Did you miss the Parent workshop – Building Strong & Resilient Children?
Here is a link to the recorded workshop. Take some time to review it and find out how you can help your child develop skills that will help them persevere in life’s rain. 5 Steps to a more Resilient Child Replay
Here is the link to the Umbrella Assessment that Dr. Jen talked about in her workshop. This is a great activity and an important piece of the process: UmbrellaAssessment(Interactive)
Family Winter Participaction March Events:
Brought to you by the Catholic Parent Involvement Committee & Ministry of Ontario Pro grants are some fun activities from yoga, cooking, mindfulness, and library learning. Check out the following link for more information and to sign up. Family Winter Participaction
Mandatory Self-Screening of Students:
Students must check for symptoms of illness every day before going to school. You can screen your child or yourself by taking the COVID-19 school and child care screening.
Below are two links to surveys. The purpose of these brief budget surveys is to gain feedback from stakeholders with respect to board priorities. They only take a few minutes to complete
- Understanding that the Board priorities are intended to support Graduation rates, Well-Being and Faith Formation. Please identify what you feel is the MOST important area for investment within the budget in order to achieve our priorities?
- Understanding that the Board priorities are intended to support Graduation rates, Well-Being and Faith Formation. Where do you think the Board could obtain savings or efficiencies?
March’s theme of the month is Autonomy. Autonomy is the skill that helps us think and do for ourselves, feel that our life is in our control and confidently make our own choices when faced with uncertain situations.
What will autonomy do for my child?
When we have autonomy we feel empowered to make decisions that can improve our lives instead of feeling that our lives are outside of our control. Having autonomy increases our motivation and ability to do things for ourselves and can make tasks feel less like work and more enjoyable. Research on autonomy in more than 80 countries has shown a positive connection to our wellbeing. The feeling that our life is self-directed instead of controlled by others has wide reaching implications on almost every aspect of our well-being from our engagement in school to our honesty at home. It forms the foundation of our independence.
Don’t compare your child to others
To boost your child’s confidence and ability to make self-directed decisions resist the urge to compare them to siblings and peers. Instead of motivating your child, this most often has the effect of making them feel inferior and reduces their confidence in decision making for themselves. Low self-esteem comes from perceiving we are inferior to those around us…. not a great autonomy builder. When our children don’t feel good about themselves they tend to look to others to make decisions for them instead of having the confidence to do it for themselves.
The best comparison for your child is themselves. If your child struggles with listening in class for example, the first step shouldn’t be comparing them to the great models of listening in the class. Change doesn’t happen overnight and becoming a mediocre listener is a step in the right direction towards the eventual goal of being good at this skill. Celebrate positive progress from your child’s own baseline and try to eliminate other unhelpful comparisons. It will serve your child more to go down their own path at their own pace. Confidence that you are good enough is a big piece of developing autonomy, independence and good decision making skills.
Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project
Every Wednesday is SPIRIT DAY at Dragon Nation
Every week we celebrate our collective school spirit by wearing our school colours or spirit wear.
Our school colours are hunter green, burgundy and white!
- March 2nd – Asymptomatic testing for staff and students of St. Dominic’s: 4pm-7pm at Victoria Hills Community Centre.
- March 3rd – Spirit Day
- March 8th – Change of Class takes Effect (St. Isidore ⇔ St. Dominics)
- March 9th – Catholic School Advisory Council
- March 10th – Spirit Day
- March 31st – Grade 8 Graduation photos
- April 2nd – Good Friday (no school)
- April 5th – Easter Monday (no school)
- April break – 12th-16th
It was great to see so many classes outside tobogganing this week. Here is a picture of some of the fun.
Grade 5-6 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.