This Sunday marks the first week of Advent.
Week 1, Hope
Dear Jesus, you are the hope in our messy world. This Advent, help us slow down, listen to your voice, and focus on what’s really important. We place our hope in you as we prepare our hearts to celebrate your birth on Christmas. Amen.
Please enjoy the following videos to help get into the spirit of Advent!
This month our focus is on building cognitive flexibility. What will cognitive flexibility do for my child? Life doesn’t always follow a predictable pattern; cognitive flexibility helps our children navigate this uncertainty and feel like they have more options when faced with challenges. As things change around them, they need to change in order to maintain their wellbeing. With cognitive flexibility your child will be better able to change strategies when faced with new and unexpected situations, make sense of the unfamiliar and thrive in uncertainty.
Cognitive flexibility is important for innovating, coming up with new ideas and solving problems, and is essential to creativity. It will also help them understand people and situations that are different from theirs and improve their relationships. This month we can’t wait to walk you through this cool skill and help you find ways to flex this part of your child’s brain.
COGNITIVE FLEXIBILITY TIP #1 Success isn’t all about getting serious
Positive mood has been found to enhance creative problem solving and focus at school. How does this happen? Cognitive flexibility! The handy dandy skill can be increased just by using a little humour. Use this month to focus on having some good family laughs before getting started on homework or trying new things. It’s easy to get really serious about our child’s future success and what they need to accomplish in order to get there. Unfortunately, the stress of this approach can actually move them in the opposite direction of the success they were hoping for. This month, laugh a little more as you help your child through the struggles of picky eating, examtime or learning a new skill. Try telling a few jokes back and forth to set the tone for learning. You may find this approach makes everybody more flexible.
SWAP AND SHOP
On December 2, from 3 to 6 pm in the gym we will be having a ‘Swap and Shop’ Event. This is an opportunity for you to bring in any gently used winter clothes and toys in to the school for others, and to ‘shop’ for any items that have been brought in by others. It is a great chance to clear out some space as we head into the holiday season, and to do some early shopping for those things you or your children have needed or wanted! Please bring in any items you would like to donate to the Sacred Space on Monday then drop by after school to get some great deals!
CHRISTMAS ANGEL TREE – A MESSAGE FROM OUR SOCIAL JUSTICE CLUB
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Guess what time of year it is? It’s Christmas which means St.Paul School will be holding a gift drive. Donations will be accepted for the Angel Tree running from December 2nd to 17th. You can donate toys, gift cards, warm clothes, cash and books and it all goes to children and families in our community! Remember, no donation is too small! Please help our cause and donate today!
Thank you, The Social Justice Club
FAMILY CHRISTMAS FUND
Once again this year we are reaching out to our families who are able and interested in supporting some of our families that are currently experiencing some hardships and are unable to access food and gifts for their children/ family during the upcoming Christmas season. We will be collecting donations through Cash Online up to December 9th. These funds will be used to purchase Gift Cards at local businesses to assist parents in providing for their children. Details will follow in a letter home this week.
New this year – all families who donate $10 or more will be entered into a draw to win Kitchener Rangers tickets (including transportation to and from St Paul) for a child and adult for the January 19th game against the Guelph Storm.
Thank you for all your support with our popcorn sales. This week we will only have enough popcorn left for our JK/K and grade1 classes on Monday.
More popcorn has been ordered – we will let you know when sales for the older students will resume
Flavours include Sweet and Salty, White Cheddar, Dill Pickle and Butter and Salt
So, bring in your loonies Panthers and enjoy a tasty treat.
SAVE THE DATE – FAMILY CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Our Family Christmas Concert for students in grades JK – 6 will be on December 18th in the morning. A more specific schedule will follow.
ST FRANCIS PARISH
We are very proud of our partnership with St Francis Parish. In order to continue to build on this relationship, each week we will be providing our community with a link to access the Church Bulletin so you may keep yourself apprised of the many events at the Parish.
Family Math Connection
Does your family have an Advent Calendar? Why not try these Advent Math Calendars? There are 24 Math activities for your kids to try – once for each day of Advent!
Here’s what is happening at St Paul CES this Week:
- Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight
- Ms Tassone and Mrs Haynes classes at Laurel Creek
- 3 – 6 pm – Swap and Shop in the gym
- 6:30 Catholic School Advisory Council meeting in the Library Learning Commons
- Pizza Day
- Some Gr 6 students attending the Science Olympics at Resurrection
- Umbrella Assembly
- Mad Science at Lunch for students who signed up
- Dance-a-thon Movie Day Reward Day
- PD Day – Spiritual Development Focus
Have a great week Panthers!