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Acorn Order Deadline Extended until MON OCT 20th!

We have extended the deadline for Acorn orders to Monday, October 20th! This is your final chance! Don’t get left behind!

If you would like to see your child’s artwork become postcards, greeting cards, a memo board (among other choices), please send in your order form and payment by Monday, October 20. This will be the final day that orders will be accepted. 

Please make cheques payable to Davisville Parent Council. If you have any questions, please email davisvilleorder@gmail.com

The Acorn fundraiser will contribute to our children’s bonus programming at school, like field trips, buses for these trips, special in-class and in-school visitors, etc.

Thanks for your support!

Acorn Artwork Fundraiser – Orders due Friday, October 17th

Last week, your child(ren) brought home some artwork for our Acorn fundraiser. If you would like to see your child’s artwork become postcards, greeting cards, a memo board (among other choices), please send in your order form and payment by this Friday, October 17thPlease make cheques payable to Davisville Parent Council.

If you have any questions, please email davisvilleorder@gmail.com

Extra forms are available at the front office should your child wish to produce another piece – this goes for any other child (or adult!) in your household. Digital photos can also be submitted.

The Acorn fundraiser will contribute to our children’s bonus programming at school, funding field trips, buses for these trips, special in-class and in-school visitors, etc.

Thanks!

Orders due tomorrow for Acorn Cards Fundraiser

The Acorn Cards orders are due, with payment, tomorrow, Thursday, October 24th. This refers to the artwork your child brought home late last week (if you didn’t see anything, you may wish to ask your child’s teacher).  Acorn transforms your child’s masterpiece into cards, a placemat, or a calendar (among other items) and our school raises money at the same time!

Please make cheques payable to Davisville Parent Council and double check that your order forms are complete and that totals are accurate.  Thanks for your support. We expect to receive orders back in early January.

Please direct any questions to parent volunteer Wendy Edgell, wendy-chong@rogers.com.

Free Workshop for Parents & Caregivers – Thursday, October 3

Free Parent / Caregiver Workshop for Davisville Families: Thursday October 3, 7 – 8:30pm – Please register!

Registration link: www.surveymonkey.com/s/October3_workshop

We are lucky to have secured parenting and relationship expert, Dr. Karyn Gordon ,for this event. She is a regular expert for Canada’s #1 talk-show Cityline (City), USA’s #1 morning show Good Morning America (ABC), and Toronto’s #1 morning show Breakfast Television (City). In addition, she writes a regular column for New York Parenting and Chatelaine Magazines.

Most parents admit that one of their greatest desires is for their children to be more appreciative, thankful and kind to others. But when we live in a culture of immediate gratification that is ‘all about me’ – how can parents effectively teach an attitude of gratitude and empathy for others? Research tells us that empathy is a cornerstone of EQ (Emotional Intelligence), which is essential for a child’s overall happiness as well as for future career opportunities. Thankfully, empathy and gratitude are virtues and skills which can be learned – and even young kids are capable of grasping these concepts. In this keynote, Dr. Karyn teaches 10 simple things parents can do starting today to develop empathy and gratitude in their children!

This workshop is being funded through the Parents Reaching Out Grant (from the Ministry of Education) we received. We are also expecting a subsidy from the TDSB that gives us $3 for every parent / caregiver who attends. We are happy to have this support!

Please register by Friday, September 27 by completing the online form. There will be free babysitting (may be limited – register early!) and light refreshments. Workshop will be held in the school gym.

Last Week’s Caregiver / Parent Workshop – Thank you Cindy, attendees & volunteers!

On Thursday, April 4th, Cindy Smolkin returned for part 2 in our parent/caregiver workshop series, funded by the Parents Reaching Out grant from the Ministry of Education. Cindy shared many strategies with the 50 attendees on how to pick our battles when it comes to power struggles with our kids whom we both love and who also know how to push our buttons! Examples from Cindy’s counselling practice and her own home life, coupled with the anecdotes from Davisville parents (and even some entertaining role playing!) contributed to an informative evening, sprinkled with insights and humour. It was also nice to have Shona in our midst, offering stories from the trenches as a parent of a teenager. Many left the workshop feeling empowered to test out new tactics, and reassured with the knowledge that many of us are going through similar trials!

Thank you to the many volunteers among you who helped to make both this workshop and part one in November run smoothly, and for all who offered feedback. We also wish to thank the TDSB for its additional funding.

We purchased two “Connected Parenting” books from Cindy (written by Jennifer Kolari, founder of Connected Parenting, the network with which Cindy is affiliated). These will be available as parent resources through our school library. Please contact school librarian Robyn Miller (robyn.miller@tdsb.on.ca) if you would like to borrow a copy.

What some attendees had to say about the workshop:

“I LOVE LOVE LOVE the real life examples and practical use of this seminar. You can leave and start using the tools right away.”

“Loved the real-life examples and Cindy’s “real-ness”. It’s nice to have validation that no one is perfect all the time. Also really appreciated her comment that just because our kids may not be well behaved at all times does not mean we are not good parents. Feel good about what you do.”

“I got so much great information and tools to help me with my parenting. I brought back notes of points to talk about with my husband. I am so excited to start implementing ‘mirroring’ and changing a few ways i currently parent.”

“The workshop was very useful because it included practical suggestions on how to improve our interactions with our kids. A lot of specific examples were used in the presentations, which we could relate to, but it was easy to see how the strategies could be applied in a variety of situations.”