Transfiguration School Newsletter

February 22nd, 2021

News and Notes

Dear Parents,


Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful February break with your families! I just wish we had a little less snow. That last storm was a long one. A weatherman said of last week's snow- "We are now in hour 30 of the same 3-6 inches!"


Thank you to all those that have re-registered for next year! It is very helpful as we begin planning for the next school year to have accurate numbers. If you have not yet, please be sure to register for the 2021-2022 school year using the link that was emailed to you. An incentive rate is being offered for those who register on or before April 15, 2021. You must complete this process no later than April 15th to receive the reduced rate of $125 per child . If you register after April 15, it will be $225 per child. Students who attend PreK 4 at Transfiguration School and are going into Kindergarten are considered new enrollments. For those students, to enroll, please use this link: https://mytads.com/a/transfigurationschooltarrytown



Thank you and have a wonderful week!


Ms. Kazan

Lent

The season of Lent began last Wednesday with Ash Wednesday. Lent is an important season in the Church as we prepare for Easter. At school we are focusing on forgiveness, kindness and prayer. I have attached two great resources: a weekly calendar with daily activities to do with your family and an article on how to make Lent meaningful for children.
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Growth Mindset Thought of the Week

We will be refocusing on Growth mindset during the second half of the school year. During our conference the Friday before February break, the faculty discovered that many students are struggling with mistake making and perfectionistic tendencies. Students fear making mistakes, rather than celebrating them. As you know, I am a strong believer in the power of growth mindset and the importance of teaching strategies to develop that mindset to our children. As a faculty we decided that we need to refocus on it this year, with an emphasis on celebrating mistakes and the power of learning from mistake making.


A major aspect of growth Mindset is the "Power of Yet". We have to remind children (and ourselves) that if we are struggling with a task it doesn't necessarily mean we can't do something- we just can't do it yet. For example, children will eventually learn to tie their shoes- just not yet. This one word is really powerful. I even use it myself. When I am getting frustrated, I remember that just because I'm not getting it, doesn't mean I'll never get it. I just don't have it yet. I have attached two resources to share with your child.

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Sesame Street: Janelle Monae - Power of Yet

Service Update

Over February Break, members of our 8th-grade participated in hands-on service projects at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Community Food Pantry in Elmsford, NY. The OLMC Elmsford Community Food Pantry assists our food-insecure neighbors in Elmsford, Greenburgh, and White Plains who are in need of supplemental food assistance.

On Friday, our student volunteers helped prepare home deliveries and packed bags of shelf-stable goods and produce. On Saturday, they set-up and distributed food at the monthly distribution to over 200 families. Both days we saw 20-degree weather and Friday it snowed! That didn't stop our Vikings from doing their jobs with a smile! Thanks to all who participated.

Reminders and Important Dates:

Friday, March 5th- 11:45 Dismissal- Faculty Meeting

Sunday, March 14th- Daylight Saving Time begins- Spring Forward

Wednesday, March 17th- St. Patrick's Day - Green Dress Down