Thank you to all our frontline and health care workers who are working very hard at keeping everyone safe and healthy in our community. Thank you to our families who are completing the daily COVID screening and are sending their children prepared for the protocols in place. Thank you to our staff who are doing everything they can to ensure our children are safe, healthy, and learning. #We are in this together. 

Enjoy the wonders of the snow!

Monday, November 23

  • PA Day – No school for students


Tuesday, November 24

  • St. Vincent de Paul Angel Tree Campaign underway – donations accepted through School Cash Online


Wednesday, November 25

  • Parent-Teacher Interviews (by appointment only)


Thursday, November 26

  • Parent-Teacher Interviews (by appointment only)


Friday, November 27

  • Hat Day


Coming Up:

  • Angel Tree Campaign runs until December 11th

Daily COVID Screening

We are reminding families to complete the COVID screening daily prior to your child(ren) leaving home and coming to school.  If your child is not feeling well in the morning, we strongly encourage them to stay home and get some rest and only return to school when they are symptom-free for 24 hours.  Please ensure your child has a minimum of two masks in their backpacks and a clean water bottle at school. As the weather gets colder, we also encourage you to ensure your child is dressed according to the weather conditions (i.e., hat, mittens, scarf, warm coat, snow pants, boots, earmuffs, etc. and a pair of indoor shoes for the classroom).

Umbrella Project

Develop your child’s capacity to practice

The ability to practice is one of the most important pieces in persevering towards complex and long term goals.  Without the ability to sustain effort and practice over time,  many big dreams go unrealized. Here are a few tips when it comes to making practice effective and sustainable for your child:

  1. Schedule practice and rest time to avoid burnout. To perform at our best we need breaks, and teaching children this early on will really help them do their best. Determine how long your child can hold focus for and then set a timer for that amount of time while working or practicing something. Take short breaks between practise sessions to get some fresh air, run around, snack and recover for the next focused practice session. For example, you could do 15 minutes of practice, take a 5-minute break and then 15 more minutes of practice. Repeat this for the duration of their working time. Timed intervals will help your child stay on task and practice well.
  1. Find tasks that help your child work at the right level for their pre-existing ability. This will help them achieve a state of engagement and concentration when practicing (otherwise known as a state of flow). To achieve this state of flow, think about what we often refer to as the Goldilocks effect. Tasks should be not too hard.. not too easy.. just right! Tasks that are too difficult tend to create anxiety and those that are too easy, lead to boredom. Both those states are detrimental to our capacity to practice something. When practicing, tasks should be challenging enough to require your child to recruit many skills to accomplish the task but not so hard that they can’t succeed.  

A few thoughts in this week’s video about the Finnish concept of ‘Sisu’

Here’s to practice! 

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

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