“The world is full of beautiful places. Let your heart be one of them.” ~ Jenim Dibie
Family Day Holiday
A reminder that Monday, February 17 is Family Day and a holiday. There is no school for students. We wish you all a wonderful day where we hope you can spend time with your family and friends.
“Be the I in Kind”
We are proud of our Student Ambassadors for preparing and leading Kindness Assemblies for our students JK-Gr.8 last week. They reminded students to “Be the I in Kind” and our community responsibility to be “upstanders”. Students learned about the differences between being rude, mean and a bully. We will be celebrating National “Pink Shirt Day” on Wednesday, February 26 as we continue our work on anti-bullying awareness and focus on acts of kindness.
To ensure a safe and welcoming school environment our staff are working to consistently enforce our high expectations for student behaviour. We appreciate parents working in partnership and reinforcing these same expectations with students at home. Our school Code of Conduct can be found in the front of all student agendas. Progressive Discipline policies are in place to support student safety:
At St. Elizabeth Seton we remind our community daily of the importance of our Gospel value to follow ‘The Golden Rule’ to treat others the way we want to be treated on a daily basis: “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Matt. 7:12). We know it takes a village to create a “culture of kindness” ~ this includes encouragement, commitment, and forgiveness when needed. Thank you for your support!
“I Read Canadian Day”
We are celebrating Canadian literature with “I Read Canadian Day” on Wednesday, February 19. Over 2000 schools and libraries across Canada have registered, including us here at St. Elizabeth Seton. The goal is to read, or be read to, for 15 minutes from a book written by a Canadian author. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of Canadian books and celebrate the richness, diversity, and breadth of Canadian literature. We encourage our community to consider reading Canadian literature. Our students have enjoyed the Canadian literature announcements and displays by Mrs. Bisbee in the Library Learning Commons this month! #IReadCanadian
We will begin the season of Lent with Pancake/Shrove Tuesday on Tuesday, February 25. Classes will be invited to the gym to enjoy a pancake snack that will be cooked by parent volunteers.
Please join us for our Ash Wednesday liturgy on Wednesday, February 26 at 1:15 p.m.
During the season of Lent, our faith encourages us to pray, fast and give alms. This season we are working to support a family in our school community with an Easter chocolate fundraiser.
Purdy’s Chocolate Fundraiser:
Please consider helping us fundraise through your purchase of Purdys’ chocolates. Did you know Purdy’s makes everything fresh in Vancouver using only 100% sustainable cocoa?
If you’d like to support us by purchasing some very sweet Easter gifts for friends, family and yourself, please click the link below: https://fundraising.purdys.com/1157825-74298
After you’ve signed in, you can buy Purdy’s amazing chocolates and invite others to join and support our Fundraising if you wish. The deadline for orders is March 12, 2020, to ensure delivery and pickup by April 1 before Easter weekend.
Any profits made from this fundraiser will help to support a family in need in our school community. We appreciate your support!
Term 1 Reports
Our Term 1 Report Cards will be coming home on Wednesday, February 19. Please make sure to sign and return the parents/student comment response. This is a timely opportunity to help your child set reasonable and attainable goals for Term 2 achievement.
Labour Negotiations Update
Our school will be CLOSED to students on Friday, February 21, 2020 as a result of the recent announcement by OECTA of a province-wide, one-day full withdrawal of services. Please note that there may be picket lines present at our school location, which may impact traffic flow and cause potential minor delays in our school parking lot. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.
For more information, please visit the Halton Catholic District School Board’s website: Labour Negotiations Update.
Promoting Well-Being – List of Feeling Words From A to Z
by Amanda Morin
Parents will often ask their kids to express themselves with words—”Use your words!” is a common playground refrain—but it’s not always easy for children. They are still exploring feelingsand are sorely in need of emotional vocabulary to hang these feelings on.
- Helping our kids expand their emotional vocabulary not only aids them scholastically, but it also helps them better understand the subtlety of emotions and how words like “happy” and “elated” or “indifferent” and “disinterested” differ.
- By teaching our children the feeling words appropriate to their age—and encouraging them to use them when expressing themselves—we aid in their emotional growth now into their teenand adult years.
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