Monthly Archives: December 2018

Panther Spirit Wear

Some of our Spirit wear has arrived and will be sent home with your children today. We know there are a few items that have not yet been delivered. Some of these items such as the ball hats and sweat pants were on back order and are in the process of being embroidered or printed.

If you did not receive your Spiritwear order, please email hofsportsmem@gmail.com and include a description of the items you ordered and your confirmation number and they will follow up.

 

Congratulations Mrs. Boland!

It is with both happiness for Mrs. Boland, and sadness for the St Paul Community that we share with our families that Mrs. Boland is retiring. Friday, December 21st will be her last day at St Paul.

Mrs Boland has taught for 30 years with the Waterloo Catholic District School Board in a variety of schools. We have been blessed to have her finish her illustrious career here at St Paul teaching planning time to our kindergarten and grade 1 students.

Anyone who has had the opportunity to know Mrs. Boland can attest to her commitment to her students and her joyful presence in the school.

We wish her all the best as she enters the next phase of her journey. May God Bless and keep her, she will always hold a dear place in our hearts.

Family Christmas Concert – December 19, 2018

Tomorrow is our Family Christmas Concert! Please plan to arrive prior to 9:40.

Please park on neighbouring streets and walk up to the school to help reduce parking lot traffic and ensure students are safe as they will be at recess from 9:30 – 9:45

Panthers’ WAG – December 17 – 21, 2018

Monthly Theme: Self Compassion

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/ 

 

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”

—Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

The Staff at St Paul would like to wish our students and their families a very Blessed and Happy Christmas Holiday. May the joy of the birth of our Saviour guide you through the holiday season. Thank you for your continued support as we work together to support your children in their education. Your contributions to our school life help to make St Paul an amazing place to learn together. Please take time with your families and friends over this Blessed and Holy holiday season.

 

Advent

This Sunday marks the third week of Advent – Gaudette Sunday. This week we light the Pink Candle, recognizing the joy we experience when we are faithful to God.  Please enjoy the following video to help you continue the spirit of Advent!  This is Christmas

Director’s Report

Each year in December the Director of Education publishes a report outlining the accomplishments of the School Board for the previous school year. Please follow the following link to review the report for the 2017-18 school year.  https://annual.wcdsb.ca/

 

Lost and Found

Parents/ Guardians  – Are you missing a pair of mitts?  or shoes? a jacket or hat? Please have your child check out our lost and found table to retrieve any missing items. Any unclaimed items will be donated to the St Vincent de Paul over the Christmas holidays.

 

Christmas Angel Tree and Christmas Family Fund

Thank you for your incredible generosity. With your support, we have gathered dozens of toys and gifts and over $1400 to help the many families at St Paul who will benefit from our assistance this Christmas. It truly gives me a great deal of pride to see so many people donating – and it is true, every little bit counts, the vast majority of the donations were $5 and $10!

 

Christmas Concert

This year we are excited to be able to present a Christmas concert for our parents at St Paul. Due to our increasing size, our Parent Christmas Concert will be for the families only (the students at St Paul will get to see each other perform on Thursday afternoon). This year our focus will be students in grades JK – 6. Our intermediate students will be performing only for the students on Thursday afternoon.

When: Wednesday, December 19 – 9:45 – 11:00 am

Tentative Schedule:

Please note that these are tentative times, performances may go before or after the allotted time frame.

9:45 – 10:00 – Early Years

10:00 – 10:30 – Primary Classes

10:30 – 11:00 – Junior Classes
Cold Winter Days

With the winter months approaching, winter safety is an important consideration. Children should always come to school dressed appropriately for the outside each day. Even in extreme cold when they might be kept inside, there is always the consideration of coming to and from school, as well as the risk of an emergency procedure where we must evacuate the building. When the snow hits the ground, students are going to be tempted to play in it. There will be no throwing snow or ice. Snow must be left on the ground. Students should also follow the direction of the supervision staff about playing on snow piles. Sometimes these piles will be deemed off-limits. School winter safety policies are designed to protect everyone on school property from injury.

During periods of severe weather, your best sources of information about possible school closing and/or school bus cancellation is the School Board Website ww.wcdsb.ca or a local radio stations. Please do not call the school.

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 Dec. 16 2018

 

Math Matters:

              

 

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

 

Monday:

  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight
  • Grade 2 Class trip to Laurel Creek
  • Ray of Hope Presentation in Mrs. Stott’s Class

Tuesday:

  • Family Christmas Celebration in Ms Delooze’s class

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Day
  • 9:45 – 11:00 am – JK – Gr 6 Parent Christmas Concert in the Gym (see tentative schedule above)

Thursday:

  • Santa’s Helper Spirit Day – wear green/ red and/or Christmas items
  • School Christmas Concert (for students only) in the afternoon

Friday:

  • Santa’s Helper Spirit Day – wear green/ red and/or Christmas items
  • 12:30 – Christmas Video Assembly
  • 2:50 – Dismissal for Christmas Holidays

 

Panthers’ WAG – December 10 – 14, 2018

Monthly Theme: Self Compassion

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

 

Advent

This Sunday marks the second week of Advent.  Please enjoy the following video to help you continue the spirit of Advent!   Advent in 2 Minutes

 

December’s Umbrella Skill is Self Compassion

Following  November’s Umbrella’s Skill of developing Grit, during December we will be focusing on the skills of Self Compassion. Students will be encouraged to treat themselves with the same love and kindness that they treat their friends and family with, and to remember that we all make mistakes! The following video was shared with all students at our Umbrella Skill assembly this past week, you may wish to review it and discuss this important skill with your children! The Power of Self Compassion

 

SPIRIT WEAR!

This is the last weekend  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.

St. Paul Spirit Wear Orders

 

Christmas Angel Tree – a message from our Social Justice Club

Thank you for your generosity so far! We have collected many toys and gifts as well as cash donations!. We will be accepting cash donations through Cash Online until Wednesday, December 12th. Toys and gifts will be accepted until Friday, Dec 14th.

 

Christmas Concert

This year, our students from JK to Grade 6 will be presenting a Christmas Concert for our parents on December 19th from 9 – 11 am. We will be sending out more specific times for each division so you can better plan your morning.

 

 

Electronics Day

This Friday, December 14th will the final reward day for our dance-a-thon. we will be having a games and/or electronics day. In each classroom teachers will identify the time and duration for the use of electronics. If you would like to have your child bring an electronic device for this event, the Board permission and acknowledgement form must be completed and sent into the classroom teacher. You can download a copy of this form here if you have not already completed and sent it in: Responsible Use of Outside Technology

 

Medication at School

As a reminder, if your child needs to take any medication (over the counter and prescription) at school, the medication must be stored at the main office. Please confirm with your family physician that the medication must be taken at school (can the times be adjusted so it is given before and after school?) There is also a mandatory form that must be completed prior to any medications being administered at school. A copy of the required form can be downloaded here: Oral Medication Consent – please complete this form and send in with the medication.

 

Cold Winter Days

With the winter months approaching, winter safety is an important consideration. Children should always come to school dressed appropriately for the outside each day. Even in extreme cold when they might be kept inside, there is always the consideration of coming to and from school, as well as the risk of an emergency procedure where we must evacuate the building. When the snow hits the ground, students are going to be tempted to play in it. There will be no throwing snow or ice. Snow must be left on the ground. Students should also follow the direction of the supervision staff about playing on snow piles. Sometimes these piles will be deemed off-limits. School winter safety policies are designed to protect everyone on school property from injury.

During periods of severe weather your best sources of information about possible school closing and/or school bus cancellation is the School Board Website ww.wcdsb.ca or a local radio stations. Please do not call the school.

 

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 Dec. 9 2018

 

Math Matters:

Try your hand at each of these Math Challenges!

                          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Communicating with Children Using Math Language – Talking About Math:

Talking about mathematics with your child – whatever his or her age – helps strengthen his or her mathematical reasoning and understanding.  Some ways to keep the talk engaged and focused while you support your child include:

  1. Revoice – Repeat what you heard your child say, then ask for clarification (e.g., “So you are saying it’s an odd number?”).
  2. Repeat/Restate  – Ask your child to restate your reasoning (e.g., “Can you repeat what I said in your own words?”).
  3. Reason – Ask your child to apply his or her own reasoning to someone else’s reasoning (e.g., “Do you agree or disagree? Tell me why.”).
  4. Adding On – Prompt your child to participate further (e.g., “What more would you add to that?”).
  5. Think Time – Wait several seconds (try five) to give your child time to think (e.g., “Take some time to think.”). You may be surprised by how hard it is to stay silent in that time!

 

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

Monday:

  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight
  • Candy Jar Guessing begins today in Mrs. Elash’s room- all week!

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Day

Thursday:

Friday:

  • 9:45 – Bible Celebration for Grade 4 students
  • Electronics Day

Have a great week Panthers!

Panthers’ WAG – December 3 – 7, 2018

Monthly Theme: Self Compassion

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/ 

“Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.”

—Christopher Germer
ADVENT

This Sunday marks the first week of Advent.  Please enjoy the following video to help get into the spirit of Advent! What is Advent Again?  

UMBRELLA SKILLS

This month’s Umbrella Skill is Self Compassion. Our students will be learning why it is important to be compassionate towards themselves. Too often we reserve our kindness for others, but neglect to show ourselves the same kindness and compassion. Did you know that 75% of people treat others more kindly than they treat themselves? Self-compassion is treating yourself with care and understanding instead of harsh judgement. Many people are hard on themselves because they feel it is motivating. Self-criticism actually reduces our self-confidence and perceived abilities, making it harder to get tasks done.

 

Our inner critic has the same impact as if someone else were saying these things to us. Imagine a parent saying the things to a child that you might say to yourself in your head and you will understand why this isn’t helpful!

 

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

 

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.

 

Coding Week

 It is Hour of Code Week. Throughout the week classes will be engaging  in coding type activities to promote procedural thinking and various mathematical concepts. The following link has many activities that you can try with your kids at home: https://code.org/learn

 

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 Dec. 2 2018

 

Math Matters!

Here is a Christmas Themed Math Challenge!

 

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

 

Monday:

  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight

Tuesday:

  • Junior Division Coding activities with Mr. Dalley

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Day
  • Umbrella Assembly

Thursday:

  • Raphael Ma visiting the Gr 4 and 4/5 classes
  • Deacon Shawn visiting the JK/SK classes
  • Dance-a-thon Movie Day Reward Day

Friday:

  • PD Day – Spiritual Development Focus- No School for Students

 

Have a great week Panthers!