St. Michael Spirit 41 Samson St. Sudbury, ON (P3E 1W2) email@example.com Phone: 674-3843 Fax.: 674-9652 FEBRUARY 2010 Principal: C.Pitman HOPE FOR HAITI: PEACEFUL by December 31, 2010 please call the SCHOOLS INTERNATIONAL office for more information. Showing Kindness Please pass this wonderful information The devastating earthquake in Haiti this on to anyone who has children eligible past week, has demonstrated the fact for school. that people around the world are guided by kindness, compassion and JK/SK Report Cards generosity. At St. Michael School we Junior and Senior Kindergarten report would like to show our compassion and cards will be going home on kindle the flame of kindness for the Wednesday, February 3rd . Please people of Haiti. We will be holding a remember to sign and return Page 3 of HAT DAY on Friday, February 5th and the report card. Interviews will take the students can bring in a voluntary place Feb.4th between 3:30-4:30 donation of $2.00. Your support for the p.m. Please contact Ms. Hall if you are people of Haiti will be greatly requesting an interview. appreciated. MMA OPEN HOUSE Full time JK Parents and Gr. 6 girls are welcome to attend the Marymount Open House on Feb.4th at 6:00 p.m. Please bring your registration forms. FAMILY DAY We are very excited that beginning September 2010 all of our Junior Kindergarten programs (Regular and French Immersion) will become full day! Research indicates that early On October 11, 2007, the Government intervention has a profound impact on of Ontario announced the creation of a future development and success. Full province wide statutory holiday known day kindergarten will provide a as Family Day. This day will occur on smoother transition to the next grade February 15, for the purpose of and help children develop the social and emphasizing and celebrating the academic skills necessary to succeed in importance of families taking time to be school and in life. If you have a child together. As a result, there will be no who will be four years old school for students and staff on Monday February 15th. TRANSPORTATION CONSTORTIUM early or at the end of the day (not WEBSITE taking the bus). Thank you. HEALTHY EATING We continue to provide “Tasty The Transportation Consortium’s Thursday”, vegetable day and ‘Tuttie Website at www.sssc.ca/english is a Fruiti” fruit day, every second week. good one to bookmark for information Thank you to our parent volunteers who on the status of buses, bussing make this possible. procedures, delays and weather announcements. PRAYER ASH WEDNESDAY Feb.17th PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES Dear and Gracious God, this month we are being the observance of Lent with Ash Wednesday and the placing of ashes on our foreheads. As you watched over Jesus in his forty days, watch over us as we prepare to celebrate Easter. The Sudbury Catholic School Board has May our works of kindness, our prayers developed an Administrative Procedure and our fasting help us to be ready for and Guideline to regulate the use of the great feast of your Son’s student Personal Electronic Devices resurrection. We pray, In the name of (PEDs). Personal Electronic Devices are the Father, and of the Son and of the wireless and/or portable handheld Holy Spirit. Amen equipment that include some of the following items: cell phones, pagers, video games, CD players, compact DVD WINTER WEATHER players, MP players, iPods, digital or film cameras etc… We are requesting that if your child(ren) bring any of these communication technologies to school, that they are to keep them in their packsacks so that Please ensure that your child is dressed they are not visible in the school and appropriately for winter weather. are not used in the school. Required clothing should include the Your cooperation is much appreciated. following: hat, mittens, warm coat, snow If you have any questions, please pants, slush pants, winter boots, neck contact the office. warmer. If your child is not properly dressed and thus at risk-he/she may not SEND A NOTE be allowed to go outside during recess. Do not hesitate to contact the office if Please send a note to the classroom you have any questions or concerns. teacher if your child is being picked up Once again, safety is our primary focus. HOWEVER, if the story and ideas seem very Recycling; Saving the planet one interesting to him/her, don't worry about the classroom at a time number of words not understood or recognized. Starting January we will begin by 3. Just Right. Ask your child to read silently for introducing ‘litter-less lunches’ on Tuesdays. This means that we can all several pages, then ask, "Please explain what try to reduce how much garbage we you have just read," with the book closed. If your produce at school by using recyclable child can give you a brief idea of what the story containers for sandwiches and snacks. is about, then he/she is reading and understanding the materials. If the child cannot understand or recall the story, then you know he/she has poor reading comprehension. IMPROVING UNDERSTANDING 4. Reading For Understanding. Children may HOMEWORK be able to read the words, but often do not understand what the words mean. Helping them Homework and assignments are a very understand the world about them by talking to important part of your child’s education. them about the things they see and use will Please make sure to check your child’s improve their understanding of words. This may agenda nightly for messages, mean using difficult vocabulary and explaining assignment notes and test dates. It is what the words mean. important that your child know that you are interested in and supportive of 5. Improve Reading Understanding. Watching his/her endeavours! Reading together television and talking over the plot or talking nightly is a great way to both remain about advertising, billboards and signs as you close to your children and to emphasize are driving down the street are ways of the fun of reading! improving your child's reading comprehension. He/she will have a better understanding of what TEN TIPS FOR HELPING YOUR is heard, seen, and sensed. CHILD READ EFFECTIVELY HELPFUL TIPS CHOOSING A BOOK 6. Make Reading Useful. Give your child tasks 1. Too Easy. Ask your child to select a book and to do that are within his/her reading ability. read. If two or three pages can be read without Examples: reading the road map on trips, mistakes, ask the child to find a more difficult ordering from a menu, reading the directions for book to read. assembling a model, or reading advertising. 2. Too Hard. If the child makes three mistakes 7. Reading To Children. Reading is not per page, it may be too difficult and frustrating. meaningful until the child wants to read. The Find an easier book for your child to read. child will want to read when he/she sees other family members acquiring useful information VIRTUE OF THE MONTH through reading. Reading to a child stimulates COMPASSION seeking more resources for reading. During the month of February we 8. Reading For A Purpose. There needs to be celebrate the virtue of COMPASSION. a reason for reading that is child-centered. In Luke’s Gospel, we read “Be Reading directions for model cars, airplanes, compassionate as God is boats, doll houses, etc., recipes, "how-to" books, compassionate.” We understand or repair manuals needs to go beyond just compassion not only as the ability to reading. The child must interpret what is read empathize with one another but also to and then experience the results. act on behalf of that other person. It is 9. Develop Speaking Skills. Speaking in evident when we care deeply and want complete sentences to express ideas in a logical to help others, even if we do not know order is important too. Helping your child them. It is being kind and forgiving to organize spoken ideas also helps him/her learn someone who has hurt you. We to read and write. Most children learn to tell practice COMPASSION when we are: others their ideas before they can read. Helpful to a person or animal in CAUTION: need 10. Don't Go To Extremes. Reading, like Notice when someone is hurt or speaking, is a tool that should be comfortable to needs a friend use. It is a method used to transmit information Imagine how another person and to transport yourself mentally, using words might be feeling as images, to other times and places. Make reading fun. Read jokes. Read comedy. Read Take time to show you care fiction and non-fiction. Read a variety of materials. Forgive others when they make mistakes Reach out in the broader community to share our resources and skills The more we talk, teach and learn about compassion, the closer our Graduates come to dedicating themselves to the common good and to doing God’s work.