Good afternoon Saints Families!

We hope that you are doing well, and that Saints are managing well during these challenging times. We have reached the end of week 2 for remote learning! Congratulations and thank you to everyone for your time, effort and perseverance. We all acknowledge this is a challenging format for students to learn in, and it takes a tremendous amount of support from parents and guardians. Thank you for your continued support and your ongoing patience and kind words are very much appreciated.

Saints continue to be dedicated to the work and parents continue to be flexible in adjusting to the new way of learning. Everyone should be proud of themselves as we know it’s not always easy.

We look forward to seeing the Saints in person soon!

PA Day – Friday, January 22, 2021.

Just a friendly reminder that we have a PA Day on Friday, January 22, 2021 where teachers will be engaged in assessment. Students will not be asked to log on this day as there is no school/remote learning for students on Friday.

 

The Umbrella Project: January theme: Resiliency: Help your child face their fears

 

Avoiding our fears may be the easiest road in the short term but doesn’t help us build resilience.  What we actually need is small, repeated exposure to the things that scare us.  Small successes over these fears over time help us slowly build the confidence to navigate the adversity.

 

Here’s an example from my family.  When my daughter was young she didn’t like to be the centre of attention.  This became glaringly obvious the day she wore a fancy dress to school for the first time in years, received at least 5 compliments in the first minute and proceeded to burst into tears and beg me to take her home.  It seemed like a small thing but it pushed a big fear button inside her.  Parenting dilemma…take her home to change or make her stay in a state of clear distress.

 

Actually there is a third choice.  We had time to go home and change but only with the following condition; she was going to have to work on being the centre of attention.  That was the deal.

 

I explained that life will present her with many similar circumstances and I want her to have the skills to deal with these situations.  While this current challenge was too big for her, we were going to choose smaller opportunities for her to practice.  She agreed and we have since helped her practice this skill in many contexts until she is now more comfortable when she finds herself pushed this way. In fact, last year she made it to the school finals for the speech competition.  A huge change from the girl crying in the hallway over some positive attention.

 

This is how resilience is built.  Not avoidance, not full immersion, but repeated small fears faced and defeated over time.

 

In this short, 2 minute video, I explain the importance of facing our fears.

 

You’ve got this!

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

 

 

Stay Safe, Saints!