Monthly Theme: Resilience
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Welcome Back and Happy New Year!
Happy New Year and welcome back to school! We hope that everyone was able to spend some quality time with family, friends and loved ones over the break. Students will undoubtedly be excited to return to school, to see their friends and share their holiday stories. We will be working on re-establishing routines as we get back on track with learning. Term 1 will be quickly coming to an end, and teachers will writing the first term report cards throughout the month of January. We wish you all the best in 2019!
The Spirit of Giving
Thank you to the many families who helped support our Christmas Family fund. With your support, over $1500 was raised, along with over 100 toys and gifts to be distributed. This is truly heartwarming and a clear indication of the generous spirit of the St Paul community. What is perhaps most exciting however is how this modelling of giving has been noticed and repeated by our own students. Throughout December we witnessed many acts of kindness and generosity among our students as they reached out to each other in the spirit of Christmas. An example of this occurred in one of our intermediate classes. The class decided to do a Secret Santa gift exchange within their class to enjoy the holidays together. As the activity came to a close it became clear that some students were unable to get a gift for their Secret Santa. A few students stepped up to help right away. The next day during their lunch hour, 4 students went to Giant Tiger. They picked up a bunch of treats for their classmates that might not be getting a gift during the exchange. And to top it off, when the cashier at Giant Tiger heard what they were doing, she chipped in to help!
Welcome to a new year and a new Umbrella Skill. We are excited to be kicking off the year by focusing on developing our ability to be more resilient. Resilience is our ability to bounce back from challenges that we face and to come out stronger on the other side. Part of being more resilient is to remain focused on self-care and compassion. The actor Will Smith once said, “I don’t get ready, I stay steady”. This is how we like to think about preparing for challenges at the Umbrella Project. Ongoing self-care helps us to prepare to address challenges in our lives with the necessary energy and resources to survive and thrive.
Listen to Dr. Jen to learn more:
Cold Winter Days
With the winter months approaching, winter safety is an important consideration. Children should always come to school dressed appropriately for the outside each day. Even in extreme cold when they might be kept inside, there is always the consideration of coming to and from school, as well as the risk of an emergency procedure where we must evacuate the building. When the snow hits the ground, students are going to be tempted to play in it. There will be no throwing snow or ice. Snow must be left on the ground. Students should also follow the direction of the supervision staff about playing on snow piles. Sometimes these piles will be deemed off-limits. School winter safety policies are designed to protect everyone on school property from injury.
During periods of severe weather, your best sources of information about possible school closing and/or school bus cancellation is the School Board Website ww.wcdsb.ca or local radio stations. Please do not call the school.
Medication at School
As a reminder, if your child needs to take any medication (over the counter and prescription) at school, the medication must be stored at the main office. Please confirm with your family physician that the medication must be taken at school (can the times be adjusted so it is given before and after school?) There is also a mandatory form that must be completed prior to any medications being administered at school. A copy of the required form can be downloaded here: Oral Medication Consent – please complete this form and send in with the medication.
Please note, all students will go outside for recesses. Any child who is too sick to go out for recess, should be at home. We do not have the supervision available for students to remain inside during recess times.
If your son or daughter has been diagnosed with myopia please see the following attachments for information about a vision study at the University of Waterloo.
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.
Math is not a Mystery!
Is that 16 oz can of tomatoes a better deal than the 12 oz can? We make dozens of calculations every day – from balancing cheque books, to figuring out how much time you need to get across town for the hockey game to adjusting recipe ingredients. This is all math at work.
As a parent, you can help your child be a whiz at math, even if it was not your favourite subject. Here are a few tips on how:
Be positive about math. Express confidence in your child’s ability to do math. Don’t stress to your children either your own fear of math or how difficult math is or how much you admire anyone who can do math. Remember – everyone can and does use math all the time.
Show your kids math at work in their world. Get your kids used to math by thinking out loud when making calculations. Then, let your children work out some real-life puzzles themselves. For example:
- Let them measure when you bake
- Ask them to figure out how long of a hose you need to reach from the faucet on one side of the house to the garden on the other side of the house
- Let your child figure out how many kilometres you will be driving on your next trip by using the information on the map
- sort silverware by knives, forks and spoons. Sort cards by suits or numbers.
Make math a game. Math games are fun and inexpensive. They are a wonderful way to get your kids to enjoy working with numbers, as well as improve their numeration skills, Here are a few suggestions:
- Many games that we take for granted are excellent math lessons. “Go Fish” teaches counting and grouping in sets. Games that use play money teach how to make change. Board games that use dice teach addition and counting. Backgammon teaches addition, subtraction and strategy.
- Beans, stones, or marbles can be used to play number games. Let your child develop his or her own games by sorting beans into different sizes or types, setting up the rules for a counting game, or using different types of pasta to make a picture.
- Give your children a geometry lesson by letting them create a collage of circles, squares, and triangles. Challenge them to come up with as many different shapes as they can using only triangles.
- Play store with the items in your cupboard.
- A pan of water and some jars or cups of different sizes will amuse a child for hours while teaching capacity and volume.
Here’s what is happening at St Paul CES this Week:
- Welcome Back!
- Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight
- Pizza Day
- John Howard Society here
- Immunizations for grade 7 students
- Pajama Spirit Day
- John Howard Society here
- Umbrella Assembly – Resilience