“A man who was completely innocent offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.” – Mahatma Gandhi
This week we joyously welcome the liturgical season of Easter with the celebration of Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday, marking the end of Holy Week and the end of Lent. Easter symbolizes hope, renewal, and new life; all of which are especially poignant and uplifting reminders during these challenging times.
Please see below for important reminders and updates for the week.
HEALTH AND SAFETY REMINDERS
Thank you to staff, students and families for working so hard to follow our COVID 19 safety protocols. While I recognize that this has been an exhausting year, we must continue to be vigilant about following public health directions. We have noticed that with the nice weather students are returning to the school after hours to use the area. Please keep in mind that WCDSB Extended Day Care uses the space for our after-school program until 6:00 p.m. For students using the area after hours, we ask that they remain masked when congregating with anyone outside of their own family.
Students have been reminded that cell phones must remain in their backpacks at all times when on school property unless they have the expressed permission and supervision of their teacher. We ask for your support in reinforcing this message at home and discussing the importance of digital citizenship and respect when using technology. As always, please contact the school office at 519-653-3351 if you need to get in touch with your child(ren) during the school day.
Please be reminded that all adults and all students must wear a face mask while on any part of St. Michael’s outdoor school property. Please be diligent as arrival and dismissal times inherently have more people moving about.
Access to the school remains limited to staff, students and essential visitors only. (i.e. maintenance persons). Anyone other than staff or students, must have pre-approval from Mrs. Papp and complete a COVID-19 Screening Assessment prior to entering the building.
Students must check for symptoms of illness every day before going to school. You can screen your child or yourself by taking the COVID-19 school and child care screening.
DRESS FOR THE WEATHER
Just a reminder to ensure that your child have proper clothes coming to school. Many of the students are outside for gym and recess/lunch breaks. While the weather has been warmer lately – it can fluctuate during the day so please have our children dress in layers. In addition, please ensure that your child has both indoor and outdoor shoes at school each day.
We are asking for all students to have a refillable water bottle at school each day. Our water fountains are closed for drinking due to public health regulations but our filling stations are open. We want to make sure that our Angels stay hydrated throughout the day!
NEW UMBRELLA THEME – INTRINSIC MOTIVATION
Be on the lookout for the flow state
Flow state is that state of existence when we are completely engaged in what we are doing. Coined by the researcher, Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, it describes the feeling of being energized and fully absorbed in a task. You might see this state in a high-level athlete as they execute an extremely difficult skill for example or in our children when they are so absorbed in what they are doing that they lose all sense of time. You’ve probably felt it yourself when you have been so absorbed in something you look at the clock and realize hours have passed without realizing it. Flow state is a great indicator of intrinsic motivation and enjoyment of the process.
Flow state exists just a step beyond our current ability levels and usually requires us to recruit all of our attention to complete the task. Often referred to as goldilocks tasks, these activists are not too hard, not too easy… just right! The tasks that elicit this state help us work up to our potential, challenge ourselves and build confidence in our abilities. In a learning environment, the lessons that fall in this sweet spot are usually the ones that keep our children the most engaged – preventing boredom from tasks that are too easy and anxiety or procrastination from tasks that are too hard.
Be on the lookout this month for the activities that put your child in this state of flow and help them find opportunities to practice these activities. Identifying the natural flow states our children experience is a great way to learn about what type of activities, learning methods, and environments intrinsically motivate them. With this information we can teach our children how to move towards this flow state more often, practicing their intrinsic motivation and prioritizing engagement with the process instead of just the outcome.
You’ve got this!
Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project
DATES TO REMEMBER!
Wednesday, April 7 – Umbrella Theme Assembly
Friday, April 9 – MADD Presentations for Junior classes
Monday, April 12-16 – Spring Break (no school)
Monday, May 24th – Victoria Day Holiday
Friday, June 4th – PD Day (no school)
Monday, June 28th – Term 2 Reports go home