Monthly Archives: January 2019

Calling All Children & Youth: We Need to Hear Your Voices!!!

Calling All Children & Youth: We Need to Hear Your Voices!!!

Dear Parents / Guardians, Children & Youth…

We need your help!

Last year the Federal Government launched the “Smart Cities Challenge”, a national competition that encourages communities to come up with innovative technology solutions to their most pressing challenge. The top prize is $50 million!!!

Waterloo Region entered the contest with a focus on healthy children and youth. We want to make our community THE BEST in Canada for kids.

And we were chosen one of just five Canadian communities to compete for the award!

To help us win the $50 million, we are asking you (should you choose to participate) to assist your child(ren) in signing a special petition urging the competition judges to recognize the participation and support we have from local young people to win the smart cities challenge.

The petition is open to ALL children and youth up to age 18 and is available for your child(ren) to sign at: https://bit.ly/2Hnd0yD

Let’s hear all those #WCDSBAwesome Waterloo Catholic District School Board voices!!!

For more information, please visit www.smartwr.ca

You can follow along @SmartWatRegion on Instagram and Twitter. Use #SmartWR #SmartCitiesCanada and #bestcommunityforkids when chatting on social media.

Panthers’ WAG – January 28 – February 1, 2019

Monthly Theme: Resilience

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/ 

 

Umbrella Skill – Resilience

This month we continue to build and strengthen our umbrellas by focusing on resilience. Here are some ways you can continue to support your child and his or her teachers in developing these skills. Below is a continuation from last week’s information about Resilience from the Umbrella Project:

 

Big Idea #4: Creating a new narrative around difficult times.

** This is a core concept in the Umbrella Project **

Notice and label the strengths your child use to get through difficulties and the new appreciation for life these experiences uncovered.

 

Big Idea #5: Home, community and school connectedness is important. Having many umbrellas in your life helps you to bounce back from hard times.

Ask children: When do I need some extra shelter and support? When can I use my umbrella to help someone else?

 

Big Idea #6: Widening your comfort zone incrementally.

Try the smallest version of challenges with your children. Then, ask them: do you think that you will eventually be able to do the harder challenge?

(adapted from the Umbrella Project, Jan 11,/19 email)

 

Bell Let’s Talk Day

Many people living with a mental illness report that negative stereotypes about mental illness, and the resulting potential for discrimination, cause them more suffering than the illness itself. As a result, two-thirds of those suffering from mental illness are too afraid to seek the help that they need.

Mental illness affects people of all ages and from all walks of life. It can take many forms, including depression, anxiety and schizophrenia. Most individuals find ways to live with their illnesses but how they are treated by others often proves to be more of a challenge than the illness itself.

That’s why we are joining the conversation around mental health On Bell Let’s Talk Day, January 30. Stigma surrounded many diseases in the past, but concerted efforts to confront these attitudes resulted in change for the better, including better treatment, more funding for research, and greater understanding from family, friends and colleagues. The goal is to achieve the same level of acceptance and understanding regarding mental illness.

On Bell Let’s Talk Day, for every text, mobile and long distance call made on the Bell network, tweet using #BellLetsTalk, social media video view, or use of the Facebook frame or Snapchat filter, Bell will contribute 5 cents more to Canadian mental health programs.

Throughout the day our students will be talking about mental illness and the many ways we can support each other. 

Join us as we work together to break down the stigma that surrounds mental illness.

 

Kindergarten Registration

Do you know any families in our boundary who have children that will be Kindergarten age in September 2019?

Year 1 and Year 2 registration will be held Beginning on February 11, 2019  for children born in 2015 (eligible for Year 1) or born in 2014 (eligible for Year 2) who have not attended Year 1.

Extended hours for registration will be on Wednesday, February 13th, from 4 – 7 pm. Please call the office to make an appointment to register (519-743-4401).

 

Primary Intramurals

Indoor intramurals will begin this week for students in grades 1 (Mondays), grade 2 (Wednesdays) and grade 3 (Fridays). The intramurals will run at morning recess from now until March break, unless there is an indoor recess, then it will be cancelled. Permission forms to participate were sent home this week – students need this form completed and signed by a parent or guardian in order to participate.

 

Intent to be Absent

Please remember to complete the Intent to be Absent form if you are planning to have your child(ren) be absent from school for 5 or more days. Forms can be picked up at the Main Office.

 

Cold Winter Days

With the winter months here, winter safety is an important consideration. Children should always come to school dressed appropriately for the outside each day – this includes hats, mitts (waterproof or 2 pairs), warm coats, snow pants and boots. 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. Now that we have some snow again, students love 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 and sliding on the ice. Sometimes these piles or the fields will be deemed off-limits for safety reasons. 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 , the STSWR site or a local radio stations. Please do not call the school.

Late Buses

Did you know you can subscribe to get an email any time one of our buses will be late or cancelled? Just go to the STSWR cancellations page (https://bpweb.stswr.ca/Cancellations.aspx) and click on the subscribe button  and then follow the directions to sign up for emails. You will need to know your child’s bus number!

 

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 Jan. 27, 2019

 

Math Matters:

Riddles….try them now!
  1. I add five to nine, and get two. The answer is correct, but how?
  2. What weighs more – a pound of iron or a pound of feathers?
  3. I am an odd number; take away an alphabet and I become even. What number am I?
  4. Using only addition, how can you add eight 8’s to get the number 1,000?

 

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

Monday:

  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight
  • Gr 1 Intramurals (1st recess)
  • Deacon Shawn meeting with the grade 8s

Tuesday:

  • Feast of St Paul Liturgy  (at school – replacing our Mass) – wear your spirit wear!

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Day
  • Gr 2 Intramurals (1st recess)
  • Bell Let’s Talk Day

Thursday:

  • John Howard Society here – grades 1 – 8

Friday:

  • Groundhog Spirit Day – wear black and white
  • John Howard Society here – grades 1 – 8

 

Have a great week Panthers!

 

 

Feast Day Mass is cancelled for Thursday, January 24

Good morning everyone

Due to the icy conditions on the sidewalks and roads and in the interest of student and staff safety we have decided to cancel our Feast Day Mass for today. We are working to try to re-schedule for next week if possible.

Panthers’ WAG – January 21 – 25, 2019

Monthly Theme: Resilience

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/ 

 

Umbrella Skill – Resilience

This month we continue to build and strengthen our umbrellas by focusing on resilience. Here are some ways you can continue to support your child and his or her teachers in developing these skills.

Big Idea #1: In many studies, the relationships children have with positive adults has been shown to impact student well-being and resilience.

However, the connection is not about using your umbrella to always protect. It is about awareness, presence, feeling heard, and noticing.

Big Idea #2: Check your response to rain in your child’s life.

Ask yourself: what am I telling my child? We should strive here for empathy but not over-reaction.

Big Idea #3: The Umbrella Skills of Optimism and Resilience can weave together and support each other in the ways we explain things to our children. We can change our explanatory style with easy shifts in the words we use.

To build your child’s optimism and their ability to see a path through tough times, think about these two key shifts in the way you explain challenges:

  1. Temporary vs. Permanent Labels

When bad events feel permanent, it can hinder children from believing that they can change their circumstances.

In contrast, when difficult events happen, as they will in every life, show your children that most of these are temporary and can be overcome with time.

Start by avoiding “always” and “never”  in your explanations. “This kind of thing always happens to me” feels pretty permanent. The more temporary your child sees challenging times to be, the more they will be optimistic about the future.

  1. Specific vs. General/Pervasive Labels

It’s easy to see patterns in life and group them all together, but this style of explanation can leave us feeling pessimistic about our chances to make change.    

Try to help your children be specific when explaining issues. For example, if someone is unkind, try to keep the issue to that person, i.e.: “John was unkind to me” instead of “people are unkind to me” or “boys are always like this”.  

Think about this with descriptions too. Everyone is lazy sometimes, but when we generalize a feeling to our whole character we become less optimistic for change.  

Try to encourage your child to say “I was feeling distracted today” instead of “I’m not good at concentrating”. The former is more specific to the situation at hand and leaves room for tomorrow to be different while the latter seems unchangeable.  

Remember, to build optimism, look at the explanations of the world you are offering and aim for temporary and specific explanations over permanent and pervasive ones.

(adapted from the Umbrella Project, Jan 11,/19 email)

 

Staff Changes

As you were previously informed, Mrs Boland retired at Christmas time. I am pleased to welcome Stacey Cormier to the St Paul staff as our new Planning Time teacher for the rest of this school year. Mrs Cormier has been a part of the St Paul community in many ways over the years, including supply teaching and as a Strong Start instructor. Welcome, Mrs Cormier.

And a sad note, we will be saying goodbye on January 25th to Mr Baumann, our evening custodian as he has taken a position at Blessed Sacrament. We wish Mr Baumann the best at his new school.

On January 28th we welcome our new evening custodian, Ms Kytka to St Paul.

 

ARTRageous

 

Raise a Food Lover Breakfast

On Tuesday, January 15, 2019, we celebrated breakfast as a school community courtesy of the Beechwood Zehrs and their Raise a Food Lover Campaign. With the assistance of a dietician and the Zehrs staff students were treated to a healthy breakfast. Students also received a take home ‘grab bag’ with some healthy home breakfast options and information about nutritious choices. It was great fun to see the students excited about their breakfasts and their take home bags. We hope this encouraged students to have conversations at home about the importance of a healthy breakfast and all the easy ways this can happen.  

Thank you Beechwood Zehrs for a great day!

 

Kindergarten Registration

Do you know any families in our boundary who have children that will be Kindergarten age in September 2019?

Year 1 and Year 2 registration will be held Beginning on February 11, 2019  for children born in 2015 (eligible for Year 1) or born in 2014 (eligible for Year 2) who have not attended Year 1.

Extended hours for registration will be on Wednesday, February 13th, from 4 – 7 pm. Please call the office to make an appointment to register (519-743-4401).

 

Primary Intramurals

Indoor intramurals will begin this week for students in grades 1 (Mondays), grade2 (Wednesdays) and grade 3 (Fridays). The intramurals will run at morning recess from now until March break, unless there is an indoor recess, then it will be cancelled. Permission forms to participate were sent home this week – students need this form completed and signed by a parent or guardian in order to participate.

 

Intent to be Absent

Please remember to complete the Intent to be Absent form if you are planning to have your child(ren) be absent from school for 5 or more days. Forms can be picked up at the Main Office.

 

Cold Winter Days

With the winter months here, winter safety is an important consideration. Children should always come to school dressed appropriately for the outside each day – this includes hats, mitts (water proof or 2 pair), warm coats, snow pants and boots. 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. Now that we have some snow again, students love 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 and sliding on the ice. Sometimes these piles or the fields will be deemed off-limits for safety reasons. 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 , the STSWR (bus companies) site or a local radio stations. Please do not call the school.

 

Late Buses

Did you know you can subscribe to get an email any time one of our buses will be late or cancelled? Just go to the STSWR cancellations page (https://bpweb.stswr.ca/Cancellations.aspx) and click on the subscribe button  and then follow the directions to sign up for emails. You will need to know your child’s bus number!

 

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.

Please note, all students will go outside for recesses. Any child who is too sick to go out for recess, should be at home. We do not have the supervision available for students to remain inside during recess times.

 

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 Jan. 20, 2019

 

Math Matters:

Did you know that January 19th is National Popcorn Day?  On this chilly weekend, while you stay inside with a big bowl or popcorn watching a family movie, or maybe some football playoff, why not try these Math Challenges?

 

 

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

Monday:

  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight
  • Gr 1 Intramurals (1st recess)
  • Gr 4 and 4/5 trip to UW

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Day
  • Gr 2 Intramurals (1st recess)

Thursday:

  • Wear red and Black for St Paul Feast Day
  • Wear your Spiritwear!
  • 9:30 am – Mass at St Francis Parish

Friday:

  • PD Day – no school for students

 

Have a great week Panthers!

 

 

 

Panthers’ WAG – January 14 – 18, 2019

Monthly Theme: Resilience

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/ 

 

Raise a Food Lover Breakfast

On Tuesday, January 15, 2019 we will be providing every student at St Paul with a breakfast courtesy of the Beechwood Zehrs and their Raise a Food Lover Campaign. We have been working with a dietician and the Zehrs staff to create healthy breakfast options for this day. Students will also receive a ‘grab bag’ with some healthy home breakfast options and information about nutritious choices. Students who have identified food allergies or sensitivities at school will be provided with choices on Tuesday and personalized grab bags.

 

Kindergarten Registration

Do you know any families in our boundary who have children that will be Kindergarten age in September 2019?

Year 1 and Year 2 registration will be held Beginning on February 11, 2019  for children born in 2015 (eligible for Year 1) or born in 2014 (eligible for Year 2) who have not attended Year 1.

Extended hours fro registration will be on Wednesday, February 13th, from 4 – 7 pm. Please call the office to make an appointment to register (519-743-4401).

 

BeyBlades

Due to the increasing number of conflicts and loss of personal items – resulting in a loss of instructional time, we are suspending the use of Beyblades at school for the time being. We will continue to look for options for students to play with these toys, but until then please refrain from sending in Beyblades.

 

Intent to be Absent

Please remember to complete the Intent to be Absent form if you are planning to have your child(ren) be absent from school for 5 or more days. Forms can be picked up at the Main Office.

 

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.

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.

Please note, all students will go outside for recesses. Any child who is too sick to go out for recess, should be at home. We do not have the supervision available for students to remain inside during recess times.

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 Jan. 13, 2019

 

Math Matters:

Try these NFL Playoff themed Math Challenges with your children – each level is more challenging

                                               

 

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

Monday:

  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight
  • Umbrella Assembly

Tuesday:

  • Raise a Food Lover Breakfast!

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Day
  • Wear your Spiritwear

Thursday:

  • John Howard Society in classes grades 1-8

Friday:

  • John Howard Society in classes 1-8

 

Have a great week Panthers!

Panthers’ WAG – January 7 – 11, 2019

Monthly Theme: Resilience

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/ 

 

Welcome Back and Happy New Year!

Happy New Year and welcome back to school! We hope that everyone was able to spend some quality time with family, friends and loved ones over the break. Students will undoubtedly be excited to return to school, to see their friends and share their holiday stories. We will be working on re-establishing routines as we get back on track with learning. Term 1 will be quickly coming to an end, and teachers will writing the first term report cards throughout the month of January. We wish you all the best in 2019!

 

The Spirit of Giving

Thank you to the many families who helped support our Christmas Family fund. With your support, over $1500 was raised, along with over 100 toys and gifts to be distributed. This is truly heartwarming and a clear indication of the generous spirit of the St Paul community. What is perhaps most exciting however is how this modelling of giving has been noticed and repeated by our own students. Throughout December we witnessed many acts of kindness and generosity among our students as they reached out to each other in the spirit of Christmas. An example of this occurred in one of our intermediate classes. The class decided to do a Secret Santa gift exchange within their class to enjoy the holidays together. As the activity came to a close it became clear that some students were unable to get a gift for their Secret Santa. A few students stepped up to help right away. The next day during their lunch hour, 4 students went to Giant Tiger. They picked up a bunch of treats for their classmates that might not be getting a gift during the exchange. And to top it off, when the cashier at Giant Tiger heard what they were doing, she chipped in to help!

 

Umbrella Project:

Welcome to a new year and a new Umbrella Skill. We are excited to be kicking off the year by focusing on developing our ability to be more resilient. Resilience is our ability to bounce back from challenges that we face and to come out stronger on the other side. Part of being more resilient is to remain focused on self-care and compassion. The actor Will Smith once said, “I don’t get ready, I stay steady”. This is how we like to think about preparing for challenges at the Umbrella Project. Ongoing self-care helps us to prepare to address challenges in our lives with the necessary energy and resources to survive and thrive.

Listen to Dr. Jen to learn more:

https://www.umbrellaproject.co/2019/01/03/focus-more-on-self-care-todays-resilience-building-tip-with-dr-jen/

 

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 local radio stations. Please do not call the school.

 

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.

Please note, all students will go outside for recesses. Any child who is too sick to go out for recess, should be at home. We do not have the supervision available for students to remain inside during recess times.

 

Vision Study

If your son or daughter has been diagnosed with myopia please see the following attachments for information about a vision study at the University of Waterloo.

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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 Jan. 6, 2019

 

Math Matters:

Math is not a Mystery!

Is that 16 oz can of tomatoes a better deal than the 12 oz can? We make dozens of calculations every day – from balancing cheque books, to figuring out how much time you need to get across town for the hockey game to adjusting recipe ingredients. This is all math at work.

As a parent, you can help your child be a whiz at math, even if it was not your favourite subject. Here are a few tips on how:

Be positive about math. Express confidence in your child’s ability to do math. Don’t stress to your children either your own fear of math or how difficult math is or how much you admire anyone who can do math. Remember – everyone can and does use math all the time.   

Show your kids math at work in their world. Get your kids used to math by thinking out loud when making calculations. Then, let your children work out some real-life puzzles themselves. For example:

  • Let them measure when you bake
  • Ask them to figure out how long of a hose you need to reach from the faucet on one side of the house to the garden on the other side of the house
  • Let your child figure out how many kilometres you will be driving on your next trip by using the information on the map
  • sort silverware by knives, forks and spoons. Sort cards by suits or numbers.

Make math a game.  Math games are fun and inexpensive. They are a wonderful way to get your kids to enjoy working with numbers, as well as improve their numeration skills, Here are a few suggestions:

  • Many games that we take for granted are excellent math lessons. “Go Fish” teaches counting and grouping in sets. Games that use play money teach how to make change. Board games that use dice teach addition and counting. Backgammon teaches addition, subtraction and strategy.
  • Beans, stones, or marbles can be used to play number games.  Let your child develop his or her own games by sorting beans into different sizes or types, setting up the rules for a counting game, or using different types of pasta to make a picture.
  • Give your children a geometry lesson by letting them create a collage of circles, squares, and triangles.  Challenge them to come up with as many different shapes as they can using only triangles.
  • Play store with the items in your cupboard.
  • A pan of water and some jars or cups of different sizes will amuse a child for hours while teaching capacity and volume.

 

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

Monday:

  • Welcome Back!
  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Day

Thursday:

  • John Howard Society here
  • Immunizations for grade 7 students

Friday:

  • Pajama Spirit Day
  • John Howard Society here
  • Umbrella Assembly – Resilience

Have a great week Panthers!