The SK’s have been very busy over the last several weeks learning amazing new things about Art & Culture from the AGO. They’ve had three extremely enriching and engaging workshops – Art and the Environment, Art and the Senses and, most recently, Indigenous Art and Artists. This last session was perfectly timed for the start…

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The JK’s started off their first day of at-home learning with a wonderful Thankful Thursday activity. Sara and Meesh sent the children on a scavenger hunt for things they are grateful for. The children found lots of things inside and outside to share. Feel free to head out for a hunt of your own over…

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How beautiful is this? The Grade 2/3’s were in the playground for their MindUp lesson on recognizing and respecting different perspectives when the snow started falling. No one wanted to come in – the children loved it. The book Aidan used for his lesson is a little water-damaged but it was worth it!

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It’s never too early to learn how to identify your feelings. The Early Starts had a fun and really important lesson in MindUp this week. They acted out different feelings and learned the ‘colours’ of certain emotions and how some emotions are related. No doubt we’re all feeling our share of ‘yellow’ after the announcements…

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CGS Staff finished off the year on Wednesday with some inspiring professional development with life coach Parisa Samet. It was a time to reflect on the extraordinary school year we’ve all had. Thank you to Parisa for her nurturing attention and for guiding us to create powerful statements of purpose as educators.  

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Heather’s special Tinkerbell joined the Grade 1’s for their Mindful Minute on Monday morning. (Tinkerbell replaced the Tibetan bells we usually use at school.) Her ring was lovely, clear and high pitched, even through cyber space. What a peaceful way to start the day and the week.

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We had a very mindful and relaxing Monday this week. Mai was back for our Term 2 Yoga Day. Yoga is a great addition to the CGS physical education curriculum and the children always look forward to it. The classes are a really nice change of pace in the gym. Mai touched on stretching, breathing and…

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Positive thinking is a powerful tool that can improve your health, help you manage stress, overcome challenges and make better choices. The idea is by changing your thinking, you can control your emotions and your actions. Positive thinking skills often start with positive-self talk, which means using the voice in your head to say positive…

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In the spirit of Let’s Talk Day on Jan 29, the Grade 2/3 students took some time to think about mental health and what that looks like for themselves and for others. They took a look inside their brains and identified what kind of thoughts they have and how much space they take up. They…

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Last Friday the Early Start class created their very own ‘Mindful Jars’ ! A mindfulness jar is a very powerful visual metaphor for being able to express one’s feelings. We previously discussed how we use the jars to calm our bodies down when we are feeling sad, upset, or frustrated. The glitter inside represents your…

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