Monthly Theme: Grit
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“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” – Jesse Owens
Cold and Wet Weather Preparation
It’s that time of year where the weather is unpredictable and often cold, wet and very rainy. Due to this, we are asking ALL students (students in grades JK through to grade 8) to please pack extra socks, pants and shirts into backpacks. We would like to keep the phone calls out to parents to a minimum when it comes to coming into the school to give children a new set of clothes. To be proactive, we are asking that all students please have extra clothing in their backpack at all times. Thank you for your assistance with this; it’s greatly appreciated.
Please be aware that during the winter months students who do not have appropriate footwear (boots) and clothing (warm coats, snow or splash pants, etc) will not be permitted to play on the fields or in the snow.
November Food Drive
Thanks to the incredible generosity of our school community we were able to donate over 670 lbs of food to the St Vincent de Paul.
Christmas Angel Tree
It is hard to believe we have passed the midway point of November and Christmas is just around the corner. The St Paul tradition is to support families both in our school and in the larger community through the Angel Tree. At this time, we are gathering names of any St Paul families who could use extra support this Christmas. If you are aware of any family who might need this support, please contact Ms Santomero with the details.
Later this week I will be sending home information about how you can help support the families at St Paul who may need assistance this year.
Art and Math
Art and math have a lot in common with each other. In fact, you can see the math in art and the art in math! Patterns, shapes, geometry, symmetry, spatial reasoning, proportional reasoning, etc… are all a part of the arts (visual art, music and dance), as they are of mathematics.
Some of what you see your child doing in school in the arts is also an engagement with mathematical ideas at the same time! By blending mathematics and the arts, students learn in ways that are intellectual, emotional and physical. Children learn in many different ways, and research tells us that participating in the arts is one way that is very engaging for all of us.
A child stringing beads in a pattern on a string or creating a patterned bracelet is creating an understanding of patterning, although to them it may look simply like a pleasing design. When a child learns to play the piano, they are developing a mathematical understanding of the relationships between scales, notes and chords. Symmetry can be seen in the symmetrical features of a butterfly or in a design when building. Children may notice patterns in wallpaper, tile tessellations on the floor or on a phone cover, rhythmic beats or repeated choreography in music videos or chords in a popular song. There is math everywhere!
How might you and your child notice and name the mathematics in the arts (visual, music and dance) that you encounter? Making the links helps deepen the understanding of both!
Interested in more?! Search on the internet for “golden ratio” to see an example of mathematics at work in nature and art!
Wellness Tip of the Week – How to promote GRIT in your child
Bouncing back from failure turns out to be one of the best lessons a kid can learn. In fact, according to Angela Duckworth, Ph.D., a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania, that skill (along with certain other character traits she calls “grit”) matters more to a child’s ability to reach his full potential than intelligence, skill, or even grades.
Put a challenge in front of him or her.
True achievement happens when people bust through boundaries and barriers. If your child never has a chance to triumph over something difficult, she may never develop confidence in her ability to confront a challenge. Taking risks is an important way kids learn.
- Teach It: Give your child the opportunity to pursue at least one difficult thing, suggests Duckworth. “It has to be something that requires discipline to practice,” she says. The actual activity doesn’t matter as much as the effort; Duckworth’s youngest child tried track, piano, and ballet before settling on gymnastics. “She couldn’t do a cartwheel at first, and had a lot of anxiety about it. Eventually, she got over the anxiety barrier and now she likes them so much that she literally does cartwheels two hours a day.” Encouraging kids to try new things gives them a chance to prove they can do anything.
Many of us hold on to the idea that skill comes naturally: that if we’re good—or not good—at something, it’s because we were born that way. The problem with this belief is that it leads many kids to give up on things. Plus, it’s simply not true. Even naturally gifted people have to work hard to hone their ability with hours of practice.
- Teach It: Try one of Duckworth’s family rules: Don’t Quit on a Bad Day. Giving up the second things get frustrating means you might miss out on something really great—like eventually scoring that winning goal or hearing the roar of applause after a performance. So Duckworth insists that her two girls, ages 9 and 11, follow through on all activities until the end of the season or session. If they choose not to sign up again, so be it. What matters is that they push through the discomfort that’s a natural part of the learning process.
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
- Picture retakes in the afternoon
- Pizza Day
- Humane Society Visits
- 6:30 – School Council Meeting
- Wear a Jersey Spirit Day
Have a great week Panthers!