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All Saints Catholic School serves PreK3 through 8th grades in the north Dallas, Plano, and Collin County areas. We are a faith based school centered around Christ.  ASCS exists to pass on the Catholic faith to our children in a challenging academic environment with Gospel values as a foundation and Christ as the model. Parents, the primary educators of their children, together with our community, share the common goal of preparing children for life-long learning and Christian service.  All Saints Catholic School is committed to nurturing each child's spiritual, intellectual, social, moral, emotional and physical development.

From Mrs. Blake…

Hello families!  I hope you are enjoying your second week back to school.  The routine is becoming second nature and we are digging deeper into the curriculum here at school.  Getting busier by the moment!   

I found the short article below and I believe it is a good reminder as a parent.  We must show kids that we are interested in what they are doing.  We need to remain as positive as possible in order to serve as a good role model for them.  Language and communication at any age in inherent.  Here are some simple tips to encourage meaningful communication.  We can use these ideas for car rides, meal time, or “relaxing” time (if we get that!). 

Have a great rest of your week!

“Talking with Kids About School”  www.pbs.org

Why is it so hard to talk about school? Parents often get exasperated with kids’ monosyllabic answers to their simple questions. That one well-intentioned line, “How was school today?” has probably provoked more bad feelings between parents and kids than either party ever intended.

“‘How was school today?’ is a frustrating question for both parents and kids,” notes Michael Thompson, Ph.D., author of “The Pressured Child.” “Parents never get the answer they want and often don’t understand how difficult this question really is. Without meaning to, parents are asking for a summary but kids don’t summarize the way adults do. So most kids just say ‘fine’ or try to avoid the question entirely.” And then the problem escalates. “Many parents will repeat this question if they don’t get a good enough response because they don’t know how else to ask it,” adds Lawrence Cohen, Ph.D., author of “Playful Parenting.”

Fortunately, some simple strategies can get kids and parents talking and listening. “What was fun? What was the worst part of the day? Did your teacher explain that math homework? How did soccer go?”

However, communicating effectively about school goes deeper than just asking the right questions. “What are the goals of talking with kids about school and what is the role of the adult in these conversations?” asks Diane Levin, Ph.D., professor of education at Wheelock College. “More than just finding out how their day was, we want to help kids become problems solvers and independent learners. Good conversations help kids see we care about their lives, that we are there to support them, and to help them develop strategies for solving problems themselves.”

Try these strategies to get kids and parents talking about school and listening to each other in meaningful ways.

Greet your child with an enthusiastic hello.

Allow your child not to talk right after school.

Learn about your child’s life at school.

Say what’s on your mind.

Avoid face-to-face interrogations.

Let the talk emerge naturally.

Listen before you talk. 

Try communicating without words.

Talk about funny things that happened to you. 

Don’t jump in to fix your child’s problem immediately.

Help children develop their own solutions. 

Blessings!

Mrs. Blake