January 12th Newsletter

posted Jan 12, 2020, 6:36 AM by Michelle McGarry

Hello and Happy New Year to all!

I hope everyone had a joyous Christmas Season!  

During Advent, we were humbled your support of our families in our community and Minwaashin Lodge.  This great partnership between home, School Council, Ottawa’s School Resource Officer team and our staff went a long way to support our children’s development of empathy and community-mindedness!

Ongoing Labour Relation Developments

As you are aware, there are ongoing labour relation developments underway with our teacher’s union, OECTA.  The information regarding this will come directly from the Board, through the email you have provided to the school.  Shorter versions, but the same information, will also be tweeted out by our Board and retweeted by myself through @assisiOCSB as well as posted on our Board’s website and our school website. I want to reassure you that we have a strong community of Catholic educators at St Francis who will continue to provide a safe and welcoming learning environment for your children.

To note, educators may be picketing from 8:30 -9:00 as well as after school during this time of job action. Traffic flow should not be disrupted.

Big Kick off to the Zones of Regulation on our School Yard: How can families support?

Our Safe & Accepting School Committee's next step is to organize calming spots on our schoolyards similar to what we provide in our classrooms.  Thus we will be introducing a “yellow zone” in each yard. This zone will be for students to go to, either of their own choosing or as directed by an adult, to breathe and calm their bodies before returning to play. To urge home and school to use the same vocabulary, here is one of many  resources for you to explore.  You can also ask your children and learn from them! We really feel that this will help our students more independently make safe choices on the yard.  The big Spirit Assembly kick-off will happen tomorrow morning. 

“Self-regulation is something everyone continually works on whether or not we are cognizant of it.  We all encounter trying circumstances that test our limits from time to time. If we are able to recognize when we are becoming less regulated, we are able to do something about it to manage our feelings and get ourselves to a healthy place.”

The Red Zone is used to describe extremely heightened states of alertness and intense emotions.  A person may be elated or experiencing anger, rage, devastation, or terror when in the Red Zone. 

The Yellow Zone is also used to describe a heightened state of alertness and elevated emotions, however one has more control when they are in the Yellow Zone.  A person may be experiencing stress, frustration, anxiety, excitement, silliness, the wiggles, or nervousness when in the Yellow Zone.  

The Green Zone is used to describe a calm state of alertness. A person may be described as happy, focused, content, or ready to learn when in the Green Zone.  This is the zone where optimal learning occurs.  

The Blue Zone is used to describe low states of alertness and down feelings such as when one feels sad, tired, sick, or bored.  

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration begins this week - please spread the word! We welcome growth in our school! Staffing is greatly influenced by the number of students who register this winter/spring.

Sacramental Preparation

As a reminder to families of the upcoming Sacramental preparation events:

Wednesday, Jan 22nd @ 6:30 pm in the church ~ meeting regarding Reconciliation and workbook return 

Wednesday, January 29th  @ 6:30 pm in the church ~ First Reconciliation

Lastly, January 24th is a PD Day. Term 1 report cards and IEPs go home February 13th.

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the school should you have any questions or suggestions.

Warm regards,

Michelle McGarry