Mount Saint Agnes Comings & Goings

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Upcoming Events

January

    • Thursday 14th - Elementary Assembly at 8:35 am
    • Friday 15th - SPCA non-uniform day - $2 donation
    • Tuesday 19th - Middle School Assembly during TA
    • Thursday 21st - Saint Agnes Feast Day Mass at 10:30 am (K - 12)
    • Monday 25th - Thursday 28th EXAM WEEK
    • Friday 29th - Teacher Professional Development Day; NO SCHOOL!


    School Notices

    TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY

    On Friday the 29th of January there will be no school. Camp will be offered to those students in ELP - Grade 5. Forms will be sent home in hard copy with the details.


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    Science Supplies Needed

    If you have any empty wrapping paper tubes please send them into the office in preparation for the Science Olympics in March.

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    Kindergarten - Grade 2

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    Digital Dilemma

    What's the impact of media violence on kids?


    The short answer is, no one really knows. But research shows that viewing (or playing) violent content increases the chance that a child will engage in violent behavior later in life -- especially if other risk factors are present, such as growing up in a violent home.

    Heavy exposure to violent media can lead to desensitization too. And parents' choices about their own media intake can affect kids. A study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania found that parents who watched a lot of movies were more likely to say it was OK for younger kids to watch movies that had R-rated violence and sexual content.


    You won't be able to avoid all exposure to violent media. The entertainment industry is always going to try to capture audiences with extreme imagery that tops whatever came before. But in your own home, you have a lot of control over what your kids watch, see, and play -- and research shows that kids whose parents actively manage their media consume less and make quality choices on their own.


    It's really easy to find media that's free of violence and that your kids will enjoy. There may be a time when your kid is ready to handle more violent media -- and you can introduce it age-appropriately and discuss it as a family. In the meantime, choose movies that aren't too scary, find alternatives to violent video games, and seek out media that helps kids develop empathy.


    Does exposure to violent movies or video games make kids more aggressive?


    Although experts agree that no single factor can cause a nonviolent person to act aggressively, heavy exposure to violent media can be a risk factor for violent behavior. Children who are exposed to multiple risk factors -- including aggression and conflict at home -- are the most likely to behave aggressively.


    The good news is that, as parents, we can make a choice to consistently expose our kids to media that reflects our own personal values and say "no" to the stuff that doesn't. There are so many great benefits to media and technology, including the potential to teach valuable skills. Doing research about TV shows, movies, or games before your kids watch, play, and interact with them will go a long way in helping them avoid the bad stuff.


    Resource: www.commonsensemedia.org

    Outside Events

    The Bermuda School of Music is pleased to be able to offer a beginning group guitar class this term. This is an excellent opportunity to learn the basic techniques, rhythm, how to read music, and other essentials for every beginning musician. Students will need their own instrument, but all other materials will be provided. It is our hope that by the end of this course, we will have sparked a passion for music in the students, and they are encouraged to continue to develop their skills through private instruction.


    If you have been unsure about beginning music lessons, this is a great chance to "test the waters" at a greatly reduced cost. The 10 week course will be held Friday evenings from 6:30-7:30 beginning January 15, located at the Bermuda School of Music, at the Berkeley Cultural Centre. The cost for this course is $180 (just $18 per hour). Please contact Jeremiah Smith to enroll, or with any questions.


    Jeremiah Smith
    Guitar Instructor
    Bermuda School of Music (ch# 483)
    441-296-5100 ex 232

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    The YAO Bermuda is starting their “Spring Training" for baseball on Sunday, January 17 from 2-5pm. It will run every Sunday until their season starts Mid April. IT IS FREE!!!!!


    They will also have a Baseball Scout coming to Bermuda early March to work with the boys (again NO COST!!) Les McTavish of Vauxhall Academy & Seattle Mariners has run clinics all over the world and is giving his time for free.

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    Uniform Shop Hours

    January

    Thursday 21st: 8:15 am to 9:15 am

    Tuesday 12th & 26th: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm