Monthly Archives: April 2021

Dragon Update May 3-7

Calling all Baby Dragons!!!

Please visit this link to register for JK or SK at St. Dominics!

Once you have completed your online registration (or paper copy), please contact the office at 519-576-5503 to book your appointment to finish your registration.

We will be preparing next year’s homerooms shortly!


Family Spring Participaction

Free parent events – from yoga to paint nights to a Virtual visit to the KPL (Kitchener Public Library) and more!

For more information follow this link: May Parent Participaction Poster


Donation to the Waterloo Food Bank:

Thank you to all the families and individuals who contributed to our Lenten Food drive. Food drives are an important part of meeting the need in our community. We donated 340 pound of food which will provide 266 meals to our neighbours. It was great to hear that the Food Bank was in dire need of cereal and were running very low. What perfect timing for all those cereal boxes to be dropped off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Remote Learning

We will continue remote learning during the Lockdown and Stay at home order. No date has yet been set by the Ministry for face-to-face learning in school. We understand the stress learning from home adds to families but we appreciate all your support as we navigate through this together. #Were All In This Together.

Tech Support:  https://stisidore.wcdsb.ca/tech-support/


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.


Umbrella Project:

This month at the Umbrella Project we are excited to be focusing our energy on Integrity. Integrity is when we have a set of positive values and our actions in life match that set of positive values. If you look up integrity in the dictionary, it also means ‘wholeness’, when the things that we say and do match up with what we value. 

Having integrity means that we can feel good about our choices all throughout life. It helps to bring the other Umbrella Skills together as well. Here’s a short introductory video from Dr. Jen about Integrity.

Find models of integrity.

Many studies have shown that humans learn through modeling others. One great way to build integrity in your child is to help them find positive role models who help them believe that it is possible to succeed without compromising our values. Having positive role models helps our children learn strategies for achieving their goals, decide what is socially acceptable and make a difference in the world. That’s why the Umbrella Project is filled with stories and examples of people using all of the Umbrella Skills to take on life. 

Examples of integrity are everywhere so when you notice them in books, movies and stories be sure to talk about it with your kids. Look for examples of integrity in the people your children already admire and discuss them. Make integrity something that has value in and of itself. For example, there is value in not cheating on a test even though your friends did and got a better mark because of it. It’s choices like that that can make integrity difficult to use and it’s important that children see those they admire making these difficult decisions. Making choices with integrity is not always the easiest choice and our kids need lots of examples of integrity to understand why it is the better choice.  

Learn from Dr. Jen why modelling is so important in this 2 minutes video. 

Chat soon, 

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project


Catholic Education Week: May 3rd – 7th

Catholic Education Week is upon us already. As a school we will be reflecting on the importance of Catholic education and our theme – Nurturing Hope. 

Listen to Bishop Tomas as shares his message of faith and nurturing hope:


Nutrition for learning continues while students learn remotely

Nutrition for learning will continue to be available during remote learning. For details click the link: Community Nutrition for Learning


Reminders:

 

 

 

 


Problem of the Week

Last week’s winner was Hailey Connelly in Ms. Tank’s class. Congratulations!

Grade 7-8 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. 


Here is last week’s solution to the grade 3-4 math problem. Some submitted answers were so close. Learn from your mistakes so you don’t make them again. Good Luck on your next problem!

Dragon Update April 26 – 30

Calling all Baby Dragons!!!

Please visit this link to register for JK or SK at St. Dominics!

Once you have completed your online registration (or paper copy), please contact the office at 519-576-5503 to book your appointment to finish your registration.

We will be preparing next year’s homerooms shortly!


Remote Learning

We will continue remote learning during the Lockdown and Stay at home order. No date has yet been set by the Ministry for face-to-face learning in school. We understand the stress learning from home adds to families but we appreciate all your support as we navigate through this together. #Were All In This Together.

Tech Support:  https://stisidore.wcdsb.ca/tech-support/


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.


Umbrella Project:

Limit your use of Extrinsic Motivators

Extrinsic motivators are the external rewards, ubiquitous in parenting, that are contingent on a child’s task performance or behaviour.  Used regularly because of their effectiveness there is a dark side to these extrinsic motivators.  Studies show that we actually decrease our child’s intrinsic motivation over time by offering up these external rewards. This means that our children will want to do things less and less the more we provide them rewards. The task itself becomes less enjoyable without the reward…  When we think about academics we can see why this causes a problem over time.  If we provide rewards for good marks, for example, we slowly start to decrease our children’s actual enjoyment of the learning process.  

Here are a few ideas for reducing extrinsic motivators:

  1. Don’t link your child’s allowance with their expected tasks. Paying children for making their beds or putting their clothes away can reduce their desire to do these tasks without external reward.  Instead have expected tasks that come along with being part of the family and an allowance that helps them learn to manage money or that they earn through extra jobs.
  2. Don’t offer dessert as a reward for eating dinner.  Instead set a family expectation that we eat small amounts of sweets as a balance part of a day that also includes lots of fruits, veggies and healthy foods. If the healthy food doesn’t go in on a regular basis, it’s not good for our bodies to put the sweets in.
  3. Focus on task-intrinsic practices like encouraging your child’s pleasure and engagement with the learning process.

In this video Dr. Jen explains extrinsic motivators.

Until next time, 

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project


Nutrition for learning continues while students learn remotely

Nutrition for learning will continue to be available during remote learning. For details click the link: Community Nutrition for Learning

 


Reminders:

  • Virtual Learning Continues
  • Catholic Education Week May 3rd – 7th

https://stdominic.wcdsb.ca/calendar/

 

 

 

 


Problem of the Week

Last week’s winner was Damien from Mrs. Montes’s class. Congratulations!

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. 

Here is last week’s solution to the grade 3-4 math problem. Some submitted answers were so close. Learn from your mistakes so you don’t make them again. Good Luck on your next problem!

Meatless Monday

Earth Week may be nearing it’s end but our work to help the environment doesn’t have to! Reducing the amount of meat you eat is another way to help protect the environment.

Are you up for the challenge?

Check out our slideshow of why it is beneficial to go meat free and take the pledge to have a meat free day once a week! Send your teacher a picture of your pledge by 4pm today to be entered into our Earth Week Extravaganza draw!

Meatless Monday pdf

Earth Week Extravaganza: Composting Challenge!

We are on Day 3 of our Earth Week Extravaganza! Today’s Challenge is to try composting. Are you already composting as a household? Great work! Send your teacher a picture of you composting or sorting your recyclables for an entry into our Earth Week Giveaway! Keep up the great environmental work Dragons!

 

Remote Learning: Attendance Reminder

Students are expected to attend remote learning regularly and be punctual.  Parents are required to phone the school, 519-576-5503 ext. 1, when your child(ren) will be absent or late. Messages may be left on the attendance line at any time.

If a child has not logged in and a phone call or an email has not been received, the administrative assistant will attempt to alert parents by telephone at home or at your place of employment if necessary. If parents cannot be contacted, we will contact the emergency number(s) provided by the parents. Failing to reach parents or emergency contacts, the police will be notified and sent to the home.

If your child is going to be absent, please:
● Send an email your child’s teacher in advance when possible (cc dagmara.luszczki@wcdsb.ca and erika.hayes@wcdsb.ca)
● Phone the school and leave a message on the attendance line which operates at any time during the day or night
● State the date of the absence, your child’s name, spell your child’s last name, the teacher’s name, and the reason for the absence. Unless you notify us otherwise, we will assume your child will be back the following day. At no time is the student to report themselves absent for the school day or is the student to have someone less than 18 years of age report them absent

Source:  https://stdominic.wcdsb.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/09/2020-21-Parent-Student-Handbook-1.pdf

April Showers Bring May Flowers

“Here comes the sun” – The Beatles

Students, families, and staff:  From April 19th to May 28th we will be running an April Showers Bring May Flowers campaign with our partner organization The Umbrella Project.  We will be focusing on five Umbrella Project skills during the campaign:  Gratitude, Kindness, Mindfulness, Optimism and Resilience.

Building on the #HarbouringHope initiative of our student leaders, WCDSB students, staff and families are welcome to submit entries showing how they have bloomed/ grown this past year.  Submissions can occur via email at bloom@wcdsb.ca or #WCDSBblooms.

Student submissions may be produced in an April Showers Bring May Flowers postcard (digital version) that will be forwarded to the school and students can share it with others to pass on their ‘May Flowers’.

Visit our website for details and to submit entries: https://www.wcdsb.ca/april-showers-bring-may-flowers/

Parent Workshop – Overcome Your Overwhelm

Please join us virtually for the informative and practical parent workshop:  OVERCOME YOUR OVERWHELM

***Presented by Susan Crawford of Meraki Inspired: Coaching & Consultation (www.merakiinspired.com)

WorkshopOVERCOME YOUR OVERWHELM

Description: We are living in unprecedented times and the impact of the global pandemic has hit parents hard! Now more than ever, we are expected to juggle the demands of work and home while managing the collective impact of grief, uncertainty and fear on our mental, physical and emotional well-being. This workshop will help parents identify the signs and symptoms of burnout and provide practical strategies using self-compassion, emotional intelligence and resilience to help you cope and show up powerfully for yourself and others, even during difficult times.

Date and TimeAPRIL 22nd @ 6:30 pm

Registration: open until April 21st at noon

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