Happy Monday, Saint Families!

We have another very active week with remote learning at St. Clement School. It has been so wonderful hearing the positive comments from families and staff this past week. Please continue to send your messages of thanks and appreciation to our teachers and support staff. They are working extremely hard in an ever-changing environment as you all are and a few words of thanks can go a long way. Everyone is pulling together and great things are happening.

As you know, the Ministry of Education has closed schools in Waterloo Region to in-person learning until Feb. 10, 2021. Please note that the return to in-person learning within our region will be determined firstly by the province and then confirmed by Waterloo Public Health’s Medical Officer of Health. We will continue to provide updates to our families as we receive them.

We thank you for your understanding as we respond to these changing circumstances and continue to pray for the safety and wellbeing of all in our community. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the main office.

February 1st to 5th is #WCDSBPetWeek!: Throughout the week, we invite all students and staff to share on social media their pets and how their pets are helping them cope with COVID-19. If your family doesn’t have a real pet, please feel free to create a “virtual” pet and share that ….or share a favourite stuffy.  We are all #InThisTogether and everyone can play! Remember to use the hashtag #WCDSBPetWeek when you share. And then check out https://www.wcdsb.ca/wcdsbpetweek/  frequently as all the posts are gathered

Umbrella Project (February Skill – Mindfulness): Listen to your child with your full attention.

Divided attention is a BIG challenge. Recent research has shed light on the damage distraction does to our happiness. When our mind wanders, our happiness levels drop. When we are focused on the present moment, our happiness levels go up. Simple on paper but difficult to achieve in our busy lives. Each day, we face distractions from technology, apps and targeted marketing designed to win our attention away from the things that matter.

To develop mindfulness at home, we need to reclaim our attention and practice listening to our children without distraction. Listening attentively to our children helps them feel genuinely heard. It also gives us deeper and more accurate insight into their well-being through body language and other subtle cues that we miss when distracted.

We have all had the experience of a conversation where we don’t have someone’s full attention. The connection that comes from these types of interactions is weak at best and does not lead to a feeling of wanting to disclose more to that person. Mindful parenting is about creating a strong connection with your child and some undivided attention is a must for your child and for your own happiness. Taking the time to listen and understand your child’s challenges and viewpoints promotes trust and emotional connection leading to a deeper and more authentic relationship. It also teaches children how to be aware of their own thoughts, feelings and sensations, which in turn makes them less stressed.

This is not an all or nothing principle … laundry must be done, some emails must be answered, dinner must be made. But, pay attention to the split in attention. How much undivided attention does your child really get from you?

In this short, 2 minute video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3LKZG7EWCU&feature=youtu.be , Dr. Jen explains how important undivided attention is.

You’ve got this!
Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project