Hi Thunderbird Families, please take some time to read our monthly update for the latest and greatest tips and things you need to know. Thanks so much!
First Day Forms:
We still have a number of families that have not completed their child’s ‘First Day’ Package forms that are uploaded to your child’s Cash Online account. 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.
Contact Information Update:
If you have a new cell number or a new phone number or if there has been a change to any student information please contact the office to update us with your new information. To keep your children safe and you in the loop it is super important that we have your current contact information. Thanks for your support.
This month our focus is on building cognitive flexibility. What will cognitive flexibility do for your 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 well-being. 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.
Please remember to write in your child’s agenda the date and time of your child’s appointment. This way the classroom teacher will know to have your child ready to go. If you are coming during the lunch hour please understand that your child may be on the school yard. We will do our best to get your child from the yard as fast as possible. If at all possible please try to come before the bell rings, this way you will not have to wait while we get your child. Thanks for your support!
Nutrition for Learning:
We are looking for adult volunteers to help support our NFL program. NFL is a breakfast program that runs in many schools. The intention is to have nutritious food available for all students, especially for those students that are less fortunate. Studies prove that students are more successful academically and socially when they are not hungry. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Ms. Weber or Mrs. GC at the office.
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 December 10th. Please contact the parish if you have questions.
Dec 10 – Youth Ministry (Grades 7-8) at 7pm (PLC)
Dec 12- Confirmation Meeting for Candidates and Caregivers 7pm (PLC)
The tradition continues! The children have been asking and cannot wait to be part of this amazing experience. Tickets for our yummy turkey lunch can be purchased on your child’s cash online account. Lunch will be served December 12th. We cannot do this without your support. If you are interested in volunteering you can sign up on your child’s cash online account. The grade 8’s will be peeling potatoes once again. Grade 8 families please remember to bring a potato peeler to school, see note that went home with your child. We have worked very hard to keep this event egg, dairy and nut free. If your child will not be eating turkey lunch please feel free to provide an alternative meal choice. All of our Thunderbirds will eat together. It truly is a Called To Belong experience!
The spirit of generosity is throughout the the Thunderbird Nest! Our Angel Tree continues to run until December 12th. Please fill out the purple form that was sent home with your child if you would like them to bring an angel home. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Rossiter at the office.
Safety is our number one priority for our children. Our parking lot is a very busy place at the beginning and end of the day. We have worked very hard to put appropriate safety measures in place to keep our students, your children, safe. We need your 100% cooperation to maintain the safety measures we have in place. Unfortunately, that may mean you have to make accommodations in your drop off and pick up routine. At this time, I will share with you the expectations for ALL people that use our parking lot area:
- Please do not move, drive through, or go around any pylons as this is a STUDENT SAFETY ZONE. This is where students load and unload from the bus.
- Please do not hassle or verbally assault staff, students or other community members. If you have a concern, please call Mrs. GC at school. I will get back to you when I can.
- Please do not park in the 2 clearly labelled accessible parking spots unless you have the current MTO accessible parking permit.
- Please do not park in front of the school doors and walk your child into the school. This is our kiss and drop zone. That means you may pull up and stay in your vehicle, your child(ren) get(s) out and you drive on.
- Please do not park in the parking spots at the front of the school. This is for school staff, supply teachers, visitors, special guests that are at our school for the day, and for extended day parents.
- Please do not stop or park in the laneway. It is unsafe for your children as this is a throughway for traffic.
- Please do not park, stop or drop off in the community centre parking lot as this is for their patrons.
- Finally, SLOW DOWN. Our children are walking in these areas. We want them to get home safe to you.
Where to Park:
There is plenty of parking in our shared church parking lot, this is where you can park and safely walk your child to the school sidewalk. You enter this parking lot from Franklin Drive not Midland Drive. You can also park on the city approved road area on Midland Drive noting all street signs and fire hydrants and walk your child to school.
Student Pick Up/Drop off Tips:
Arrange with your child a spot away from traffic where you will meet to drop off or pick up; you can arrange for an older student/sibling to walk your child to your meeting spot; walk to school every other day or daily. Arrange for an older student/sibling to walk your child to and from school. Thanks for your continued support!
The holiday season is fast approaching, and food and beverages are often central to many of our holiday celebrations and festivities.The new Canada’s food guide is a great tool to help you and your family make healthier food choices throughout this holiday season.
- Keep Proportions in Mind
Encourage your family to use Canada’s food guide as a model at holiday meals. Aim to fill half the plate with vegetables and fruit and choose protein foods and whole grain foods for the other two quarters of the plate.
- Be Mindful
The new food guide encourages us to think beyond what we eat, and to also think about how we eat. During celebrations there is often an abundance of food and festivities. Use these tips to help your kids be more mindful eaters in the busyness of the holiday season:
-Take time to eat: find the time and space to sit down as a family and focus on eating without any distractions.
-Notice your feelings of hunger and fullness: encourage kids to make food choices based on their hunger level, rather than boredom or availability.
- Think about your drink
There are lots of sweets and treats during the holiday season. Replacing sugary drinks with water is a simple way to reduce the amount of sugar your kids are having. Let your kids try adding fresh fruit to water if they want a special drink for a special occasion. Here are some ideas to try:
- Chopped apples + cinnamon stick
- Cranberry + lemon
- Raspberries + cucumber
- Blackberries + mint
*To avoid risk of choking, make flavoured water in a pitcher and serve in glasses without fruit or flavours.
- Think Beyond Food to Celebrate
Finally, instead of celebrating with food, try celebrating with a family activity like playing a favourite game, making a holiday craft, going skating or playing outside.