We hope everyone is spending time during this Lenten season to reflect on our Spiritual journeys. Our first few weeks back to ‘in person’ learning have been successful. Our staff and students are so happy to be reunited and together (at a distance) once again. We thank you for continuing to review our safety protocols with your children. Sending extra masks for each child is needed and daily COVID screening remains mandatory.

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

We greatly appreciate your continued partnership in keeping everyone safe. A few other timely updates are below. Stay well Saints! There are some piece of partial information floating around and we wanted to take a minute today to clear things up.

1. St. Isidore Student Report Cards: These report cards will be distributed from the home school – in our case, from the main office at St. Clement. These reports, however, will only be sent to us on Friday, February 19th, or Monday, February 22nd. An email was sent out to these families about the pick up time on Tuesday, February 23.

2. Asymptomatic Testing: You may have heard on the news that schools will begin asymptomatic testing as early as next week. The plan for exactly what this looks like is still being developed and when we get more information and a clear understanding, we will share it all with you.

Term 1 Report Cards/ Kindergarten Communication of Learning/ IEPs are being Sent Home today!

Term One report cards will be sent home today, Friday, February 19th. If your child has an Individual Education Plan, the IEP will be sent home along with the Term 1 report card on Friday, February 19th.

Please note: Students with IEP’s- please return the signature page only, and retain the rest of the IEP for your own records.

JK Registration:

Children born in 2017 are eligible for JK/Year 1 Kindergarten. Children born in 2016 are eligible for SK/Year 2 Kindergarten. Please contact the office and speak with Mrs. Williams for assistance with registration.

Grade 9 Registration:

Calling all Grade 8’s! Please read the following information regarding registration:

· course selection opened for all St. David’s and St. David family of schools

· Guidance Counsellors will be working with our grade 8 teachers to help support course selection

· For more information please see the St. David’s website where there is a dedicated area to course selection: https://stdavid.wcdsb.ca/

If you are not planning to attend St. David’s high school, please contact the Guidance Department at the high school you are choosing to ensure that registration paperwork is completed and courses are selected.

March Break Postponed:

On February 11th, the Ontario government provided an update on the timing of March Break for the 2020-2021 school year. The announcement indicated that March Break will be postponed until the week of April 12-16th, 2021, as a health and safety precaution to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our school communities. This means that instruction will continue as scheduled from March 15th through 19th, 2021.

Virtual Book Fair:

Just a reminder that our virtual Scholastic Book Fair is coming up! Students will have the opportunity to access the online book fair from March 1 – 30th. More information will come closer to the date.

Our Saint’s Lenten Project:

Tiny Homes Take a few minutes to watch this powerful video of how local heroes have helped the homeless community in Kitchener-Waterloo.

https://vimeo.com/486941338/b087a1c51a

A Better Tent City: Tiny Homes are located on Lot 42 in Kitchener. It is currently the site of more than 50 structures constructed for the homeless community. This project is possible through the grace of local donations and the work of people like Fr. Toby Collins, who is a tremendous support to this initiative. These homes have drastically changed the lives of our homeless community and restored a sense of dignity and self-worth for residents.

Our Catholic Faith calls us to help those in need. We believe when you view this video it will change the way you see the plight of our most vulnerable people. The video ends with this compelling quote “We are people who support our homeless brothers and sisters, while collectively tackling homelessness in practical ways. Help us evolve into an organization that drives social entrepreneurship, education, healing and change.”

Parent Council has committed to donating some money towards this worthy cause. However, donations are requested for all Saint’s families to support the construction of 10 new private, secure indoor living quarters and the costs of wiring and heating the outdoor cabins. You can donate through School Cash on line from February 19th until March 31st. This continues our annual Lenten project to support the homeless people in our region.

Thank you for considering this very worthy cause.

Umbrella Project: February Theme: Mindfulness

Review your schedule daily with the lens of mindfulness

For happier and more fulfilling days, review your daily schedule with a lens of mindfulness and focused attention. In last week’s newsletter, we discussed spending undivided attention listening to your child. This week, we can add to that idea by reviewing your schedule in advance with the goal of reducing the time your attention is divided between tasks.

Take 5 minutes at the end of each day or the beginning of the week to review your upcoming schedule. Is there anything you can do or change to create space for undivided attention with the people you care about? For your job? Is there anything you can change about the set up of your home or work to protect your attention?

How many tasks are you expecting yourself to get done in one small block of time? For example: making dinner while helping with homework, making lunches for the next day and replying to the emails you didn’t quite finish at work. There is no such thing as multitasking! When we multitask, what we are doing is switching back and forth between tasks quickly and this uses up much more energy than just doing one task at a time with our full focus. By the time we reach the end of the day, this heavy energy expenditure leads to a lack of will power and poor emotional regulation. It’s no wonder we snap and get upset more often than we want to.

We have strong evidence to suggest that when parents are more mindful of their emotions and think before they react with anger or stress, children benefit. This is a difficult task when we have already depleted our mental and emotional resources. Setting up our days for focus instead of divided attention is a great way to regulate our parenting frustrations, connect with our kids, bring more joyfulness into parenting and teach our children how to protect their attention too.

Dr. Jen talks about this concept in this video

Health & Happiness, Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

 

Here are some of the exciting things that happened this week…it was a short week but lots went on…

Ash Wednesday began our journey into Lent and helped us to reflect on our Lenten promises

 

We celebrated 100 Day this week!

 

It’s #FridayThemeDays! PAJAMA DAY!! Saints are thrilled to be back in their ‘comfies’ today!

Way to go Sarah and Sam who won the foam Hands for #WalkToSchoolDay