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Christmas Open House This Wednesday!

Just a reminder to save the date on Wednesday, December 4th for our Annual Christmas Family Open House!  Classes will be opened for you and your family to come in and make some Christmas crafts, take pictures in a “photo booth”, have some hot chocolate and buy some baked goods!  Doors open at 5:00 pm!  Please join us for the most wonderful time of the year!!!!  All are welcome!

 

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The Umbrella Project: Cognitive Flexibility

During the month of November, students practiced the skill of a Growth Mindset.  Classes kept track of the number of times students demonstrated the power of YET!  We know that in life, we will face setbacks, difficulties, and make mistakes but all of these are opportunities for us to learn and improve! ood
teaching and hard work.

For the month of December, we will be learning and practicing COGNITIVE FLEXIBILITY!  Cognitive flexibility is a skill and takes practice! Cognitive flexibility is:

  •  The ability to change our strategies when we face new and unexpected conditions in the
    environment
  • Solving problems in new situations
  • Our ability to make sense of the unexpected
  • Switching tasks easily
  • The ability to shift and change our thoughts as needed in a situation
  • Being able to think flexibly

WHY DOES COGNITIVE FLEXIBILITY MATTER? HOW DOES IT HELP US?
Cognitive flexibility is the skill that helps us understand the unfamiliar. It’s important for innovating, coming up with new ideas and solving problems and is essential to creativity. It helps us easily switch from task to task, which can improve our success at school and work.  Cognitive flexibility can also improve our relationships, break down stereotypes and help us understand our world from different perspectives.  Life doesn’t always follow a predictable pattern; cognitive flexibility helps us navigate uncertainty and feel like we have more options when faced with challenges. As things change around us, we need to change in order to maintain our wellbeing.

RESEARCH BASED OUTCOMES OF COGNITIVE FLEXIBILITY
1. Helps us solve problems
2. Allows us to switch easily from task to task
3. Improves our resilience and ability to bounce back in difficult times
4. Helps us see the world from others’ perspectives
5. Improves our relationships with friends
6. Improves learning and memory
7. Lowers stress levels

HOW TO MAKE YOUR STORY ONE OF COGNITIVE FLEXIBILITY
Stories of cognitive flexibility involve people having to see their situations from a different perspective, reframing their situation in a more positive light or accepting someone with different ideas and beliefs. These stories also involve people adapting well to unfamiliar circumstances or solving difficult problems by thinking outside the box. Many creative breakthroughs and new solutions are a result of cognitive flexibility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By |2019-12-01T12:05:12-05:00December 1st, 2019|News|Comments Off on The Umbrella Project: Cognitive Flexibility

Five Things You Need to Know About School Attendance

Dear Families

Attending regularly and arriving at school on time is so important for your child.  In fact, research has shown that there is a direct relationship between improved school attendance and significant academic success and success in life!   Click on the link below to see why attendance matters and how you can help to ensure your child attends school regularly and arrives on time!  Please feel free to contact the school if you have any questions or if you are having difficulty getting your child to school at 519- 621-6680.

http://www.sncdsb.on.ca/blog/5-things-you-must-know-about-school-attendance

 

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Called to Belong: A Community That Builds Relationship

During the week of November 18th through the 24th, our schools, along with schools across the province of Ontario celebrate Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week. The Waterloo Catholic District School Board’s theme for this week is “A Community that Builds Relationships”. This week, we will reflect on what it means to journey together as a community of faith in order to promote positive learning environments in our schools.

During the week of November 18-24, 2019, schools across our district will have opportunities to reflect on what it means to be: a peaceful community; an inclusive community; a respectful community; and a community of kindness. Students will be challenged to leave footprints of love and kindness as we journey together in faith to promote safe schools and a positive learning environment.

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Week of November 11, 2019

Tomorrow, we will gather as a community to remember all those who fought and died in the line of duty to keep us free.  Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a moment of silence to honour and remember more than millions of Canadians who have served and continue to serve, Canada during times of war, conflict, and peace.  If we do not remember, their sacrifice is meaningless.

 

Photo Retake Day:  Lifetouch will be in tomorrow for photo retakes!

Fundraiser:  Our school fundraiser officially ends tomorrow.  Please make sure all your orders are entered in by the end of the day tomorrow.  The class with the most sales will win a pizza party and top seller in each division will win a gift card!  Thanks so much for all your support!

Professional Activity Day:  This Friday, there is no school for students as staff will be engaged in learning about math and global competencies.  The Extended Day Program will run as usual.  Enjoy your long weekend, Bobcats!

Bus Evacuation Drill:  This Thursday, our students will be practicing bus evacuation procedures.

By |2019-11-10T20:56:05-05:00November 10th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Week of November 11, 2019

November’s Umbrella Skill is Growth Mindset!

WHAT IS GROWTH MINDSET?
Growth mindset is the belief that our core abilities can be changed through hard work and dedication. It is the understanding that every time we learn something new, our brain creates new connections and we get smarter. This differs from a fixed mindset where we believe that our intelligence, talent, and personality traits are established at birth and are mostly unchangeable.

For example, with a fixed mindset, we may think we are either good at math or not. Effort, in that case, is seen as a bad thing and is proving that we aren’t smart or good at something. With a growth mindset we know we are on a path of learning math and that mastering all things takes effort. Effort is positive and means we are working up to our potential instead of choosing easy things that we know we can do without trying.

Having a growth mindset helps us put more effort in and leads to higher levels of success because of this. Having a growth mindset helps us to continue working at something even when it gets really hard and to see our failures as opportunities to learn and grow. It helps us to enjoy the process of what we are doing instead of caring only about the end result.

RESEARCH-BASED OUTCOMES OF GROWTH MINDSET
1. A growth mindset helps us bounce back from challenges at school
2. A growth mindset increases how much we enjoy learning new things
3. A growth mindset reduces cheating and lying in order to look smart and instead helps us remain involved and try new strategies
4. A growth mindset increases how often we choose difficult and challenging tasks
5. A growth mindset increases our grades, including math scores

HOW TO MAKE YOUR STORY ONE OF GROWTH MINDSET
Stories of growth mindset are about hard work, dedication and enjoying the process of learning and growing. They are about learning from the moments when things don’t go our way and trying again without being too hard on ourselves. These stories often involve overcoming labels or stereotypes and believing we can improve at anything if we combine working hard with learning from mistakes. For example, there are many stories of professional athletes who are told as children that they don’t have the skills or body type to succeed. All of those athletes had to use a growth mindset to overcome the obstacles and stereotypes around them, believing they could be great players with hard work, dedication and the right training.

This month, students will be discussing how we can develop this skill of a growth mindset.  Themes that will be explored include how we learn from mistakes, to not fear failure, to enjoy the process of learning new skills and ideas, and to do things that are hard for us.

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Week of November 4, 2019

Progress Reports and Parent-Teacher Conferences: On Tuesday, November 5th, Progress Reports will be going home with your child. The Progress Report Card encourages early and ongoing communication between you and your child’s teacher and tells you how well your child is developing the learning skills and work habits we know are essential for success.  All academic subjects will be reported on but instead of assigning a grade or mark, it will tell you how well your child is progressing: “very well”, “well”, or “with difficulty”.   Your child’s teacher will also highlight strengths and areas to improve before evaluations are completed.  On Thursday, November 7th, parents and their child are invited to come in for a conference to discuss their child’s progress with the teacher.  Parent/Teacher conference times have all been booked online this year.

Essential Learning Skills and Work Habits

There are six learning skills and work habits now emphasized throughout Grades 1 to 12 in all Ontario report cards:

 Responsibility
 Organization
 Independent Work
 Collaboration
 Initiative
 Self regulation
Fundraiser:  It seems that the online order form is finally up and running and families are now able to enter the number of Pepperettes that they have sold.  Thank you so much for your patience!  Please support our fundraiser and help us make improvements at school and for our students!  Top 3 sellers will win a prize and the class with most sales will also win a pizza party!
Catholic Schools Advisory Council Meeting:  Come join us on Tuesday, November 5th at 6:00 pm in our Learning Commons.  This is a great way to get involved in your child’s school!
Take Your Kids to Work Day:   Wednesday, November 6th we will have several Grade 9 students at Christ the King.  Take Your Kids to Work Day is an annual event where students step into their future for a day and get a glimpse into the working world.
Grade 8 Arts and Tech Day:  On Wednesday, November 6th, our Grade 8 students will be walking over to St. Benedict’s Catholic Secondary School to see all the fantastic Arts & Tech programs they have to offer.  This will also be a great opportunity for our students to visit the high school and help ease their transition process!  Have fun Grade 8s!
Grade 7 Swim to Survive:  Beginning this Friday, our Grade 7s will be participating in the Swim to Survive Program.  Swim to Survive is different than swimming lessons – and not a replacement for them. Swim to Survive teaches just the essentials needed to survive an unexpected fall into deep water – an important first step to being safe around water.
Lifetouch Orders:  Student pictures were sent home last week.  All orders are due this Friday, November 8th!  Don’t be disappointed!
By |2019-11-03T19:31:31-05:00November 3rd, 2019|News|Comments Off on Week of November 4, 2019

Week of October 14, 2019

We hope that everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving weekend and were able to spend time with families and friends!   We do have much to be grateful for!

Congratulations to our Grade 4 students!  On October 10th, our Grade 4 students received the Good News.  Thank you to our families, teachers and Father Ross for their support on their special day!

 

 

Fundraiser!!  Many thanks to our Catholic Parents Advisory Council who have kicked off our fundraiser for the school year.  Each year, we rely on our school fundraiser and because of your support, we were able to purchase new athletic jerseys, paint a new gym mural, support Grade 8 Graduation, Shrove Tuesday, pay for busses to attend mass at St. Patrick’s Church, and replenish classroom equipment for student use. This year, we will be selling Domino’s Pizza coupons and pepperoni, beef jerky, and summer sausage from Carmichael Meats.  Pizza coupons must be sold by October 17th for delivery of October 18th and meat products are due October 25th.  All orders are on school cashonline to make it easier for you! This year we would like to focus on purchasing some new technology for our Library Learning Commons!   Every little bit helps and we thank you for making Christ the King even better!

 

Rosary Liturgy:  October is the month of the Rosary in honour of our Blessed Virgin Mary.   Please join us at Christ the King at 10:30 this Wednesday for our Rosary Celebration.  Father Ross will be leading us and all parents are invited to join us!

 

 

Picture Day is this Friday!  Don’t forget to bring your smiles to school on Friday, October 18th.  All students will be photographed!

 

 

 

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All Schools are OPEN Monday October 7, 2019

As a result of the agreement reached between the government of Ontario, the Trustees’ Associations and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), all Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools will be OPEN on Monday, October 7, 2019 – and all programs and services will continue running on their regular schedules.

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