Trick or Treat Safety Tips from City of Kitchener Website:
If you choose to go out trick or treating or hand out candy, residents are encouraged to:
- Only go out with members of your immediate household.
- Only trick-or-treat in your neighbourhood and avoid traveling to other neighbourhoods.
- Physically distance and wear a face covering with anyone outside of your immediate household.
- Both trick-or-treaters and people handing out candy should wear a face covering. Not a costume mask.
- A costume mask is not a substitute for a face covering and should not be worn over a face covering as it may make it difficult to breathe.
- Do not leave treats in a bucket or bowl for children to grab.
- Use tongs, or other similar tools, to hand out treats.
- Do not congregate or linger at doorsteps. Line up two metres apart if waiting.
Welcome to the Pumpkin Patch:
Thank you to our Early Years learning team. What a fantastic day our JK/SK’s had at our very own pumpkin patch. Check out the tractor rides, apple cider station, and the pumpkin patch where student’s picked their very own pumpkins.
Thanksgiving Food Drive – October 19 to November 6th Rebroadcast
Drive is wrapping up on November 6th. Continue to send in items and keep up the great work Dragons.
Welcome to November at the Umbrella Project!
Last month we dove into building a sense of Gratitude and this month we are shifting our focus to a skill that helps us persevere in the face of challenges, Grit!
Grit is the skill that stops us from quitting on the bad days and gives us courage to persevere towards our goals and passions. With the cold weather approaching we could all use a bit of extra grit to get through those chilly winter challenges.
What will grit do for my child?
Excellence in anything we do requires commitment, hard work and failures along the way. Grit helps us continue to practice the things we would like to improve instead of giving up. Having grit can help us overcome obstacles even on the toughest days. In every type of work or school subject, grit can be as important to our success as talent or intelligence. It allows us to rise to the challenge of difficult goals and run the last mile.
Make working on weak spots a game
Even in the face of abundant strengths, our weaknesses will often lead us to give up. As often as you can, find the game in working on your childs’ weaknesses. Practicing anything can be intense and span many years to get to a level of excellence. Try to help your child find the fun in the tough spots instead of feeling like they aren’t good enough.
Here’s an example:
When my daughter was struggling with how quickly she could do mental math, we found ways to make it a fun challenge by engaging her in games designed specifically to increase processing speed. By adding some fun to this otherwise frustrating task, she was able to quickly improve and move on with renewed confidence.
In addition, remember that fun and laughter also improves cognitive flexibility and can help our children think of new ways to solve the problems they are facing.
Until next time,
Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project
Dates to Remember
Nov 6 – Last Day of Food Drive
Nov 20 – Progress Report Distribution
Nov 23 – PD Day
Nov 24-27 – Interviews (phone or virtual)
Dec 4 – Fall Picture Day!!
Grade 3 to 4 Math Problem of the Week – Submit your response by clicking this link for a chance to win a prize in our weekly draw. Congratulations to Hailey C who won last week’s gift certificate to Tim Hortons.