Monthly Archives: November 2018

Panthers’ WAG – November 26 – 30, 2018

Monthly Theme: Grit

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/ 

 

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” – Nelson Mandela

 

SPIRIT WEAR!

We are once again offering families the opportunity to purchase Panthers Spirit Wear! All orders will be completed online. Please see the link below to shop for your Panther Spirit Wear. All orders are due by December 9th. Information regarding Spiritwear was also sent home on Friday, Nov 23rd.

https://stpaulsw18.itemorder.com/

 

Christmas Angel Tree – a message from our Social Justice Club

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Guess what time of year it is? It’s Christmas which means St.Paul School will be holding a gift drive. Donations will be accepted for the Angel Tree running from December 3rd to 14th. New for this year –  year you can donate online! Just visit school cash online! You can donate toys, gift cards, warm clothes, cash and books and it all goes to children and families in our community! Remember, no donation is too small! Please help our cause and donate today!

Thank you,

Social Justice Club

Christmas Cash online donation letter

 

Nutrition for Learning Fridge

Our Nutrition for Learning team is looking for a second Fridge to help store some of the perishable food items we have to distribute. If you have a CSA approved, Energy Efficient Fridge you no longer need and are able to donate it to St Paul, please contact the school.

 

Book Fair

Thank you St. Paul community for your generous support of the ‘Enchanted Book Fair’! 

Sales were $3793.19 and the school receives 25% of this amount.

This money will be used to provide updated information resources, as well as, replacing some of the well loved books, with newer versions.

Congratulations to Hermela B and Mr. Litschgy. They were the winners of the Family Event Draw.

Our school community’s ‘love of reading’ is once again strengthened by your amazing support of the book fair!

Thank You!

Mrs. McCrea

 

Advent Mass

This Friday, November 30th we will be celebrating Mass at St Francis Parish at 9:30. This will serve as our ‘unofficial’ start to the Advent Season. If you are able, please consider joining us.

 

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.

Bulletin Nov. 25 2018

 

How to promote GRIT in your child

Be a nudge.

No one wants to be that mom, the one who pushes her child every step of the way. But it’s OK to let your kids know that you expect them to do their best and to create a structure that will help them do it. When Jill Gawrych’s 10-year-old daughter came home from school excited about the number of laps she’d run during gym, mom asked how the other kids did. “That’s when I realized that she ran only about half as many,” says Gawrych. “It turns out that she ran with a friend to keep her company, which is fine, but we ended up talking about how someone else’s best isn’t always yours.”

 

  • Teach It: Simply sharing what the expectations are, like Gawrych did, is the first step. But when your child is learning any new skill, athletic, musical, or otherwise, nudging also means scheduling—and insisting on—practice times. “I haven’t yet heard of a kid who is completely self-winding,” Duckworth says. There’s nothing wrong with setting aside a daily practice time. Your child will probably still whine about it, but if you’re consistent, the complaints should decrease over time, and your child may even begin to appreciate the benefits later on.
(https://www.scholastic.com/parents/family-life/social-emotional-learning/social-skills-for-kids/power-defeat-how-to-raise-kid-grit.html)

 

Math Matters!

 

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

Monday:

  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight
  • Intermediate Boys Volleyball tournament at Resurrection in the afternoon

Tuesday:

  • City Councillor John Gazzola visiting the Gr 4/5 and 5/6 classes

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Day
  • Gr 6 Field Trip
  • 6:30 – 8:00 – Grade 8 Information Night at Resurrection

Thursday:

Friday:

  • 9:30 – School Mass at St Francis Parish
  • Dance a Thon prize – extra recess in the afternoon

Have a great week Panthers!

Panthers’ WAG – November 19 – 23, 2018

Monthly Theme: Grit

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 all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” – Jesse Owens

 

Cold and Wet Weather Preparation

It’s that time of year where the weather is unpredictable and often cold, wet and very rainy.  Due to this, we are asking ALL students (students in grades JK through to grade 8) to please pack extra socks, pants and shirts into backpacks.   We would like to keep the phone calls out to parents to a minimum when it comes to coming into the school to give children a new set of clothes. To be proactive, we are asking that all students please have extra clothing in their backpack at all times.  Thank you for your assistance with this; it’s greatly appreciated.

Please be aware that during the winter months students who do not have appropriate footwear (boots) and clothing (warm coats, snow or splash pants, etc) will not be permitted to play on the fields or in the snow.

 

November Food Drive

Thanks to the incredible generosity of our school community we were able to donate over 670 lbs of food to the St Vincent de Paul.

 

Christmas Angel Tree

It is hard to believe we have passed the midway point of November and Christmas is just around the corner. The St Paul tradition is to support families both in our school and in the larger community through the Angel Tree. At this time, we are gathering names of any St Paul families who could use extra support this Christmas. If you are aware of any family who might need this support, please contact Ms Santomero with the details.

Later this week I will be sending home information about how you can help support the families at St Paul who may need assistance this year.

 

 

Art and Math

Art and math have a lot in common with each other. In fact, you can see the math in art and the art in math! Patterns, shapes, geometry, symmetry, spatial reasoning, proportional reasoning, etc… are all a part of the arts (visual art, music and dance), as they are of mathematics.

Some of what you see your child doing in school in the arts is also an engagement with mathematical ideas at the same time! By blending mathematics and the arts, students learn in ways that are intellectual, emotional and physical. Children learn in many different ways, and research tells us that participating in the arts is one way that is very engaging for all of us.

A child stringing beads in a pattern on a string or creating a patterned bracelet is creating an understanding of patterning, although to them it may look simply like a pleasing design. When a child learns to play the piano, they are developing a mathematical understanding of the relationships between scales, notes and chords. Symmetry can be seen in the symmetrical features of a butterfly or in a design when building. Children may notice patterns in wallpaper, tile tessellations on the floor or on a phone cover, rhythmic beats or repeated choreography in music videos or chords in a popular song. There is math everywhere!

How might you and your child notice and name the mathematics in the arts (visual, music and dance) that you encounter? Making the links helps deepen the understanding of both!

Interested in more?! Search on the internet for “golden ratio” to see an example of mathematics at work in nature and art!

 

Wellness Tip of the Week – How to promote GRIT in your child

Bouncing back from failure turns out to be one of the best lessons a kid can learn. In fact, according to Angela Duckworth, Ph.D., a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania, that skill (along with certain other character traits she calls “grit”) matters more to a child’s ability to reach his full potential than intelligence, skill, or even grades.

Put a challenge in front of him or her.

True achievement happens when people bust through boundaries and barriers. If your child never has a chance to triumph over something difficult, she may never develop confidence in her ability to confront a challenge. Taking risks is an important way kids learn.

  • Teach It: Give your child the opportunity to pursue at least one difficult thing, suggests Duckworth. “It has to be something that requires discipline to practice,” she says. The actual activity doesn’t matter as much as the effort; Duckworth’s youngest child tried track, piano, and ballet before settling on gymnastics. “She couldn’t do a cartwheel at first, and had a lot of anxiety about it. Eventually, she got over the anxiety barrier and now she likes them so much that she literally does cartwheels two hours a day.” Encouraging kids to try new things gives them a chance to prove they can do anything.

 

Promote perseverance.

Many of us hold on to the idea that skill comes naturally: that if we’re good—or not good—at something, it’s because we were born that way. The problem with this belief is that it leads many kids to give up on things. Plus, it’s simply not true. Even naturally gifted people have to work hard to hone their ability with hours of practice.

  • Teach It: Try one of Duckworth’s family rules: Don’t Quit on a Bad Day. Giving up the second things get frustrating means you might miss out on something really great—like eventually scoring that winning goal or hearing the roar of applause after a performance. So Duckworth insists that her two girls, ages 9 and 11, follow through on all activities until the end of the season or session. If they choose not to sign up again, so be it. What matters is that they push through the discomfort that’s a natural part of the learning process.
(https://www.scholastic.com/parents/family-life/social-emotional-learning/social-skills-for-kids/power-defeat-how-to-raise-kid-grit.html)

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.

Bulletin Nov. 18 2018

 

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

 

Monday:

  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight

Tuesday:

  • Picture retakes in the afternoon

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Day

Thursday:

  • Humane Society Visits
  • 6:30 – School Council Meeting

Friday:

  • Wear a Jersey Spirit Day

 

Have a great week Panthers!

Panthers’ WAG – November 12 – 16, 2018

Monthly Theme: Grit

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 all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” – Jesse Owens

Dance-a-thon

We had an unprecedented success this year with our Dance-a-thon Fundraising. Thanks to our amazing and generous community we raised over $9000! What is more amazing is that each Division raised over $2000 – the hard work and success was spread out across the community! All funds will be3 used to directly support student learning and achievement at St Paul.  As a result of our Success we will be able to celebrate with our students in the following ways:

Top Classes in Each Division (each wins a Pizza Party)

Mrs. Ambeau

Mrs Coelho

Mrs. Walker

Mr. Litschgy

 

Individual Winners (a Fairview Mall Gift Certificate):

These students raised the most in their Division

Early Years – Felix S

Primary – Elroy B

Junior – Aaron D

Intermediate  – Joanne J

 

Chromebook Winner:

For every $20 that a student raised a ticket with his or her name was put into a draw to win a Chromebook. On Tuesday, Nov 6th we had the draw for the winner. Congratulations go out to Holly M in SK for winning a new Chromebook!

 

School Wide Prizes:

As a result of raising over $9000, students have won all three school wide prizes

  • Extra Recess
  • Movie Day
  • Electronics Day

All of these days will be decided on shortly and more information will be sent home.

 

Overall Top Class:

Mr Litschgy’s Class! They will get to decide on a challenge for Ms Santomero to complete at an assembly.

Congratulations Panthers on an Awesome Fundraiser!

 

 

Cold and Wet Weather Preparation

It’s that time of year where the weather is unpredictable and often cold, wet and very rainy.  Due to this, we are asking ALL students (students in grades JK through to grade 8) to please pack extra socks, pants and shirts into backpacks.   We would like to keep the phone calls out to parents to a minimum when it comes to coming into the school to give children a new set of clothes. To be proactive, we are asking that all students please have extra clothing in their backpack at all times, otherwise, your children will either need to wear wet clothes for the day, or we will need to call you at home or work to bring clean, dry clothes to school. Thank you for your assistance with this; it’s greatly appreciated

Beyblades

We have been having some difficulty with our students and playing Beyblades at recess times. We support the playing of games at Recess and would like students to have the opportunity to play these games with their friends. Our school rule is simple (and the same as with Pokemon Cards) – there is no playing for keeps. All students should take home the Beyblades they bring to school. Please discuss with your child these expectations to ensure all students enjoy the games.

 

Umbrella – Grit

Welcome to November at the Umbrella Project!! Last month we dove into building a sense of Gratitude and this month we are shifting our focus to a skill that helps us persevere in the face of challenges, Grit!

Does your child give up easily when things get tough? Do they fear failure or take it very personally?

Grit is the skill that helps us persevere towards the long-term goals we are passionate about.

Excellence in anything we do requires commitment, hard work and lots of bumps in the road. To be successful and happy we need to learn to take failures in stride and not give up when we get to the hard parts. Grit helps us take on a practice mindset, knowing that our perseverance will pay off in time. It can help us set important goals and the overcome obstacles in our way, even on the toughest days.

In every type of work or school subject, grit can be as important to our success as talent or intelligence and is an important piece of a complete umbrella of wellbeing.

(https://www.umbrellaproject.co/2018/10/31/welcome-to-grit-month-at-the-umbrella-project/)

 

Halloween Candy

Do you have leftover Halloween Candy that you would like to get out of the house?  Please consider donating the candy to the school our December fundraising Candy Raffles.

 

 

 

Catholic Community Foundation of Waterloo Region

The Catholic Community Foundation has always provided great support and assistance to the St Paul Community to help us provide things like recess games and equipment, prayer centre supplies and other learning opportunities. Plese consider supporting the Foundation if you are able.

 

St Francis Parish Christmas Bazaar

NOV 10   Christmas Bazaar  from 9AM – 2 PM

Please be aware that Fr. Tim is auctioning off a home made dinner for 6 (cooked by him) as part of the bazaar. For a look at the menu  and to bid on the silent auction see the poster at the main doors of the church or come to the bazaar and bid on it. Opening bid must be $200.00— the bidding right now is up to $600.00 but will close on Sat Nov 10 at 2:00 PM

Any amount over $200.00 will be tax receipted to the final bidder.

 

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.

Bulletin Nov. 11 2018

 

Home Reading Check – How Do I know if this book is too hard for a child to read?

Use the ‘Rule of Thumb’ to see if a book is on your child’s reading level. Have him or her read a full page of the book aloud. Have him or her hold up a finger for each word they don’t know. If they hold up four fingers and a thumb before the end of the page the book is probably too hard. This would make a great book for an adult to read aloud to him or her.

 

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

Monday:

  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight
  • JK/SK Observations all week, by appointment
  • Wear Red – Spirit Day
  • Remembrance Day Observation in the morning

Tuesday:

  • JK/SK Observations continue, by appointment
  • Gr 3 Toyota Trip

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Day
  • JK/SK Observations continue, by appointment
  • Grade 8s at Resurrection all day

Thursday:

  • Spirit Wear Day – Wear Pink for Friends
  • JK/SK Observations continue, by appointment

Friday:

  • PD Day – No school for students

Have a great week Panthers!

Panthers’ WAG – November 5 – 9, 2018

Monthly Theme: Grit

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 

“Grit is living life like it is a marathon, not a sprint” Angela Duckworth

 

Umbrella Project – November’s Skill is developing GRIT

Welcome to November at the Umbrella Project!! Last month we dove into building a sense of Gratitude and this month we are shifting our focus to a skill that helps us persevere in the face of challenges, Grit!

Does your child give up easily when things get tough? Do they fear failure or take it very personally?

Grit is the skill that helps us persevere towards the long-term goals we are passionate about.

Excellence in anything we do requires commitment, hard work and lots of bumps in the road. To be successful and happy we need to learn to take failures in stride and not give up when we get to the hard parts. Grit helps us take on a practice mindset, knowing that our perseverance will pay off in time. It can help us set important goals and the overcome obstacles in our way, even on the toughest days.

In every type of work or school subject, grit can be as important to our success as talent or intelligence and is an important piece of a complete umbrella of wellbeing.

(https://www.umbrellaproject.co/2018/10/31/welcome-to-grit-month-at-the-umbrella-project/)

 

Diagnostic Assessments

Throughout the month of November students in grades 1 – 8 will be completing the CAT5 assessments in Language and Mathematics. The completion of these assessments will provide teachers with valuable information regarding student strengths and challenges. This will assist teachers in better programming for students.

 

Progress Reports

Progress Report will be coming home on Tuesday, November 6th. The Elementary Progress Report Card provides students, teachers and parents/guardians with an opportunity to reflect upon progress early in the fall of the school year, and to discuss plans to promote future success.

The Elementary Progress Report Card is designed to show:  a student’s development of six learning skills and work habits during the fall of the school year, as well as  a student’s general progress in working towards the achievement of the curriculum expectations in all subjects. The check marks under “Progressing Very Well,” “Progressing Well,” and “Progressing With Difficulty” are used to indicate a student’s general academic progress during the first part of the fall term. The Elementary Progress Report Card does not contain letter grades or numeric marks. At the end of the first term (in February) parents/guardians will receive a Provincial Report Card, which will report on achievement of the curriculum expectations and which will contain letter grades or numeric marks.

 

Boomerang Lunches

Beginning on Monday, November 5th St Paul will officially be implementing Boomerang Lunches. This means that all items you send in your child’s lunch will be returned (or boomeranged) home. This included any packaging and food waste of lunches and snacks. Please see the attached article for more information as to why this is a positive initiative for the school, the environment and for you at home.

 

Halloween Candy

Do you have leftover Halloween Candy that you would like to get out of the house?  Please consider donating the candy to the school our December fundraising Candy Raffles. All donations can be brought to the Main Office.

 

Book Fair

The Book Fair is returning to St Paul. This is an opportunity to purchase reading materials for home while supporting the school Library.

 

Christmas Market at Haller

Looking for unique Christmas gifts?  Consider attending the Monsignor Haller Annual Craft and Market Show

 

Catholic Community Foundation of Waterloo Region

The Foundation has supported St Paul in many ways over the years, providing sports equipment, Library resources and Prayer Table supplies. Please consider purchasing a ticket.

 

Daylight savings

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour tonight!

 

 

 

Rez Pathways Night

Please see the information regarding the Resurrection Pathways evening

Resurrection Pathways_2018

New Math Curriculum

The new government released a new curriculum in math titled “The Fundamentals in Math.”  They have released a teachers and parent fact sheet to introduce the new curriculum. The link is below:

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/parents/parent_guide_math_en.pdf

 

Outdoor Recesses/ Clothes

As we have moved into cooler weather please ensure your children are dressed for the weather, our recesses are anywhere from 15 – 40 minutes in length in which children are outside playing. The children will be going outside if it is lightly raining or misty – please ensure they have appropriate clothes (warm waterproof jackets, coats with hoods, hats, mitts and boots) for these days. It is a great idea to ensure your kids have an extra pair of socks, pants, etc in their backpacks in case they get wet and need to change.

 

Dance a thon

Thank you to our amazing School Council and the many volunteers who helped to ensure the Dance a Thon was a success. Thank you as well to the many, many members of our community who donated raffle prizes – we had over 100 prizes for students!

Class and Individual winners will be announced early this week


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.

Bulletin Nov. 4 2018

 

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

Monday:

  • Last day to order Pizza
  • Book Fair open for Purchases
  • Boomerang Lunches begin today

Tuesday:

  • Book Fair Continues
  • Report Cards come home today

Wednesday:

  • Book Fair Continues
  • Pizza lunch for those who ordered through Cash Online

Thursday:

  • Interviews from 3:30 to 9:00
  • Book Fair Continues with Family Event in the evening

Friday:

  • Last day for the Book Fair
  • Bus Evacuation training

 

Have a Great Week Panthers!