Week of October 5, 2020
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi
“Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures. You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air and animals on the land. You inspired Saint Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters. We ask you to bless all the pets of the St. Elizabeth Seton community. By the power of your love, enable each to live according to your plan. May we always praise you for all your beauty in creation. Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures! Amen.”
Mark your Calendars
- Oct. 5 – Used Uniform Closet open. It will be open the first Monday of each month from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria. Upcoming dates are: 10/5, 11/2, and 12/7.
- Oct. 7 – Christian Character Award for Sept. virtue of Love presented at Mass. October virtue is Knowledge.
- Oct. 9 – End of Quarter 1; Noon Dismissal
- Oct. 12 – No School – Teacher In-service day
- Oct. 16 – Student Health screening (Gr. K, 1, 3, 6)
- Oct. 28 – Fall Picture Day
Many thanks to our sponsors, donors, and players who helped make our Golf Benefit Tournament at Tiburon Golf Club a great success! All proceeds benefit campus improvements.
* Team Sponsors:
Men of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church
The Waligora Family
* Event Sponsor:
San Marco Knights of Columbus Council #6344
John K. McKenna
* Course Sponsor:
Zynda Custom Homes & Remodeling, Inc.
Publix Super Markets Charities
Dise Wealth Management
The Hilmoe Family
Marco Office Supply
Harborview Realty, Marco Island
The Coar Family
* Course Signs Sponsor:
Bonita Print Shop
*Golf Club Supporters:
Tiburon Golf Club
Worthington Country Club
Glades Country Club
Glen Eagle Golf Club
Heritage Bay Golf & Country Club
Lakewood Country Club
* Raffle Prize Supporters:
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Cooper Hawk Winery
Norman Love Confections
CJ’s on the Bay
Trader Joe’s (snacks/drinks)
Zoom with SDL Learners
Teachers are available every Wednesday from 2:30-3:15pm to Zoom with Virtual Learners.
Please click here to download this week’s Counselor’s Corner—Steps to Effective Parenting – Part 2 from Dr. Fabii. (It’s also featured at the bottom of this page)
Parents are reminded to insure their children are in compliance with the student uniform dress code as stated in the school handbook on p. 10-11. Thank you for your cooperation.
Email from Step Up for Students
Step up for Students recently sent an email to all families currently receiving this scholarship. Please look through your emails for a message from firstname.lastname@example.org with subject “Immediate Action Needed” (it may be in junk or clutter folder). Parents must approve their first quarter payments to the school electronically.
Counselor’s Corner: Steps to Effective Parenting ~ Part 2
Continuing our conversation from last week, here is additional guidance from medical experts and pediatric specialists at Nemours, which is one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the United States devoted to children’s health. These tips can lead to more fulfilling and influential parenthood.
Be a Good Role Model
Children learn a lot about how to act by watching their parents. The younger they are, the more cues they take from you. Be aware that you are constantly being watched by your children. Model the traits you wish to see in your children: respect, friendliness, honesty, kindness, tolerance. Above all, treat your kids the way you expect other people to treat you.
Make Communication a Priority
Children will not do everything simply because you, as a parent, “say so.” They want and deserve explanations as much as adults do. If we don’t take time to explain, children will wonder about our values and motives and whether they have any basis. Parents who reason with their children allow them to understand and learn in a nonjudgmental way. Make your expectations clear. If there is a problem, describe it, express your feelings, and invite your child to work on a solution with you. Be sure to include consequences. Make suggestions and offer choices. Be open to your child’s suggestions as well. Negotiate. Kids who participate in decisions are more motivated to carry them out.
Be Flexible and Willing to Adjust Your Parenting Style
If you often feel let down by your child’s behavior, perhaps expectations are unrealistic. Parents who think in “shoulds” might find it helpful to read up on the matter, or to talk to other parents or child development specialists. Children’s environments have an effect on their behavior, so you might be able to change that behavior by changing the environment. As your child matures, you will gradually have to change your parenting style. Chances are, what works with your child now may not work as well in a year or two. Teens tend to look less to their parents and more to their peers for role models. But continue to provide guidance, encouragement, and appropriate discipline while allowing your teen to earn more independence. And seize every available moment to make a connection!
Show That Your Love Is Unconditional
As a parent, you are responsible for correcting and guiding your children. But how you express your corrective guidance makes all the difference in how a child receives it. When you have to confront your child, avoid blaming, criticizing, or fault-finding, which undermine self-esteem and can lead to resentment. Instead, strive to nurture and encourage, even when disciplining your kids. Make sure they know that although you want and expect better next time, your love is there no matter what.
Know Your Own Needs and Limitations as a Parent
We are imperfect, and that carries over into parenting. You have strengths and weaknesses as a family leader. Recognize your abilities and work on the weaknesses. Try to have realistic expectations for yourself, your spouse, and your children. You don’t have to have all the answers, so be forgiving of yourself when necessary. Try to make parenting a manageable job. Focus on the areas that need the most attention rather than trying to address everything all at once. When you feel burned out, take some time out to do things that will make you happy as a person. Focusing on your needs does not make you selfish. It simply means you care about your own well-being, which is another important value to model for your children.