THE UMBRELLA PROJECT THEME FOR NOVEMBER – GROWTH MINDSET

The new Umbrella Project Theme for the month of November is Growth Mindset. Having a growth mindset (the belief that you are in control of your own ability, and can learn and improve) is the key to success. Yes, hard work, effort, and persistence are all important, but not as important as having that underlying belief that you are in control of your own destiny. The attached link shows a video to help explain Growth Mindset to your child(ren).

Growth Mindset Video

 

MONSTER MASH SUCCESS!

What a wonderful Dance A Thon we had!  It was a ton of fun and the students danced the day away!  This event is our largest fundraiser and so much planning goes into an event like this.  Our Catholic School Advisory Council, made up of our parents were instrumental in ensuring that the dance a thon was a huge success!  Thank you to all of your commitment to ensuring that our Angels had a great day and that we continue to raise funds for our school community.  Our students who won prizes for top fundraising will be announced later in the month during a school assembly.  Our total fundraising amount will also be announced as soon as we have all fundraising envelopes returned.  Thank you to all who helped make this day a great success!

                                 

PARKING LOT RENOVATIONS

We are excited to announce that our side parking lot will be undergoing some renovations.  We will be continuing the sidewalk and fencing down the side of the lot to direct walkers away from the parking lot to the back of the parking lot.  This will mean that they will enter the school yard without having to be in the parking lot at all, thus increasing the safety overall.   Work will be done over the next couple of weeks and we will continue to keep you updated as we move along.

RAIN DAYS AND PARKING AT FRONT OF SCHOOL

Please be reminded that there is NO PARKING at the front of the school, even on rainy days.  The front parking lot is reserved for buses and JK/SK Kiss and Drop parents only.  The Kiss and Drop is a service that allows JK/SK parents to drive and let their children out of the car where they are met with parent/student volunteers to escort their children to their Kindergarten area.  All other parents are able to drop students off on Winterhalt Avenue and walk their students to the appropriate door.  In addition, you can also park on Concession Road and walk to the school as well.  Our staff are supervising the parking lot to keep all students safe and we appreciate your support.  Please continue to respect the rules around parking to ensure the safety of all of the students at the school.

PROGRESS REPORTS AND PARENT/STUDENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

Progress reports will be coming home on Tuesday.  Please review with your child all of the wonderful attributes they are showcasing this year.  Embedded into the progress report are next steps for each student to help them improve. Take a look – lots of suggestions to help move your child forward in their learning! Your conference time will be given with your report card on Tuesday.  

NOVEMBER FIT BIT – Plant-Based Protein Foods

Canada’s food guide recommends that we fill ¼ of our plate with protein foods, and choose plant-based protein foods more often. Plant-based protein foods tend to be higher in fiber and lower in saturated fat than protein foods that come from animals. Eating less saturated fat and more fiber is good for heart health. On top of that, plant-based protein foods can be less costly, and are easy to prepare!

Beans, lentils, tofu, nuts and seeds are a few protein foods that come from plants. Of these, there are quite a few varieties and endless preparation ideas! Most of the time, you can add these foods to the dishes you already make for your family.

Here are some easy ways to include plant-based protein foods in your favourite meals:

  • Add beans or lentils to soups and stews instead of meat.
  • Top salads with chickpeas.
  • Add tofu to your favourite stir fry.
  • Spread hummus on a wrap or pita and fill with vegetables like lettuce, tomato and cucumber.
  • Use beans in burritos.
  • Blend soft tofu into soups to make them thicker and creamier.

Or, try this lentil recipe:

Curried Vegetable Lentil Stew

Makes: 6 servings

Get creative and substitute whatever vegetables you have on hand, fresh or frozen, in this recipe. Try replacing the potatoes with cauliflower, squash or sweet potato, or use spinach instead of green beans.

Ingredients:

2 tsp                      canola oil

1 whole                 red onion, chopped

4 whole                 garlic cloves, minced

1 Tbsp                   ginger, minced (or 1 tsp ground)

2 Tbsp                   curry paste or curry powder

1 tsp                      garam masala*

¼ cup                    cilantro, chopped

2 Tbsp                   whole wheat flour

2 ½ cups               low sodium vegetable broth

2 whole                 potatoes, diced

1 whole                bell pepper, chopped

6 oz                        green beans, chopped

1 (540 mL) can   low sodium lentils

Directions:

  1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, ginger, curry paste, garam masala and half of the cilantro. Cook for 3 minutes, or until onions begin to soften.
  2. Stir in flour until absorbed, then slowly pour in the broth. Stir until combined.
  3. Add potatoes, bell pepper, green beans and lentils and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook, stirring often, for 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender.
  4. Serve with remaining cilantro.

*Garam masala is a spice mixture made of cumin, coriander, cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.

Adapted from food-guide.canada.ca. Visit food-guide.canada.ca and unlockfood.ca  for more information and recipes for protein foods that come from plants.

Brought to you by Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services.

DATES TO REMEMBER!

  • Tues. Nov 5 – School Council
  • Tues. Nov 5 – Progress Reports go home
  • Wed. Nov 6 – Grade 8 Arts and Tech day at Bennies
  • Wed. Nov 6 – Weasner to Safety Village
  • Thurs. Nov 7 – Parent-Student-Teacher Interviews
  • Fri. Nov 8 – Grade 3 and 4 Safety Village Trip
  • Fri. Nov 8 – Bus Evacuation Training
  • Mon. Nov 11 – Remembrance Day Ceremony (AM)
  • Wed. Nov 13 – Photo Retake Day
  • Fri. Nov 15 – PD Day