Yearly Archives: 2020

French Immersion Program for Grade 1 – 2021-2022

Parents and Guardians with a student in SK are invited to register for the French Immersion program in Grade 1. The registration lottery opens online on January 4th  and ends on the 31st.  Watch the parent information video at https://www.wcdsb.ca/programs-and-services/fsl/. If you still have questions after watching the video, join us for a virtual Q&A on Dec 10th  or Jan 11th.  Meeting links will be posted on the FSL page of our Board website.

Dragon Update Dec 14 – 18

Giving Tree Fundraiser:

In the Christmas Spirit let’s ensure that every family within our community can open presents and celebrate together on Christmas morning. Together we can make this happen! 

Classroom Fun:

Check out the wonderful Gingerbread People the students in Mrs. Kuntz’s class created this week. The Admin team offered to eat them but the grade one’s told us they added glue. They might be a bit hard 🙂

Christmas Art Activity:

It’s time to get into the Christmas Spirit with a little Christmas Art Activity! Scribble Art is a fun way to be creative and show your own unique gifts. Watch the attached video for the instructions on how to complete Scribble Art. Please submit your artwork to your teachers by Wednesday, December 16th. Prizes will be awarded to the Most Creative and Best Christmas Design in the Primary, Junior and Intermediate divisions. 

 

Umbrella Project

Treat yourself as you would treat a good friend.  

Children who are low in self-compassion are often very hard on themselves. They can feel isolated and alone in their struggles and have a hard time moving on from failures. From a parenting perspective, it can be very difficult to convince children with low self-compassion that people aren’t judging them as harshly as they are judging themselves.

One of the easiest ways to help your child practice their self-compassion is to start one step outside themselves. Ask them to think about how they would treat a good friend who is struggling and then reflect on whether they treat themselves with the same care. 

This exercise is beneficial for everyone and most people are quite surprised when they take a moment to listen to what they say to themselves. The phrase “we are our own worst enemy” rings true here.

Here are a few simple steps to follow when you notice your child’s self-criticism is becoming detrimental to their wellbeing: 

  1. Have them bring to mind a good friend or someone they care about and imagine it is their friend, and not them, experiencing the struggle.  
  2. Ask your child these questions:

What would you say to your friend in this situation?  How would you treat them?

What do you think would happen if you said the same things to your friend that you are saying to yourself?  Would it help them?

  1. Help your child remember that they can be a good friend to themselves. Remind your child they should offer themselves the same amount of love, compassion, forgiveness and respect as they offer everyone else.

Health & Happiness, 

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

 

Christmas Mass Schedule at St. Mark’s:

 

Mabel’s Labels: Don’t lose items to the LOST AND FOUND! Check out Mabel’s Labels!  Campaigns.mabelslabels.com Select ST DOMINIC SAVIO FUNDRAISER (KITCHENER) from the list.

COBS Bread Bakery will donate 10% of a sale to St. Dominic’s if the buyer (St. Dom’s family members) states that they are supporting St. Dominic Savio school. 

 

Advent Celebrations:

This week we celebrated the second week of Advent through a virtual assembly. See our light of the Peace Candle.

Dates to Remember

  • December 18 – Christmas Sweater Day
  • January 4 – Back at School (Christmas break comes to an end)

 

Grade 7 to 8 Math Problem of the Week – Submit your response by clicking this link for a chance to win a Tim Hortons gift card in our weekly draw. Congratulations to Simon who won last week’s POW.

 

 

 

Bon ApaTreat This Christmas (Deadline Tonight)

This Christmas St. Dominic Savio is supporting local businesses by partnering with Bon ApaTreat bakery to bring you some delicious Christmas treats!

With gluten free options available, Bon ApaTreat has designed a menu for us that will please everyone. Whether you are looking for a family baking activity or a Christmas gift for someone with a sweet tooth, we can help. For more information on this locally owned and operated sweet shop, please visit:   https://bonapatreat.shop

The details:
Orders can be made between November 30 – December 10, 2020 via School Cash Online ONLY!

Orders will be sent home with your child(ren) on December 16, 2020 (orders have to sit for three days in the building before distribution, as per Covid-19 regulations)

Bon ApaTreat is NOT a nut free facility.

 

Bon ApaTreat this Christmas

This Christmas St. Dominic Savio is supporting local businesses by partnering with Bon ApaTreat bakery to bring you some delicious Christmas treats!

 

With gluten free options available, Bon ApaTreat has designed a menu for us that will please everyone. Whether you are looking for a family baking activity or a Christmas gift for someone with a sweet tooth, we can help. For more information on this locally owned and operated sweet shop, please visit:   https://bonapatreat.shop

The details:
Orders can be made between November 30 – December 10, 2020 via School Cash Online ONLY!

Orders will be sent home with your child(ren) on December 16, 2020 (orders have to sit for three days in the building before distribution, as per Covid-19 regulations)

Bon ApaTreat is NOT a nut free facility.

Dragon Update Dec 7 – 11

School Closures Due to Inclement Weather:

When buses are cancelled all schools will be closed and students will learn from home asynchronously. Information about school closures are immediately available on the WCDSB newswire (please subscribe) and Student Transportation System of Waterloo Region. We do our best to get it out as well on the St. Dominic Newswire but this is not always immediate. You can also find information about school closures on our board website at www.wcdsb.ca

 

Giving Tree Fundraiser:

In the Christmas Spirit let’s make this happen. Thank you! 

Student Attendance

During these troubling times of COVID 19, we need to be able to account for every absence reason.  

 When you are calling to report your child’s absence, please always provide a concise reason.  If you do not leave a reason, we will call you back to make the necessary inquiries.  We have to be without doubt that your child’s absence is NOT related to COVID.

If your child’s absence is due to illness, please leave your child’s name and a description of ALL the symptoms they are experiencing.

 To complete the online COVID-19 screening tool, please go to St. Dominic Savio’s website (https://stdominic.wcdsb.ca/) and click the COVID-19 School Screening Tool link.

 

Student Masks

Please ensure that you have provided several backup masks for your child(ren).  

Since students have received a few cloth masks from the Board, the intention is that disposable masks will not be distributed to students who forget their masks. We will not be receiving replenishment of disposable masks for students.

 

Water Bottles

Please check your child(rens) backpack daily to ensure that they have their water bottle.  The drinking feature on our fountains are closed because of COVID, but the bottle filler feature is operational.  Your children cannot go a whole day without drinking water.

 

Umbrella Project

Stop judging yourself as a parent so harshly!

Parenting is one of the toughest jobs in the world. Children don’t come with step-by-step instructions and there is a reason that millions of parenting books exist, all with different solutions to the same problems. Just like snowflakes, each child is completely unique and therefore responds differently to the world and our attempts to guide them.  How many times has an idea worked brilliantly for one of your children and not at all for the next? Every feel like one day you have this parenting thing nailed and the next day want to give up completely? Such is the nature of raising another human with their own agenda and parents deserve to treat themselves with a high level of compassion on the tough days.

Unfortunately, research and experience show us that this is not the case. As parents, we are terrible critics of our own best efforts to raise our children and we now know that the more we judge our own parenting, the more likely it is that our child will develop symptoms of anxiety and depression.

The solution – Less self-blame and more non-judgemental acceptance of our own parenting skills. In other words, show our children what self-compassion looks like in action. None of us are perfect parents, you will make mistakes and that’s OK!  

It sounds simple but remember that most of us have a very vocal inner critic, evaluating our every move. Start by noticing your own self-judgement and then try to think of what you might say to a good friend who was in the same situation. Say these words to yourself and remember, beating yourself up in effort to be a better parent is having the opposite effect on your child’s wellbeing. Instead take ownership of your feelings and choices, recognize when you make mistakes, apologize, keep learning and move on.  

You’ve got this!

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

 

Christmas Mass Schedule:

Dressing for the Weather:

Are your children wearing appropriate clothing for the snow? Please send indoor/outdoor footwear, snowpants, hats and mitts, and extra socks. The students are loving the snow but all of them need to have appropriate clothing.

 

Dates to Remember

  • December 11 – Christmas Sock Day
  • December 18 – Christmas Sweater Day

 

 

Grade 3 to 4 Math Problem of the Week – Submit your response by clicking this link for a chance to win a Tim Hortons gift card in our weekly draw. Congratulations to Madison who won last week’s POW.

 

 

 

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