Monthly Theme: Relationships
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CHRIS D’SOUZA – LOVE AND LEARN
On Wednesday, September 13th, Motivational Speaker Chris D’Souza, visited St Paul. Chris presented to our JK-Gr 4 students, teaching them about being unique. The students sang and listened to stories focusing on inclusion and respecting each other’s differences. In the afternoon, Chris presented to the students in grades 5 – 8 on what it means to be a Catholic leader, once again focusing on inclusion, dignity, and respect.
This was a great ‘kick off’ to our year and we will continue to build on the themes of respect and inclusion throughout the school year.
This year our Monthly Themes/ Virtues will all focus towards building resiliency in all our students. Studies have shown that people with more resiliency are able to overcome challenges and difficult situations, and are therefore more successful. Our recent Resiliency Survey (completed last Spring) indicated that many of our students are well on their way to developing the tools and resources to be resilient. It is one of our goals as a school this year, to continue to identify students who may be struggling with these tools, and to continue to provide the tools needed for all students to increase their own resiliency. Therefore, our Monthly Themes. Virtues will follow the 10 Rs of Resiliency:
Rooted in Christ
MEET THE TEACHER:
Please reserve September 26, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:00 for our Meet the Teacher Night – more details will follow
STUDENT INFORMATION PACKAGES
The information contained in the packages picked up at our Sneak Peek, or given to students on the first day of school provides the school with important information regarding the safety of all students. This includes contact information, lunch arrangements, emergency dismissal procedures and critical medical information. It is important that all of this information is returned to the school promptly.
All forms in the student packages are due back to the school ASAP
Here’s what is happening at St Paul CES this Week:
- Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight
- Patrols going to Budd Park for Annual Training
- Care Presentations in gr 7/8 classes
- Pizza Day
- Spirit Wear Day – Wear your School Spirit Wear!
- 9:30 am – Mass at St Francis Parish – students in grades 1-8 will walk to Church in the morning. Families are welcome to join us
- PD Day – staff will be focusing on School Improvement Planning for Student Achievement and Ministry of Education Health and Safety Initiatives
Problem Solving ~ Information for Parents
Problem Solving, What & Why?
One of the main reasons for studying mathematics is to develop the ability to solve problems. Problem-solving is the process of applying what we already know to new and unfamiliar situations. This ability is not only critical to our children’s future needs, but also to a productive society and even human progress itself. In these early years, children develop attitudes and beliefs as to their ability to learn mathematics. By learning mathematics through problem-solving, children can make sense of why they need to know their basic facts.
How Can Parents Help?
- Be enthusiastic. Let your child see how excited you are about solving a problem.
- Provide time and talk about problem-solving. Be patient with your child. Let them work at their own pace. Talk, talk, talk! Talk about options, strategies, and ideas for problem-solving.
- Reinforce risk-taking. Children need a great deal of security to risk being wrong. When they begin to realize that they can learn from their mistakes, they will try harder to complete the problem.
- Reward perseverance. Instant success is not always possible in learning mathematics. Encourage children to keep trying by asking them questions that will lead them in the right direction.
- Use children’s experiences. As often as possible, base problems on children’s everyday experiences at school and at home.
The best way for your children to become good problem solvers is for them to solve problems, lots of problems! Also, it benefits children to think about how they solved the problem afterward. In this way, they may use their particular strategy to solve similar problems in the future. There are no best ways of solving a problem. We are interested in what makes sense to each individual. Here are some strategies to try with your child:
~ act it out ~ use objects or models
~ make a drawing ~ make a graph or chart
~ make a list ~ guess and check
~ sort and order items ~ look for a pattern
~ look for all possibilities ~ solve a simpler problem
~ choose an operation ~ think logically, use what you know
* information from: “Mathematics in the Elementary School: What Parents should know about Problem Solving” & “More Puddle Questions for Canadian Schools: Grade 3”