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January 18, 2019

Dear Parents,

I hope you will visit Infant Jesus of Prague Elementary School during National Catholic Schools Week to enjoy the students and learn about their faith development and community service projects. Please bring your friends and neighbors, particularly those who may be considering Catholic education for their children. I am grateful every day for the teachers, staff, board members, parents and volunteers who make our school a success. National Catholic Schools Week is a good time for all of us to thank them for their dedication and service.

Our Open House is Thursday January 31 from 6-8 pm.

Link for Catholic Schools Week activities at IJP.

Devotedly yours in Christ,

Dr. Wanda Murphy Fulford

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Tax Credit Scholarship (TCS)!!!

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January 22nd Big Shoulders Fund

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Getting Along Together:
Developing Social Competence in Young Children

Childhood is a time for children to learn about the world-and that includes learning how to get along with others. Parents play a crucial role in helping children figure out how to form satisfying relationships and develop into socially competent people. Social competence allows children to be cooperative and generous, express their feelings, and empathize with others.

Modeling Behavior
Modeling the behavior you want to encourage is the best way to help children develop socially. Every time you say “please” or lend a helping hand, you are showing your children how you would like them to act. Ask for your children’s help with daily tasks, and accept their offers of help. Look for the things your children are doing right and find opportunities to comment on them. Praise can reinforce good behavior, but it is equally important to help children recognize the sense of satisfaction that comes from within when they act on a generous impulse or get along well with others.

Sharing from the Heart
Good feelings about oneself and others is the root of social competency. Try to create a climate of kindness and generosity so that your children can help each other and begin to take responsibility for each other naturally. In this way they will begin to share “from the heart”-not just because you want them to.

Talk with your children about being generous with each other. Point out that sharing and being considerate of feelings makes other people feel happy and makes them feel good too. You can encourage acts of generosity throughout the day and be generous yourself by providing enough satisfying experiences and materials for your children. In group settings, try to let young children use toys and materials until they feel ready to pass them on to someone else. Point out when a playmate has waited a long time to have a turn. Reward generous acts with words of praise.

Empathy, the ability to imagine what another person is feeling, is a very important concept for children to understand. You can foster empathy by talking about your own feelings (“That story made me sad”); helping children express their own feelings (“How did you feel when it started to rain and we had to leave the park?”); and encouraging them to listen to other people’s feelings (“Let’s ask Sonia how she felt when Sparky got lost.”) Responding to the needs of children who have disabilities provides excellent opportunities for children to share from the heart. Keep in mind that the kindest thing children can do is to simply include others in their play.

Fairness
Children know from their own experiences that words can hurt, and that name-calling, teasing, or excluding others affects how people feel. Children want to be treated fairly, but they don’t always understand how to treat others the same way. One way to teach fairness is to explain a rule to your child, pointing out that it applies to him as well as to others.

Children have the right to have their feelings and choices respected and you can model this throughout the day. Be sure to acknowledge and respect your child’s feelings, never insisting that she stop crying if she is sad or say she’s sorry when she isn’t. At the same time, you can help her understand what may have gone wrong in the situation.

Cooperation Versus Competition
Provide plenty of opportunities for children to play together cooperatively. Play is one of the most important ways children learn how to relate to other people. As they play, young children will find cooperation less frustrating and more satisfying than competition. When children compete, only one person or team wins; everyone else loses. Children will have plenty of opportunities to express their competitive spirit later on.

You can help your children learn problem-solving skills that can be used in challenging social situations. As they interact with siblings and other peers, children can be helped to negotiate, “bargain,” and compromise with each other. Most children love it when an adult has a problem and everyone is encouraged to pitch in their ideas and help solve it.

Find more tips on fostering friendships and teaching respect to children.

Mrs. Barnick- Music
THE PERFORMING ARTS DEPARTMENT WILL BE PRESENTING THE MUSICAL “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST” IN APRIL.

AUDITION PACKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE OUTSIDE MRS. BARNICK’S CLASSROOM ON FRIDAY MORNING.  THE AUDITION PERMISSION SLIPS MUST BE TURNED IN BEFORE A STUDENT IS ALLOWED TO AUDITION.  NON-CHOIR STUDENTS, GRADES 4TH THROUGH 8TH, MAY AUDITION FOR A SPEAKING PART ONLY.  THE AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD IN MRS. BARNICK’S CLASSROOM ON JANUARY 28, 29 & 30 WITH CALL BACKS (A LIST WILL BE ON THE MUSIC CLASS BULLETIN BOARD) ON JANUARY 31, FROM 3 TO 4:30.  COME TO MRS. BARNICK WITH ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE.

Kindergarten – Mrs. S. Swanson
Kindergarten is working with symmetry this week using glitter to show how the halves match up!  We love winter snowflakes and learned through Mystery Science that they are all different when looking closely under microscopes, yet have a line of symmetry!

2nd Grade – Mrs. DeLacey and Ms. B. Dingens
In Mrs. DeLacey’s and Ms. Dingens’ Second Grade this week we were really focusing on Martin Luther King Jr. and recognizing his heroism. We wrote ‘I had a dream’ speeches where we had reflected on current issues in today’s world, discussed what it means to be a hero, and learned that the time is always right to do what is right!

6th Grade – Mrs. B. Collins
6th grade classes found the probability and odds of skittles colors.

7th Graders –  Ms. E. Yovich
Seventh graders are hard at work presenting their Science Fair speeches to their peers in preparation for the 32nd Annual Science Fair on January 25, 2019.  Families will be able to see the students’ projects during Open House during Catholic School’s Week to see all the hard work our Junior High Scientists have been working on all year!

8th Grade – Mrs. Rosenberger  – Social Studies
The 8th graders in Mrs. Rosenberger’s social studies classes have begun the Stock Market Game. It is an online simulation that engages students in investing and personal finance. Students will be working in teams and competing against other schools in our region over the next few months.

We are gearing up for Catholic Schools Week! We will need assistance with the Book Fair.

Hi everyone I am in need of volunteers to help with setup Friday, January 25th starting sometime in the late afternoon. I will also need volunteers during school the week of January 28th – February 1st and a few volunteers during Parent night on Thursday, January 31st. Please let me know if you are able to assist and your preference of day/time. Book fair opens at 9 and runs through 3 – 3:30 throughout the week, with the exception of Wednesday, book fair will open at 10:00 after the all school Mass.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Priscilla García
708-983-9990

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LEADERSHIP TRAINING PROGRAM

Do you think that the world needs better leaders? Leaders with integrity and honor who boldly reflect the love and truth of Christ? SO DO WE!

For more than a decade, the Leadership Training Program (LTP) has trained high schoolers to serve as mentors to students in grades 4-8. The LTP experience develops important skills: public speaking, mentoring, organization, time management, and teamwork. Under the general supervision of adult leaders, the mentors organize and conduct weekly sessions during which they give presentations and lead discussions about virtues, values, and other key aspects of our Christian faith.

LTP is coordinated and supervised by volunteer adult leaders from the parish: Randy Schmidt, Dennis Cortes, Terence Smith, and Ted Venegas.

Where:         Marian Catholic High School’s Leadership Center

When:          Sundays from January 20th through February 24th

Time:            10:15 am—11:45 am

Cost:            a $40 fee covers insurance and all program expenses

You can register at the first session on January 20th (please arrive a few minutes early). For more information or to preregister online, follow us on Facebook and Instagram: @LTPsouthland