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Monthly Archives: November 2017

Spirit Update #11

Mountain of Love

Our annual Mountain of Love campaign has concluded. Thank you to everyone who could assist us. The items are now slowly filtering out to new homes across the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.

 

St. Nicholas Speaker Series

Dr. Daniel Smilek, Jeremy Marty-Dugas & Brandon Ralph will be presenting on: ‘Social media use, gaming and media-multitasking: Should you be concerned?’ Next week on Thursday November 30th at 6:30pm in the library.  Details concerning is presentation are available in last week’s update. Babysitting will be offered.  Please RSVP at: https://goo.gl/forms/vFn3lMHhwpcQYRXA2

WCDSB Basketball & Volleyball Championships

Congratulations to our Girls Basketball Team and our Boys Volleyball Team who showcased their skills at this week’s respective WCDSB Championships. Out of the 45 elementary schools in our district the boys team finished 3rd and the girls team finished 6th. Placing two teams in the final eight is a great accomplishment. Thanks to Mrs. Beesley, Mr. Patterson, Mr. Freiburger and Mr. Fitzgerald for coaching.

Well done Spirit!

Resurrection CSS Open House

A reminder to parents and students in Gr. 8. Resurrection CSS is holding its Open House on November 29th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

Go Phoenix!

First Reconciliation

Please keep our students who will be receiving the Sacrament of First Reconciliation at St. Michael Church on November 29th at 7 pm in your prayers.

Spirit Update #10

Mountain of Love

Our annual Mountain of Love campaign has begun. If you have any clean, gently-worn winter coats, mitts, hats, scarves and boots at home, please bring them to school to create our “Mountain of Love.”

 

St. Nicholas Speaker Series

St. Nicholas School Council will be hosting the first talk in our Social Media, Mental Health and Well-Being Speakers Series on November 30th at 6:30pm in the Learning Commons. The speaker series is funded by a PRO grant and has been in response to parent requests for more information on social media and mental health.

Dr. Daniel Smilek, Jeremy Marty-Dugas & Brandon Ralph will be presenting on: Social media use, gaming and media-multitasking: Should you be concerned?

Social media use, gaming, and media multitasking are on the rise and there are growing concerns about the consequences of these behaviors. During our presentation, we will address three interrelated issues.  First, we will explore the relation between media use and mental health, as well as the addictive aspects of social media and gaming platforms.  Second, because electronic devices are increasingly being used in the classroom and while studying, we will discuss the impact of media-multitasking on learning and memory. Finally, we will explore various practical strategies students, parents and teachers can implement to reduce the negative impact of media-related behaviors in everyday life.

Dr. Daniel Smilek is a professor of psychology at the University of Waterloo.  His research focuses on understanding how attention and perception operate in everyday situations. Jeremy Marty-Dugas is a PhD student in psychology at the University of Waterloo whose research focuses on the way people experience the spectrum of attentional states focusing on mind-wandering and the experience of flow. Brandon Ralph is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo whose research focuses on vigilance, mind wandering and media multitasking.  They all work in Dr Smilek’s Vision and Attention Lab.

Refreshments will be served. To RSVP, please follow the link: https://goo.gl/forms/olxAA2JOz4yFQt2j2

We look forward to seeing you there!

WCDSB Basketball & Volleyball Championships

Congratulations to our Girls Basketball Team and our Boys Volleyball Team who have both qualified for post season play. As a result of both teams winning their playoff games this week, they’ve each earned a berth in the WCDSB Championship tournament, as one of the top eight teams in our school board, to be played at RIM Park this week. Go luck to both teams, Girls on Tuesday and Boys on Wednesday. Go Spirit!

Confirmation Parent Meeting

There will be a Confirmation parent meeting at St. Michael’s Church on November 22 at 7 pm.

Spirit Update #9

Mountain of Love

Our annual Mountain of Love campaign has begun. If you have any clean, gently-worn winter coats, mitts, hats, scarves and boots at home, please bring them to school to create our “Mountain of Love.”

 

St. Nicholas CES Speaker Series

Further to our mission to be a Healthy, Safe School and building on the parent feedback (received from April 2017 Parent survey) – the St. Nicholas School Council has received a PRO grant to support a 3-part speaker series.  This series of guest speakers is an effort to enhance parent involvement in our children’s lives through better comprehension of their children’s use of social media.  It will also address issues related to the mental health of their children as affected by their use of social media platforms.

Improved Student Achievement and Well-being:

Social Media is being used by kids and is here to stay. Technology and fashion may entice children to use different platforms from their parents (e.g., Snapchat instead of Facebook). It is important for parents to be aware of what their kids are exposed to through their use of social media, and how potential predators can contact their children online. Studies have also shown that some individuals display symptoms of an addiction to social media. We hope that through education, through these three speakers’ presentations, parents will become more aware of how social media use can affect their children’s wellbeing and learning outcomes.

Details:

School Council has extended an invitation to three speakers to address students and parents regarding the safe use of social media, and the potential effects of social media use on mental health and well-being:

  1. On November 30th, Dr. Daniel Smilek from the Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo to discuss how social media use is related to mental health of children. In addition, two of Dr. Smilek’s graduate students will be invited to talk to students in grades 5 to 8 about social media, multi-tasking and mental health.
  2. On January 16th, Detective Sandor Illess from the Waterloo Regional Police Service, Child Exploitation Unit to talk about how to keep children safe on the internet;
  3. On April 17th, Cat Coode from Binary Tatoo will talk about how kids should behave safely on social media and will inform their parents on how to foster safe use of social media in their children. Cat Coode will also cover how to safely behave on social media platforms with the children of the school.

More information will be available next week on the first presentation in this series.  A link to RSVP will also be provided at that time.  Stay tuned!

Photo Retakes

Please remember that photo retakes will occur on Monday, November 13th in the afternoon.

PA Day – November 17th

November 17th is a PA Day for staff, so students won’t be at school. Staff will be working on student achievement in numeracy.

Spirit Update #8

Remembrance Day Ceremony

This year Remembrance Day is on Saturday, November 11th. At St. Nicholas, we would still like to honour and remember those who have given so much, so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have today. We would like to invite you to join us for our Remembrance Day Ceremony on Wednesday, November 8th at 10:45 am.

Parent Student Teacher Conferences

Our annual parent/student/teacher conferences are scheduled for November 9th from 4 to 8 pm. Again, this year parents will be able to sign up electronically via stnicholas.schoolappointments.com . If you’re unable to secure a conference for that evening please touch base with your child’s teacher to set up another time or a phone conversation.

 

Not certain how to register? Please see the attached instructions. Feel free to call Mrs. Strong if you need further assistance.

Condensed Parent Instructions

Mountain of Love

Our annual Mountain of Love campaign has begun. If you have any clean, gently-worn winter coats, mitts, hats, scarves and boots at home, please bring them to school to create our “Mountain of Love.”

mountain of love