Monthly Archives: November 2019

Belonging Week (Bullying Awareness)

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board’s theme for Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week is “A Community that Builds Relationships”. During the week of November 18-24, 2019, schools across our district will have opportunities to reflect on what it means to be: a peaceful community; an inclusive community; a respectful community; and a community of kindness. Students will be challenged to leave footprints of love and kindness as we journey together in faith to promote safe schools and a positive learning environment.

Some school based activities that we are doing this week are the following:

  1. Starting Monday we are accepting presents as part of our Angel Tree Campaign. In the promotion of “belonging” week, we must think of families in our community who cannot afford Christmas presents this year. All of us belong to our Catholic family and have a duty to support those in need. If you did not pick up an angel at Interview Night, we will hang them on the Angel Tree in the Library.
  2. Our Student Council will lead us in Morning Prayer tied to the daily themes.
  3. Teachers will do lessons this week which tie to our theme.
  4. To wrap up the week, Student Council is promoting a Twin Day on Friday where students are encouraged to find a friend and dress alike.

We are also promoting the proper us of the word “Bully” and identifying what the action is:

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Me to We Rafiki Bracelets Sale

From November 13th until November 29th our Blessed Sacrament We Club will be selling Holiday themed Rafiki bracelets to support varying Health, Education and Water initiatives through Me to We. These bracelets are inspired by Maasai beading traditions in Kenya and are  handmade with love by women we know as mamas. Each sale of one of these bracelets helps these extraordinary, talented women bead their way to a brighter future for themselves and their families. 

We are offering the 3 holiday bracelet styles above, each priced at $10.00. You will be able to purchase the bracelets through School Cash Online from Nov.13th – 29th. 

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Growth Mindset – Umbrella Project Focus for November

 

 

 

 

This month our focus is to build a growth mindset. To briefly summarize, in a fixed mindset we
believe that our intelligence and talent are something we are born with and can’t change. This
leads us to the false assumption that talent alone, without hard work, will lead to success.
Extensive research has shown that children with this mindset give up easily and often avoid
challenges.
In a growth mindset, we see ourselves as growing and developing. We believe we can build any
skill with effort and this can help us create a love of learning and an excitement around new
challenges. We see the brain like a muscle, the more effort we put in, the bigger it grows.

GROWTH MINDSET TIP #1
Praise Your Child For Effort Instead of Talent
The most important thing we can work towards as parents is to praise our children for effort, not
talent. Our words tell children how to think about themselves and with best intentions when we
say things like, “Great job, you got perfect without even trying. You’re so smart!” we send our child
the message that trying hard means you aren’t as smart.
Research shows that children praised for outcome will choose easier tasks to prove they are smart
and gain our approval. Praising children for effort on the other hand, is what leads them to choose
harder tasks because they know we value effort. This is why children with a growth mindset
ultimately reach higher levels of success.
To support the growth mindset of our SJK community, please give praise freely for these growth
mindset builders:
● Things accomplished through practice: studying, use of effective strategies,
perseverance, and concentration.
● Choosing challenging projects.
● Trying different strategies.
● Making improvement.
● Passion
When your child does something very quickly and easily, recognize that the task didn’t challenge
them and say “Sorry about that. I guess that was too easy. Next time let’s choose something that
will really help you grow.”
Try to avoid praise that judges their intellect, talent and speed rather than effort. Praising these
qualities unintentionally has an adverse effect when our child faces difficult tasks, as it can create
a fear of failure, increased procrastination and cause our children to quit when things get difficult.

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