Principal\u2019s Message\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nMrs. Varalli\r\n\r\nOctober 2017\r\n\r\nCelebrating Gratitude\r\n\r\nThank you to all of the parents who came out to the Parent Orientation Nights. It was wonderful to see so many supportive and enthusiastic parents ready to learn everything they could to help their child to be successful this school year.\r\n\r\nStarting school for the first time, such as our Toddlers, moving to a new grade or if you are new to Wheatley, it can be challenging for parents and children alike. But researchers like psychologist Angela Duckworth and Carol S. Dweck have found that children do better in school and are more successful in their lives when their parents teach and encourage them to be positive about challenges.\r\n\r\nSometimes, we as parents work hard to help our children avoid difficulties and frustrations so that our children don\u2019t fail but rather experience success. However, each time that we take the struggle away we also take the opportunity for them to learn to persevere when things are difficult. So, let\u2019s work to teach our children to work hard, do their best, and have a positive attitude.\r\n\r\nThis month\u2019s Upper Elementary guest speaker, Adam Shoalts, is an excellent example of perseverance. Adam spent three months solo canoeing in the Arctic. We are eager to hear all his stories. Parents are invited to attend his presentation.\r\n\r\nOctober is upon us and the focus this month is on Thanksgiving and celebrating the importance of gratitude. We encourage our students to reflect on how fortunate they are and be grateful for what they have. It is our tradition to help the needy in our community during this special time of the year. This month\u2019s Grub Day toonie will go to support Community Care.\r\n\r\nLower and Upper Elementary students will be receiving their mid-term report on October 27. \u00a0Online sign up will be available for Parent-teacher Conferences taking place on Thursday, November 2nd.\r\n\r\nMy door is always open, and if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to come by for a visit.\r\n\r\nHappy Thanksgiving and have a wonderful October!