Monthly Archives: September 2018

Panthers’ WAG – October 1 – 5, 2018

Monthly Theme: Gratitude

Twitter: follow us @wcdsbStPaul to get the latest news and celebrate our #PantherPride!

Web Page: Please continue to refer to our webpage for information and updates at https://stpaul.wcdsb.ca 

 

Terry Fox Walk

On the afternoon of Thursday, September 27th, the St. Paul students and staff participated in the annual Terry Fox Walk. We all looked great as we wore red and walked to support cancer research.  The weather was beautiful and we all had a chance to be physically active. This year our school raised $1269.20 for cancer research!! Awesome work Panthers! We beat our goal and raised the most money to date! A special congratulations goes out to Mrs. Ambeau’s JK/SK class, who raised $133.00 and won the free pizza lunch! Thank you for all of the generous donations!  We had such a great afternoon!!

Umbrella Project

On October 4th we will be hosting a parent workshop with Dr. Jen Forristal, founder of The Umbrella Project. Please see the attachment for details:

Umbrella Project Parent Night Flyer

You can also follow the Umbrella Project on social media for additional tips, resources, and information. Find all the details here: http://www.umbrellaproject.co/parent-resources/

This month we will be focusing on adding to our Umbrella Skills by focusing on Gratitude.

 

All About Gratitude 

(adapted from Dr. Jen Forristal)

Big Ideas

Gratitude is a great way to start your new school year! This is because of:

  • Positive Priming. We need to train our brains to see these positives. We naturally gravitate towards over-focusing on fears/negatives for protection.
  • Cultivate Wonder and Awe. This builds gratitude and is good for school engagement and student interest in school.
  • Show Gratitude. When you show gratitude to somebody, studies show you get activation in rewards circuits in the brain which helps to put students in a more positive frame of mind.

 Actionable Steps

In addition to expressing gratitude, work with your children to also:

#1. Cultivate the skill of seeing what we have in life instead of what we do not have.

ACTION: Focus on building a sense of awe.

What is awe? The sense of wonder we feel in the presence of something vast that transcends our understanding of the world.  People commonly experience awe in nature and in response to religion, art, music, etc. Awe increases pro-social behaviour and decreases emphasis on the individual self.

  • Question: What experiences elicit a sense of awe for you? When was the last time you were in awe?
    • Sample Responses: Looking at the stars, walking through the forest, examining a bug, feeling amazed at how big trees can grow, how funny a baby can be, how generous a person can be or how music can make us feel…

ACTION: Tap into curiosity and wonder as a way to get kids noticing the details around them and all of the little things they have to be grateful for.

#2. Recognize the effort and sacrifice that others make for us.

ACTION: Cultivating gratitude through reflection.

Recognizing and reflecting on the sacrifice that others make for us, helps to deepen our understanding and sense of gratitude.

  • Question: What is the cost to someone else in time, energy, thought for this thing I am receiving. What else might they have been doing with their time?

ACTION: Share the value of gratitude for the person receiving it and the person giving it.

Most people don’t mind making sacrifices for others, in fact, giving to others is a great way to improve our wellbeing. When we recognize people for their efforts and express our gratitude, it helps that person to feel they are appreciated for their efforts and adds the wellbeing benefits.

For the person expressing gratitude, this helps to active reward circuits in our brain and makes us feel good too. Gratitude is good for everyone.

Community Opportunities/Tie-Ins for Gratitude Skill

  • Thanksgiving
  • Foodbank

 

Thanksgiving Food Drive

It is that time of year again – the leaves are beginning to change, the days are getting a little colder and we are approaching Thanksgiving weekend. As is the tradition at St Paul we will be collecting non-perishable food items (soups, jam, pasta, beans, rice, etc) for families in need in our community. St Paul CES has a strong reputation for being generous during our food drives and hopefully, we can continue this tradition by donating what we can to support those in need. More details will come home this week.

 

ECO School:

This year we will be attempting to become a certified ECO school. Our goal in doing this is to put an emphasis on being environmentally aware, to conserve our natural resources and to develop student leadership. Some of the initiatives we are hoping to implement include expanding our gardening club, adding composting to our daily practices, and reducing waste by having boomerang and litterless lunches. More details will follow.

 

Wellness Tip of the Week

Be aware of your child’s overall actions and behaviour.

Children often show us they are having a problem through their behaviour rather than words. If your child is acting out and getting into trouble often, it is a clue that something needs to be problem-solved or that they need emotional support to cope and move forward. This is a reason why the language of feelings is so important. It isn’t healthy if your child can’t tell you what is going on. When kids are acting out, there are reasons and many things can be done to help. Don’t be afraid to ask for help even if the difficulty doesn’t seem extremely serious. All children need guidance about emotions and relationships. If you ask for help or learn more about emotions and relationships yourself, you and your children will benefit. (www.carizon.ca)

 

St Francis Parish

We are very proud of our partnership with St Francis Parish. In order to continue to build on this relationship, each week we will be providing our community with a link to access the Church Bulletin so you may keep yourself apprised of the many events at the Parish.

Feast of St. Francis Bulletin Sept 30

 

Here’s what is happening at St Paul CES this Week:

Monday:

  • Last day to order Pizza
  • Mrs. Stott’s  class at the Planetarium

Tuesday:

  • Umbrella Assembly and Fundraiser Kick Off

Wednesday:

  • Spirit Wear Day – Wear your School Spirit Wear!
  • Pizza lunch for those who ordered through Cash Online
  • MADD Presentation for grades 7 & 8

Thursday:

  • 6:30 Umbrella Project Parent Workshop

Friday:

  • Octoberfest Spirit Day!

Have a Great Week Panthers!

 

 

Terry Fox Run – Thursday, September 27, 2018

This is just a reminder that our students will be taking part in the Terry Fox Walk tomorrow afternoon! St. Paul School will gather as a community and walk together to remember Terry Fox’s dream of raising money for cancer research.  Thank you for all of your generous donations so far, but let’s keep those toonies coming in! Please remember to wear red to earn colour house points and to show your support! We’ll keep Terry’s spirit alive and help make a difference!

Bus 175 Delayed

Attention Parents of students on Bus 175.

There is a mechanical issue and the bus will be 30 – 40 minutes late

Meet the Teacher Open House!

Don’t miss our Open House and Meet the Teacher Night – tonight from 5 – 6:30!

Pizza and Water will be available in the gym from 5:00 – 6:00 for $1 each

Teachers will be available in their classrooms from 5:30 – 6:30 to meet you and provide information about the curriculum.

Looking forward to seeing you tonight!

Panthers’ WAG – September 24 – 28, 2018

Monthly Theme: Wellness

Twitter: follow us @wcdsbStPaul to get the latest news and celebrate our #PantherPride!

Web Page: Please continue to refer to our webpage for information and updates at https://stpaul.wcdsb.ca 

 

School Open House and Meet the Teacher

Everyone is welcome to come to our Open House on Tuesday, September 25th. Classrooms will be open for visits and teachers will be in their classrooms starting at 5:30 to 6:30 to meet parents and informally discuss curriculum expectations. Please note, this is not a time to have discussions regarding your child’s progress. please contact your child’s teachers directly to make an appointment for these discussions.

Terry Fox Run

This Thursday, September 28th our students will be taking part in the Terry Fox Walk! St. Paul School will gather as a community and walk together in the afternoon to remember Terry Fox’s dream of raising money for cancer research.  Thank you for all of your generous donations so far, but let’s keep those toonies coming in! Our goal is to match the $1100.00 we raised last year! Please remember to wear red to show your spirit and support!  We’ll keep Terry’s spirit alive and help make a difference!

Umbrella Project

On October 4th we will be hosting a parent workshop with Dr. Jen Forristal, founder of The Umbrella Project. Our school will be participating in the Umbrella Project this year with the goal of improving student wellness. Each month students will learn about and develop a different Umbrella Skill. For more information please see below:

 

Please see the Umbrella Project Parent Letter below:

This school year, your child will be participating in The Umbrella Project. The Umbrella Project is a curriculum designed to help your child learn the skills of emotional wellbeing. This year we will be focusing on gratitude, grit, self-compassion, autonomy, mindfulness, resilience, intrinsic motivation, integrity and hope. Developing these skills will help your child lead a happier, more successful life. Learn more on the umbrella of emotional well-being on our website here: http://www.umbrellaproject.co/video/


You are invited to follow along with your child’s learning journey for each new skill by subscribing to our weekly newsletter (details below) where we will provide information, stories, challenges and tips about fostering the skill your child is focusing on in class. Caregivers have a powerful impact on childhood well-being and your participation will help to deepen your child’s understanding of these important skills.

You can also follow the Umbrella Project on social media for additional tips, resources, and information. Find all the details here: http://www.umbrellaproject.co/parent-resources/

Please email us at admin@umbrellaproject.co to share your stories, ask questions, and give feedback about what has worked well in your home. We would also love to hear your suggestions for improvement. Our goal is to help children prepare for all of life’s weather and we welcome opportunities to grow and improve. Health and happiness,

Dr. Jen Forristal (Founder of the Umbrella Project)

 

CRAYOLA Recycling Project

This year we will be extending our environmental awareness by recycling our markers and keeping plastic out of the landfill! Please see the letter below for more details.

ColorCycle Parents Letter

 

ALLERGIES, MEDICATIONS AND MEDICAL ALERT

If your child has an allergic reaction to any food or insect, please contact the main office and ask for an Administration of Medication: Epipen form. We ask that all children who require Epipens carry them on their persons (not in their backpacks) at all times. In addition, we ask that all children bring a spare Epipen to school in the event of an anaphylactic reaction and a second dose is required.

If your child has an illness, a medical condition or a physical disability that may require monitoring/awareness/a special response in an emergency, you are asked to contact the main office. We will send a Medical Alert form home. We may also request a meeting to develop a protocol for your child while at school or at a school related event.

According to Board policy, school staff or volunteers should not be involved with the administration of medication. However, the Board recognizes that on occasions, schools will need to be responsible for students who are receiving medication, or who under certain circumstances may require an emergency response to a severe allergic reaction. If your child requires such medication, please contact the main office and ask for an Administration of Oral Medication form. This from MUST be completed before any medication may be administered!

 

Cannabis use and Youth

As you are aware, Canadian and Ontario laws are changing regarding the use of cannabis. Please see the attached infographic regarding youth and cannabis.

Youth_cannabis_infographic

 

Social Media Use and Multi tasking

Please see the information that was recently presented at Resurrection CSS.AS we continue to focus on Wellness this year, one of the things to consider is our use of Social Media devices.

Social Media and Multi Tasking

St Francis Parish

We are very proud of our partnership with St Francis Parish. In order to continue to build on this relationship, each week we will be providing our community with a link to access the Church Bulletin so you may keep yourself apprised of the many events at the Parish.

St Francis Parish Bulletin Sept 23 2018

 

Wellness Tip of the Week

Teach your kids the “language of feelings”.

One of the most important things you can teach your children is to recognize what they are feeling and to express their feelings in words. Help your children grow by teaching the many words for different emotions, and using examples when those feelings arise in themselves and others.

 

People’s actions can be “bad” but the feelings themselves are never “bad”. One reason children get stuck and don’t want to talk about feelings, even if you ask them to, is because they can confuse how they feel as being “bad” or “a problem” when it is actually the tough thing that happened that is the problem. Feelings are like important road signs, if we understand them and listen to them. They can teach us where to go next and what to look for.

 

Many children shut down when they are upset because they think all feelings except for happy ones are negative and shameful. When you teach your kids the language for many different feelings and invite them to explore and share them, it makes difficult feelings normal and healthy. The result is the development of emotional smarts and social skills. They can deal with what they are feeling, and have stronger friendships too. This also helps them have better self-esteem.

 

Even anger can be helpful when kids learn how to cope with it. The emotion of anger brings awareness that something is hurtful. When we recognize that we are hurt, our problem-solving skills can improve.

Here’s what is happening at St Paul CES this Week:

Monday:

  • Last day to order Pizza
  • Mrs. Acken and Mrs. Coelho’s classes at Safety Village

Tuesday:

  • 5:00 – 6:30 pm – St Paul Open House (Meet the Teacher)

Wednesday:

  • Spirit Wear Day – Wear your School Spirit Wear!
  • Pizza lunch for those who ordered through Cash Online

Thursday:

  • Wear Red Spirit Day
  • Terry Fox Run in the afternoon

Friday:

  • 9:30 – School Mass at St Francis Parish (Gr 1 – 8) – parents/ guardians are welcome to join us

 

Have a great Week Panthers!

School Council Meeting – Thursday September 20

Are you interested in volunteering to help make St Paul a great place to learn? Please consider joining our School Council. Our first meeting is Thursday, September 20th at 6:30 pm. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Bus 170 Late

Bus 170 is approximately 30 minutes late. All students are on the bus now and headed home.

Panthers’ WAG – September 17 – 21, 200

Monthly Theme: Wellness

Twitter: follow us @wcdsbStPaul to get the latest news and celebrate our #PantherPride!

Web Page: Please continue to refer to our webpage for information and updates at https://stpaul.wcdsb.ca 

 

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

Please join us on September 25, 2018 from 5:00 – 6:30 for our Pizza and Meet the Teacher Night. We will be selling pizza and water on the blacktop for $1 each. PLEASE note the time change to allow the parents of our grade 2 students to attend the First Reconciliation and Eucharist Meeting at St Francis Parish

 

On October 4th we will be hosting a parent workshop with Dr. Jen Forristal, founder of The Umbrella Project. Our school will be participating in the Umbrella Project this year with the goal of improving student wellness. Each month students will learn about and develop a different Umbrella Skill. For more information please see below:

Wellbeing is a skill, in fact we now recognize it is a collection of skills that can be taught to children and adults alike. It isn’t just autonomy, grit or mindfulness, each skill forms a piece of an umbrella of wellbeing that protects us from the rain of life, helps us find meaning in our experiences, and is highly predictive of future success. The umbrella skills are inspirational and identifying them in action is a powerful tool in teaching children how to use them.

The Umbrella Project is an interactive, inquiry-based project teaching the skills of emotional wellbeing. Through classroom lessons and observation of the world around them, students will learn real life applications of each umbrella skill and gain deeper insight into why these skills are essential. The umbrella project highlights the synergy between all of the aforementioned skills, which creates the strongest umbrella of wellbeing. By semester end, the students will create a bank of powerful and inspiring stories of emotional wellbeing that they can reflect on for years to come. (http://www.umbrellaproject.co)

 

 

PIZZA ORDERS THROUGH CASH ONLINE

When ordering Pizza for your child, please ensure that you are ordering for the proper day/ week.

The week that you are ordering for is in the title of the item. You must order each pizza day separately according to the date in the title of the item. For those who have ordered in advance, please check your receipts to ensure you have ordered for each week separately.

 

SCHOOL COUNCIL

Are you looking for a meaningful way to get involved in your child’s school? School Council works with the St Paul staff to improve student learning. Please join us on September 20th at 6:30 for our first School Council meeting of the year.

 

FIELD TRIPS

There are some changes to our field trip procedures this year. All field trip payments and permission forms will be completed through Cash Online. Paper permission forms will generally not be sent home anymore. In order to ensure all students are able to safely participate in the field trip, all forms must be completed and payments made at least 2 school days before the trip. SHould you have any questions or concerns, please contact the main office.

 

ST FRANCIS PARISH

We are very proud of our partnership with St Francis Parish. In order to continue to build on this relationship, each week we will be providing our community with a link to access the Church Bulletin so you may keep yourself apprised of the many events at the Parish.

St Francis Parish Bulletin Sept 16 2018

 

Here’s what is happening at St Paul CES this Week:

Monday:

  • Last Day to order Pizza through Cash Online
  • Safety Patrol Training for select students in grades 6 – 8

Tuesday:

  • Confirmation Registration Meeting for Gr 7 students and parents at St Francis Parish

Wednesday:

  • Spirit Wear Day – Wear your School Spirit Wear!
  • Intermediate Boys and Girls 3 Pitch tournament at RIM Park
  • Junior Coed Soccer Tournament at Rim Park

Thursday:

  • School Council Meeting 6:30 – 8:00

Friday:

  • PD Day – no school for students

Have a great week Panthers!

 

Safety Drills

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The safety of students at St. Paul is our main priority.  Today, our students and staff participated in a Lockdown Drill in the school at approximately 10:00 am. A Lockdown situation can take on the various scenarios:

  • “Lockdown”: Will be used if there is a major incident or threat of violence within the school or in relation to the school; (e.g., intruder)
  • “Hold and Secure”: Will be used when it is desirable to secure the school due to an ongoing, unrelated situation outside the school   (e.g., bank robbery)
  • “Shelter in Place”: Will be used when it is necessary to hold all occupants inside a school to protect them from external situations (e.g., chemical spill)

 

Staff and students followed a prepared set of procedures to promote consistency, safety and to minimize injury. Mr. Mitchell and Ms. Santomero walked the school and checked the portables to ensure all procedures were in place (e.g., doors locked, lights off, no students in sight, etc).  Our staff and students conducted the drill with great success.

Thank you again to our friends at YWCA Childcare, who continue to collaborate with our efforts to practice our safety procedures, including fire drills and lockdowns, to familiarize students on how to stay safe in the event of an emergency situation.

I ask that you spend some time discussing the emergency procedures with your son/daughter this evening.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will also be practising our safety procedures for a safe exit in the event of a fire.

Please contact the office staff if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Ms. C. Santomero

Panthers’ WAG – September 10 – 14, 2018

Monthly Theme: Wellness

Twitter: follow us @wcdsbStPaul to get the latest news and celebrate our #PantherPride!

Web Page: Please continue to refer to our webpage for information and updates at https://stpaul.wcdsb.ca 

 

We have had another busy startup at St Paul. Once again we have added a class – this year it is a grade 4 class. This addition has allowed us to have fewer combined classes. Many students will also be in smaller classes now as well. I would like to welcome Ms. Olivia MacLellan as our grade 4 teacher. Ms. MacLellan will be teaching the class until a permanent teacher can be hired.

Our renovations to the Kindergarten play area continue. We will be adding painted games to the blacktop area soon, although the students clearly loved using chalk to create their own games!

                  

 

 

REMINDERS

    • Please ensure your child is packed with two nutritious snacks and one nutritious lunch each day. Also, pack a reusable water bottle that is labelled with the student’s name on it.
    • The first Pizza Day will take place on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018. Pizza Lunches can be paid by Cash Online.
    • Please ensure your child comes to school with well labelled, indoor and outdoor shoes. The indoor shoes will always remain at the school.
    • If your child is ever going to be absent or late please remember to call St. Paul  BEFORE 8:15 am. 519-743-4401.
    • For parents/guardians dropping off their child in a vehicle, please be cautious when driving as students are excited and may not be as aware of traffic. A reminder that the area along the sidewalk (by the portables) is a no parking zone – this is for QUICK drop-offs only. If you wish to walk your child to the blacktop you must park on the street or in one of the clearly marked, designated parking spots.

 

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

Please join us on September 25, 2018, from 5:00 – 7:00 for our Pizza and Meet the Teacher Night. We will be selling pizza and water on the blacktop for $1 each.

 

 

On October 4th we will be hosting a parent workshop with Dr. Jen Forristal, founder of The Umbrella Project. Our school will be participating in the Umbrella Project this year with the goal of improving student wellness. Each month students will learn about and develop a different Umbrella Skill. For more information please see below:

Wellbeing is a skill, in fact, we now recognize it is a collection of skills that can be taught to children and adults alike. It isn’t just autonomy, grit or mindfulness, each skill forms a piece of an umbrella of wellbeing that protects us from the rain of life, helps us find meaning in our experiences, and is highly predictive of future success. The umbrella skills are inspirational and identifying them in action is a powerful tool in teaching children how to use them.

The Umbrella Project is an interactive, inquiry-based project teaching the skills of emotional wellbeing. Through classroom lessons and observation of the world around them, students will learn real-life applications of each umbrella skill and gain deeper insight into why these skills are essential. The umbrella project highlights the synergy between all of the aforementioned skills, which creates the strongest umbrella of wellbeing. By semester end, the students will create a bank of powerful and inspiring stories of emotional well-being that they can reflect on for years to come. (http://www.umbrellaproject.co)

 

PIZZA ORDERS THROUGH CASH ONLINE

When ordering Pizza for your child, please ensure that you are ordering for the proper day/ week.

The week that you are ordering for is in the title of the item. You must order each pizza day separately according to the date in the title of the item. For those who have ordered in advance, please check your receipts to ensure you have ordered for each week separately.

 

SCHOOL COUNCIL

Are you looking for a meaningful way to get involved in your child’s school? School Council works with the St Paul staff to improve student learning. Please join us on September 20th at 6:30 for our first School Council meeting of the year.

Here’s what is happening at St Paul CES this Week:

Monday:

  • All JK and SK students attend
  • Last day to order Pizza

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

  • Spirit Wear Day – Wear your School Spirit Wear!
  • Pizza lunch for those who ordered through Cash Online
  • Umbrella Assembly

Thursday:

Friday:

Have a fantastic week Panthers!