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.


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


  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