Eagle's Edge

St. Therese Weekly Newsletter - July 22, 2020

Attitude of Gratitude

Thank you all so much for the time you have taken to complete surveys, join Zoom calls, send emails, and drop off bags of cans and bottles. Thank you for the positive feedback, and the encouragement – it’s a challenging time! It’s easy to lose focus and give into the negative, but I remain hopeful, and that is truly thanks to all of you.


I want to thank my husband for his patience, my children for their understanding, and all the teachers and staff at St. Therese for answering my questions and showing me more support than I could ever have hoped for.


I’m grateful for a school that has big rooms, exterior doors, and lots of bathrooms.


More than anything, I’m grateful to our loving God for the opportunity to serve you all.


Gratefully Yours,


Rosemarie El Youssef

Principal, St. Therese School

SAFE & READY SCHOOLS UPDATE

Current plans for re-opening at St. Therese School:


* All students ages 5 and older wearing a face covering

* 5 days per week in-person instruction

* Option for distance learning only or hybrid

* Universal digital learning platform K-8, Google Classroom

* Each student will have a minimum of 35 square feet of space

* All staff in mask, face shield, or combination

*Planned installation of touch-less water bottle filling stations to replace drinking fountains

* Each class is a "cohort" - they will stay together as a group as much as possible

* Students will stay with their cohort in their cohort classroom for most of the day, and electives will rotate to them

* Middle school students will stay in their homeroom class and teachers will rotate to them

* Recess will be offered - outside as frequently as possible

* Brain breaks will be part of our classroom routines to keep our students happy and healthy

* Communication between school and community remains our top priority


All of this is subject to change - look for weekly updates in each newsletter. All additional information will be highlighted in bold.


Thank you to all who completed the Safe and Ready Schools Family Survey! The information you provided is vital to the decisions we make to reopen this fall.

Parent's Club Zoom Meeting, 7/28 and 7/29 at 6 p.m.

Please join us for a Parent's Club Re-Set Meeting from the comfort of your own home!


The goal of PC this year is to restructure it and put it back into the hands of parents and families. YOU are the driving force at our school, and we will not be successful as a community unless we are working together. As partners in our children's education, we can accomplish so much!


Look for a link to the Zoom call in your email on Tuesday at noon, and again on Wednesday at noon. We will start the meeting on time, and end on time, because we believe in honoring your time!


Link to PC Agenda!

Bottle Drop Thursdays, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

If you have a lot of cans and bottles you don't know what to do with, please donate them to our school! We will turn them into funds we can use to purchase necessary supplies for our students - funds are especially tight this year with the additional requirements to reopen safely. We will be taking donations every Thursday from 8-3, but if this time doesn't work for you, contact the school or parish office and we will schedule an alternate drop off time for you.


We have the bags and labels here, so bring your donations in whatever receptacle you choose! Click the Bottle Drop link above to see the list of acceptable returns.

St. T's Summer Challenge!

Let's stay connected - will you accept the challenge?

Each week Mrs. El Youssef will challenge you to participate in a summer activity. We want you to send us photos of your product, or videos of you and your family participating in the activity. It's just one way we can try to stay connected during the summer months! Photos and videos will be featured on our website and on social media - but only with parent/guardian permission.


Each St. Therese student to complete all of the weekly challenges will receive a St. T's Summer Challenge T-shirt when they return to school this fall!


Email photos to elyoussefr@stthereseschool.org or post on Facebook, instagram, or twitter with the hashtag #stTsummerChallenge and tag @sttherese_pdx so we can see what everyone is up to.


OUR SECOND CHALLENGE: Get outside and make friends with an INSECT and introduce the bug to our St. T Community on social media! Tell us your insect's name, and a little bit about them (what they like to do in their spare time and their favorite snack). Mrs. Barnett and Mrs. El Youssef found this insect and want to introduce him to all of you!

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Hey there! My name is Stripey and I enjoy long walks down the breezeway and the smell of the dumpster when it's full! #stTsummerchallenge @st.thereseschool_pdx @sttherese_pdx

Practice Mindfulness

In the coming weeks we will face many obstacles, and as our return to school continues to create a lot of uncertainty, you may notice your child is acting strangely. Maybe they are more naughty, more moody, or more prone to tears than usual - or maybe you don't notice a change in their behavior at all. Like adults, children handle stress in a variety of ways, and mindfulness is a good practice, even when we aren't experiencing stress.


The simplest mindful practice to work on with kids is breathing - we all do it, and so far they have been experts! The goal in mindful breathing is to pay attention to the way we breathe, and control the pace. Take a look at the video I've attached here and practice with your family this week. When I'm feeling overwhelmed (let's be honest, that's happening a lot these days), I take a moment, step outside in the fresh air, close my eyes, and do some belly breathing.


https://youtu.be/oFlKuSCw7ag


https://youtu.be/Xq3DwzX6MUw


I'm including links to other articles and tutorials about mindfulness, so check them out if you are interested. If you have any other ideas, or have a mindfulness practice that you'd like to share, send it to us so that we can include it in the next newsletter.


https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/breathe-mama-breathe/201605/12-simple-ways-teach-mindfulness-kids


https://leftbrainbuddha.com/teaching-mindfulness-to-teens-5-ways-get-buy/


Be well!

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First come, first served - you haul away!

Please email elyoussefr@stthereseschool.org or call 503-253-9400 to let me know you are coming to get it, and I'll be here waiting to let you have it!