Monthly Theme: Cognitive Flexibility
Week 2 – Peace
This Sunday marks the second week of Advent.
Dear Jesus, you entered our world on Christmas as the Prince of Peace. This Advent, as we strive to become the-best-version-of-ourselves, fill us with a deep and abiding peace. Help us share that peace with everyone we encounter, especially those who need it most. Amen.
Please enjoy the following videos to help get into the spirit of Advent! Advent in 2 Minutes
CHRISTMAS ANGEL TREE and 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 15th. These funds will be used to purchase Gift Cards at local businesses to assist parents in providing for their children. 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.
Families are also welcome to donate toys, gift cards, warm clothes, cash, and books to our Angel Tree and it all goes to children and families in our community!
Donations will be accepted for the Angel Tree running from December 2nd to 17th. You can Remember, no donation is too small! Please help our cause and donate today!
Thank you for all your support with our popcorn sales. Sales will continue this week –
Popcorn sale days will be as follows:
Monday – Mrs. Ambeau, Mrs. Elash, Ms. Tavares, Mrs. McDonald and Ms. Delooze
Tuesday – Mrs. Haynes, Ms. Tassone, Mrs. Rodgers and Mrs. Walker
Wednesday – Mrs. Knopinska, Mrs. Stott and Mrs. Kowalski
Thursday – Mrs. Aicken, Ms. Ciesarik, Mr. Cangiano and Mr. Litschgy
So, bring in your loonies Panthers and enjoy a tasty treat.
LOST AND FOUND
Please have your child check our Lost and Found table in the Hall by the Main Office, or drop in yourself to check for lost items – we will be sending any unclaimed items to the St Vincent de Paul later this week.
HALLOWEEN DANCE-A-THON PRIZES
All Fundraiser prizes have now been awarded – thanks to all for your continued support. With the funds raised we will be providing support to each classroom for resources, adding to our Kindergarten/ primary reading program, upgrading our technology options for classrooms, supporting the grade 8 graduation and providing agendas to students. Thank you to our Catholic School Advisory Council for their leadership and support of Student Learning at St Paul!
SAVE THE DATE – FAMILY CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Our Family Christmas Concert for students in grades JK – 6 will be on December 18th in the morning from 9 – 11 am. A more specific schedule will follow later this week so you can plan your morning.
MARTIAL ARTS AT ST PAUL
Exciting news Panthers!! Next week, Justin Snowden from Breakthrough Martial Arts, has offered to provide our students with FREE introductory lessons to martial arts!! Each class will receive two lessons during their weekly gym time! We are so excited to have this opportunity to learn more about martial arts! Special thanks to Breakthrough Martial Arts for choosing our school to work with! We can’t wait!
UMBRELLA SKILLS – Cognitive Flexibility
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 Mix up your routine for a more flexible brain
Does your child thrive on routine? Do you and the school go out of your way to make the world predictable for them? While I’m all for a good bedtime routine, sometimes we can take this too far and prevent our children minds from building the confidence to deal with uncertainty. We see many kids who struggle with stepping outside their comfort zones and the natural tendency is to alleviate anxiety by keeping things the same and creating routines that the childs’ brain can predict. While this may work to reduce anxiety in the short term, it doesn’t help them navigate the inevitable uncertainty waiting for them in the future.
To overcome this, start a brain training program. Much like upping the weights at the gym, start with small manageable changes to the routine that make them flex this part of their brain. Move the furniture around more often, drive to school a different way, send them to a new summer camp or generally just shake things up. The more times your child sees that different is safe, the more new pathways they will build and the more flexible their brain will get.
Let your kids in on the plan. It’s more fun when they can see their successes and these should be celebrated. Even if your child isn’t struggling with anxiety now, help them proactively build this skill in advance of needing it. There’s nothing wrong with liking routine but make sure it is a point of pride in your family to be ok with the unfamiliar too
SWAP AND SHOP
THANK YOU! Our Swap and Shop was a great success – many families came in to drop off items and pick up a few things for their families. The kids also had a great time shopping for siblings (and sometimes themselves!)
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.
Here’s what is happening at St Paul CES this Week:
- Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight
- Breakthrough Martial Arts will be here for all PE classes this week
- Candy Jar Guessing continues throughout the week
- 10 am – Grade 4 Bible Celebration
- Pizza Day
- HackerGal in the Library Learning Commons
- Mad Science at Lunch for students who signed up
- Crazy Jolly Christmas Sweater Spirit Day
- Eco Club ‘Turn Down the Temperature’ Day – we will be lowering the temperature in the school by a few degrees to allow for comfortable sweater-wearing – please ensure kids are dressed appropriately
Have a great week Panthers!