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A Minute With Mme Amy: The view from the first floor (highlights from my week)

Calgary French & International School Winter Concert 2017Altogether, I have attended 9 winter concerts this week, performed by students in preschool to Grade 6. While it made for a full and busy week, what a gift to see the progression from tiny three year olds shyly whispering their first French songs to an audience of their own class parents, to Grade 6 band students confidently playing their instruments in a packed gymnasium! Heartfelt thanks to all of you who made time to attend these events; it means so much to your children, and to our teachers, to have your time and presence.

An especially heart-warming moment occurred during our Grade 1 performance. As some of you know, I spend about 15 or 20 minutes with our grade ones each day, supervising their transition from lunch to mid-day recess. As part of this, I often find myself in the position of enforcing mittens during cold weather, and I keep a large stash of extra mittens in my office for those who may have forgotten them at home. At their concert on Thursday, the grade ones performed a whole song about gloves, and dedicated it to me. I will confess that I as I sat in the front row, I smiled until I cried!

Did you know…

That while holiday traditions and travel can be exciting, they can be just as stressful for children as for adults? If your little one has been a little “off,”  (or even downright difficult) lately, you are not alone. Special visitors, extra outings, even new decor are all fun for children, but some kiddos feel anxious about even small changes such as moving the couch to make room for the Christmas tree. This piece is full of concrete, helpful tips for families hoping to keep the season enjoyable for everyone: https://www.verywell.com/holiday-stress-and-anxiety-in-children-620516.

Have a happy and restful weekend!