Monthly Archives: December 2011

Happy Holidays Families!

We at Eastwood wish you all a Happy Holidays a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Thanks for being so generous with gifts and cards and goodies. All the educators and Mr. Cowper and Mr. Dubeau are so grateful to all of our families!

School is out for the year as we are not in school on Friday, December 23rd.

School begins again on the 9th of January!

See you all back here safely on Monday, January 9th!

Cheers


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Reading Goals At Eastwood

We are challenging every student and adult at Eastwood school to set goals and have plans to reach them this school year and into the "New Year".

Specifically we have undertaken the job of making sure every student at Eastwood JK-8 can answer these three questions:

1. What reading level are you at? (How do you read? JK/SK)
2. What is your next level and what one strategy are you using to get there? (How are you getting better? JK/SK)
3. What is your end of the year goal? (What is your reading goal? JK/SK)

We are committed to making sure kids know the answers. We believe that to get somewhere you first need to know where you are, and second, have a plan for reaching your destination.

Next time you visit Eastwood check out our Eastwood Staff Bulletin board where you will find the staffs’ goals and plans! We are practising what we teach!

We have a plan to make sure every child in our school moves forward in their learning and that our teachers’ instructional practises (the way they teach) align with the student’s learning needs. We are not celebrating where we are or where we want to go but the growth in between!

We are doing our best to impact the reading achievement at Eastwood! Why not writing and math? We still teach from the Ontario curriculum and base assessments on all of our subjects. We are using reading as our guiding force at Eastwood. Well…it is our firm belief that when reading achievement improves so too does math and writing.

Help us…….READ READ READ and talk to your child about READING!

James Cowper
Principal
Eastwood P.S.
"Every Voice is Heard, Every Mind is Growing"

Cirque Du Soleil

Want to take your Eastwood Family to the incredilbe acrobatic and dance show Cirque Du Soleil? If so remember all forms are due to the school (Mlle Feghali) by December 22nd. The show is on January 13th, 2012 at the WCFU centre. If you still require tickets call us at Eastwood so that you get the discounted price!

PotLuck Lunch for 7/8

On Wednesday, December 21st our 7 and 8s will have a potluck lunch to celebrate our Holidays. The 7/8s have been learning all about food this term and will culminate with this great event!


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CFL Star comes to Eastwood!

On Thursday, December 22nd we are welcoming Josh Bourke of the Montreal Alouettes! He is coming to speak to our students in the afternoon about setting and achieveing your goals! To celebrate the 2011 Lineman of the Year we are all wearing our favourite Jersys for Spirit Day! Thanks to Mlle Feghali for setting this up!

ENCOURAGING COOPERATION IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

ENCOURAGING COOPERATION
IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

Sometimes as parents and caregivers, we find our children becoming resistant to our requests. We may begin to doubt our own judgment or become intimidated by their emotional reactivity and at times we may even feel overwhelmed. It is important for us to understand that changing our approach may help children and adolescents change their behaviour and respond more appropriately to our requests. This is not about abandoning our attempts or making drastic changes, but rather subtle shifts or variations in how we approach difficult behaviour. The following are a few suggestions which take little effort and can produce significant results.

Children are MORE likely to cooperate when:
• their ideas and opinions are respected;• they are given choices;• they are allowed to help make decisions;• their good behaviour is noticed and appreciated;• they are valued as a member of the family/school community;• we use “I” messages;• we use natural and logical consequences;• we respond to a situation in a calm manner vs. react with emotion;

Children are LESS likely to cooperate and more likely to engage in power struggles when:
• cooperation is demanded;• they are interrupted without warning from an activity they are enjoying;
• their routine is changed unexpectedly;
• they hear “no” often from adults and caregivers;• they get their way after arguing about it;• a caregiver punishes them harshly or hurts them;
• they don’t know how to do a task or are confused as to what they are being asked to do;
• they are asked to cooperate too often;
• caregivers react with anger, hostility or ridicule.
Parenting can be a challenge, as we strive to support our children in becoming, responsible, caring adults. We need to be able to learn from our mistakes and our triumphs.

“At the end of the day, a loving family should find everything forgivable.”Mark V. Olsen and Will Sheffer
Submitted by: Social Work and Attendance Counseling Services


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Hit Me With Your Best Shot and Pass the Puck is a success!

Today students at Eastwood got a chance to shoot some pucks at Mr. Cowper to help restock our emergency food cupboards and support our snack program. During the day Mr. Cowper donned the official goalie equipment of the NHL and saved many shots, He also let a whole bunch in. Regardless he truly smelled like an NHL Goalie when he was through! He also lost 8 pounds in sweat! Seen here in these pictures Mr. Cowper is looking in the net because Sydney went 5 hole on him and scored 2 goals! Jake is giving a pep talk and Mr. Dubeau grabbed a quick picture of Mr. Cowper before he started sweating!

The Good News!
Eastwood students donated $134.00 to our snack program.
Eastwood school and donors kicked in $200.00!
Greater Essex County District School Board kicked in $334.00
Jumpstart Breakfast and Nutrition Program kicked in $334.00

For a total of $1002.00 for our emergency food cupboards and snack programs!

Totally awesome. Thanks to all the teachers and students and parents that donated to our efforts!

The lucky winners of the Team Canada Under 17 hockey games will be announced during second nutrition break!