Ms. Monaghan's Message - August 17
Challenge, Inspire, Empower, Serve
Important Upcoming Dates
5:00 - Kindergarten-5th
6:00 - 6-8
Sept. 3 - No School - Labor Day
Sept. 4 - 8th Grade Retreat @ SPX
Sept. 5 - Youth Group
Prayer Walk and Picnic
First Day of School!!!
September 9 - 11:00 Mass (6, 7, 8 Grades Only)
If your student is willing and able, please sign up on the following form:
If you can't open the form, just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what your child would like to do at mass that day.
Staff Wheel of Fortune Winner #1 - Mr. Don!!
Defined, mindfulness is simply "the state of being aware". Focusing on mindfulness teaches us to be aware of our own thoughts and on the world around us. Mindfulness helps our students with focus and teaches coping skills for dealing with stress. Another great benefit from mindfulness is that it teaches us to notice when others around us are suffering and reminds us to act with compassion.
Mental health concerns in children are on the rise. Kids today are under more stress and pressure and are witness to more acts of violence and terror than every before. Their minds are constantly bombarded with horrific images of violent acts or unrealistic images of what one "should" look like, act like, or be like. It's hard to be a kid these days and many of our young people are filled with depression and anxiety with no real understanding of how to cope.
Our goal with mindfulness is teaching our students to acknowledge, not bury, their feelings and to learn positive strategies to focus on the positive and let the negative feelings go.
Simple steps to teaching mindfulness:
* Brain break - stop, take a deep breath in, and a deep breath out. Focus only on the rise and fall of your chest. Deep breath in, deep breath out. Focus on breathing in positive feelings, releasing negative feelings. Do this for 3-5 minutes.
* Take a "listening walk" - Walk outside, focusing only on the sounds you hear. Try to listen for as many different sounds as you can. Birds? Insects? Wind blowing through the trees? Car horns? Children playing? Walk and listen.
* Stretching exercises - Stand, reach your arms up towards the sky as far as you can, stretching your torso. Then curl your spin and release all the way to your toes, arms hanging down like a rag doll. Slowly, uncurl your spine, stretching tall again. Repeat this 5-6 times, remembering to breathe slowly in and slowly out.
* Prayerful meditation - Start your day off right. Find a bible verse to read and focus on. If quiet prayer is hard (which it is for many), just focus on reading and re-reading the bible verse. Eventually, you can break from the verse and talk to God. Remember, there is no "right" way to pray, simply spend some time talking to God. Sometimes journaling our thoughts helps us stay focused, and turning on some quiet music helps keep us centered as well.
We will start teaching mindfulness by gathering in the gym each morning for prayer and a mindful activity, so work really hard to make sure your child is here on time each day. You don't want him/her to miss out on this important start to the day!
Don't Forget Your Lunch Menu!!
Back to School Night
Thank you for coming out to help us kick off the new school year and for being a part of this amazing St. Patrick family! We are truly blessed.
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PIE Night (Partners In Education)
Thursday, Aug. 30th, 5pm
1401 Northeast 42nd Terrace
Kansas City, MO
Make plans to attend this informative evening!
Celebrating Birthdays at St. Patrick!
St. Patrick School
The mission of St. Patrick School is to develop young men and women with active and creative minds, a sense of understanding and compassion for others, and the courage to act on their beliefs. We stress the total development of each child: spiritual, moral, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical. Encouragement is given to students to bring their lives into conformity with God's will and plan, so that He is glorified.