February 2022
Right from the Start (RFTS) is a Mental Health Capacity Building Program. We are a team of Success Coaches at Banff Elementary School, Lawrence Grassi Middle School, Alpenglow School, and Elizabeth Rummel School. We offer universal mental health education and support to all children, teachers, and families. For more on our program and to see what we do, visit our website, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Parents of Teens
First Thursday of the Month: 6:30-8:00pm via zoom
Upcoming Meetings: Feb 3, Mar 3, April 7
This group meets monthly and is open to all parents of tweens and teens. The group will discuss a variety of topics of interest which are determined by the parent participants. Historically, topics have included the teenage brain, defiance and motivation, growing up digital, money matters, healthy relationships and effective communication. The sessions are co-facilitated by a parent volunteer and FCSS’s Family and Community Worker. 
If you or someone you know is interested in participating in this group, please contact Laura Wellmann at laura.wellmann@canmore.ca or 403.678.7131 to register.
RAFT: Recreation Activities For Teens (Ages 11-15)
Grab a friend and join us! Each month will feature a different recreation activity followed by open social time where youth can hang out with friends, play board games, and eat some pizza. Activities will range from swimming, ice skating, climbing, and movie nights. 
February 11 - Board Games, Pizza, and a Movie at CRC 
March 18 - Wibit in the pool and Pizza & Board Games at EP
Time: 6:00-9:00pm
Cost: $12 |  Register Here

Pink Shirt Day
February 23, 2022

Bullying is a major problem in our schools, workplaces, homes, and online. Over the month of February, and throughout the year, CKNW Kids' Fund's Pink Shirt Day aims to raise awareness of these issues, as well as raise funds to support programs that foster children’s healthy self-esteem. 

Your child's school will participate in Pink Shirt Day this year! Stay tuned for more on this!
With one in five students affected by bullying, chances are that you or someone you know is being impacted. If you’re not sure what to do, reach out to someone who can help. And remember, kindness and compassion can go a long way. If you’re being bullied, bullying someone else, or see a friend who is being bullied, take a look at the below resources.

Navigating Technology with your family

Here is a great tool to use when having discussions and making decisions about how technology is used in your home. A family media plan can help everyone understand the rules and limits as well as the guidelines to abide by.

Watch this YouTube video created by the Institute of Child Psychology on navigating technology in the home.
Tania Johnson talks about the importance of letting your values guide how you navigate technology and children. She includes expert tips and tricks on creating connection while putting in limits with your children.
Right from the Start | 403-678-6192 |
For inquiries contact Mary Weighell
RFTS Program Manager