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Weekly Update: June 10th

“Let us choose the way of Jesus. It is a way that demands effort, but the way that brings peace.”

Pope Francis

Thank you:

Thank you to all of our students who represented our School at the Regional Track & Field Meet~ Our results were AMAZING! Congratulations to the following student who are advancing to Notre Dame on Monday June 10th for  the System Finals: Katie G, Nowah A. Mitch B., Cassidy J, Mils D., James G., Lorden E., Della W., Michaela S., Jaiden S, Nate N., Jada R., Hannah O., Cole P, Julian V., Thomas B, Abhi S. and Aaliyah Y.   A very special thank you to ALL of our athletes and to Mr. Rath, Mr. Murray & Mrs. Macdonald for supporting our students and for giving their time!

Thank you to Mrs. Ciarloni, Mr. Murray, Mme Pietrantoni & Mr. Schmitz for organizing and accompanying our gr. 8 students on a very memorable end of the year Grad Trip…what a great day to be in the city of Toronto! Go Raptors Go! #WetheNorth!

Gentle Reminders:

Primary Soccer Trip at Brittany Park is on Monday June 10th .

On Tuesday, June 11th we will be hosting a Gr. 7 Parent Meeting regarding the Bark Lake Overnight Trip for Gr. 8 Students in September. The meeting will begin at 6:00 pm in the library~ looking forward to seeing all of our future gr. 8 parents!

Mrs. Spence- Smith, our library technician, will be returning on Monday, June 10th . Upon her return she will begin preparations to organize and close the library to ensure a smooth start for the Fall. Your support & co-operation in returning library items is greatly appreciated!

 Save the Date ~ Welcome Back BBQ & Celebration of Learning ~Thursday, September 12th

Save the Date – Talent Show This year’s talent show will take place on Wednesday June 26. We hope you can join us for the performances~ more information to follow regarding start time!

Save the Date: Play Day ~ Wednesday, June 19th , Rain Date: Thursday, June 20th ~ stay tuned for further details!

If your child is in Gr. 8, please remember to forward a “baby picture” to Mrs. Ciarloni, who is organizing the Graduation Slide Show.~ Please refer to the email sent home on Friday, May 25th ~ thank you!

ABA for ALL – Kids Do Well if They Can

HCDSB’s Special Education Department is thrilled to be hosting Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) for All Bonanza events at each of our schools throughout May and June, 2019.

The events will showcase ABA methodology to help teachers, school staff, administrators, and parents gain a better understanding of Applied Behaviour Analysis and its benefit on education.

The Bonanzas will also demonstrate all the great ways that ABA is already happening in our schools to support our students! ​

Not sure what ABA is? Watch this short video to learn more:​.​

All parents are welcome to join us in the Canadian Martyr Library on Tuesday June 11th from  1:10 to 3:20 pm – please stop by for a 20-minute session during the afternoon.

Burlington Public Library – Summer Reading Programs

Hello from Burlington Public Library (BPL)! Summer is fast approaching, and that means Summer Reading Club is just around the corner! As partners in supporting the growth and development of Burlington’s children, staff from New Appleby branch is visiting on Wednesday June 12 to share info about the Summer Reading Club. Summer Reading Club (SRC) school visits promote participation in SRC and build excitement about reading over the summer months, which is so important for continued school success in the Fall. Our staff will share some fun read-alouds, talk about the public library, and encourage everyone to make SRC a part of their summer vacation!

Promoting Well-Being – The Seven Habits of Self-Reg Parents – John Hoffman

As most of us know, parenting is an experience in which the learning never stops. Sometimes, the best way to gauge your progress as a parent is to stop and look back at how things used to be — six months or a year ago — and notice how much they’ve changed. I’ve done this occasionally, and I’m often surprised at how much my parenting habits and style have changed or improved. Usually, I feel a little better about myself, and my kids, as a result.

Learning to parent with a Self-Reg mindset is a special kind of learning journey. With that in mind, and with a nod to Stephen Covey, who established the “7 Habits” brand in 1989 with his bestseller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, here is my take on the seven “habits” of Self-Reg parents. If you’re trying to be a Self-Reg parent, take a look at these seven signs and then reflect on the extent to which you were or weren’t doing these things a year or so ago. If the idea of Self-Reg parenting is new to you, these signs might give you something to aim for.

The 7 Signs You’re Becoming a Self-Parent:

1. You read kids’ behaviour differently

When you see a “misbehaving” child your default thoughts are less likely to be: How do I make this kid stop/obey? Or, What’s the right discipline strategy to pull out of my bag of tricks right now? And you are more likely to think things like: This child needs my attention and help. What’s stressing this child right now?

2. It’s easier to stay calm when things get hot

You’re better at keeping your cool in tense situations and you find it easier to “forgive” your child (or partner) for behaviours that bug you because you can see that the behaviour is often caused by stress. In other words, you realize that they weren’t actually trying to drive you crazy.

3. You feel more compassion & less anger

You don’t fight with your kids or get mad at them as often, and when you do get mad, you don’t stay as mad for as long. You’re finding it easier to like and appreciate kids you found it hard to like before.

4. Your parenting is less reactive

You are more able to see when you should take a “time out,” or at least, “hit the pause button” rather than trying to fix a problem or mete out the ideal consequence in the heat of the moment, when everyone’s stress alarms are going full-tilt.

5. You re-think disciplinary tactics

You finally understand why even the best discipline strategies don’t work at times with some kids, and you are better at identifying situations where trying to impose discipline or exert control will just make things worse.

6. You understand your kids more deeply

You feel like you understand your kids (and some of their behaviours) better. And you are starting to understand certain behaviours that perplexed and frustrated you in the past.

7. You’re doing Self-Reg with yourself

You become better at recognizing and dealing with your own stress and how it affects your parenting, and what to do about it. You’re really starting to see that a less stressed parent is a more effective parent. And you find it easier to forgive yourself for your parenting imperfections.


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Looking Ahead:

System Finals Track & Field
Jun 10 @ 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
Gr. 7 Parent Information Meeting ~ Bark Lake Sept. 2019
Jun 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Play Day
Jun 19 all day
No Pizza Day
Jun 21 @ 3:43 pm – 4:43 pm
Gr. 8 Luncheon
Jun 24 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Grade 8 Graduation
Jun 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:45 pm
Term 2 Report Card Goes Home
Jun 25 all day
Talent Show
Jun 26 all day
Early Release Day- Last Day of School
Jun 28 all day
No Pizza Day
Jun 28 @ 3:43 pm – 4:43 pm
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