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How can it be that summer is long gone and we are now in the month of October and well into our fall family routines of school, work and after school and after school activities? I ove the colours of fall and the weather has been spectacular. How has the transition been for you and your family? How are your kids managing in school so far? Schools are now very experienced at handling covid protocols, and most kids accept wearing masks and staying in their cohorts if it means being with friends every day. I have heard from parents that their schools are doing an good job keeping kids safe, learning and connected. If your child is struggling, it is important to get them the help they need. Start with the teacher, then the principal and guidance counselor to try to resolve issues. If that doesn't work get outside tutoring and support to make sure your child is not left behind. Addressing issues now at the beginning of the year is imperative. Many kids are struggling with mental health issues due to the added stress of the pandemic. If you suspect your child is struggling, go with your intuition and act quickly to get help.

We are still living in this bizarre pandemic world where masks are required indoors everywhere and only the full vaccinated can go to restaurants, concerts, sports events, and fly. The pandemic is now about unvaccinated people who are spreading the virus and filling hospital beds. We all need to encourage those that are vaccine hesitant to talk to trusted medical professionals to get the facts and think about the greater good of society to keep everyone healthy and end these 18 months of chaos. I can't wait to stop talking about this!

The good news is that there are some events returning in October and November. Outdoor Halloween events like Boo at the Zoo, Six Pines Halloween, some corn mazes, as well as a Halloween family concert by the WSO. Our wonderful nature centres like Fort Whyte Alive and Oak Hammock Marsh are great family destinations and all Museums are open with limited days and hours for those that are vaccinated as well as kids under 12 with a vaccinated adult. Check out our Halloween section featuring last minute costume ideas, Halloween Happenings and more!

This issue also features great articles about Family Health and Safety. We must make a conscious effort to protect our families from danger. Think about your home and what you can do to ensure you all stay safe in storms and power outages. Do you have a fire safety escape plan? Does your home have working fire, smoke and C02 alarms?

Let's enjoy this fall to the fullest because December and the holidays are closer than you think!

Stay Safe and Take Care!

Susan



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