January 7 – 11

Happy New Year and welcome back to school!! Students will be buzzing tomorrow as they have been away from classes for a little bit. We will be working on re-establishing routines as we get back on track with learning. We hope that everyone was able to spend some quality time with family, friends and loved ones over the break. All the best in 2019!

Christmas Activities

Our school concerts and ELF play in December were a huge success. We had a packed gym for all performances. We are proud of all of the hard work that students and staff put in to make these events successful.  We appreciate your excitement and attendance as it validates all of the work that goes into the show.

Wellness Tip of the Week!

Welcome to the new year and a new skill at the Umbrella Project!  We are excited to be kicking off the year by building the Resilience skill. Resilience is our ability to bounce back from challenges that we face and come out stronger on the other side.

To start building resilience, focus more on self-care. The actor Will Smith once commented: “I don’t get ready, I stay ready”. This is how we like to think about preparing for challenges at the Umbrella Project. Ongoing self-care helps us to prepare to address challenges in our lives with the necessary energy and resources we need to survive and thrive.

Listen in with Dr. Jen to learn more below!


Math Matters!

Math is No Mystery

Is that 16oz. can of tomatoes a better bargain than the 12oz. can?  You make dozens of calculations in your daily life, from balancing a checkbook to figuring how long it will take to drive to a cross-town soccer game.  That’s math at work.

As a parent, you can help your child be a whiz at math, even if it wasn’t your best subject.  Here are Tips for Parents on how:

Be positive about math.  Express confidence in your child’s ability to do math.  Don’t stress either your own fear of math or how difficult math is or how much you admire anyone who can do math.  Remember, everyone can and does use math all the time.

Show your kids math at work in their world.  Get your kids used to math by thinking out loud when making calculations.  Then, let your children work out some real-life puzzles themselves. For example:

  • Let them measure when you bake.
  • Ask them to figure out how long of a hose you need to reach from the faucet on the side of the house to the garden.
  • Let your child figure out how many miles you’ll be driving on your next trip by using the information on a map.
  • Sort silverware by knives, forks, and spoons.  Sort cards by suit or numbers.

Make math a game.  Math games are fun and inexpensive.  They are a wonderful way to get your kids to enjoy working with numbers, as well as improve their number skills.  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Many games that we take for granted are excellent math lessons.  “Go Fish” teaches counting and grouping in sets. Games that use play money teach how to make change.  Board games that use dice teach addition and counting. Backgammon teaches addition, subtraction, and strategy.
  • Beans, stones, or marbles can be used to play number games.  Let your child develop his or her own games by sorting beans into different sizes or types, setting up the rules for a counting game, or using different types of pasta to make a picture.
  • Give your children a geometry lesson by letting them create a collage of circles, squares, and triangles.  Challenge them to come up with as many different shapes as they can using only triangles.
  • Play store with the items in your cupboard.
  • A pan of water and some jars or cups of different sizes will amuse a child for hours while teaching capacity and volume.


  • Dates to Remember
  • Mon. Jan 7 – Welcome Back to School!
  • Tues. Jan 8 – School Council Mtg – 6:15pm
  • Wed. Jan 9 – Catechism for First Communion – St. Mark’s Church – 6:30pm
  • Wed. Jan 9 – First Aid Training – Grade 8’s
  • Fri. Jan 11 – Crazy Sock Day
  • Wed. Jan 16 – Resurrection Guidance Visits – Grade 8’s
  • Thurs. Jan 17 – Pita Pit lunch
  • Fri. Jan 18 – Menchies Treat Day
  • Thurs. Jan 24 – Boston Pizza lunch
  • Thurs. Jan 31 – Subway lunch