Monthly Theme: Resilience

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Umbrella Skill – Mindfulness

All About Mindfulness

Big Ideas

This is a continuation of last week’s information on Mindfulness

Big Idea #3: Thoughts are not facts.

Observe your thoughts and feelings with curiosity. Often, we create a story to accompany our thoughts that may or may not be true.

Big Idea #4: What does it look like to practice mindfulness?

Mindfulness can range from meditation to emotional awareness to sensory focus.

A) Parent Mindfulness

Our homes can be very distracted environments, with many children having unique needs and plenty of past and future focus. The concept is being versus doing (human being versus human doing).  Parents can benefit greatly from the deep value of being present and paying attention, accepting what is, noticing their own state of being. Last month for Resilience, we talked about noticing the state of our homes. This month we can move that awareness to our own state of being.

B) Intention

Don’t just do things to do things! Recognize and become aware of what you are doing, without judgement.

C) Mix Mindfulness & Movement

Pick a few yoga poses to start the day or stretching exercises to finish the day.

D) The Power of Breath

Breathing is a powerful tool for everyone because it crosses over our autonomic nervous system and that which we have control over. It can allow small resets throughout our day.

Having space or times for calming in the home normalizes emotions, and allows children to manage emotions, so they can refocus and engage in family life (Blair & Diamond, 2008; Diamond, Barnett, Thomas, &Munro, 2007).

(Adapted from Jan 29, 2019 Umbrella Project email)


Grad Picture Day is coming!

On February 25th Lifetouch will be at St Paul to take grad pictures for our SKs and grade 8s. There will also be an opportunity on this day for Sibling pictures to be taken.  More information is coming home



Kindergarten Registration

Do you know any families in our boundary who have children that will be Kindergarten age in September 2019?

Year 1 and Year 2 registration will be held Beginning on February 11, 2019  for children born in 2015 (eligible for Year 1) or born in 2014 (eligible for Year 2) who have not attended Year 1.

Extended hours for registration will be on Wednesday, February 13th, from 4 – 7 pm. Please call the office to make an appointment to register (519-743-4401).



Do you have any extra, unused games at your house? We are looking for games that have all the pieces to be available for indoor recesses.

Intent to be Absent

Please remember to complete the Intent to be Absent form if you are planning to have your child(ren) be absent from school for 5 or more days. Forms can be picked up at the Main Office.


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.

Bulletin Feb. 10, 2019

Please click the following link for an overview of all the amazing faith development activities happening at St Francis during February, March and April

Upcoming events St. Francis of Assisi Church


Math Matters:

Try these Valentine’s Day themed puzzles this week with your families


Here’s what is happening at St Paul CES this Week:


  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight
  • Gr 1 Intramurals (1st recess)



  • Pizza Day
  • Gr 2 Intramurals (1st recess)
  • Waste Management presentations in the morning


  • Wear Pink/ Red and/or White for Valentine’s Day
  • John Howard Society here – grades 1 – 8
  • Report Cards go home


  • John Howard Society here – grades 1 – 8


Have a great week Panthers!