St. Catherine of Siena ECEC news & updates

Volume 7 Issue 7


Since the beginning of 2020, families, children and society as a whole have experienced so many stressors. For some of our youngest students, the stress involved with Covid is all that they have known in their lifetime. It has limited playdates, prevented typical well-checks, limited available speech therapies and so much more. Families are facing the stress of how to keep their children safe, how to manage finances, how to work from home with limited support from having the contact with family and friends. With all of this going on we have seen an increase in signs of stress in our students. What are we doing to help? Look to the right for our approach to helping children destress and connect with peers and faculty.


Every classroom has been introduced to the Feeling Buddies who are part of Conscious Discipline. The Feeling Buddies introduce various big feelings and help children identify the names and physical attributes that come with each feeling. They also introduce ways to help manage those big feelings. Big feelings are okay and are part of life for all of us. Learning to manage those feelings are a big part of our curriculum. Self Regulation is necessary in order to form relationships and learn new concepts. As a faculty, we have established other methods throughout the school that help with big emotions. We will be learning more next week and are excited to share with you what we learn. Look for more information in each issue. Below are a few breathing techniques we use. Hopefully they help you at home. I know I often use the STAR breathing technique!

From the Feeling Buddies curriculum: "The Buddies and accompanying materials help children learn to identify what they are feeling, separate themselves from the feeling and regulate it. As children manage their Feeling Buddies, they learn helpful language that eventually becomes their inner speech for self-regulation, emotional wellbeing and healing."

Feelings Buddies

STAR Breathing

Breathing Techniques

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In place of our typical parade and party we will be having an all-school week-long celebration. Each day will be a different theme. If your child does not attend Tuesday they will receive their goody bag on the next scheduled day.


Congratulations to Gabriel on the birth of his baby brother Raphael!

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Late start on 10/13/21 Doors open at 9:55 AM Reminder--No AM extended day

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Save the date! October 26th & Oct 27th


Please be sure to send in all forms, physicals, birth certificates, immunization records and any other file information by 9/23/21

unless your child began school after our start date.


Attention Half Day students!

If your child dismisses at 11 AM they are invited to stay for an extra hour on 10/13 for lunch and activities. Please let your child's teacher know if they are able to dismiss at noon that day instead of 11 AM. If so, please send a packed lunch or let your child's teacher know that they need a hot lunch.


October 13th- 2 hr delay

October 26/27 Picture day

October 25-29th Halloween Spirit Week

If your child is 4 as of 10/1/21 and you live in Ohio you may qualify for an Early Childhood Education Grant based on family size and income. Contact the office for details.

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Please note that there is NO Halloween parade or party as listed on the calendar

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