The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. ~ Nelson Mandela
Family Engagement Night
Thank you to all of the families who came out to join us at our Family STEAM Night. We had a wonderful time igniting curiosity in kids and parents alike. Thank you so much to our wonderful School Council for supporting this fun learning event and to our friends at the Learning Tree!
Regular Attendance and Illness
While we encourage regular school attendance for all our students, it is important to remember to keep sick children at home to help them heal quickly and to prevent the spread of illness throughout the classroom and school. We have students in our school whose health and well-being can be seriously affected by even a mild illness or infection. Extra care, caution, and compassion on your part will help keep everyone healthy.
In general, you should keep your child home from school when they have any of the following symptoms or illnesses:
- fever (children should be fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medication before returning to school)
- excessive coughing and/or breathing problems
- certain illnesses and rashes like chickenpox, measles, hand, foot and mouth disease, pink eye
For more information please review this helpful flyer: When_to_stay_home
Catholic School Council Meeting
There will be a School Council Meeting on Wednesday, January 30th in the Library at 6:30 pm. All are welcome to attend!
Auditions for the main cast of Seussical the Musical will be taking place during the day on Tuesday. Only those students who have returned their audition forms may audition.
PA Day – No School Friday
Please remember that there is no school on Friday, January 31.
Family Literacy Day – Monday, January 27
Family Literacy Day, held annually on January 27th, was developed by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 to celebrate adults and children reading and learning together, and to encourage Canadian families to spend at least 20 minutes a day enjoying a learning activity together.
Tips for Talking to Your Child about Mental Health
- Find a quiet time when you are unlikely to have interruptions to begin the conversation.
- Reassure your child that they can tell you anything and you will not get angry with them (even if you get scared).
- Start the conversation by describing changes you have noticed in their mood, behaviour, reactions, etc. e.g., “I have noticed that you seem to be crying more.” If you have had conversations with your child’s teacher about concerns, include comments from the teacher’s observations.
- Share that you “wonder” about how your child might be feeling, what they might be thinking, what they might be worried about etc. e.g., “I wonder if you’re feeling sad about losing your friendship with Sam.”
- Allow your child time to reflect before they answer.
- Stay calm and don’t abandon the conversation if your child responds with “Nothing is wrong……leave me alone”. If this happens, reassure your child that you are there for them. Give your child some time and then try again.
- If your child tells you anything that makes you worried (e.g., thoughts of suicide, overwhelming anxiety, self-injurious behaviour like cutting) reassure your child that you are glad they told you and you will help them find the right professional to talk to, and you will be there for them throughout the journey.
Please see https://smho-smso.ca/ for more information.
Senior Basketball Games
Boys – Monday, January 27th – St. Andrew at St. Matthew at 3:45 pm
Girls – Monday, January 27th – St. Andrew at St. Dominic at 4:45 pm
Girls – Wednesday, January 29th – St. Andrew at St. John Paul II at 3:45 pm