Dear CTK Families,
The Advent season is upon us! As we celebrate the season of Advent, we prepare ourselves for the celebration of the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ at Christmas. This past Friday, our Junior Division lead us through our first Advent Liturgy where we, above everything else, were reminded to stay hopeful and that together we will experience God’s blessing as we wait and prepare for the coming of Jesus.
PICTURE DAY IS TOMORROW!
Don’t forget to SMILE tomorrow as it is picture day. Every student will have their picture taken following COVID protocols. After Picture Day, order pictures on mylifetouch.ca using your Portrait ID and Access Code which can be found on your Picture Day order form. A class picture will not be taken this year.
Thank you for making yourselves available for our first remote parent/teacher/student conferences. It was a great opportunity to celebrate your child(ren)’s growth and successes. Please continue to reach out to your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns. We appreciate and value our partnership to support our students!
Welcome to December at the Umbrella Project! Last month we focused our attention on building Grit and this month we are adding the skill that will help your child to be kinder to themselves in the face of failure and difficulties, Self-compassion.
What will self-compassion do for my child?
You probably won’t be surprised to hear that 75% of people treat others more kindly than they treat themselves.
Self-compassion means offering ourselves compassion when we fail, make mistakes, or are at fault. Self-compassion is the opposite of self-criticism and will help your child treat themselves like they would a good friend instead of continuously judging themselves harshly. Like a bully that is with your child all the time, self-criticism actually reduces self-confidence (just like an external bully would), making it hard for them to succeed.
Self-compassion helps to reduce children’s feelings of isolation and instead recognize that struggle is a normal part of being human that everyone experiences. There is a 100% chance of rain at some point in every life so it’s important that we learn to weather these storms with compassion.
Do you often catch your child saying harsh things about themselves and their abilities? It’s vital that we help our children avoid getting caught up in the dramatic storyline of their struggle and instead recognize this normal part of life. Imperfections, rough days, mistakes, being at fault and failures are a part of being human and the better we are at accepting this, the easier it is to preserve our wellbeing through these challenges.