Monthly Theme: Being Resilient
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Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms in our community. We take on many different forms for our many different children but know that your love and support is so appreciated and meaningful. We hope you enjoy this special day together with those you love.
A Mother’s Day Prayer …
We thank you for the love of the mothers you have given us,
whose love is so precious that it can never be measured,
whose patience seems to have no end.
May we see your loving hand behind them and guiding them.
We pray for those mothers who fear they will run out of love or time or patience.
We ask you to bless them with your own special love.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, our brother.
With spring weather finally on our doorsteps and summer (yes summer!) not far off, many of us are ditching our cars, choosing more physically active ways to get where we’re going. Soon, sidewalks will be flooded with our friends, neighbours and kids who are walking, running, rollerblading and cycling on their way from point A to point B.
It’s important both as a driver and as a pedestrian to stay safe and keep others safe while on or near roadways. So, we wanted to share with you some road safety tips to keep in mind as our communities wake up and we stretch our legs after a long winter hibernation:
As a driver:
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times
- Watch your speed
- Remember that distracted driving like texting and talking on your phone is unsafe and illegal
- Note that many young children have not yet developed cognitive skills like depth perception, speed and distance needed to safely judge dangers of the road
- Use extra caution where children and pedestrians are likely to be nearby:
- School zones
- Bus stops
- Parks & playgrounds
- Residential areas
- Parking lots
As a cyclist:
- Remember – your rules for the road are the same as drivers
- Always wear a helmet
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times
- Watch your speed
- Cross roads following the rules of the road
- Ride single file
As a pedestrian:
- Where possible, use designated crossing areas, intersections or a cross walk (never jaywalk)
- Always look both ways before crossing the street
- Avoid using mobile devices when walking
- Remove your headphones and listen for approaching traffic
- Make eye contact with drivers before stepping out onto the road
- When walking, running or cycling at night, ensure you are visible by wearing reflective clothing or carrying a flashlight.
As a parent, it’s important to be a role model for your children when teaching them road safety. Provide your child with simple tips to be a safe pedestrian that are easy to remember for when they are ready to walk on their own.
RENEWING THE PROMISE
We are extremely blessed this year with the arrival of the Bishops’ Pastoral Letter “Renewing the Promise“. The letter is the culmination of all the feedback received from Catholic Education stakeholders – via the ThoughtExchange Surveys of last spring, as well as the symposium in November. It will provide us with inspiration and food for thought for much time to come. Please see the PDF version attached for your reference.
Now that spring has finally arrived we ask that you take a moment to review the school Dress code with your child(ren).
At St. Paul Catholic School we believe that students should be able to learn in a safe and caring space that is free of bias and discrimination. We expect that all students will use good judgement and respect for self and others when choosing what to wear. When making choices about what to wear to school, we respect a student’s individuality and have agreed on some basic criteria when it comes to our dress code.
- Students must always wear footwear inside and outside the school. It is preferred that students have both a set of shoes for indoor use AND a separate pair of shoes for outdoor use. In addition, students must wear running shoes to participate in physical education classes.
- Students must refrain from dressing in sexually explicit or revealing clothing. This would include clothing that exposes the midriff, spaghetti straps, strapless tops and low-cut necklines. No undergarments including bra straps and boxers should be showing and skirts and shorts must be mid-thigh length.
- Students are not permitted to wear clothing with wording or graphics which are racist, sexist, advocate violence or are profane or demeaning to another person or towards the school. In addition, clothing with wording or graphics which promote alcohol or illicit drugs and/or is recognized to be associated with gang membership will not be allowed.
- Students will be asked to remove hats when entering the school building. This signals it is time to change from outside behaviour to inside behaviour.
- The Dress Code is in effect for class trips, unless instructed differently.
While the selection of clothing worn at school is the responsibility of parents and student, the school reserves the right of final decision concerning dress and appearance. If a student comes to school wearing clothing which fits into one of the categories listed above, the school may:
- Exclude the student from regular school activities until the situation can be rectified (e.g. T-shirt turned inside out for the remainder of the school day, wearing a school shirt, etc.);
- Contact parents and request replacement clothing if the problem cannot be rectified in the above manner;
- Take further action as appropriate if there is consistent violation by a student regarding inappropriate student dress.
Due to the constantly changing variety of apparel style, the Principal and staff have the authority to determine if a clothing item not specifically covered in this dress code is, in fact appropriate for school attire.
We are asking for your cooperation and support in efforts to maintain a positive school environment which is centered around student achievement and growth. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the main office.
HOME/ SCHOOL CONNECTION
Try this Which One Doesn’t Belong with your family!
May 14 – Empower Lacrosse Workshops for students in grades 4 – 8
May 18 – Jump Rope for Heart
May 21 – Victoria Day
May 22 – 31 – EQAO Assessment for students in Gr 3and 6
May 23 – Welcome to Kindergarten evening
May 24 – Grade 8 Toronto Trip
May 30 – Cross Country
June 1 – PD DAY – No School
June 7 – Grade 7s at Resurrection
June 22 – Year End Mass at St Francis Parish
June 22 – Mission Day in the afternoon
June 26 – Grade 8 Graduation
June 29 – Last Day of this school year
Here’s what is happening at St Paul CES this Week:
- Last day to order Pizza (only through Cash online)
- Empower Lacrosse Workshops – grades 4 – 8
- Roots of Empathy in Mrs. Harris’ Class
- Pizza Wednesday
- Scientists in Schools for Gr 6 students
- 10 am – Grade 4 Bible Celebration
- Wear Red Spirit Day
- Jump Rope for Heart Day!