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School Weekly Update February 11, 2019

Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.~ Michael J. Fox

Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 14th, students are invited to participate in our civvies non-uniform day.  Everyone is encouraged to show school spirit and wear pink, red and/or white. We kindly ask parents not to send in any food treats with the Valentines the children bring to share with their friends. The gift of friendship and love can be shown through cards and non-food thoughts. Thank you for keeping our community safe!

Professional Development Day & Family Day – No School

On Friday, February 15th, we will be having a Professional Development Day whereby staff will be involved in activities and seminars to learn more about equity and inclusion in education. To learn more about Ontario’s Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy click HERE. Monday, February 18th, is Family Day. There is no school for students on both days. We wish all our St. Elizabeth Seton families a wonderful Family Day weekend surrounded by loved ones!

Term 1 Report Cards

Term 1 Report Cards for all students K-8 will be coming home on Wednesday, February 20th. We encourage you to use them as an opportunity to have conversations with your children about their learning and interests. We are very proud of the many accomplishments of all our students. Please enjoy celebrating your child’s accomplishments this term and help them plan some new learning goals for Term 2.

Attendance

You can help your child succeed in school by building healthy habits with good attendance. We know from research that “success goes hand in hand with good attendance!” Being habitually late and missing too much school affects student learning at every stage, even in Kindergarten: “Chronic absenteeism in Kindergarten, can predict lower test scores, poor attendance and retention in later grades, especially if problems persist for more than a year.”

Students thrive when they have routines. We need to help our child form good habits to ensure they are on time and ready to learn. Here are some tips if you may be struggling with getting your child to school regularly and on time:

  • Set a regular bedtime
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before
  • If your child seems anxious about school talk to someone: teacher, counselor, family doctor or other parent for advice
  • Schedule medical appointments after school when possible
  • Avoid extended trips when school is in session

For more information and suggestions please click HERE

Zones of Regulation

We are excited to launch our school “Zones of Regulation” initiative for students JK-Gr.8. Under the direction of our Child and Youth Counselor (CYC), Intermediate student leaders will help to lead an information assembly next week for our school community. The Zones of Regulation offers a framework to foster self-regulation and emotional control. Students will learn about the different zones of emotion and consider various strategies to assist them in getting back to the “Green Zone” where they are happy and ready to learn. For more information please click HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elementary PrincipalSchool Weekly Update February 11, 2019

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