Monthly Theme: GROWTH MINDSET
NOVEMBER AND INCLEMENT WEATHER PROCEDURES
It’s hard to believe that we are already in November and have had our first (although minimal) snowfall! At this time we would like to remind our families about the Inclement weather procedures:
If weather conditions or other emergencies warrant the closing of school, notice will be available by checking on the following sites:
1) Check our school website stpaul.wcdsb.ca and click on the Delays & Cancellations button. One click will tell you if your bus is cancelled and/or if your school is closed.
2) Check the WCDSB web site www.wcdsb.ca and the RED cancellation button. One click will tell you if your bus is cancelled and/or if your school is closed. The GREEN light means everything is open and buses are running.
3) Listen to your local Waterloo Region radio station for cancellations
4) The Before and After School Program(s) will also be closed if the school is closed.
Please note that if school buses are cancelled in the morning they will not be sent out later in the day regardless of changes or improvements in the weather. Families who choose to drive their children to school will be responsible for picking them up at the end of the day.
This month our focus is to build a growth mindset. To briefly summarize, in a fixed mindset we believe that our intelligence and talent are something we are born with and can’t change. This leads us to the false assumption that talent alone, without hard work, will lead to success. Extensive research has shown that children with this mindset give up easily and often avoid challenges. In a growth mindset, we see ourselves as growing and developing. We believe we can build any skill with effort and this can help us create a love of learning and an excitement around new challenges. We see the brain like a muscle, the more effort we put in, the bigger it grows.
GROWTH MINDSET TIP #1 Praise Your Child For Effort Instead of Talent
The most important thing we can work towards as parents is to praise our children for effort, not talent. Our words tell children how to think about themselves and with best intentions when we say things like, “Great job, you got perfect without even trying. You’re so smart!” we send our child the message that trying hard means you aren’t as smart. Research shows that children praised for outcome will choose easier tasks to prove they are smart and gain our approval. Praising children for effort on the other hand, is what leads them to choose harder tasks because they know we value effort. This is why children with a growth mindset ultimately reach higher levels of success. To support the growth mindset of our St Paul community, please give praise freely for these growth mindset builders:
- Things accomplished through practice: studying, use of effective strategies, perseverance, and concentration.
- Choosing challenging projects.
- Trying different strategies.
- Making improvement.
When your child does something very quickly and easily, recognize that the task didn’t challenge them and say “Sorry about that. I guess that was too easy. Next time let’s choose something that will really help you grow.” Try to avoid praise that judges their intellect, talent and speed rather than effort. Praising these qualities unintentionally has an adverse effect when our child faces difficult tasks, as it can create a fear of failure, increased procrastination and cause our children to quit when things get difficult.
Once again our Dance a thon was a wonderful success – final fundraising amounts will be announced later this week, as well as the Individual, Class and School Fundraising Prizes.
A very special thank you goes out to our Catholic School Advisory Council members for the hard work that went into organizing the dance-a-thon and ensuring the day was well organized and fun for all!
Thank you to our families and staff for your generosity – we had over 100 raffle prizes awarded on Thursday!
REPORT CARDS AND INTERVIEWS
Progress Report cards will be coming home on November 5th. The Elementary Progress Report Card provides students, teachers and parents/guardians with an opportunity to reflect upon progress early in the fall of the school year, and to discuss plans to promote future success.
The Elementary Progress Report Card is designed to show: a student’s development of six learning skills and work habits during the fall of the school year, as well as a student’s general progress in working towards the achievement of the curriculum expectations in all subjects. The check marks under “Progressing Very Well,” “Progressing Well,” and “Progressing With Difficulty” are used to indicate a student’s general academic progress during the first part of the fall term. The Elementary Progress Report Card does not contain letter grades or numeric marks. At the end of the first term (in February) parents/guardians will receive a Provincial Report Card, which will report on achievement of the curriculum expectations and which will contain letter grades or numeric marks.
Do you have leftover Halloween Candy that you would like to get out of the house? Please consider donating any Nut free candy to the school our December fundraising Candy Raffles. All donations can be brought to the office or to Mrs Elash.
Spiritwear is now available again! All orders are completed through the following website:
DRESSING FOR THE WEATHER
As a reminder – students are outside for two 15 minute recesses, plus 40 minutes at lunch, and we go outside in light rain and cold weather (as cold as -19 including wind chill). Please ensure that your child is dressed for the weather – including splash pants, rain jackets, hats and water resistant mitts or gloves so they can enjoy their time outside.
Please also consider in sending a change of clothes (especially pants, underwear and socks) in case your child falls during recess so we do not have to contact you at work to bring in a change of clothes.
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 AT HOME
Make each equation true using the four basic math operations – add, subtract, multiply and divide
Here’s what is happening at St Paul CES this Week:
- Book Fair all week in the LLC
- Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight
- Mrs Walker and Mrs Stott’s classes at Laurel Creek – please dress for being outside!
- Pizza Wednesday
- KW Hydro presentation for students in Ms Knopinska and Mrs Walker’s classes
- Grade 8s at Resurrection
- Umbrella Skills Assembly
- Mad Science for students who registered through Mad Science
- Parent/ Teacher/ Student Interviews 3:30 – 8:30 (times have been assigned and sent home
- Book Fair Shopping ends at 10:30
Have a great week Panthers!