Monthly Archives: December 2019

Welcome to December at Blessed Sacrament School!

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: we are almost there!  There are many little things that have to be finished; however the big items still outstanding are the entrance, cabinets in main hall way and the stage.

PA DAY: Friday December 6th. All schools are closed as staff are attending Faith Development Activities at various locations.

ADVENT: Image result for advent wreathDuring this month of Advent we use it as a penitential time of preparation for Christmas. At school we are having Advent Prayer Services every Monday and the last Friday over the announcements lead by our Grade 7/8 students.

ANGEL TREE: Thank you for your generosity. Blessed Sacrament Church’s St. Vincent de Paul Chapter has many families in need. We are collecting gifts up until December 12 as they are picking up the presents on December 13th. All presents can go under our Angel Tree in the Library, with the exception of gift cards which we are collecting in the main office.

ADVENT MASS: Please join us for our Advent Mass on the Feast of St. Lucy. Friday December 13th at Blessed Sacrament Church – 1:00 p.m.

STUDENT COUNCIL ACTIVITIES: Our student council is very interested in promoting school spirit! As such they have planned 4 spirit wear days to get us into the Christmas Spirit. These spirit days are not new and are a tradition here at school. Participation is optional, however we strived to make these days something that the students may already have or can make to wear. We have wear Christmas Colours on Dec 13; Wear a Santa or Elf Hat or Antlers on Dec 18; PJs on Dec 19 and (the ever popular) Ugly Sweater on Dec. 20.

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE: As we currently do not have a stage due to the construction delays, we are having a Christmas Open House instead of a concert. The date is Wednesday December 18 from 1:50 – 2:50 p.m. Please come and drop in anytime during the hour and visit your child in their classroom as they partake in many different Christmas activities. Please be mindful of our neighbours and do not block their driveways and be mindful of the parking bylaws.

OFFICE HOURS: Our school office will close on Friday December 20 at 3:45 p.m. for Christmas Holidays. We will reopen on Monday January 6th at 8:00 a.m.  All telephone messages and emails will be returned on this day.

 

By |2019-12-04T13:53:05-05:00December 4th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Welcome to December at Blessed Sacrament School!

Blessed Sacrament School is not affected by OSSTF Strike Action

As you may have heard, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) has announced plans for a one-day strike on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

OSSTF does not represent any staff working in our elementary and secondary schools, therefore all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be open and running on their normal schedules tomorrow.

WCDSB teaching staff are represented by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), and negotiations with the province are still on-going. We are hopeful the two sides will reach a fair and respectful collective agreement.

However, OSSTF does represent some staff working at our St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres, and the one day strike will result in the following programs and services being CLOSED on December 4:

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at all campuses.
  • Language Instruction for New Canadians (LINC) classes at all campuses.
  • Literacy Basic Skills (LBS) classes – also known as CorE classes – at all campuses.
  • Spots for Tots childcare and LINC Childminding sites at both the both the Downtown Kitchener Main Campus and the Highland Road campus.

PLEASE NOTE: All other St. Louis programs will be running on normal schedules.

By |2019-12-03T12:08:59-05:00December 3rd, 2019|News|Comments Off on Blessed Sacrament School is not affected by OSSTF Strike Action

Umbrella Project – Cognitive Flexibility – December Focus

This month our focus is on building cognitive flexibility. What will cognitive flexibility do for my child?

Life doesn’t always follow a predictable pattern; cognitive flexibility helps our children navigate this uncertainty and feel like they have more options when faced with challenges. As things change around them, they need to change in order to maintain their wellbeing.

With cognitive flexibility your child will be better able to change strategies when faced with new and unexpected situations, make sense of the unfamiliar and thrive in uncertainty. Cognitive flexibility is important for innovating, coming up with new ideas and solving problems, and is essential to creativity. It will also help them understand people and situations that are different from theirs and improve their relationships.

This month we can’t wait to walk you through this cool skill and help you find ways to flex this part of your child’s brain

COGNITIVE FLEXIBILITY TIP #1
Success isn’t all about getting serious. 
Positive mood has been found to enhance creative problem solving and focus at school. How does this happen? Cognitive flexibility! The handy dandy skill can be increased just by using a little humour.  Use this month to focus on having some good family laughs before getting started on homework or trying new things. It’s easy to get really serious about our child’s future success and what they need to accomplish in order to get there.
Unfortunately, the stress of this approach can actually move them in the opposite direction of the success they were hoping for.
This month, laugh a little more as you help your child through the struggles of picky eating, exam time or learning a new skill. Try telling a few jokes back and forth to set the tone for learning. You may find this approach makes everybody more flexible.
By |2019-12-02T13:17:47-05:00December 2nd, 2019|News|Comments Off on Umbrella Project – Cognitive Flexibility – December Focus