Dear St. Patrick Families and Friends,
Last year, St. Patrick Catholic Elementary School began a school-wide initiative to embed a social-emotional learning and mindfulness curriculum, called MindUPTM, in all classrooms. MindUP is an evidence-based curriculum that fosters mindful awareness and self-regulation; enhances empathy, optimism and well-being; and promotes kindness and positive relationships (see https://mindup.org/).
Over the past couple years, the program has been implemented in 55 classrooms throughout the Halton Catholic District School Board. This includes all classrooms (Kindergarten up to Grade 8) at St. Patrick CES. We are very excited to be implementing MindUP throughout the whole school again this year!
Please check out the new MindUP tab on our school website https://elem.hcdsb.org/stpatrick/ for information and updates about the program’s topics and activities. Be sure to ask your child about what they are learning and how it is impacting their ability to focus and be in the present moment. I also encourage you to try the ‘Core Practice’ breathing exercise with your child (see MindUP Parent Info Sheet).
If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Sincerely, R. DeLuca Malette, PrincipalMindUP