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Weekly Update – Jan 20 – 24 2020

“What you get by achieving your goals isn’t as important as what you become by achieving your goals ” ~ Zig Ziglar

Review Routines and Expectations

We had the opportunity to hold our Grade 1- 8 Code of Conduct assemblies on Wednesday, January 8th and reviewed with the students the routines and expectations of St. Joseph School so that everyone feels safe, included and successful.  Please discuss with your child about the positive messages that were shared.

Mental Wellness

It can be challenging to talk about mental health.  Bringing up worries, concerns, changes in behaviour etc. with your child will open the lines of communication rather than worsen the situation.  Some tips to help are: find a quiet time to begin the conversation, reassure your child that they can tell you anything and you will not get angry with them, allow your child time to reflect before they answer, stay calm and don’t abandon the conversation if they respond with “nothing is wrong” and let them know you are there to help them.  For more information on how to find help visit: https://smho-smso.ca/parents-and-families/take-action/how-to-find-a-community-resource/   and https://smho-smso.ca/

Picking students up early

Please remember to write a note in your child’s agenda to inform their teacher if your child will be leaving the school day early.  If they attend the YMCA or any after school programs, please notify the appropriate personnel.  Make sure to discuss pick up time and location with your child in order to minimize any concerns.

New Kindergarten Registration

Please note that parents registering Kindergarten students for September 2020 can register them early on January 21st and 22nd.   For more information, visit https://www.hcdsb.org/Parents/Tax/Pages/How-to-Register.aspx

St. Joseph Tips

Many different cultures have celebrations throughout the year.  On January 25, 2020, it is Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival.  This is the most important Chinese holiday and is defined as the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calendar.  There are 12 Chinese zodiacs as well, but the animal is for the entire year and this year it is the year of the Rat.   To read some facts about Chinese New Year and to learn about the Chinese zodiacs visit: https://chinesenewyear.net/21-things-you-didnt-know-about-chinese-new-year/ https://chinesenewyear.net/zodiac/

Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update – Jan 20 – 24 2020