Monthly Theme: Relationships
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MEET THE TEACHER:
Please join us on September 26, 2017, from 5:00 – 6:30 for our Pizza and Meet the Teacher Night. We will be selling pizza and water on the blacktop for $1 each.
This is a great night to meet your child’s teacher, learn more about this year’s curriculum and explore the school and see many of our upgrades and renovations! We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday night!
PIZZA ORDERS THROUGH CASH ONLINE
When ordering Pizza for your child, please ensure that you are ordering for the proper day/ week.
The week that you are ordering for is in the title of the item. You must order each pizza day separately according to the date in the title of the item. For those who have ordered in advance, please check your receipts to ensure you have ordered for each week separately.
Are you looking for a meaningful way to get involved in your child’s school? School Council works with the St Paul staff to improve student learning. Please join us on September 28th at 6:30 for our first School Council meeting of the year.
I am pleased to announce that Ms. Tanya Mesojedec will be joining our staff for the rest of the year to continue teaching the grade 2/3 class! She brings a wealth of experience with her in teaching children and we are very excited to have her joining our staff. Welcome, Ms. Mesojedec!
TERRY FOX RUN!
Our annual Terry Fox Run is this Thursday, September 28th. St Paul has an amazing tradition of generosity and commitment to the Terry Fox Foundation. Students are encouraged to bring in a Toonie for Terry, and any other funds raised by Wednesday, Sept 27th. Remember to wear our RED Spirit Wear shirts on Thursday to show our Spirit!
Once again the parking lot is raising concerns regarding student safety. Since the beginning of school, we have seen people driving the wrong way through the lot, double parking, speeding, and parking in the student drop-off zone. In order to promote safe practices in the parking lot please consider the following if you are driving your children to school:
- obey all directional and parking signs and the instructions of staff supervising the area;
- if you need to come into the school – park in a designated parking spot in the centre of the lot, or along the grass by the kindergarten play area;
- come earlier than 8:15;
- park a block away and either walk with your children if they are young (JK – gr 2), or let your older children walk on their own;
- if your children are bus eligible – let them take the bus;
- if they are ‘walkers’ let them walk (studies show great benefits to both health and academic readiness by walking to school)
Please work with us to ensure all students safely arrive at school. If we are unable to ensure the safety of our students we will need to consider closing the parking lot to our parents.
Here’s what is happening at St Paul CES this Week:
- Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight
- Coelho’s Gr 2s, Ms. DeJaegher’s Gr 3s and Mrs. Aicken’s Gr 3s Safety Village trip in the afternoon
- 5:00 – 6:30 – Meet the Teacher Night
- Pizza Day
- MADD presentation for Gr 7/8 students
- Afternoon – 3 Pitch Tournaments for Boys and Girls at RIM Park
- Spirit Wear Day – Wear your School Spirit Wear!
- WE Day in Toronto for Mrs. Stott and 10 students
- Afternoon – Terry Fox Run
- 6:30 – 8:00 – School Council Meeting
- Afternoon – Junior Coed Soccer Tournament
BUILDING RESILIENCY IN OUR CHILDREN
One of the focus areas for our School Improvement Plan is to continue to build resiliency skills within our students. To support this, and in partnership with our parents, from time to time we will share information and articles with you to support this goal.
(https://sbparentingnews.wordpress.com/) Posted on September 6, 2017
Strong self-esteem is a powerful protective factor in the face of many challenges. Kids who have at least one caring, supportive person in their lives and a good understanding of their strengths have an easier time handling conflicts, resisting negative pressures, attempting new tasks and challenges, handling emotions and bouncing back from adversity.
On the other hand, kids with low self-esteem tend to avoid trying new things, feel unwanted and unloved, defer responsibility for their actions and experience high anxiety in the face of new challenges. Those who think poorly of themselves have a hard time finding solutions to problems, and don’t understand or know how to utilize their own strengths. Faced with a new challenge, “I can’t” may be their initial response.
Low self-esteem as a can have a very negative impact on a child’s outlook, behaviour and life choices as they move through adolescence and early adulthood.
It’s important to know that healthy self-esteem does not result in narcissism or arrogance. Instead, when your child knows his or her strengths, challenges, options and opportunities, they build a strong sense of who they are and a foundation for future success.
As parents, you play a huge role in this process. Here are a few strategies to help solidify your child’s self-esteem for life:
- Show confidence in your child that they can handle the situations they face. Offer support as needed to navigate those more difficult situations. Convey in your words and actions “I believe in you and your ability to handle this” and eventually, your child will to. For instance, a child who does very well in school but struggles with writing may say, “I can’t write. I’m a bad student.” Not only is this a false generalization, it’s also a belief that can set a child up for failure. Encourage your child to see a situation in a more objective way. A helpful response might be: “You are really good at Math and your other subjects. We all have areas that we have to work harder at and writing is an area that you need to spend more time on. Let’s work on it together.”
- It’s also important to give your child positive, accurate and specific feedback. Instead of saying “You’re so smart”, try saying “You work really hard at figuring things out and finding solutions to problems. I really admire that about you!” This same principle applies to giving feedback in challenging situations. Making comments like “You always work yourself up and you get so angry!” will make kids feel like they have no control over their outbursts. A better statement is, “I can see you were very upset with your sister, but it was nice that you were able to talk about it instead of yelling.” This acknowledges a child’s feelings, rewards the choice made, and encourages the child to make the right choice again next time.
- Every now and then surprise them with words or affection that say, “I love you, no matter what”. We all need to know we are loved unconditionally and with our kids, this goes a long way. Your child benefits the most when you accept him for who he is regardless of his strengths, difficulties, temperament, or abilities.
- You are your child’s first teacher and mirror. Your child is very susceptible to how you live your life and feel about yourself. If you are not particularly confident or accepting of yourself, your child won’t be either. Show your child how to value and care for themselves by demonstrating it how you honour yourself. If you want to increase your child confidence and self-esteem, you might want to start by improving yours.
- Helping your child become involved in constructive experiences and activities that encourage cooperation rather than competition are helpful in fostering self-esteem. For example, mentoring programs in which an older child helps a younger one learn to read can do wonders for both kids. Volunteering and contributing to your local food bank or senior citizen home can have positive effects on self-esteem for everyone involved.
Building self-esteem is not an easy thing to do. It takes work, persistence, and patience, but it will have incredibly long-lasting benefits.