Monthly Theme: Gratitude
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Terry Fox Walk
On the afternoon of Thursday, September 27th, the St. Paul students and staff participated in the annual Terry Fox Walk. We all looked great as we wore red and walked to support cancer research. The weather was beautiful and we all had a chance to be physically active. This year our school raised $1269.20 for cancer research!! Awesome work Panthers! We beat our goal and raised the most money to date! A special congratulations goes out to Mrs. Ambeau’s JK/SK class, who raised $133.00 and won the free pizza lunch! Thank you for all of the generous donations! We had such a great afternoon!!
On October 4th we will be hosting a parent workshop with Dr. Jen Forristal, founder of The Umbrella Project. Please see the attachment for details:
You can also follow the Umbrella Project on social media for additional tips, resources, and information. Find all the details here: http://www.umbrellaproject.co/parent-resources/
This month we will be focusing on adding to our Umbrella Skills by focusing on Gratitude.
All About Gratitude
(adapted from Dr. Jen Forristal)
Gratitude is a great way to start your new school year! This is because of:
- Positive Priming. We need to train our brains to see these positives. We naturally gravitate towards over-focusing on fears/negatives for protection.
- Cultivate Wonder and Awe. This builds gratitude and is good for school engagement and student interest in school.
- Show Gratitude. When you show gratitude to somebody, studies show you get activation in rewards circuits in the brain which helps to put students in a more positive frame of mind.
In addition to expressing gratitude, work with your children to also:
#1. Cultivate the skill of seeing what we have in life instead of what we do not have.
ACTION: Focus on building a sense of awe.
What is awe? The sense of wonder we feel in the presence of something vast that transcends our understanding of the world. People commonly experience awe in nature and in response to religion, art, music, etc. Awe increases pro-social behaviour and decreases emphasis on the individual self.
- Question: What experiences elicit a sense of awe for you? When was the last time you were in awe?
- Sample Responses: Looking at the stars, walking through the forest, examining a bug, feeling amazed at how big trees can grow, how funny a baby can be, how generous a person can be or how music can make us feel…
ACTION: Tap into curiosity and wonder as a way to get kids noticing the details around them and all of the little things they have to be grateful for.
#2. Recognize the effort and sacrifice that others make for us.
ACTION: Cultivating gratitude through reflection.
Recognizing and reflecting on the sacrifice that others make for us, helps to deepen our understanding and sense of gratitude.
- Question: What is the cost to someone else in time, energy, thought for this thing I am receiving. What else might they have been doing with their time?
ACTION: Share the value of gratitude for the person receiving it and the person giving it.
Most people don’t mind making sacrifices for others, in fact, giving to others is a great way to improve our wellbeing. When we recognize people for their efforts and express our gratitude, it helps that person to feel they are appreciated for their efforts and adds the wellbeing benefits.
For the person expressing gratitude, this helps to active reward circuits in our brain and makes us feel good too. Gratitude is good for everyone.
Community Opportunities/Tie-Ins for Gratitude Skill
Thanksgiving Food Drive
It is that time of year again – the leaves are beginning to change, the days are getting a little colder and we are approaching Thanksgiving weekend. As is the tradition at St Paul we will be collecting non-perishable food items (soups, jam, pasta, beans, rice, etc) for families in need in our community. St Paul CES has a strong reputation for being generous during our food drives and hopefully, we can continue this tradition by donating what we can to support those in need. More details will come home this week.
This year we will be attempting to become a certified ECO school. Our goal in doing this is to put an emphasis on being environmentally aware, to conserve our natural resources and to develop student leadership. Some of the initiatives we are hoping to implement include expanding our gardening club, adding composting to our daily practices, and reducing waste by having boomerang and litterless lunches. More details will follow.
Wellness Tip of the Week
Be aware of your child’s overall actions and behaviour.
Children often show us they are having a problem through their behaviour rather than words. If your child is acting out and getting into trouble often, it is a clue that something needs to be problem-solved or that they need emotional support to cope and move forward. This is a reason why the language of feelings is so important. It isn’t healthy if your child can’t tell you what is going on. When kids are acting out, there are reasons and many things can be done to help. Don’t be afraid to ask for help even if the difficulty doesn’t seem extremely serious. All children need guidance about emotions and relationships. If you ask for help or learn more about emotions and relationships yourself, you and your children will benefit. (www.carizon.ca)
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:
- Last day to order Pizza
- Mrs. Stott’s class at the Planetarium
- Umbrella Assembly and Fundraiser Kick Off
- Spirit Wear Day – Wear your School Spirit Wear!
- Pizza lunch for those who ordered through Cash Online
- MADD Presentation for grades 7 & 8
- 6:30 Umbrella Project Parent Workshop
- Octoberfest Spirit Day!
Have a Great Week Panthers!