Monthly Theme: Wellness
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School Open House and Meet the Teacher
Everyone is welcome to come to our Open House on Tuesday, September 25th. Classrooms will be open for visits and teachers will be in their classrooms starting at 5:30 to 6:30 to meet parents and informally discuss curriculum expectations. Please note, this is not a time to have discussions regarding your child’s progress. please contact your child’s teachers directly to make an appointment for these discussions.
Terry Fox Run
This Thursday, September 28th our students will be taking part in the Terry Fox Walk! St. Paul School will gather as a community and walk together in the afternoon to remember Terry Fox’s dream of raising money for cancer research. Thank you for all of your generous donations so far, but let’s keep those toonies coming in! Our goal is to match the $1100.00 we raised last year! Please remember to wear red to show your spirit and support! We’ll keep Terry’s spirit alive and help make a difference!
On October 4th we will be hosting a parent workshop with Dr. Jen Forristal, founder of The Umbrella Project. Our school will be participating in the Umbrella Project this year with the goal of improving student wellness. Each month students will learn about and develop a different Umbrella Skill. For more information please see below:
Please see the Umbrella Project Parent Letter below:
This school year, your child will be participating in The Umbrella Project. The Umbrella Project is a curriculum designed to help your child learn the skills of emotional wellbeing. This year we will be focusing on gratitude, grit, self-compassion, autonomy, mindfulness, resilience, intrinsic motivation, integrity and hope. Developing these skills will help your child lead a happier, more successful life. Learn more on the umbrella of emotional well-being on our website here: http://www.umbrellaproject.co/video/
You are invited to follow along with your child’s learning journey for each new skill by subscribing to our weekly newsletter (details below) where we will provide information, stories, challenges and tips about fostering the skill your child is focusing on in class. Caregivers have a powerful impact on childhood well-being and your participation will help to deepen your child’s understanding of these important skills.
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/
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your stories, ask questions, and give feedback about what has worked well in your home. We would also love to hear your suggestions for improvement. Our goal is to help children prepare for all of life’s weather and we welcome opportunities to grow and improve. Health and happiness,
Dr. Jen Forristal (Founder of the Umbrella Project)
CRAYOLA Recycling Project
This year we will be extending our environmental awareness by recycling our markers and keeping plastic out of the landfill! Please see the letter below for more details.
ALLERGIES, MEDICATIONS AND MEDICAL ALERT
If your child has an allergic reaction to any food or insect, please contact the main office and ask for an Administration of Medication: Epipen form. We ask that all children who require Epipens carry them on their persons (not in their backpacks) at all times. In addition, we ask that all children bring a spare Epipen to school in the event of an anaphylactic reaction and a second dose is required.
If your child has an illness, a medical condition or a physical disability that may require monitoring/awareness/a special response in an emergency, you are asked to contact the main office. We will send a Medical Alert form home. We may also request a meeting to develop a protocol for your child while at school or at a school related event.
According to Board policy, school staff or volunteers should not be involved with the administration of medication. However, the Board recognizes that on occasions, schools will need to be responsible for students who are receiving medication, or who under certain circumstances may require an emergency response to a severe allergic reaction. If your child requires such medication, please contact the main office and ask for an Administration of Oral Medication form. This from MUST be completed before any medication may be administered!
Cannabis use and Youth
As you are aware, Canadian and Ontario laws are changing regarding the use of cannabis. Please see the attached infographic regarding youth and cannabis.
Social Media Use and Multi tasking
Please see the information that was recently presented at Resurrection CSS.AS we continue to focus on Wellness this year, one of the things to consider is our use of Social Media devices.
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.
Wellness Tip of the Week
Teach your kids the “language of feelings”.
One of the most important things you can teach your children is to recognize what they are feeling and to express their feelings in words. Help your children grow by teaching the many words for different emotions, and using examples when those feelings arise in themselves and others.
People’s actions can be “bad” but the feelings themselves are never “bad”. One reason children get stuck and don’t want to talk about feelings, even if you ask them to, is because they can confuse how they feel as being “bad” or “a problem” when it is actually the tough thing that happened that is the problem. Feelings are like important road signs, if we understand them and listen to them. They can teach us where to go next and what to look for.
Many children shut down when they are upset because they think all feelings except for happy ones are negative and shameful. When you teach your kids the language for many different feelings and invite them to explore and share them, it makes difficult feelings normal and healthy. The result is the development of emotional smarts and social skills. They can deal with what they are feeling, and have stronger friendships too. This also helps them have better self-esteem.
Even anger can be helpful when kids learn how to cope with it. The emotion of anger brings awareness that something is hurtful. When we recognize that we are hurt, our problem-solving skills can improve.
Here’s what is happening at St Paul CES this Week:
- Last day to order Pizza
- Mrs. Acken and Mrs. Coelho’s classes at Safety Village
- 5:00 – 6:30 pm – St Paul Open House (Meet the Teacher)
- Spirit Wear Day – Wear your School Spirit Wear!
- Pizza lunch for those who ordered through Cash Online
- Wear Red Spirit Day
- Terry Fox Run in the afternoon
- 9:30 – School Mass at St Francis Parish (Gr 1 – 8) – parents/ guardians are welcome to join us