Weekly Reflection – Preparing Ourselves for Jesus
As we begin the season of Advent, we are challenged to look inside to prepare ourselves for the birth of Christ, even as all around us we witness the commercialism of our society’s celebration of Christmas. Advent is it time for stillness and quiet, a time to remind ourselves that we are readying ourselves for Jesus to come to us.
A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low.” Isaiah 40:3-4
(Source: Let’s Begin With A Prayer, Sally Macke)
We will have a virtual advent litury on Tuesday (led by Ms. Walker’s grade 4 class) to celebrate the first week of advent.
Looks like snow is in the forecast again this week, so staff will be reviewing our winter safety guidelines with our students. To play with the snow in the fields, students require winter boots and snow pants (and a winter jacket and gloves/mitts of course).
Inclement Weather: The following temperatures (including wind chill) and actions are followed during the winter months: When the temperature is between -15°C and -19°C: students may remain outside for no longer than 20 minutes at a time. When temperatures are colder than -19°C: students must remain inside. The office will monitor the temperature and announce the inclement weather procedures. Please make sure students are dressed appropriately for the weather and outdoor learning/activities.
St. Paul picture day is December 11. After Picture Day, order pictures on mylifetouch.ca using your Portrait ID and Access Code which can be found on your Picture Day order form. Here are the safety protocols that have been approved by the Board and will be observed on picture day. Only individual photos and a class composite will be taken (i.e. no class photos). All students will be photographed, not just those who may be purchasing photo packages (unless the parent/guardian does not provide media consent or has COVID related concerns). We need to have recent photos of all of our students on record (as per our safe schools protocols).
Our Angel Tree Donations and Food Drive Collection continues to December 11. Thanks to Mrs. KG for organizing these events.
DECEMBER UMBRELLA SKILL – Cognitive Flexibility
This month our focus is on building cognitive flexibility. What will cognitive flexibility do for my child? Life doesn’t always follow a predictable pattern; cognitive flexibility helps our children navigate this uncertainty and feel like they have more options when faced with challenges. As things change around them, they need to change in order to maintain their wellbeing. With cognitive flexibility your child will be better able to change strategies when faced with new and unexpected situations, make sense of the unfamiliar and thrive in uncertainty.
Cognitive flexibility is important for innovating, coming up with new ideas and solving problems, and is essential to creativity. It will also help them understand people and situations that are different from theirs and improve their relationships. This month we can’t wait to walk you through this cool skill and help you find ways to flex this part of your child’s brain.
To enhance cognitive flexibility and in an effort to help manage stress, staff at St. Paul are participating in a team pedometer challenge. We are tracking our progress as we venture out West to stay healthy and have a positive focus. Based on our data collected so far, Team Sole Survivors has accumlated 788, 454 steps = 600 kms and Team Scrambled Legs is not far behind with 673, 996 steps = 513 kms. Fantastic work Panthers!