Grit and Resiliency through This Story

"Our parenting culture has changed a lot from previous generations. At one end of the pendulum, parenting was focussed on “be tough, toughen up, and have grit." However, there was often a lot of fear involved with this style of parenting and not necessarily a close parent-child attachment.

Nowadays, there is a lot of focus on developing a close parent-child relationship..." For the entire blog, please go to


Anxiety and Sensory Processing Disorder - Which Comes First?

Virginia Spielmann, Associate Director at STAR Institute talks about Sensory Processing Disorder and anxiety from an Occupational Therapy perspective and whether anxiety is a secondary symptom. Please click the link for the YouTube video.



Depression in children and youth can be hidden and needs to be taken seriously, psychiatrist says

"There is kind of a myth that teenagers are so moody that we don't need to do anything about it, but in fact, if your teenager's showing symptoms of depression, you need to take it really seriously…" for the full article, please click the link below.



How to Change Our Children's Negative Thoughts Which Create Anxiety

"To decrease the high rates of anxiety that we're seeing in children and teens everywhere, we have to start teaching them about their thoughts, especially their negative thoughts, from an early age." Please click the link below.


The ideas and opinions presented in these resources are not necessarily those held by Sherwood Park staff members. They are only meant to offer information on important SEL topics and issues. Please review resources and implement strategies at your own discretion.