Monday, November 30

  • St. Vincent de Paul Angel Tree Campaign underway – donations accepted through School Cash Online until December 9th

Tuesday, December 1

  • 6:30 CSAC Meeting

Wednesday, December 2

Thursday, December 3

Friday, December 4

Coming Up:

  • December 9th – Last day donations are accepted for the Angel Tree
  • December 18th – Pajama Day and last day of school before the holidays
  • December 21-January 1st – Christmas Holidays

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(ren) is/are dressed according to the weather conditions.

Umbrella Project:  December – Self-compassion

Welcome to December at the Umbrella Project!  Last month we focused our attention on building Grit and this month we are adding the skill that will help your child to be kinder to themselves in the face of failure and difficulties, Self-compassion

What will self-compassion do for my child?

You probably won’t be surprised to hear that 75% of people treat others more kindly than they treat themselves. 

Self-compassion means offering ourselves compassion when we fail, make mistakes or are at fault. Self-compassion is the opposite of self-criticism and will help your child treat themselves like they would a good friend instead of continuously judging themselves harshly.  Like a bully that is with your child all the time, self-criticism actually reduces self-confidence (just like an external bully would), making it hard for them to succeed.  

Self-compassion helps to reduce children’s feelings of isolation and instead recognize that struggle is a normal part of being human that everyone experiences. There is a  100% chance of rain at some point in every life so it’s important that we learn to weather these storms with compassion.

Do you often catch your child saying harsh things about themselves and their abilities?

It’s vital that we help our children avoid getting caught up in the dramatic storyline of their struggle and instead recognize this normal part of life. Imperfections, rough days, mistakes, being at fault and failures are a part of being human and the better we are at accepting this, the easier it is to preserve our wellbeing through these challenges.

Listen as Dr. Jen’s introduces this important Umbrella Skill of Self-compassion 

Chat soon, 

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

Additional Resources 

Interested in learning more? Here are a few more short and sweet videos about Self-compassion from Dr. Jen. 

Suffering is not failure

Instill the learner in your child 

All about our inner commentary

It’s not a weakness 

Be incident specific 

Tie to intentions (not outcomes) 

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