Monthly Archives: April 2019

Messages from the Classroom

Principal’s Message

I would like to thank Father Stephen and the staff of Holy Family for their commitment to the school community in leading our students in the observance of the Lenten Season and preparation for Easter. Our Mass, daily prayers and weekly reflection are an important way for the children to experience the traditions and teachings of the Catholic Faith.

We continue to explore the Umbrella themes each month and students are starting to build their own personal umbrellas – being able to use various strategies to help them deal with struggles they may face in their lives.  Throughout the month of May, we will be exploring the theme of Integrity.

The last two months of the school year are typically the busiest.  There are several events, excursions and school activities that occur during May and June. Catholic Education Week is May 5-10.  We are turning our learning commons into a venue for teachers and students to display their learning.  Your child’s classroom teacher will be inviting you in to view their work.

We continue to provide learning experiences for students beyond the school. This last month, students from grade 5 attended a “Scratch” computer programming seminar at Wilfred University, the Grade 8 went to a Youth Symposium in Kitchener, the grade 3’s are heading to Laurel Creek on May 1st and our grade 7 and 8 students depart for Ottawa on May 22 for three days of exploration and learning.

Grade 2 and 7 students will be receiving the sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion during the first week of May.  We appreciate the work done by the parish to prepare our young people as they continue their faithful journey.

Sports continue to be a highlight of student engagement.  We sent students to Resurrection High School for a badminton tournament on April 25th, track and field preparations are underway for our school track meet on May 30th and Miss Mcleod has started tryouts for our intermediate mixed soccer team.

As you can see there  still many things to be accomplished until the last day in June.

Sincerely,

Vic Longo- Principal

JK/SK

Ms. Jardine FDK

Did You Know?

  •         We share our creations with the group daily after free-choice.
  •         Music is a part of every day through song and movement.
  •         We find ways to explore numbers throughout our day, every day.
  •         We learn words of the week by cheering them and ‘dribble and dunking’ them.
  •         Painting at the easel is offered daily.
  •         The Book Nook is a place to enjoy a book quietly and comfortably.
  •         10 minutes of “Chew Time”  and then 10 minutes of “Chat Time” is our quiet lunch time   experience after outdoor play.
  •         We laugh a lot!

Math Support at Home

Here are some at home activities to support your child’s learning in math:

Which is Longer? Choose pairs of everyday objects that you can place side by side and ask your child to tell you which object is longer.

Which is Heavier? Pick 2 objects to compare. Ask your child to predict which is heavier. Ask your child to check by holding one of the objects in each hand and comparing how heavy each feels.

At the Store: Look at pairs of objects that are side by side on the shelf at the store. Ask your child to tell you which object is taller or shorter.

Language

We are learning to retell a story by referring to the beginning, middle and end. We are learning to put a story we read into sequential order. At home, after reading with your child, ask your child to retell the story by explaining what happens at the beginning, the middle and the end. Encourage your child to respond in sentences instead of one-word responses.

 

Miss Kate Butter & Mrs. Sarah Lichti

 May Newsletter

Thank You’s and Reminders:

–   The warmer weather is upon us! (hopefully it sticks around). The creative playground will be opening soon. Students with outdoor running shoes will be allowed on—students with sandals or boots will not be permitted.

Toys at School: We are noticing an increasing trend of students bringing toys to school. Toys are not permitted in our classroom or outside (except on specific days or Show and Share for Star Student). This reduces the disruption to class time , as toys are not  being stolen, broken or lost.  Thank you for your understanding!

Math

In April, we began exploring concepts in Measurement such as height and length using non-standard units of measurement (e.g. cubes, chain links, etc.). We also explored the concept of weight based on feel and balance scales using non-standard units of measurement.  We will be exploring capacity in the weeks to come, followed by a Canada Day themed unit on money. We will also continue working on representing numbers in different ways (e.g. ten frame, using our fingers, drawing pictures, tallying, etc.) with our numbers of the week (we have now covered 0-25) and various other numbers in our centres. We are working on creating subtraction number sentences this month.

Language

In  the month of April we continued learning about word families (e.g. “am”) as well as strategies to figure out unfamiliar words in our guided reading groups. We read texts related to Easter like, “How to Catch an Easter Bunny”, as well as book about the transition into Spring. We made personal connections to these texts. This month, we will continue to focus on elements of a story (e.g. characters, setting, plot) as we read various fairy tales (e.g. “The Three Little Pigs”). We will also continue working on our Jolly Phonics program, learning letter names (upper case and lower case) and sounds, as well as sight word identification. Please check calendar or Google Classroom to see what letter and which words we are working on.

Outdoor Learning/Science

In April we planted beans and have been watching them grow! Some have started to sprout and we are still patiently waiting on others. We are learning about the Earth and how to keep it healthy.

Religion/Family Life

This month, we will be learning about gratitude for all the wonderful things our mothers do for us. We will discuss how we can show our appreciation for others and how we can help out at home.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful Moms! Thank you for all you do and your continued support in your child’s education.

 

Mrs. Sike and Mrs. Grimberg

Number Lines and Money

We have been working on understanding how number lines work. Our math talks have been related to number lines and what happens to numbers as we go left and right on the line. We’ve also been using it to add and subtract. We’ve even played games with a life sized number line! We’ve created our own number lines with Bingo dabbers to see one more is added each time.

We have also begun exploring coins and money. We’ve turned our dramatic play centre into a store where the children have collected objects from around the room, made signs including the amount, and are buying and selling the items. This is an engaging way to explore the value of money. Google the song “Canada in my pocket” to sing with your child.

3D Shape Museum

We will soon turn our attention once again to explorations of shapes with a particular focus on 3D solids. We will be thinking of examples in real-life and this is where the real fun begins! We will challenge the children to go home and find as many examples of 3D shapes as they can and bring them into school. We will create a Kindergarten 3D Shape Museum. We will turn our dramatic play centre into the museum and add to it as materials/objects come in. We will talk about the objects the children bring in. I will post a google announcement when it is time to send in.

What shape is it?

How do you know?

What do you see?

What does it look like?

Jolly Phonics Letters and Sounds: We have almost completed our Jolly Phonics letter/sound program. Some SKs that may be ready will be exposed to some “tricky blends” such as “sh, ch, sh, ch, th.”

Primary

Mrs. Gentile

In room 9, we are impatiently awaiting the May flowers to arrive! Although April was a great month celebrating Easter and Earth week, there are many things to look forward to in the month of May, including Catholic Education week! Parents are welcome to visit the library on Tuesday May 7 from 10:25-11:05 with us to view your child’s displayed work. In Religion, we are continuing to learn about Jesus’ life after His resurrection, and how we can become more like Him. In Math this month we are working on Number Sense, including reviewing number patterns, skip counting patterns and place value, and introducing the concepts of multiplication, division and fractions. In Language we are organizing our thoughts to present them in a reasonable way, as well as building stamina, fluency and expression in our reading. In Social Studies we are learning about Community Helpers, and are looking forward to meeting some of the workers in our community, more information to follow. My continued appreciation for all of your support at home.

 

Mrs. Schlotzhauer

Welcome to May! Unfortunately it is still very cold outside so please remember to dress your child appropriately in the mornings. Layering is probably the best option so that they can peel off layers as the day warms up. Catholic Education Week is next week. As part of this, our class is responsible for the morning prayers. They are longer with some bigger words this time. We will be practicing these in class this week as part of our Shared Reading. All students are placed into one of five groups for each day of the week. They will be sent home at the end of the week so that your child may also practice with you over the weekend. Their day is written at the top of their prayer. On their particular day, please remind your child to come right into the school once they arrive in the morning so that he/she can get ready in the office with the other students. In preparation for ‘The Neverending Story’, we have been writing adventure stories. All children’s work will be displayed in the library during Education Week and you are welcome to join us if you are available on Tues. May 7th from 9:30-10:10. Our class will also be displaying some Geometry math work on the hall bulletin board by the library. Feel free to look at your child’s work during this week. Later this month, we have students coming from Waterloo University to do a Science Energy Exploration Activity with us from 9:10-10:10. We are starting a new unit  in Math this week on Probability. It would be helpful for you to discuss related words at home such as; certainly, sometimes, never, always, likely, and unlikely. We will also explore Measurement this month (perimeter & area) with the focus on using non standard units. I will be retesting all students reading levels and will send a note home to each family indicating your child’s most recent level.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Schlotzhauer

Miss Esbaugh

It’s hard to believe it’s May already! This year is flying by! In April we enjoyed celebrating Easter through crafts, colouring eggs, and viewing the Stations of the Cross. We also celebrated Earth Week and Character Day! In May we are looking forward to Catholic Education Week, First Communion for some of our friends, Mother’s Day, and Victoria Day! In Math we are working on Measurement (perimeter/area/mass/capacity). In Language we are just beginning a poetry unit, some of which we will share at Catholic Education Week! In Social Studies, Grade 1s are wrapping up their Local Communities unit, and Grade 2s are wrapping up their Global Communities unit. We will soon be switching back to Science where the Grade 1s will be learning about the Needs and Characteristics of Living Things, while the Grade 2s focus on Growth and Changes in Animals. Thank you for all of your support at home! Continue to check the calendar, D2L, and agendas for further updates!

Mrs. H. Shouftas

April Showers Bring May Flowers!

Dear Families,

Welcome to May! Our classroom is currently preparing for Catholic Education Week. We are working towards creating a short story to display in the library on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 11:05 – 11:45. Parents are welcome to visit the library at this time to view their child’s work. Short stories will be our Language focus for the month. We are learning about different fairy tales and the characteristics that make up fairy tales. We will then pick a fairy tale and rewrite it in another person’s point of view. So far in writing, we have learned about the 5W’s, word choice, punctuation, sentence fluency and finally voice.  When we put own style in our writing, we are adding voice to our writing. For Oral Language, students will pick a play of their choice and work in a small group to present to the class. In Reading, students have been learning about inferring. Students have been practicing finding clues in the text to infer unknown information.

In Math, students have finished learning about area and perimeter. Students worked in groups to measure the perimeter of various items using non-standard units of measure (i.e., snap cubes) and standard units of measure (i.e., centimetres). Students estimated and measured area of items by covering them with colour tiles. For mental math, students have learned the compensation strategy to help them add larger numbers. For example to add 19 + 28, we can take one away from 28 and add it to the 19 to make 20 + 27. This way, we turned 19 into a “friendly number” (multiple of 10). Friendly numbers are easier to add as students can count by 10’s to find the solution. Next, students will learn about efficient ways to subtract using mental math strategies as well as subtracting by adding up in chunks.

We have started a new Social Studies unit about communities. Students will learn about the four cardinal directions. Students will have fun learning about the physical features (i.e., mountains, lakes, climate) of different countries. Students will compare various countries in terms of how schools are different. Students will also learn about how people meet their everyday needs especially in Nunavut.

In Religion, students have been learning about the Easter story and the events that happened leading to the death of Jesus such as the Last Supper.

I hope families have had restful and memorable Easters.

Mrs. Rice

May is a very busy month for Grade 3 students. We will be writing our EQAO assessment after the long weekend. The assessment is 3 days long and will focus on Reading, Writing and Mathematics. I have assured the kids that there is nothing to worry or stress about and to just try their best. More information about the testing will be coming home in the near future. This month is also Catholic Education month! Our class had the opportunity to do a live stream with Jane Goodall last month! This inspired the kids to want to make a change in the world we cherish and live in. They have all picked a topic to focus on that will better our planet and have created posters to highlight our focus. These posters outline themes such as Fair Trade, Climate Change, Endangered Animals and Reducing Plastics and will be displayed in the library on Tuesday May 7th for the entire day. My class will be there to share personally from 1:25 to 2:05 so please feel free to come out and see their work as well as hear about their passion for our planet. In Language arts we are focused on Narrative writing. They are creating a creative piece of writing following a plan, with a ‘hook’ at the beginning, a problem, a few exciting events, a solution and an ending. They have so far loved this task as it gives them the opportunity to use their imaginations! In Math, we have moved into Fractions and will be doing some centre-based learning. We also go on two trips this month, one to Laurel Creek and one to Doon Heritage Village for the Groundwater Festival! Thank you for your continued support, it is ALWAYS appreciated!

Mrs. Gruber

Lots is going on in the month of May in our classroom.  Our month begins with a trip to Laurel Creek.  Please ensure that your child is dressed for the weather and also has a water bottle, snacks, and a lunch.  We will be gone all day and will be busy learning about Soil, Rocks, and Plants.  We have another trip planned for the end of the month to the Waterloo Wellington Children’s Groundwater Festival.  More information will be sent home in the coming weeks.  Education Week is also happening in Early May.  The Grade 3s will be displaying some plants that they have grown from seeds and also some art work they have created.  The Grade 3 work will be displayed on May 7th.  The Grade 4 students are working hard on the projects they will showcase in the library on May 9th.  Please feel free to visit the Learning Commons to see the great work the students have prepared.  Our class will be visiting from 2:20-3:00 on both Tuesday and Thursday, so join us if you can but you are also welcome to come and visit at another time if that works better with your schedule. The Grade 3 students will also showcase a Rap during the Oral Language Festival that will take place on Wednesday, May 8th.  Times will be shared with you at a later date.  Other great things that will be happening in May include:  EQAO testing (and lots of preparation for the tests in the first 2 weeks of May), In Math, we will finish our Fractions unit and begin a unit on Transformational Geometry.  In Social Studies, the Grade 3s will finish their unit about Ontario by completing a final assignment about a city in Ontario.  The Grade 4s will finish their unit about the Physical Regions of Canada by sharing poster presentations about a specific region.  In Science, the Grade 3s are finishing their unit on Plants and will kick off their unit about Soil when at Laurel Creek next week.  The Grade 4s will continue learning about Rocks and Minerals early in the month and will begin learning about Habitats toward the end of the month.  Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms!

 

Junior

Miss Jarvis

As we await the coming of the warm weather (rather impatiently…. :), the students in Grade 4 continue to work towards finishing up their year.

In Math, students are working on Measurement with a focus on Time and then they will move into their Money unit when that is complete.  Both of these units will be assessed with a project that will outline a real life situation to help students understand how both concepts are applied in the real world.

In Social Studies, students are learning about Medieval Times and will complete a research project on 2 Ancient Civilizations where they will compare their lifestyles.

To prepare for Catholic Education Week, students are working on writing speeches.  This is a great way for students to practice speaking in front of a group of people about a topic that will impact others.

 

Mrs. Kalbfleisch

May in Grade 5

Welcome spring and all the renewal that comes with it! This month we will be working hard to stay in school mode and keep reaching our academic goals even though the outdoors is calling our name.

In Math, we just finished fractions and we are moving on to geometry and measuring angles. We will sort figures according to more complex characteristics than we have in the past. We will also work on decimals; adding and subtracting and connecting our knowledge to money.

In Language, we finished our Mystery Chapter/ Story and are using some of our Language to discuss what makes a good response to an inquiry question. How do we find information using reliable resources and give them credit in our writing. We are learning how to properly cite our resources and continue with proofreading for grammar and punctuation.

In Social Studies we are discussing the influence First Nations and Europeans had on each other in the days before 1730. We are creating some artifacts to illustrate the answers we have researched in Language and will use this as a springboard for deeper conversations regarding the formation of Canada including early explorers.

It is busy and students will be requesting some unique things to add to their projects. It is an exciting time and we are very motivated to continue on this pace.

May will also bring a trip to the Groundwater festival. I will be looking for 4 parents to volunteer. More details will follow in the agenda.

Ms. Mcleod

For the month of May, the students will be focusing on “Integrity” for our school theme.

This month we will be focusing on the following things:

Writing: We will be looking at responding to questions by providing proof and evidence from the text.

Reading: We will be continuing on with our book clubs. The students will be in groups and will be meeting twice a week to have conversations with their groups, as well as, are assigned certain jobs to complete for each time. As well, we will be looking at understanding the meaning of texts.

Math:
1. Algebra

  1. Adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals
  2. 3D measurement

Science: We are finishing off our electricity unit and moving on to our final unit of Space.

Social Studies: we have started a new unit on Canada: past and present. We are continuing to look at learning about how different groups have helped to shape Canada’s identity, as well as, learn about how certain groups were not always treated as fairly as they should have been.

Art: sculpture art

Health: substance abuse

Gym: Track and Field

Important dates in May:

Fri May 3: Assembly
May 6-May 10: Catholic Education Week

Thurs May 9: Mass

Thurs May 30: Track and Field

Fri May 31: PD Day

Intermediate

Mrs. Hurren – Portable One

Well, you know what they say…time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana!

The end of April brought with it the end of our persuasive ‘essay’ assignment and the beginning of our poetry unit. We will continue, over the next couple of weeks, reading, analysing, creating and sharing poetry. Limericks, haikus, and free verse, oh my! We are well underway with our oral language focus – student created TED talks. Ask your son/daughter to share with you the Umbrella Skill they are focusing their talk on – I have encouraged them to practice at home, they will need an audience!

With our Cat-4 testing completed, we will finish our surface area and volume unit and then translate on to our transformational Geometry unit – we are flipping with excitement!

In Geography we will expand our discussions and inquiries to include renewable and nonrenewable resources and why we should care about sustainability of these resources around the world.

Important Dates in May:

*Education week is May 6th-10th. If you are available, come and join our class as we lead mass at 9:30 on the 8th and/or pop into the school anytime during the day on Friday the 9th to see some of your child’s work on display in the Learning Commons.

*Confirmation is on May 8th – I look forward to celebrating this sacrament with you!

*Grade 7 shots are on May 21st

*We are anxiously counting down the minutes until our trip to Ottawa on May 22 – stay tuned for more information coming home closer to our departure date!

* Holy Family Track Meet is happening at Resurrection on May 30th

Portable One Shout Outs: Congratulations to all Grade 7’s for your hard work during our Cat-4 testing. Well done – I am proud of you!

Math Challenge: How many different examples of transformations (translations, rotations and reflections) can you see around your home?

 

Mr. Vuylsteke

While our minds are starting to think about nice weather, long weekends, and our trip to Ottawa, there’s lots of learning on the go in room 2! Everyone loves a good story, and the 8s are working hard to share their own stories and build public speaking skills as there prepare personal TEDtalks. These short presentations will be showcased in class and are building on the Umbrella Skills we have been focusing on this school year. May will also see us explore poetry and social justice issues through verse. We also take time this month to step into the world of dance as we explore the Historical Background, Stylistic Features, and Cultural Importance of various genres. Our math focus is sure to be a positive experience as we take an indepth look at integers. We wrap up the month with our Ottawa Excursion May 22-24. Please watch for important information coming home in the upcoming weeks. Finally, we invite you to stop by the school during Catholic Education week on Friday, May 10th to see the Intermediate division showcase.

-Mr. V

Special Education

Mrs. Mash

May – Special Education

Our Grade 3 and Grade 6 students will be writing the EQAO (Education Quality & Accountability Office) Assessment of Reading, Writing and Mathematics at the end of May. During this assessment, students will complete a variety of activities designed to allow them to demonstrate their skills and knowledge relating to reading, writing, and mathematics as described in The Ontario Curriculum. The assessment is delivered province-wide and is developed by Ontario teachers and assessment experts to reflect curriculum expectations. EQAO has developed a “Parent’s Guide to EQAO Tests” and “Questions and Answers for Parents” to give you more information about the assessments and an understanding of what to expect. To access these resources, go to the EQAO website www.eqao.com, click on “Parent Resources” and then select your child’s division.

EQAO permits students with special needs to receive specific accommodations to enable them to participate with their peers in all aspects of the assessment. These accommodations reflect those recorded on students’ Individual Education Plans and those provided during the school year.

If you have any questions or concerns about the upcoming EQAO Assessments, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or me at the school.

Your partner in education,

Mrs. Mash

Planning Time

News from the desk of Mrs. Afonso-Magolon

Dear Family,

I would like to wish all the amazing mom’s, grandma’s and special women in the Holy Family children’s lives a Happy Mother’s Day!

EARLY YEARS

Physical Education & Healthy Living

In Physical Education the children will:

  • improve hand-eye coordination by hitting a stationary ball with a pool noodle and soft bats;
  • learn some basic baseball rules.

In Healthy Living, the children will:

  • draw a noodle dish to include foods from all the food groups;
  • help the “Very Hungry Caterpillar” sort his food into always and sometimes groups.

The Arts

In Drama, the children will:

  • work together to perform a familiar fairy tale by using their face, voice and body expressions;

In Music/Dance, the children will:

  • have opportunities to move, create and explore dance to different cultural music.;
  • Use their voice and instruments to create sound effects;

GRADE 1

Physical Education & Healthy Living

In Physical Education the children will…

  • practice hand-eye coordination by hitting, sending and receiving baseballs;
  • discuss strategies and rules baseball.

In Healthy Living the children will…

  • recognize and discuss the cues for hunger and thirst;
  • plan a healthy meal that includes all the food groups.

The Arts

In Drama the children will…

  • work in small groups to improvise, share ideas and work through the many elements of preparing for a performance;
  • reflect on their performance and critique themselves.

In Dance the children will…

  • describe differences they notice when movements of daily experiences (e.g., waving) are used in a dance phrase;
  • discuss and describe dance experiences in their own lives.

GRADE 2

Physical Education & Healthy Living

In Physical Education the children will…

  • recognize the degree of exertion in physical activities by using self-assessment methods;
  • continue to develop their hand-eye coordination by striking a stationary and moving ball with a soft bat and learn some of the basic rules of baseball.

In Healthy Living the children will…

  • learn about combination foods;
  • discuss challenges to eating healthy and how we can solve them;
  • learn how food allergies affect us.

The Arts

In Drama, the children will develop their understanding of role/character, time and place by:

  • creating and presenting tableaux in small groups to portray key moments in stories;
  • reflecting on their performance and critique themselves and their peers by completing a self and peer assessment.

In Dance, the children will:

  • present the dance phrases they created with their partner/small group;
  • complete a self-evaluation of their dance performance based on the success criteria;
  • reflect and offer feedback about the performances of the other groups.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Afonso-Magolon

 

 

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Integrity – Umbrella Project – May Theme

WHAT IS INTEGRITY?
Integrity is a skill and takes practice! Integrity is:
• An inner sense of wholeness, where what we do is not separate from our beliefs
• The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles
• A regular pattern of behavior that is consistent with your values
• Treating others with care
• Honouring your word
• The sincere presentation of yourself and your values to others
• Doing the right thing even when nobody is looking

WHY DOES INTEGRITY MATTER? HOW DOES IT HELP US?
Integrity is the skill that helps us match what we do with what we believe in. When our actions don’t match our words, it can have a negative impact on our self-esteem and how honest we are with ourselves and others. Integrity shows up in the little choices we make every day and can have a big impact on our relationships and how trustworthy we are. For example, if we say it is important to look out for our friends but then we often talk behind their backs, there is a mismatch in what we say and what we are doing and this can affect our wellbeing. Integrity helps take ownership over our actions even when we make mistakes and aren’t perfect and this is empowering. It may feel easy to blame others when things go wrong but that actually leaves us feeling like the victims of our lives instead of feeling strong and in charge of wellbeing. Integrity helps us to genuinely accept honest feedback from others and feel proud of who we are.

RESEARCH BASED OUTCOMES OF INTEGRITY
1. Improves the quality of our lives
2. Betters our performance
3. Increases oxytocin levels in our brain – the hormone that helps us connect with others
4. Reduces our anxiety
5. Increases our trustworthiness and likelihood of making honest choices
6. Helps us make and keep good friends
7. Improves our credibility
8. Improves the success of our businesses

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Thank You Catholic School Council and Parents

The staff would like to thank the school community for their thoughtfulness and display of appreciation toward us.   This last Friday several parents arrived early in the morning to bring treats and good cheer to the staff.  They visited each classroom and recorded messages of appreciation from our students to the staff.

 

It made our day!!!!

Thank you

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Yearbook Advertising donations

Hello Holy Family Community,

Once again two parent volunteers are organizing and planning the Holy Family yearbook.  This is an incredible undertaking and we are very thankful for their time.  To help offset the cost of publishing we look for advertising business donations.  We are asking for your support by reaching out to your family, neighbours or contacts to see if they would like to purchase advertising space in the yearbook.  Please click on the link below to get a copy of the donor letter and donation form.  Copies can also be obtained from the school, please call and we will send one home with your child.

Sincerely,

Holy Family Staff

Holy_Family_Catholic_School_Yearbookadvertising

To whom it may concern,

At Holy Family Catholic School, New Hamburg we intend on working hard to create a spectacular yearbook to commemorate our 2018-2019 school year.

We are very fortunate to have such great support for our school within our community. Once again, we are asking for donations to help make this year’s yearbook a success. Your donation helps to pay for the production of the yearbook, thus reducing the cost of the yearbook for our children.

We are accepting advertising business donations at the following rates:

Full page $100
Half page $50
Quarter page $35
Business card $25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Catholic Education Week May 5-10th

During the week of May 5 to May 10, 2019, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board will celebrate the significant contribution that Catholic Education has made to the community, the province and to Canada. During this week the staff invite parents to come into the school and share in the learning that their child(ren) experience each day.  Holy Family will use our Learning Commons(library) to display classroom tasks and student work.  Each division has been assigned a day of the week for teachers to schedule a specific time to invite parents into the school to share the students’ work.  Some teachers have also planned additional times and activities for parents to join them in the classroom. 

Below is a schedule for the week.  Your child’s teacher will share with you when and how they will be celebrating Catholic Education Week.

Monday May 5th  –   JK/SK

Tuesday May 6th –  Primary

Thursday May 7th –  Junior

Friday May 8th – Intermediate

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Reconciliation for First Holy Communion and Confirmation Sacraments

Father Stephen would like to inform the parents and students preparing for the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation that on May 2nd at 7:00 p.m. there will be Reconciliation at the parish.  This is an important part of the Sacramental preparation and all students and parents are required to attend.

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Messages from the Classroom

Principal Message

The warm weather is certainly bring an energy to the school.  April is one of the busiest month, not only for the activities which happen during it, but also it is also the time where we are planning for the many activities for the next three months (ie. confirmation, First Communion, sports events, class trips, graduation, report cards).

With the leadership of Father Stephen, the school continues our Lenten journey.  There is daily Lenten reflections and prayers.   Last Friday, grades 5 to 8 participated in the Adoration of the Eucharist. On April 9th, student in grade 3-8 will have confession at the church and our monthly Mass is Thursday April 11, I welcome you to join us.

This months Umbrella Project skill is “Intrinsic Motivation”.  Each month a summary of the “Umbrella Skill” is posted to our newswire.  Please take time to review it and have discussions with your child(ren).  There is an increase research and news articles that demonstrate the need to build our students individual emotional, social and personal skill to help them cope and respond to the stressors that are part of everyday life.

As part of the staff’s professional commitment, several of them have taken advantage of the opportunity to work with School Board consultants and instructional coaches.  The main focus has been on Writing and Reading.  They have been reviewing and revising their knowledge, teaching practices and accessed the latest instructional resources to deepen the students’ learning experience and increase their individual success.  This is a great example the staff’s dedication as educators.  You can support your child by reviewing their written work to identify effective elements of writing and ask them to clarify or extend their thinking.

Spring has arrived, and with it, the mud on the fields! Our hope is that all children benefit from the nice weather, but we also realize that shoes, pants and other items will become wet.   As to not disrupt parents at work or during the school hours we ask that ALL children (kindergarten to grade 8) pack an extra pair of pants and socks in their backpacks and keep them in that backpack until the end of the year. Children also need to wear splash pants or rain pants if they want to play on the fields when it is wet and/or muddy.
Students are also encouraged to dress for the weather conditions. On days when we have light rain, we will still be going outside for recesses as we believe in the benefits of fresh air! Please ensure your children have rain resistant coats and footwear on these days

Every year students in grades 3, 4 6 and 7 participate in standardized assessments. These assessments provide students and their teachers with valuable information regarding their academic progress, and learning strengths and areas for improvement as compared to other students in the same grade. Below are the dates for each assessment. Please try to ensure that students are present during their assessment times.

Grade 4 – CCAT – April 8- 9

Grade 7 – CAT -4 – April 23 – April 30

Grade 3 and 6- EQAO – May 21- May 27

 

Special Education

 

Spring is here and that means that the Strong Start Reading Program is up and running! Strong Start volunteers work one-on-one with Grade 1 students using games and activities to help strengthen literacy skills. Did you know that one-on-one attention from adults during reading aloud encourages children to form positive association with books and reading later in life? (Reach Out and Read, 2008) That’s why this program is so important and it could not be possible without volunteers from our community. Holy Family School is very lucky to have such people who are willing to give their time to ensure that literacy develops in our youngest learners. Thank you to all of our Strong Start volunteers!

 

Spring is also a time for various assessments here at Holy Family School. During the month of April, our Grade 4 students will be participating in the Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test (CCAT). The CCAT is used as a screen for academic/learning styles; it measures cognitive reasoning across verbal, nonverbal and quantitative domains.

 

Our Grade 7 students will participate in the Canadian Achievement Test, Fourth Edition (CAT-4). This is a national standardized achievement test designed to measure achievement of basic skills commonly taught in schools across Canada (i.e., language arts, reading and mathematics).

 

Our Grade 3 and Grade 6 students will be writing the EQAO (Education Quality & Accountability Office) Assessment of Reading, Writing and Mathematics in late May. More information on these assessment tools will be shared by the school in the coming months or you can go online (www.eqao.com).

These assessments are just one of many tools we use to ensure that programming for students is appropriate and delivered in a way that is engaging and challenging. If you have any questions or concerns about these upcoming assessments, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher for more information.

Your partner in education,

Mrs. Mash

 

News from the desk of Mrs. Afonso-Magolon

Dear Family,

Spring is finally here and hopefully the warmer weather is on it’s way.  This month our umbrella skill is “Intrinsic Motivation” which is all about the drive to do something because it is interesting and challenging.  It’s the motivation to change or adopt a behaviour for your own happiness.  I would like to wish all our families a very holy and blessed Easter weekend.

 

EARLY YEARS

Physical Education & Healthy Living

In Physical Education, the children will continue to engage in balance activities to improve the purposeful control and stabilization of major body parts.  We will do this through whole body flexibility in movement by engaging in rolls, somersaults and jumping. The children will also demonstrate control of large muscles with equipment by exploring and experimenting with bouncing a ball.  During games, we will work on spatial awareness while moving with a ball.

In Healthy Living, the children will learn more about foods found in the meat and alternatives group and sort play foods into always and sometimes foods.

The Arts

This month, the children will create their own actions to accompany a song as they explore space and body shapes.  We will review all the elements of music that the children have learned (i.e., beat, rhythm, dynamics and tempo) and explore a new element (i.e., pitch).

 

GRADE 1

Physical Education & Healthy Living

In Physical Education, the children will practice bouncing a ball while stationary and while moving.  They will also practice a variety of passing throws (e.g., bounce pass) and play co-operative and team games that incorporate the skills learned.  In Healthy Living, we will continue to discuss why foods are part of a specific food group.  The children will sort food pictures and foods packed in lunches into the four food groups and discuss why it is important to eat healthy throughout the day.

 

The Arts

In Dance, the children will develop an understanding of the elements of body and space in dance by connecting a variety of movements to create simple dance phrases with a partner or in a small group.  We will also learn some simple dance moves and participate in dances to help children develop ideas for their own dance phrases.

 

GRADE 2

Physical Education & Healthy Living

In Healthy Living, the children will learn about the main nutrients that each food group provides and how those nutrients help our bodies.  In Physical Education, the children will work on spatial awareness while dribbling a ball by keeping their heads up while moving; demonstrate control of large muscles while dribbling a ball in various pathways and positions; practice various passes (i.e., bounce pass, chest pass) to a partner; and demonstrate hand-eye coordination by throwing to a target (i.e., basketball into hoop).

The Arts

We will learn about the elements of Dance and learn simple dances that encourage them to become aware of body, space and time.  The children will learn to find their body’s natural pulse to different music and work with a partner to create dance phrases using a variety of pattern forms (e.g., ABA).

Mrs. Afonso-Magolon

French

Happy Easter!

This month grades 6/7/8 will continue to focus on the culture project. As well as continue focusing on their DJ DELF Unit. They will be working on several activities including R.A.F.T.S., a short skit, and reading. This will allow the students to concentrate on Listening/Speaking/Reading and Writing.

Grades 4 and 5 will also focus on their DJ DELF unit and activities.

Mme Paquette

JK/SK

Miss Kate Butter & Mrs. Sarah Lichti

Dear Parents,

Wow…is it already April? A hard copy of our class calendar was sent home with your child. Please refer to it for important dates this month. Below is a summary of what will be covered through the month of April.

Math

In March, we began exploring concepts in Measurement such as height and length using non-standard units of measurement (e.g. cubes, chain links, etc.). In April we will be exploring and comparing the concepts of capacity and weight, also using non-standard units of measurement. We will also continue working on representing numbers in different ways (e.g. ten frame, using our fingers, drawing pictures, tallying, etc.) with our numbers of the week (we have now covered 0-20) and various other numbers in our centres. We are working on creating addition number sentences and will start subtraction number sentences this month.

Language

In  the month of March we began learning about word families (e.g. “at”) as well as strategies to figure out unfamiliar words in our guided reading groups. We read texts related to St. Patrick’s Day, like, “How to Catch a Leprechaun”, as well as book about the transition into Spring. We made personal connections to these texts. This month, we will focus on elements of a story (e.g. characters, setting, plot) as we read various fairy tales. We will also continue working on our Jolly Phonics program, learning letter names (upper case and lower case) and sounds, as well as sight word identification. Please check calendar or Google Classroom to see what letter and which words we are working on.

Outdoor Learning/Science

In March, we designed and constructed a trap to catch a Leprechaun and investigated early signs of Spring (until the snow came:(). This month we are investigating plants and how they grow. We will plant beans and watch them grow!

Religion/Family Life

This month, we will be learning Bible stories that pertain to the season of Lent (e.g. Palm Sunday, Good Friday) as well as the 3 Pillars of Lent (Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving). Our Umbrella Theme this month is Intrinsic Motivation.

Blessings for a safe and wonderful Easter!

 

Ms. Jardine, Mrs. Simpson & Miss Floto  

In Math, we will be learning about measurement: capacity, weight, area, length and height. We will use different tools when we measure and explore different ways to measure. We will describe, compare and talk about how we measure. In Language, we are learning how to make connections to the stories we read. We will practice our oral language by sharing the connections we make during read-alouds and independent reading. In Science, we are continuing to be scientists. We are learning to observe, make predictions and carry out a science experiment. We are going to transform our dramatic play centre into a science lab. We are excited to observe and play with our experiments. In Religion, we are continuing to learn about Lent. Each day we discuss how we are doing with our Lenten promise. We are counting down the days to the Resurrection of Jesus.

Mrs. Sike and Mrs. Grimberg

Language

Reading Strategies: Look at the picture. Track the print. Look at the beginning letter. Stretch and shrink words for beginning, middle and ending sounds, then try it (write the word).

While you read to your child, read a sentence and omit a word. First ask your child: What word would make sense? What sounds right? Point to the word, Would it fit in this space? and then focus on the beginning letter.

Math Support at Home

Here are some at home activities to support your child’s learning in math:

2D Shapes: Help your child to recognize and describe simple shapes (triangle, rectangle, square, circle, pentagon, hexagon, octagon, oval) and look for them in their environment.

Which is Longer? Choose pairs of everyday objects that you can place side by side and ask your child to tell you which object is longer.

Which is Heavier? Pick 2 objects to compare. Ask your child to predict which is heavier. Ask your child to check by holding one of the objects in each hand and comparing how heavy each feels.

At the Store: Look at pairs of objects that are side by side on the shelf at the store. Ask your child to tell you which object is taller or shorter.

Helpful Hints

Favourite children’s authors to look for at the library or bookstore:

Mem Fox, Kevin Henkes, Mo Willems, Jan Brett, David Shannon, Marie Louise Gaye, Eric Carle

Popular Websites:

www.abcteach.com www.pbskids.org/games/math

www.tumblebooks.com

www.starfall.com

Primary

Ms. Gentile

Spring has sprung… I hope!

We continue our Lenten journey as we learn about Jesus’ sacrifices and try to stay true to our Lenten promises, as we approach Holy Week and Easter. In Math we have been busy learning about adding and subtracting, including making equal number sentences (8+2=5+5). We will continue solving word problems as we begin measurement. In Language we have been working on adding detail when retelling a story, including adding information from the beginning, middle and end of the text, as well as including the characters, setting, problem and solution. We have also been working on opinion writing, where students are asked to defend their opinion with reasons WHY. We have some very opinionated writers in room 9, great work! In science we have been learning about different forms of energy and how energy changes. Thank you for helping your child find different forms of energy around your home. Please continue to read nightly with your child, the independence and self-confidence is improving daily and is awesome to see!

 

Ms. Gentile

Spring has sprung… I hope!

We continue our Lenten journey as we learn about Jesus’ sacrifices and try to stay true to our Lenten promises, as we approach Holy Week and Easter. In Math we have been busy learning about adding and subtracting, including making equal number sentences (8+2=5+5). We will continue solving word problems as we begin measurement. In Language we have been working on adding detail when retelling a story, including adding information from the beginning, middle and end of the text, as well as including the characters, setting, problem and solution. We have also been working on opinion writing, where students are asked to defend their opinion with reasons WHY. We have some very opinionated writers in room 9, great work! In science we have been learning about different forms of energy and how energy changes. Thank you for helping your child find different forms of energy around your home. Please continue to read nightly with your child, the independence and self-confidence is improving daily and is awesome to see.

Mrs. Esbaugh

Welcome to April! We are so thrilled that it’s finally spring (and hope the weather gets the message soon)! We have (as always) been very busy in Grade 1/2! We recently enjoyed Western Day and Electronics Day! In Math, we just finished up our addition/subtraction with regrouping unit. In Language, we are working on opinion writing and asking questions. In Social Studies, the Grade 1s are learning about their local community, while the Grade 2s are focusing on global communities. In Religion, we are discussing our “Journey to Easter”. We are looking forward to dyeing Easter eggs and dressing up for Character Day this month! Thanks for all your hard work, friends!

Mrs. Schlotzhauer

So, winter doesn’t want to leave us! I’m not sure if our class is thrilled to play in new snow on Apr. 1st or if they would be happier if it dried up so they can get on with spring games. Please remember to resend a change of clothes if wet ones were sent home. Many students have been falling in muddy, slushie puddles at recess times. Our Ash Wednesday Mass ran very smoothly. The students were very respectful and had many insightful questions related to our season of Lent. Thanks to those students who volunteered to take on an active role during the celebration of this special Mass. A big thank-you goes out to Mrs. Gray and Mrs. Malleck for working with us on our structures when Scientists in the Schools came to visit on Apr. 1st. We all contributed to the making of a very sturdy stool which successfully supported all of us, including the adults! The students recently took home their personal made structures, although I’m sure not all pieces may have been securely attached by the time they arrived home. A rubric and related work that accompanies this will be sent home soon. Next we are switching over to Social Studies with a focus on different kinds of work in communities. Look for some home activities that will be sent home for students to complete. Our class is becoming more and more comfortable with applying various strategies to solve the addition and subtraction of whole numbers. Please ask them about doubles and near doubles, counting on or back, adding a small number to 9, and making nice or easier numbers to add by taking some numbers away from one number and adding it to the next (ex., 8+4 can be changed to 10+2 by taking 2 away from the 4 and adding it to the 8). They really enjoy playing with numbers this way! We have begun our next math unit on Geometry, exploring symmetry and examining 2 & 3D shapes. We are just finishing up with our Opinion Writing. Students are being asked to explain their thinking, check for word wall words, capitals and punctuation. Please encourage this at home as well. Next we are moving into letter writing and some poetry. After this week, we have three word wall words left for dictation. Since not all students have successfully mastered all these words we will continue to work on them until the end of June. I will send a complete sheet of all their words home after our last dictation test. Please keep this at home for review and extra practice.

Lastly, please check the calendar for other important activities.

 

Mrs. H. Shouftas

Dear Families,

Spring has sprung! Students have been busy decorating our hallway with their Cherry Blossom Art. They look stunning and give lots of colour to our hallway.

In Math, students have been learning about how to estimate the length, perimeter and area of various items. They have been using standard and non-standard units to measure items. Ask your child how wide their finder is!

In Science, students have been learning how important clean water is for us. They created a poster telling the class ways we can save our precious water. Students have also learned what air is and how it moves on our Earth.

In Language, students have been learning about the reading strategy of inferring. Inferring is when we try to figure something out that wasn’t completely explained in the story. Students have been having fun inferring unknown words is stories as well. When reading with your child, have your child explain to you the meaning of the words that you read. Have them use the pictures as well as re-reading the text to help them find clues. Until next time, have a great month!

 

Mrs. Gruber

Spring!!  Finally!!  And the timing is perfect.  The students have just begun inquiries into Plants and Soil (Grade 3) and Habitats and Rocks and Minerals (Grade 4), so we are all looking forward to spending time outside as a part of our research and learning.  Other learning that is happening in our classroom includes:  Ontario (Grade 3), Physical Regions of Canada (Grade 4), continued investigation around Measurement in Math (Perimeter and Area), and learning about Lent in Religion.  The class has finished up their Snowman narratives and are looking forward to sharing them with the class in the coming days.  I have noticed a significant improvement in the student’s abilities to use proper conventions within their written work this term.  Keep up the great work class!  After we share our Snowman stories, the class will begin a new Literacy unit that focuses on Fairy Tales.  Other exciting things that are coming up include a trip to Laurel Creek in May, Education Week activities, and a trip to the Groundwater Festival.  Notes and forms will be sent home as we get closer to these events.  As always, if you have any questions, suggestions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

April

Mrs. Rice

Spring is in the air…and with Spring, comes a very busy month for Grade 3’s. In Language Arts and Mathematics, we will begin to prepare for EQAO. We are looking at a variety of writing samples with questions and learning how to develop answers using information and details from the text to justify our thoughts. I have expressed to the students that this is not a test to stress them out or bring on any type of anxiety. I explain that this is a test to see where they are at as learners and how we, as teachers and as a school can push them forward. If you ever have questions or concerns, please to do hesitate to ask me. I will be forwarding more information by the end of the month. In Mathematics, we are finishing up a unit on linear measurement and are and perimeter. As a culminating task, the students have created robots and have had to identify the area and perimeter of the body parts. We are moving into Fractions next! In Science, we are studying Plants. We have experienced lots of fun experiments to help us understand the function of the stem, roots and leaves as well as seeing if a bean can sprout without soil. We will be heading to Laurel Creek on May 1st for a full day. We will do a pond study and soil exploration which both complement our Science curriculum. I wish you all a wonderful Easter, spending time together as a family, making joyful memories!

Junior

Ms. Jarvis

Welcome Spring!!!!!!   It’s hard to believe that summer holidays are just 3 short months away!  We have a lot to look forward to…..

In Math, we are finishing up our multiplication and division unit and will be moving on to probability, measurement and fractions before the year is out.

In Social Studies, students will be learning about Medieval Times in class and then doing an independent study on comparing Ancient Civilizations. This will also tie into Writing.

In Art, we will begin our textured art piece. This usually takes a few weeks to complete.

 

Mrs. Kalbfleisch

Hi everyone,

The wet weather and soggy ground can only mean one thing…blacktop recess is here for spring. Please remind your son or daughter to dress for the weather as the puddles and mud are not kind to clothes and shoes.

Here is a quick note of what April will bring academically!

We have a team of 8 volunteers going to a coding arcade held at WLU in order to share some of the coding they have been doing to create a fun and challenging game.

In Math we are developing our skills in division and fractions and really breaking down the thought that they are scary…we’ve got this!

In Language we are completing our mystery narratives and will have a few displayed during Catholic Education Week for you to see and enjoy. We hope to leave you sitting on the edge of your seat.

In Social Studies we will be digging deeper into the relationship and influence of the European settlers and Indigenous Peoples sharing a fruitful land with much opportunity in life before the 1700’s. We will become familiar with explorers of the new land such as Leif Ericson and John Cabot.

In Religion we continue to follow our Lord’s footsteps as He makes His way to die for our salvation. We are taking other points of view to the narrative that leads up to the crucifixion. How did His friends feel? How was Mary coping and who consoled her? How did Jesus feel when Veronica wipes His weary face?

We are sad to say we have another friend moving out of this school area and would like to wish Damon and his family the best of luck in their new home! We will miss you Damon.

Please continue to send socks for Lent, we will donate them prior to Easter.

Until Next time…Mrs. K and the Grade 5’s

 

Ms. McLeod

We are so excited for this cold weather to finally leave and for nice weather to come!! For the month of April, the students will be focusing on “Intrinsic Motivation” for our school theme.

This month we will be focusing on the following things:

Writing: April is the month of poetry! We will be looking at creating our own poetry after learning about different types and figurative language.

Reading: along with reading and understanding the poetic meaning behind different examples, we will also be continuing on with our book clubs. The students will be in groups and will be meeting twice a week to have conversations with their groups, as well as, are assigned certain jobs to complete for each time.

Math:
1. Graphs

  1. Representing and estimating decimal numbers

Science: We are starting a new unit on Electricity. We will continue to look at measuring electricity, different types of electricity and circuits.

Social Studies: we have started a new unit on Canada: past and present). We are continuing to look at learning about how different groups have helped to shape Canada’s identity, as well as, learn about how certain groups were not always treated as fairly as they should have been.

Art: origami and sculpture art

Health: substance abuse

Gym: Dance

Intermediate

Mrs. Hurren – Portable One

Ahhhhh! April!

Spring is in the air

Flowers are blooming sky high

Children are laughing.

What a perfect time to be inspired to compose a little poetry! We will spend our time in Language during the month of April fine tuning our thesis statements and introductory paragraphs and creating our own poetry portfolios. Have your son/daughter convince you buy sharing their persuasive writing and practice their self-selected poetry slam contribution.

We have successfully wrapped up our Number Sense unit on Fractions, Decimals and Percentages and I am happy to say your mathematician has grown in their confidence and ability to deal with these ‘not-so-scary’ numbers. For the remainder of the month we will be cementing our understanding of solving equations, and investigating the formulas for calculating surface area and volume of rectangular prisms.

We are excavating our way into Geography and are excitedly examining the challenges and opportunities presented by our physical environment. Ask your geologist to explain to you what causes Earthquakes and what the deal is with the ring of fire (aside from being a Cash career hit!).

Important Dates in April:

*Our class will be leading the school through the Stations of the Cross on Holy Thursday at 2:30 PM – if you are available, please come and join us as we begin the Holy Triduum.

*We will be completing our Grade 7 CAT Testing the week of April 23rd – 26th.

*Intermediate Badminton tournament is on April 25th.

Portable One Shout Outs: Congratulations to Owen and Chris for designing the most heat containing travel mug!

Math Challenge: If 7 + 3y = 22, then 2y = ?

Wishing you and your family a blessed Easter.

 

Mr. Vuylsteke

Hello April!

We are back in full swing after March break and there is lots on the go in Room 2.

Our introduction to our Fluids unit kicked off with hydraulic Judo Bot construction and a ‘battle’ tournament. Only one bot could take home the championship – congrats goes to Aaron on bringing home the Judo Bot Trophy! Look for pictures and video to be posted soon to our google classroom.

We have started to explore the topics of Settlement and Sustainability in Geography, and are busy working every angle in Geometry. Our language focus this month is expository writing – please ask your student to explain to you what expository writing is all about, and some of the global water issues we’re exploring for this task.

We have an exciting trip lined up on April 18th to the Youth Symposium. Please see the note I sent home regarding this unique opportunity. I have brought my 8s in the past and it is always a memorable and impactful day. – Please get in touch with any questions or cost concerns.

In May we will be departing for Ottawa. Expect more information and communication as the trip approaches.

Finally – GRAD! It’s hard to think that this group of learners are soon on their way to bigger things!

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 25th. We will be looking for parent involvement to form a ‘Grad Committee’. Please reach out if this is something you’re interested in.

Please be sure to spend some time with family and enjoy each others company this month as we celebrate Easter and some time away from the classroom!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cannabis/Vaping Prevention

Changes in societies’ values and laws create unique challenges for young people.  The Recent changes to the laws regarding Cannabis and the growing popularity in Vaping have presented many questions and concerns that impact our students.

Below are links to access more  information regarding Cannabis and Vaping.

 

Cannabis Prevention

https://cssdp.org/uploads/2018/04/Sensible-Cannabis-Education-A-Toolkit-for-Educating-Youth.pdf

https://www.camh.ca/en/science-and-research/institutes-and-centres/institute-for-mental-health-policy-research/ontario-student-drug-use-and-health-survey—osduhs

https://ccsa.ca/sites/default/files/2019-04/CCSA-Canadian-Youth-Perceptions-on-Cannabis-Report-2017-en.pdf

Vaping Prevention 

https://www.canada.ca/en/services/health/publications/healthy-living/talking-teen-vaping-tip-sheet-parents.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EsNG7RcStQ

 

https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/resources/Documents/Vaping_Fact_Sheet.pdf

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Umbrella Project April Theme – Intrinsic Motivation

THE UMBRELLA PROJECT: INTRINSIC MOTIVATION

 

WHAT IS INTRINSIC MOTIVATION?

Intrinsic motivation is:

  • Motivation that comes from inside you instead of from external rewards like money or grades
  • The pleasure a person gets from the task itself
  • The drive to do something because it is interesting, challenging and absorbing
  • The motivation to adopt or change a behavior for your own happiness

WHY DOES INTRINSIC MOTIVATION MATTER? HOW DOES IT HELP US?

When we are intrinsically motivated we do activities simply for enjoyment, and we don’t worry as much about the reward at the end. Failing to hit the goals, marks or achievements we are hoping for it can be tough, especially when the outcome was the only thing we cared about. When we enjoy the process, it takes some of the stress off the end result and makes us feel happier overall. In fact, being intrinsically motivated increases our success at the end of the day.

RESEARCH BASED OUTCOMES OF INTRINSIC MOTIVATION

  1. Increases time spent in a positive mood
  2. Improves engagement at school
  3. Higher levels of academic success
  4. Improves creativity
  5. Improves our coping strategies
  6. Helps us stick with tasks longer

 

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