Transfiguration School Newsletter

December 16th, 2019

News and Notes

Dear Parents,

I hope you enjoyed your weekend! This is the last week before Christmas Vacation! I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the gift of you and your children! I wake up every morning excited to go to work and that is truly a gift! My gift to your children is a "free" dress down this Friday in Christmas colors.

Thank you so much for your support of The Giving Tree. You went above and beyond what was asked! Thank you to Mrs. Mueller and her elves for spearheading this.

The Transfiguration School Christmas Concert will be held on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the church. Please note the following important information:

  • PreK and Kindergarten will meet in the church behind the altar at 6:15 p.m.
  • Grades 1 through 8 will meet in their classrooms at 6:15 p.m.
  • Band Members- will meet Mr. A. in lower church hall at 6:15 p.m.

All students should dress in their “Sunday Best”. Festive, holiday attire is encouraged!

On Friday, December 20th - After Care will close at 4:00pm. Christmas vacation begins Monday, December 23rd and classes resume Monday, January 6th.

Thank you and have a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Ms. Kazan

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December 23rd - 4th Sunday of Advent

Yesterday marked the third Sunday of Advent, also called Gaudete Sunday, which celebrates the passing of the midpoint of the Advent Season. Gaudete is a Latin word, meaning rejoice. The pink candle and rose vestments the priest wears represent this joyful and more lighthearted mood. Gaudete Sunday is a moment to stop and reflect on the source of true joy- the birth of Jesus. For the fourth week of Advent we go back to the more serious penitential mood, represented by the purple colored candle .

I have attached an Advent calendar for the 3rd and 4th weeks of Advent with some daily reminders, activities and prayers to do with your children.

I wish you all a blessed Advent.

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From the Parents' Guild

The Winter Raffle Calendar Tickets and $200 were due on December 13th. If you have not turned yours in yet, please do so before the Holiday Break begins so you do not miss the opportunity to earn some extra money on the January 1 - 6, 2020 drawings.

Loose Change

Loose change for St. Joseph the Worker School in Soyapango, El Salvador will be collected at all Masses the weekend of January 4th and 5th, when we celebrate the Feast of the Three Kings. Donations can also be returned to school when classes resume. Thank you for your donations!

Santa's Workshop

This Friday, December 20th, we will be holding our annual Santa's Workshop. Children will have the opportunity to shop for the special people in their lives during school hours. Please see details below.

A very special guest, Santa Clause himself, will be present at the Workshop and will be visiting our classrooms.

Today we are sending "money control" envelopes home, which will allow you and your child to decide together how much can be spent on each gift.

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Growth Mindset Thought of the Week

How to be a Growth Mindset Coach at Home

  1. Teach your children that challenges are a fun opportunity to learn something new.
  2. Help your kids to understand that sometimes we need to fail to learn a new skill. Failures can be big steps forward!
  3. If your child is putting in lots of learning effort but not moving closer to mastering the skill, then prompt them to ask for help or try a new strategy.
  4. Celebrate the success of others with your children and point out what they can learn and gain from seeing the other person succeed.
  5. Provide both positive and negative feedback and explain how to use the feedback to help learning processes.
  6. Praise the learning process instead of just the outcome.
  7. Foster grit, determination and persistence as good qualities that help learning.
  8. Provide opportunities for exploration and challenge.

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Reminders and Important Dates:

Thursday, December 19th- School Christmas Concert -6:30pm

Friday, December 20th- "Free" Dress Down- Christmas Colors

Friday, December 20th- Santa's Workshop

December 23rd- First Day of Christmas Vacation

Monday, January 6th- Classes Resume