I was just reading an article that sums up what I as both a parent and educator have been struggling with for a long time. Kids are hard to raise in the best of times, and over the last few years it has not exactly been the best of times. How can we help get our kids back on track? At the school we focus on supporting students academic and emotional well-being, but the real impact will come from home. The changes parents make at home will support kids in all facets of their lives. Have a read, see you what you think, it changed my thinking on my parenting style.
It seems like an odd think to think about as we contiue to battle with the pandemic, the need to wear masks and social distance, but there are many things to be thankful for. I hope that as you observe Thanksgiving this weekend you can look for reasons to celebrate and give thanks. We at DMC are thankful everyday for our students and the supportive, caring community we are part of. From all the staff at DMC, we wish everyone a safe and restful long weekend.
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The 2021-22 school is up and running. It has been a smooth transition back to learning and as I visited classrooms there was lots of excitement and some sleepy faces at the same time. It takes a few days to brush off the summer routine and get back into the school routine. We had all hoped that by now COVID would be a distant memory, but it continues to hang on, we are committed to making this a great year for our DMC families despite the ongoing pandemic issues. I would like to welcome all of our new students and staff to DMC and their families as we embark on the learning journey together. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at DMC if you have any questions, we would be happy to help. Two very important faces that are new in their roles are Karen Hunter, who takes over as our administrative assistant from Cheryl Boivin, we are happy to have Karen in the role. We also welcome Deb Mckee as our newest office support. These are the faces of DMC, the ones that greet everyone coming to the school.
Lastly, thanks to all of our parents for your continued support, you are greatly appreciated.
Once again, thanks to all of our families for all of the support you have given us during this challenging year. We hope everyone has a restful summer, enjoys family and friends and comes back for an invigorated, hopefully normal school year. As a staff we are already planning for the return of lockers, sports, clubs and regular complimentary programming. We are hopeful that we will be able to offer a wide range of opportunities for all of our students again next year. It is, however, highly likely that we will be starting the year in a cohort model that can be gradually released as restriictions hopefully disappear.
We wish you all the best over the summer and look forward to seeing everyone in the fall. To our departing grade 9's, we also wish you the best of luck as you move to high school.
It is hard to believe that June is almost over and summer is near. For those families looking to give their children a head start for September, the single best thing you can do is encourage reading. The Calgary Public Library has the Ultimate
Summer Challenge underway, and looks like a great way to get kids reading. Research has shown that reading will strengthen your brain, increase ability to empathize, build vocabulary, improve spelling, reduce stress, helps with a good nights sleep, helps alleviate depression symptoms, and could help you live longer.
Another great way to support summer learning is through Kahn Academy. They have a multitude of free courses to keep kids thinking and fresh. Of course everyone needs a break, but a bit of reading and some math will help prevent summer learning loss.
We are very excited to have the students return next week. If you borrowed a computer please bring it back ASAP as it takes some work to put the charging stations back together. We will move our lunch time back to normal starting Tuesday the 25th, a split lunch with grade 5 and 7 first and grade 6, 8 and 9 going the second session.
We are close to the end of the year and will be working toward completing those final assignments and supporting students as they transition to the summer. It is essential that parents encourage their children to read regularly this summer. Reading is the single most important thing they can do to support their learning.
Reading Stats and Facts:
- “Extensive reading was linked to superior performance on measures of general knowledge, vocabulary, spelling, verbal fluency, and reading comprehension.” – Cunningham and Stanovich, 1998
- “In one of the most extensive studies of reading yet conducted, Anderson, Wilson, and Fielding traced reading growth to reading and reading volume. They found that the amount of time students spent reading was the best predictor of reading achievement.” – Anderson, Wilson, and Fielding (1988)
- “It is clear that reading early in life are critical factors in student success,” – Anthony W. Marx, president of the New York Public Library, New York Times (2015)
- “Differences in volume of pleasure reading between good and poor readers is massive.” – Cunningham and Stanovich, 1998
- “Differences in reading volume make an independent contribution to growth in reading and language skills.” – Mol & Bus, 2011
- “Research consistently shows strong correlation to reading & academic success at all ages” – National Center for Educational Statistics
Find some great books and read with them! Books make us smarter.
We know that this is a stressful time for everyone, particularly our grade 7 to 9 families that are learning online. Here are some tips that may help you at home from the website Mindfuel:
1. Limit distractions and make sure the space is functional.
Removing distractions like other electronic devices and screens will go a long way in helping your child find success learning online. The space should be comfortable, well-lit and quiet to help your child concentrate.
2. Encourage regular breaks and stretching, and remember mental health is just as important as physical health.
It can be hard to stay focused when looking at a computer screen for a prolonged period of time, so make sure your child is taking frequent breaks throughout the day to rest their eyes and stretch their muscles. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused undue stress in all of our lives, so ensure your child is practicing healthy habits such as eating well and sticking to a regular bed time to help reduce this stress. Also, encourage your child to find healthy and positive ways to release their stress. This could look like taking time to play a game, diving into a new book, playing outside or finding other activities you can do together.
3. Stay in touch with your child’s teacher and class.
Though your child may be learning from home, it is still important to remember they are part of a class, with a teacher ready to support them as needed. Make a point of emailing your child’s teacher to ensure they’re staying on pace and encourage your child to schedule online study sessions with their friends to help keep their spirits up.
4. Allow for flexibility in your child’s learning schedule.
While they will still have set class times, the benefit of learning from home is that your child can take advantage of a flexible schedule when completing assignments. By allowing them to switch between topics and take them at their own pace, their odds of success will drastically increase. For example, they could focus better in the mornings, so that might be a good time to tackle the subjects they struggle with.
5. Setting goals and rewarding success goes a long way.
When it seems like isolation will never end, a good way to keep your child motivated is to find ways to reward them. Maybe they get some extra time on the computer if they complete their reading on time. Or they get to pick what the family will do together that evening since they did well on a quiz. Take the time to celebrate their successes, even the little ones, and you will notice a big difference in your child’s attitude towards school.
6. Find ways to do things together throughout the day.
If you’re also working from home, another benefit of distance learning is the increased quality time with your child. Plan to take your lunches together and check in with them on your coffee break. Your child will appreciate the company and it’s a good way to see how they are coping.
7. Take your child’s learning outside when possible.
While the delivery of their learning will be online when they are at home, you can find ways to supplement your student’s learning in the backyard or community in general. Maybe they’re learning about the lifecycle of a certain bug, so why not try to find one for yourself? If they are learning about shapes, see if any occur naturally in the area.
8. Incorporate regular classroom activities into your child’s day.
Children thrive on routine. Chances are there are regular activities your student’s teacher plans throughout the week. Maybe there’s a theme for certain days of the week, or a certain activity they do together such as reading a book chapter at the end of the day. You can ask your teacher if they have any recommendations to make your child’s at-home learning a little easier!
Spring break is upon us and it couldn't have come at a better time. Everyone at DMC is ready for a little break to re-charge and get ready for the final three month push to summer. We continue to work with students around their mental health in a variety of ways. Our Student Services team of Mrs. Twa and Mrs. Thompson are available daily to chat with students. They also are here to speak with parents and help them with resources as needed. Our Chimera Time or CT time is designed to be a regular part of our day for classes to talk about healthy living, to build relationships and to work out problems. Recently we have begun a new way for students to connect with the staff through our "How Can We Help?" box. The box is a place students can place questions/comments/concerns for the office to read and respond to. We are trying to be proactive in supporting our students.
We hope that families can spend some time outside over the break, helping children relax and get ready for the final few months. Remember we are always here to help in whatever way we can.
Have a great spring break.
Today is International Women's Day, a day we recognize the contributions women have made and continue to make in our society and around the world. The people that have had the most profound impact on me and my life are my wife and daughter.
My wife is the reason I am who I am today, she helped me get through university, all three degrees. When I see her, I am in awe of all she has done and continues to do. She is a working mother of two and a very successful business person. She inspires me every day with her perseverance and resilience, she is my rock and my best friend.
We have been fortunate enough to have two amazing children, a son and a daughter. My daughter is our youngest and she also never ceases to amaze me. She is an incredible student in her grade 10 year and a high performing athlete that has been lucky and strong enough to have competed on the international stage. She has always done this with grace and confidence, she is her mother's daughter, full of life and energy.
These two women in my life are amazing people who I am thankful for every single day.
Who are the women in your life you are thankful for?
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