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Semaine du 13 au 17 mai, 2019

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Last week was Catholic education week. Thank you for choosing Catholic Education for your children! We are honoured to support them in their faith journey! :)

A word from the Principal

May is the month set aside by the Catholic Church to honour Mary, the mother of Jesus. Mary was a woman of faith, and a model of hope, prayer, compassion and courage. Throughout this month, as always, we put our trust in Mary’s so that she can help us by her prayers. We ask Mary to keep all our families safe and healthy and to be the bottom hands for all our little ones as they continue to journey through this school year.

Have a wonderful God kissed week everyone!

Mme Lafrance

Please Mark Your Calendars:

A celebration to honour Mary, the mother of Jesus, will be presented by our grade 3 students, at 9h00 AM, on Friday May 24th. You are welcome to join us.

Join us for the School Council Meeting on Tuesday May 28 at 7:00 PM. Our meetings are short and sweet and we appreciate your input!

On Wednesday May 29 at 6:00 PM we will hold a public meeting about the plans for the school modernization in the school gymnasium. Please join us to find out more about this amazing project!

If you have volunteered at the school this year, you are invited to a Volunteer Appreciation Tea in the school library on Friday May 31st at 11:00 AM.

What to expect this week:

Monday May 13th : Regular day - Collaboration Day for our Kindergarten teachers

Tuesday May 14th :Grade 3 and 4 students walk to OLPH School to see the Gr.8 play

Wednesday May 15th : Regular day

Thursday May 16th : Grade 2 students are going to Gallery 501in the morning.

- Teachers will participate to their Collaborative Response Meetings throughout the day (by grade level)

Friday May 17th : PD day - NO SCHOOL

Monday May 20th : Victoria Day - NO SCHOOL

Mme Simone's Corner

Hi Parents!

Last week, myself and some other FWWs presented to EICS parents on resiliency and helping children build the best capacity to cope with stress and to be able to reframe difficulties from something negative and difficult to something positive and worthwhile. We highlighted a bunch of strategies but I just wanted to share one of them that stood out for me.

We, as human beings, have the tendency to focus on the negatives. I don't know about you, but I could have 99 good things happen to me in one day with ONE negative thing, my mind will focus on the negative. Why are we created this way? There are probably a million reasons but for the purpose of this blurb, I will rest with God, His plan for us and what He wants us to learn and grow to be: Gorgeously human, flawed but fabulous, perfectly imperfect. Through these imperfections, He gently understands we will make mistakes but He also lovingly wants us to learn and grow from them.

One way we grow is how we perceive difficulty and this is through a mindset. Have you ever heard your child or a loved one say "I can't do this" or "I always make mistakes" or "I never do anything right" or "I give up"? These are examples of cognitive thinking traps. How do we change them? One of the examples is by simply challenging those thoughts with developing a growth mindset. Here are some examples of what you can say to challenge these thoughts.

What about your children and their negative thinking traps? With their developing brain, they will need a loving relationship to help them challenge these thoughts. Also, to build this habit, it takes time, practice, time, practice, and lots of consistent patience (for yourself and your child!)

If you are interested in knowing more about building resiliency for your yourself and your children, feel free to contact me at simone.moniz@eics.ab.ca.

Have a blessed day!

Mme Simone Moniz

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