The Principal's Message

Happy Family Day

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Happy Family Day
by MaryLynn Heron - Friday, 9 February 2018, 2:28 PM

Dear Keating Families,

What a great start to 2018! We were fortunate to share some wonderful learning with two very special Keating presenters. A huge thank you to Dr. Mark Sherman, Keating Parent and Facilitator of the Art of Living Mindfully, who delivered a very hands-on and informative workshop for parents at Keating on Saturday, February 3rd. This mindful parenting workshop explored neuroscience, stress management and mindfulness strategies to become more skillful in our role as parents.

We also give a big round of applause to Teddy Anderson, Hoop Dancer, who provided a week long series of workshops for students in Indigenous Hoop Dancing. Students engaged fully in the dances that celebrated diversity, kindness and respect. This incredible learning experience was generously funded by the Keating Home and School Association.

As February is heart month and officially Family Day in B.C. (Monday, February 12th) , we encourage you and yours to take advantage of the day to get out and get moving with a hike or walk in one of our local parks. Check out the following Super Natural B.C. link for hiking areas close to you

If you are looking for a fun way to get your heart pumping, join us on Wednesday, February 14th at Keating, for our annual Buddy Run/Skipping Event in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation (H.S.F). We will start at 10:30 a.m. on the back blacktop. For families wishing to donate to H.S.F., please go to to support Keating School in perhaps beating last year's fundraising total of $1987.00. Over the last few years, Keating school has raised $15,832.01 overall. WOW - thank you for your support!

Here are some other fun and free activities to do on Family Day:

Panorama Recreation Centre

Celebrate Family Day with free admission to swimming, skating and the weight room. Sponsored by the Peninsula Co-Op.

Cedar Hill Recreation Centre

Celebrate Family Day at the Arts Centre from 11:00-3:00!
This fun filled family event is a celebration of imagination, creativity and discovery. Kids of all ages will enjoy a wide variety of activities led by Arts Centre staff and guests from Greater Victoria's arts community. Explore the world of visual arts, dance, music and theatre through hands-on stations and performances.

Victoria Public Market at the Hudson

Join us for a fun filled Family Day at the Market! On Monday February 12th from 12:30pm – 3:30pm we’ll be hosting a FREE Family Day event featuring Live Music, Face Painting, Photo Booth, and Kids Crafts! Facepainting, photo-booth and crafts are all FREE! Bumble and Hive Play Centre is sure to be “buzzing”, and as always our permanent vendors will have tons of delicious food options for you! Come down for some lunch and FUN!
Live Music: VINYL WAVE
Photobooth: Island Photobooth
Face Painting: Danger By Design

Sidney Family Day Leggo Brick Weekend from 10:00-4:00 at the Mary Winspear Centre (February 10-12) For the sixth consecutive year, downtown Sidney businesses are gearing up for another Family Day weekend of LEGO-based events. Check out the following website for more information:

Wishing you a wonderful Family Day full of mindful moments. Mindfulness is paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, without judgement. ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn.


Mme Mary Lynn Heron

École Keating Elementary School