08-October-19
Issue 8
Principal's Corner
Dear Parents,
“Emphasizing effort gives a child a variable that they can control, ... They come to see themselves as in control of their success. Emphasizing natural intelligence takes it out of the child’s control, and it provides no good recipe for responding to a failure.”

For more than three decades of systematic research, Dr. Carol Dweck has been figuring out answers to why some people achieve their potential while equally talented others don’t—why some become Muhammad Ali and others Mike Tyson. The key, she found, isn’t ability; it’s whether you look at ability as something inherent that needs to be demonstrated or as something that can be developed. 

As we move into the middle of October we find our educational journey bringing us to the end of the first quarter. The first report cards of the year will be sent home Monday the 14th. Often the first thing we do as parents is to look at the bottom line - the final grade. This final grade represents enormous significance to students, especially older students. It carries meaning to them because it matters. 

Educational research has shown that if we can change the narrative to celebrate effort as opposed to celebrating the end result (the grade) students will be more successful. Students who self identify with not being good at a certain subject  do not give it their best effort. Which results in an end grade that does not reflect their full potential. 

When students and educators have a growth mindset, they understand that intelligence can be developed. Students focus on improvement instead of worrying about how smart they are. They work hard to learn more and get smarter. Based on years of research by Stanford University’s Dr. Dweck, Lisa Blackwell Ph.D., and their colleagues, we know that students who learn this mindset show greater motivation in school , better grades, and higher test scores .

Parents, when it comes to talking with your students about school and life, teach EFFORT. Effort is the key to developing potential. Praise EFFORT, reinforce EFFORT, recognize EFFORT, and celebrate EFFORT. Getting your child to believe in effort will serve them in every situation and every stage of life.

Current and upcoming IHM families, please plan to attend a meeting regarding your subsidy on Tuesday, 10/29, from 6-7pm in the Parish Hall at IHM. Childcare will be provided. Contact Cheryl Morelli, IHM Volunteer Coordinator, for more details at 242-6121, ext. 221, or by email HERE.

Mr. Aubert
Prayer List
Prayer intentions for our loved ones can be found HERE.

You may submit a prayer request by clicking  HERE.

Picture Retake Day - Tuesday, 10/15/19
If your student was absent on picture day, please have them looking their best to get their picture taken on picture retake day, next Tuesday, 10/15/19.

If your student would like to retake their picture, please have them bring their original pictures with them when they retake their picture. They must turn them in to the photographer.

Two ways to order are:
  1. Order Form - pick up an order form in the office
  2. Order online HERE, and enter Picture Day ID: CG429004Y2
Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent Teacher Conferences are this month. This is a great opportunity to touch base with your child's teacher on how your child is progressing in school. Sign up below or contact your student's teacher.
Crosswalk Safety
Please make sure you are following safety measures when driving near the crosswalks. Please slow down when you come up to the crosswalk so you can have a better view of anyone waiting to cross, and please do not park on the crosswalks when you are waiting in line for morning drop off or afternoon pick up. Thank you for helping keep students safe.
Lunch Menu
Parents, if you will be joining your student(s) for lunch and would like a school lunch, please call the office by 9am, so we can include you in the daily lunch count. Thank you for your understanding.
Applications to apply for free and reduced school lunch can be picked up in the office, or found HERE.
Online Payments
Make online payments for lunch, Falcon's Nest, athletic fees, etc.
Click  HERE to set up your account or to make a payment.
School Calendar
To view a monthly calendar, please  click HERE .

We have tried to include as many activities on the calendar as possible, but some events will be presented to you as they are made available to us.   We are excited to say you may subscribe to our calendar. The advantage of this is having all school events/functions automatically plugged into the calendar that you use on your phone, outlook, google, etc., and updated when an event is cancelled, rescheduled, or changed.  

T o subscribe to our calendar, simply copy and paste this link into your calendar application on your phone, tablet, etc.:
http://www.calendarwiz.com/CalendarWiz_iCal.php?crd=hfcs-gj
Why Band Fees?
The band fee is for general music items and purchases. We are trying to get the students more involved with newer music, so part of the fee goes towards purchasing new music for the students. The current library here is lacking music that is appropriate for the students and their playing abilities. With the groups growing and students becoming stronger musicians, we are starting to work on going to competitions that have large fees for the ensembles to participate in. I am planning on sending students to the district solo/ensemble festival that happens in February and the state competition that happens in March or April of 2020. From personal observation, students who participate come back stronger musicians after having performed in these events. Some of the costs also go to instrument repairs for school instruments and purchasing new instruments for students to use as the inventory is not in the greatest of shape for a successful music program.

The band fees are meant to help build the music program and the students that participate. Feel free to email Mr. Nicholson HERE with any further questions regarding the band fees.
Trick or Treat Street - Friday, 10/25/19
Candy Needed
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All parents of preschool through 5th grade are asked to bring in one bag of candy for distribution at Trick or Treat Street.

Please deliver candy to your student's homeroom teacher. Thank you.
Spooktacular Fun Run
Saturday ~ 10/26/19
Check out how much fun last year's Spooktacular 5K was!
Click below to register for this family fun event and check out where we need YOUR help to make this event happen.
Square 1 Art
Craft Fair Weekend - 11/01/19