Volleyball Zones

    • Sr Volleyball Zones @ Lethbridge College

      • Thursday November 16 @ 6pm Vs Nobleford

      • Friday November 17 @ 2pm Vs Senator Gershaw and 6:45 vs Erle Rivers

    • The above games will determine the play-off games on Saturday.

    • Please come out and support our Senior Girls' Volleyball team.

Are Your Kids Struggling with Reading?

After a difficult and frustrating day at work, don’t you wish your spouse would greet you with the following?
 

Honey, I got an email from your boss. She says that you haven’t been working up to your potential. She also mentioned that your reading is really poor and that you’ve had a bad attitude about completing your projects. That’s why we are going to sit down together and work on some practice samples. Now… I’m only doing this because I love you.

 
My guess is that few readers would vote for this treatment as an effective way of promoting deeper marital intimacy and improved work performance!
 
Far too many children struggle all day long with reading… and other subjects. Then they face even more frustration when they get home. When this happens, their reading performance rarely increases, but their disdain for books does!
 
In my travels across the country, I see families torn apart by this stress. Kids get angry and upset. Parents get frustrated and depressed. Instead of being an island of calm from the tense world, the home becomes part of it.
 
May I suggest another approach? What if this strategy saved your relationship with your child AND helped them develop a much better vocabulary, understanding of language structure, and attitude toward reading?
 
Read to them, and have fun doing it. Do this even if they’re in high school! Do it as often as possible. Don’t stand over them and force them to read. Don’t nitpick their reading performance. Just enjoy your time together as you read… to them. Take the pressure off!
 
At our summer retreat in June, you’ll hear a consistent theme from all of the world-class presenters: The brain learns and develops best within the context of loving and safe relationships. That’s just one reason why reading to struggling readers is so effective.
 
For more tips on helping kids with reading, listen to the audio, Winning the Homework Battle.
 
Dr. Charles Fay

STEAM Horizon Awards

Applications are now open!

Are you a leaders, an achievers, or an innovators? Do you have limitless drive, ambition, and determination? If so, you should know there’s an exciting opportunity for you to receive a $25,000 prize towards your post-secondary education.

Founded in 2016, the STEAM Horizon Awards invite Canada’s youth to promote positive changes throughout their community using science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM). 

Five Canadian students will be awarded $25,000 each, to attend a Canadian university or college to study in a STEAM field. Two of these awards will be given to Indigenous students. The winners will be invited to Ottawa and recognized at an award ceremony in May 2018.

More information about the prize program and how to apply can be found on our website, steamhorizonawards.ca. We are also pleased to offer a one-page program summary.

We want to ensure that students from across the country – and from diverse backgrounds – have the opportunity to apply. The deadline for applications is January 16, 2018. As this date is coming up quickly.

Fern Proulx
Interim President and CEO/Chief Operating Officer, Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation
 

Are you interested in Law Enforcement?

We have 20 spots open for our Law Enforcement Group Job Shadow session on Tuesday, November 21 from 12:00pm-2:30pm. We have invited the Lethbridge Regional Police Service, Canada Border Service Agency, Lethbridge Correctional Centre, and the RCMP, to come and speak at Lethbridge College about occupations/career paths that students could pursue should they decided to go into Law Enforcement.

The session is open for students in grades 11 & 12. Spots will be granted on a “first come -first serve” basis, with a deadline to RSVP and submit a Job Shadow Request Form ( which are available from Ms.Pot)  forms need to be in by Thursday, November 15.

How Can We Teach Our Kids Selflessness?

In honor of the self-sacrifice of veterans and their families, it seems appropriate to consider how we can instill these values in our children. When we do, they benefit and so does our world. It’s a win-win deal!

Note: To see my full article on this subject, visit my blog.

Teach them to serve you and their family
 
Are your kids working hard to serve you… or are you doing all of the work? Children should not be treated as slaves. They should, however, be expected to do their fair share of work around the house… so they don’t believe their parents are slaves.
 
Expect tangible mini acts of service
 
There’s a “train” at Denver International Airport that shuttles passengers from the main terminal to the various airline concourses. It’s almost always the same scene: The seats are filled with children, teens, and young adults, while older… even elderly people… are forced to stand.
 
Is there something wrong with this picture?
 
Allow boredom
 
Too many of us feel compelled to entertain our kids anytime they experience a bit of dullness. Can you see the connection between doing so and them believing they are the center of the universe? Is it good for kids to be occasionally bored while you shop, while you have a conversation with someone, while you wait in line, or while you spend a quiet weekend at home?
 
Limit exposure to popular media
 
A steady, unsupervised diet of on-screen narcissism and negativity is certain to make our job of raising selfless kids much harder.
 
Community service… as a privilege not a punishment
 
Great parents occasionally say things like, “This is great! Today we get to go over to the nursing home on Elm Street and read to seniors who can’t see well enough to read for themselves.” Or they say, “The park is trashed. It’s going to feel so good to help out by cleaning it up!”
 
Great parents also ignore complaining and eye-rolling as they load the family into the car. Just like most things that are good for them, kids often need a bit of prodding to realize how good it feels to help. A friend of mine commented, “They hated it at first. Now they love it. It’s become a real family bonding opportunity.”
 
In honor of our veterans and their families, can we give some careful thought to how we might raise young people who understand selflessness… and the fact that the best way to feel good about oneself is to serve?
 
Find more practical parenting solutions for military families in our audio Love and Logic for Heroes. If you are a member of a military family, call us at 800-338-4065 to receive this MP3 download at no cost. 
 
Thanks for reading! Remember, read the full blog article at www.loveandlogic.com/blog.

Dr. Charles Fay

Discover How Empathy Helps Kids Who've Experienced Trauma

Our hearts ache when we hear about children being hurt. A social worker with over thirty years of experience working for her county’s Child Protective Services agency put it well:
 

After all of these years, it still hits me in the gut. I mean the things these kids go through. I still find myself thinking, “This sort of stuff just can’t happen…it can’t be real.” No child should have to go through these things.

Because we care, we hate the pain they have experienced and yearn to help them heal. This motivation is wonderful. That is, as long as we also recognize that feeling sorry for kids isn’t the same thing as loving them and empowering them to heal.
 
Sympathy
 “Feeling sorry for” someone can lead us toward unintentionally sending the unstated message:

 “This is so horrible that you’ll never be able to cope and find joy in your life.”

Empathy
 “Loving” someone means purposefully sending a very different unstated message:

 “I can’t imagine how much this must hurt. I’m so sorry this happened to you. I’m here for you. I believe in you.”


Consider these questions:
•  Which style, sympathy or empathy, is the most likely to result in the adult eventually feeling burnt out and even resentful toward the child?
•  Which style is more likely to result in the child feeling manipulated?
•  Which style is about the adult’s feelings? Which is about the child’s needs?
•  Do these concepts also apply to kids who haven’t experienced trauma?
 
Dr. Charles Fay

Laker's Athletic Calendar

It's the time of year where the Stirling School gym gets very busy with volleyball wrapping up and basketball getting underway.  We want to ensure that all of our Laker athletes and parents are aware of the tryouts, practices and games.  

To see our upcoming athletic events you can click on the 'MORE' section of our website, follow the "ATHLETICS' link, and check out our SS School Athletics Calendar.  There we have posted our tryouts, our practices, and games.  We will keep this updated with changes and additions so that as parents, you can be there to support your children.  If you would like to add this calendar to your Google Calendars, just click on the + sign on the lower right hand corner.  

If you have any questions about our sports programs, please contact the office at 403-756-3355.

Thank you!

Congratulations!

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the ASAA (Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association), to congratulate Darren Mazutinec.  He will be receiving the Lorne Wood Award November 30th in Red Deer at the annual ASAA dinner. This award is designed to recognize school administrators who actively model, support and promote sportsmanship by their involvement in their school’s athletic program. Thank you Mr. Maz for all that you do for all of our students.

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Delayed Consequences

Have you ever wondered, “Oh, great. What do I do with this kid now?”
 
A dad shared his story. His simple rule about driving was: “Feel free to drive as long as it doesn’t cause a problem for anyone on the planet.”
 
His son, Justin, missed curfew.
 
Meeting him at the door, Dad said, “I’m so relieved you are okay. I’m going to do something about this problem… but not now… later. Try not to worry.”
 
Justin responded, “Cool.”
 
The next day wasn’t so “cool” for Justin. When he asked to use the car, Dad said, “This is so sad… no.”
 
Justin asked, “But why?”
 
Dad answered, “I suppose when I am really sure that there won’t be a problem with you following the rules of the home, I’ll be more confident that you can follow the rules of the road.”
 
How did Dad handle this so well? He bought himself time by delaying the consequence.
 
For more information on how to effectively delay consequences, and the elements that help kids really learn from these consequences, listen to my audio, Oh Great! What Do I Do Now?
 
We also have a free article on this topic.
 
Dr. Charles Fay

School Fees Reminder

As October is coming to a close, we would like to remind you that school fees are due.  We are attaching the list of fees for your reference.  

Fees can be paid at either school office, however, if you are wanting to pay debit, that needs to be done at the elementary office between the hours of 8am and 3:30pm.

Thank for supporting Stirling School!

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PICTURE RETAKES

Just a reminder that picture retakes are Tuesday, Oct 24, 2017 from 8:10am-9:10am in the school gym. Please bring your picture order form that came with the originial photo preview.

Post-Secondary Planning Resources

There is a new document in the counselling folder of documents that will help parent and students with their post secondary schooling, career planning, and financial scholarships/assistance/aid.

Student Loans and Grant Funding Guide

There is a new document in the counselling folder of documents that will help parent and students with information that they might need for loans and grants for their post secondary education. The following topics are available in this document.

  • Alberta Student Aid
  • About Loans and Grants
  • Loans and Grant Details
  • Application Basics
  • Money You Need: Your Expenses
  • Money You Have: Your Resources
  • Grants for Students with Permanent Disabilities
  • Maintaining Interest Free Status
  • Application Quick Tips
  • What Happens Next?
  • Changes to Your Application
  • How to Submit Your Documents
  • Help Available