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September 2014

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” 
~ Mother Teresa

Dear Parent(s) and Guardian(s),

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome back your children along with any new families that have joined our school community.  We have a number of new staff members as you can see on the attached list.  Our board has hired Ms. Jill Foran as a Child and Youth Worker for Sacred Heart School.   Your children are a gift to us and we thank you for working with us to establish routines ( e.g. regular attendance, time for them to talk to you and reflect on their school work,  healthy foods, exercise, lots of water and plenty of sleep).  We believe in a growth mindset or as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe says, “ If you treat an individual as he is, he will stay as he is, but if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.”

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October 2014

October 6, 2014

Dear Parent(s) and Guardian(s),

We continue to be proud of our students’ EQAO results as an indicator of how well our students are performing and that they continue to close the gap from kindergarten to grade six.  In reading and writing, grade six students improved 24% from their results in grade 3 with 76% of our students scoring at levels 3 and 4.  There were 7 grade six students that performed at level 4 in Math. Your involvement in your child’s schooling supports their learning and thinking.  As well, research continues to verify how important nurturing a growth mindset is to supporting learning.  This means that students see challenges and mistakes as opportunities for growth.  In a fixed mindset student, he or she would see a mistake as a weakness and would not want to be exposed or ask questions that would lead to understanding the problem.  Growth mindset students believe in themselves and know that if they have an open to learning stance they can do well in any area of learning.  One way you can support a growth mindset is to praise your child for persevering when solving tough problems.  Being resilient and having a strong work ethic are character traits that will help them be successful in life.

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November 2015

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

These past two months have been a most excellent continuation of the fantastic learning journey that we began in September. The school (and surrounding environment) have been filled with students actively engaged in learning about the world they live in, the ways in which we interact with it, and answering the questions they generate as they explore. Classrooms indoors and out provide opportunities for students to learn through authentic experiences and to connect the curriculum to the real world in ways that are meaningful to them. In October, students worked hard to raise money for cancer research and participated in the Terry Fox Walk. A team of cross country runners also participated in the Turkey Trot race in Dryden and were they proudly represented our school and performed very well. Our school’s open house also took place and was a great opportunity for the school to open its doors to the community and provided us the opportunity to share some of the terrific things that are going on at Sacred Heart School. As November continues, we remember those who have served for our freedom and give thanks for the opportunities that their sacrifices have made possible for us. November will also be a month of continued focus on academics, both in literacy and numeracy but also in growing together in Christian faith. On a more personal note, It has been a pleasure to spend time getting to know our students, staff and families this term. Whenever I visit a class, the children are eager to share their learning, demonstrate a skill or explain what they are doing. Samples of student work are displayed on the bulletin boards and the ownership and pride students feel from being a part of this school community are evident. Thank you to each member of our learning community for all that you do to make Sacred Heart School such a vibrant and caring place to be. 
Yours in Christ,
Brody Marsonet

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