Monthly Archives: November 2019

Fundraiser Last Call

Hey Thunderbird Families:

Don’t miss out, our fundraiser ends tomorrow. Please be sure to check out your child’s cash online account for details. If you have any questions or need help with your cash online account please contact Mrs. Rossiter at the main office. All money raised goes directly to supporting our Thunderbird students.

Thanks!

Orange Bus 120 delayed

Attention Thunderbird Families:

Orange bus 120 is delayed this afternoon (Nov. 25th). Please wait at the bus stop.

Thank you!

Free Parent Event

Hello Thunderbird Families:

You are invited to:

N U R T U R I N G O U R C A T H O L I C C O M M U N I T Y :
F O S T E R I N G B E L O N G I N G & I N C L U S I O N

December 3, 2019
Pizza at 6 p.m.

Introductions begin at 6:15 p.m.
Resurrection Catholic Secondary School
455 University Ave. W. , Kitchener

Nick Foley is the founder of Good Sport, the non-profit
organization Move for Inclusion and is a co-founder of WE
BE US. Presented by the Catholic Parent Involvement
Committee(CPIC) with funding from the Ministry of
Education.

Free event! RSVP BY NOV. 27
& INCLUDE ANY DIETARY RESTRICTIONS/CHILDCARE NEEDS
TO DIANA AT (519)578-3660 X. 2299 OR
diana.bumstead@wcdsb.ca

 

Fundraiser Update

Hey Thunderbirds:

Did you know that our fall fundraiser is in full swing. For all the information you need, please check out your child’s cash online account. If you have any questions or need help with your cash online account please contact Mrs. Rossiter at the main office.

Thanks!

Umbrella Project Tips

Hi Thunderbird Families:

As mentioned in our November Update we thought it would be great to share with our families Umbrella Project Tips. Our theme for November is Growth Mindset. As a school community we have been working on this goal with our Thunderbirds. Please take a moment to have a look at how you can support this at home. Thanks!

GROWTH MINDSET TIP #2 Be Honest With Your Children

It can be hard for our children to come in second place, lose a big game or fail to meet their own expectations on a test but protecting your child from disappointments by being dishonest, while making them feel better in the short term, doesn’t help them learn how to be honest with themselves and benefit from the feedback. Tell your child the truth gently. Give them honest constructive feedback about their performance and avoid externalizing the loss or sugar coating. Help them think about what tools will help them succeed where they are struggling. Keep these principles in mind when talking to your child about failures:

  • Be empathetic but tell them the truth
  • Don’t externalize the loss 
  • Don’t let them rely on ability alone, hard work is needed for mastery 
  • Help them recognize what can and cannot control ie. Their attitude vs the refs decision 
  • Focus on improving something and areas of potential growth 
  • Don’t judge, we are all learning 

GROWTH MINDSET TIP #3 Help Your Child Recognize Their Fixed Mindset Voice 

The story we tell ourselves is a choice. By recognizing and acknowledging when we are using self-defeating and fixed self-talk, we can start to choose a growth mindset voice instead. Recognizing that we have a choice of which voice to hear is a big step towards using a growth mindset voice. When you hear your child using a fixed mindset frame of reference remind them that, much like opening our umbrella to protect us from the rain, the choice is up to them. Knowing this choice exists can help children take control and feel empowered in situations where they would normally feel powerless.

Here are some fixed mindset statements and alternatives we can choose: 

 

Parish Update

Hey Thunderbirds Families:

The home, school, parish connection is an important part of our Thunderbird Community. Please take some time to check out all the amazing things our parish has to offer. Of particular interest is the Youth Ministry for students in Grade 7 and 8. Our students that have participated in this event have shared that they had an amazing time.

  • Youth Ministry (Grades 7 & 8): 7-9pm, November 12, December 10, January 14, February 11, March 10, April 7, May 12, June 9.
  • High School Youth Ministry: 7-9pm, December 7, December 28, January 25, February 29, March 28, April 25, May 30.
  • RCIA: Has a family member or friend ever expressed an interest in the Catholic faith.  Or maybe you have never been baptized, or have been baptized in a different Christian faith but now feel called to the church. The RCIA is here to help.  For more information please talk to Father Tim (ttheriault@hamiltondiocese.com) or Sarah (smounstevenbertling@hamiltondiocese.com).
  • ADORATION CHAPEL: If you are seeking personal reflection and quiet time to deepen your faith, we offer a Chapel to come and pray in front of the Blessed Sacrament.  The Adoration Chapel can be accessed via the PLC doors 8am-3:30pm.  For other times please call the parish office (519.893.6960).
  • Confirmation Meeting: November 14, 7pm-8pm.  For Confirmation Candidates and Caregivers.  Sponsors are always welcome!
  • First Reconciliation Retreat: November 16, 10am OR 1pm.
  • First Reconciliation Celebration: November 20 OR 21, 6:30pm.
  • KW Catholic Mom’s Group (Dads are welcome too): November 22 10am-11:30am.  Bring your children and enjoy the company of other parents and our guest speakers!
  • CWL Christmas Bazaar: November 23 and 24  after all the Masses.  Parishioners are welcome to donate baking and new crafts.  As always there will be a raffle for some beautiful gift baskets.  You can also have a meal at McDaniels cafe.  Donations can be dropped off at 10am on November 23.
  • Under 20 Youth Choir: Practice – November 27, 6pm-7pm, Mass – November 30 (practice @ 4pm, Mass @ 5pm)

Sock, Hat and Mitt Drive

Hey Thunderbird Families:

The St. Daniel’s WE team is working on a sock, hat and mitt drive and they need your help! From November 4th to the 25th, please bring in any new or gently used socks, hats or mitts. If you don’t have any of these items, you can send your child in with a money donation which will be used to purchase items. All donations will be given to the YW Emergency Shelter. Thanks!

 

Hey Thunderbirds Families:

When you come for Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences on Thursday, please visit our school’s LOST AND FOUND area for any missing clothing. It is located in the hallway near Room 105. Any clothes not claimed by the end of the day on Friday will be packed up and donated.

Thanks

Thunderbird November Update

Hey Thunderbird Families:

There are lots of things happening in the Thunderbird nest. Please take some time to have a read below.

First Day Forms:

This year our ‘First Day’ Package forms were uploaded to your child’s Cash Online account to be completed. At this time we are still missing several forms from many of our families. It is very important that we have all forms for each student completed immediately. These forms are essential as many of them indicate how you would like us to support your children in emergency situations, provide permission for photos and so much more. If you need help with this please contact the office.

Umbrella Project:

For the month of November 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.

Umbrella Project Growth Mindset Tip #1:

Praise your child for effort instead of talent. The most important thing we can work towards as parents/educators 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 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 praises that judge 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. Look for more growth mindset tips throughout the month of November.

Faith Formation:

Did you know that the second Tuesday of every month St. Anthony Daniel Parish hosts a youth ministry night for students in grade 7 and 8. There are several fun and engaging activities for your children to do. It runs from 7-9pm. The next event is November 12th. Please contact the parish if you have questions.

Please see the link below for all St. Anthony Daniel Parish events. 

Link to November Parish News

Fit Bit:

Canada’s food guide recommends that we fill ¼ of our plate with protein foods, and choose plant-based protein foods more often. Plant-based protein foods tend to be higher in fiber and lower in saturated fat than protein foods that come from animals. Eating less saturated fat and more fiber is good for heart health. On top of that, plant-based protein foods can be less costly, and are easy to prepare!

Beans, lentils, tofu, nuts and seeds are a few protein foods that come from plants. Of these, there are quite a few varieties and endless preparation ideas! Most of the time, you can add these foods to the dishes you make for your family.

Here are some easy ways to include plant-based protein foods in your favourite meals:

  • Add beans or lentils to soups and stews instead of meat.
  • Top salads with chickpeas.
  • Add tofu to your favourite stir fry.
  • Spread hummus on a wrap or pita and fill with vegetables like lettuce, tomato and cucumber.
  • Use beans in burritos.
  • Blend soft tofu into soups to make them thicker and creamier.

Or, try this lentil recipe:

Curried Vegetable Lentil Stew

Makes: 6 servings
Get creative and substitute whatever vegetables you have on hand, fresh or frozen, in this recipe. Try replacing the potatoes with cauliflower, squash or sweet potato, or use spinach instead of green beans.

Ingredients:

2 tsp                 canola oil
1 whole            red onion, chopped
4 whole            garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp              ginger, minced (or 1 tsp ground)
2 Tbsp              curry paste or curry powder
1 tsp                 garam masala*
¼ cup                cilantro, chopped
2 Tbsp              whole wheat flour
2 ½ cups          low sodium vegetable broth
2 whole            potatoes, diced
1 whole           bell pepper, chopped
6 oz                  green beans, chopped
1 (540 mL) can   low sodium lentils

Directions:

  1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, ginger, curry paste, garam masala and half of the cilantro. Cook for 3 minutes, or until onions begin to soften.
  2. Stir in flour until absorbed, then slowly pour in the broth. Stir until combined.
  3. Add potatoes, bell pepper, green beans and lentils and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook, stirring often, for 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender.
  4. Serve with remaining cilantro.

*Garam masala is a spice mixture made of cumin, coriander, cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Adapted from food-guide.canada.ca. Visit food-guide.canada.ca and unlockfood.ca  for more information and recipes for protein foods that come from plants. Brought to you by Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services.

Feeding our Future Community Breakfast:

Nutrition for Learning’s Feeding our Future Community Breakfast Fundraiser is quickly approaching! Local area restaurants will be donating the breakfast, all proceeds from ticket sales to go directly to our school programs in Waterloo Region. Our school community benefits greatly from the Nutrition for Learning program. 

When: Friday November 8th
Time: 7:30-9:00am
Where: Stanley Park Community Centre
To purchase tickets and find out more information please visit http://www.nutritionforlearning.ca/breakfast