Monthly Archives: February 2019

Grad Pictures and Volleyball

Due to the inclement weather, both our Grad pictures and the Girls’ volleyball tournament have been cancelled for today. We will let you know new dates and times as soon as we know them.

Panthers’ WAG – February 25 – March 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 – Mindfulness

We continue to explore the Umbrella themes each month and students are starting to build their own personal umbrellas – being able to use various strategies to help them deal with struggles they may face in their lives.  Throughout the month of February, we will be exploring the theme of Mindfulness. Take a minute to read the attached article that can be found at the link below. It has some great activities for your children around Mindfulness.

https://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/simpler-guide-mindfulness-for-beginners.html

 

Nutrition for Learning (NFL)

Each day all students at St Paul are provided with options for Nutritious snacks through the Nutrition for Learning program. The success of the program is due to the hard work of our NFL volunteers. Currently, we are in need of more volunteers to assist with the program. This involves approximately 30 minutes in the morning (around 8:30) to pack the NFL bags in preparation for delivery to classes. If you are able to assist for even 1 day a week, it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact the office if you are interested in volunteering.

Grad Picture Day is Monday!

On February 25th Lifetouch will be at St Paul to take grad pictures for our SKs and grade 8s. There will also be an opportunity on this day for Sibling pictures to be taken.

 

School Climate Survey

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) is committed to providing safe, caring and inclusive places for everyone in our schools.  One way that we can find out how we are doing is to ask students in grades 4 to 12 about their health and well-being. We are inviting students to share their feedback via a survey during the weeks of March 18th – April 5th, 2019 using the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI).  

Please refer to the attachment for further details:

MDI Parent Letter

 

FITGO

FITGO is back.  During this week students and teachers will be participating in a variety of activities to promote Physical, Spiritual and Mental Wellness. Throughout the week students will be asked to focus on Eating Healthy, being more active, focusing on spiritual wellness through Christian Meditation and increasing their awareness of Environmental factors that affect healthy living.

 

Skills Ontario Summer Camp

FOR STUDENTS ENTERING GRADES 7, 8, AND 9! Inspiring the next generation of skilled trade and technology professionals! Explore skilled trade and technology careers as you build, fix, design, and create your way through this fun, week-long day camp experience.

General Camp Flyer – 2019

 

School Educational Excursions

Just a reminder to families that all Educational Excursions are posted using School Cash Online. This includes the permission forms for the trip as well as they payment of any fees. Online permission for trips closes two days before the trip to allow teachers time to create alternate learning opportunities and placement for students who have not completed the permission forms or paid the fees. Please continue to be diligent in completing permission forms and paying for Educational Excursions online within the timelines provided by your child’s teacher.

 

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 has begun for children born in 2015 (eligible for Year 1) or born in 2014 (eligible for Year 2) who have not attended Year 1. Please call the office to make an appointment to register (519-743-4401).

 

Bus Cancellations

What to do when the weather is bad? It is recommended that parents, guardians, staff and students tune in a local Waterloo Region radio station and also monitor the following online information sources for information about potential closures or cancellations:

St Paul Twitter feed: @wcdsbStPaul

STSWR Website: www.stswr.ca/

STSWR Twitter Feed: @STSWR

WCDSB Website: www.wcdsb.ca/

WCDSB Twitter Feed: @WCDSBNewswire

Please note – when the buses are cancelled in the morning, they are cancelled for the entire day. If you choose to bring your children to school on these days, you are also responsible for ensuring they get home safely

 

 

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 Feb. 24, 2019

Please click the following link for an overview of all the amazing faith development activities happening at St Francis during February, March and April

Upcoming events St. Francis of Assisi Church

Math Matters:

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)

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Day
  • Pink Shirt Day
  • Gr 2 Intramurals (1st recess)
  • KWAG visiting the gr 3 classes in the morning

Thursday:

  • 6:30 – 8:00 pm – School Council Meeting

Friday:

 

  • Gr 3 Intramurals (1st recess)

 

 

Have a great week Panthers!

Panthers WAG – February 18 – 22, 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/ 

Happy Family Day Weekend!

“Family isn’t always about blood relationships. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile and who you love no matter what.”

Your St Paul family wishes you a happy Family Day weekend filled with the people who love you no matter what and who want to see your smile each day!

 

Umbrella Skill – Mindfulness

We continue to explore the Umbrella themes each month and students are starting to build their own personal umbrellas – being able to use various strategies to help them deal with struggles they may face in their lives.  Throughout the month of February, we will be exploring the theme of Mindfulness. Take a minute to read the attached article that can be found at the link below. It has some great activities for your children around Mindfulness.

https://positivepsychologyprogram.com/mindfulness-for-children-kids-activities/

 

Grad Picture Day is coming!

On February 25th Lifetouch will be at St Paul to take grad pictures for our SKs and grade 8s. There will also be an opportunity on this day for Sibling pictures to be taken.  More information is coming home

     

Skills Ontario Summer Camp

Are you looking for an interesting and challenging summer experience for students in grades 6 – 8? Explore skilled trade and technology careers as you build, fix, design, and create your way through this fun, week-long day camp experience. For more information see the General Camp Flyer – 2019  To register, click here

Black History Month Celebration

We continue to celebrate Black History Month on twitter with profiles of people who have made an impact in Canada. See the link below for an opportunity to attend a local celebration.

Black History Month Celebration

 

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.

Please call the office to make an appointment to register (519-743-4401).

 

Bus Cancellations

What to do when the weather is bad? It is recommended that parents, guardians, staff and students tune in a local Waterloo Region radio station and also monitor the following online information sources for information about potential closures or cancellations:

St Paul Twitter feed (@wcdsbStPaul)

STSWR Website: (www.stswr.ca)

STSWR Twitter Feed: (@STSWR)

WCDSB Website: (www.wcdsb.ca)

WCDSB Twitter Feed: (@WCDSBNewswire)

Please note – when the buses are cancelled in the morning, they are cancelled for the entire day. If you choose to bring your children to school on these days, you are also responsible for ensuring they get home safely

 

Games

Do you have any extra, unused games at your house? We are looking for games that have all the pieces to be available for indoor recesses.

 

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.

 

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 Feb. 17, 2019

Please click the following link for an overview of all the amazing faith development activities happening at St Francis during February, March and April

Upcoming events St. Francis of Assisi Church

Math Matters:

Each of the Math statements below has 2 that are true, and 1 that is a ‘lie’. CAn you solve each equation or problem to find the ‘lies’?

 

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

Monday:

  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight
  • Family Day – no School – Enjoy your long weekend!

Tuesday:

  • Page 3 of the Report Cards (Parent signature and parent/ student comments) is due to classroom teachers
  • Grade 6 Retreat at Resurrection CSS

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Day
  • Gr 2 Intramurals (1st recess)
  • Grade 3 students at KWAG in the morning

Thursday:

Friday:

  • Read My Shirt Spirit Day

Gr 3 Intramurals (1st recess)

 

Have a great week Panthers!

 

 

Panthers’ WAG – February 11 – 15, 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 – Mindfulness

All About Mindfulness

Big Ideas

This is a continuation of last week’s information on Mindfulness

Big Idea #3: Thoughts are not facts.

Observe your thoughts and feelings with curiosity. Often, we create a story to accompany our thoughts that may or may not be true.

Big Idea #4: What does it look like to practice mindfulness?

Mindfulness can range from meditation to emotional awareness to sensory focus.

A) Parent Mindfulness

Our homes can be very distracted environments, with many children having unique needs and plenty of past and future focus. The concept is being versus doing (human being versus human doing).  Parents can benefit greatly from the deep value of being present and paying attention, accepting what is, noticing their own state of being. Last month for Resilience, we talked about noticing the state of our homes. This month we can move that awareness to our own state of being.

B) Intention

Don’t just do things to do things! Recognize and become aware of what you are doing, without judgement.

C) Mix Mindfulness & Movement

Pick a few yoga poses to start the day or stretching exercises to finish the day.

D) The Power of Breath

Breathing is a powerful tool for everyone because it crosses over our autonomic nervous system and that which we have control over. It can allow small resets throughout our day.

Having space or times for calming in the home normalizes emotions, and allows children to manage emotions, so they can refocus and engage in family life (Blair & Diamond, 2008; Diamond, Barnett, Thomas, &Munro, 2007).

(Adapted from Jan 29, 2019 Umbrella Project email)

 

Grad Picture Day is coming!

On February 25th Lifetouch will be at St Paul to take grad pictures for our SKs and grade 8s. There will also be an opportunity on this day for Sibling pictures to be taken.  More information is coming home

   

 

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).

 

Games

Do you have any extra, unused games at your house? We are looking for games that have all the pieces to be available for indoor recesses.

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.

 

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 Feb. 10, 2019

Please click the following link for an overview of all the amazing faith development activities happening at St Francis during February, March and April

Upcoming events St. Francis of Assisi Church

 

Math Matters:

Try these Valentine’s Day themed puzzles this week with your families

                         

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)

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Day
  • Gr 2 Intramurals (1st recess)
  • Waste Management presentations in the morning

Thursday:

  • Wear Pink/ Red and/or White for Valentine’s Day
  • John Howard Society here – grades 1 – 8
  • Report Cards go home

Friday:

  • John Howard Society here – grades 1 – 8

 

Have a great week Panthers!

 

 

All WCDSB schools are closed

Due to the extreme weather all schools are closed today.

We will have Pizza day tomorrow (Thursday, February 7th)

 

Attention parents/ guardians of grade 8 students

The bus will still be picking up the students and staff at Mount Mary this morning with the expected arrival time at St Paul between 9 and 9:30. We will be at the school to ensure all students are picked up and safely make it home.

All WCDSB schools are closed

Due to the extreme weather conditions all schools in the WCDSB are closed.

Attention Parents of Grade 8 students:

The bus will still be picking up our grade 8 students and teachers at Mount Mary this morning to bring them home. Their expected arrival at St Paul is between 9 and 9:30. We will be at the school to ensure all students make it home safely.

Panthers’ WAG – February 4 – 8, 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 – Mindfulness

All About Mindfulness

What is mindfulness?

  • Paying attention in the present moment and not being stuck in the past or future.
  • Noticing our thoughts and feelings.
  • Accepting what is, including our thoughts and feelings (non-judgement). In this state, we do not wish that things were different.

Big Idea #1: Study on mind wandering suggests that, on average, our mind is wandering 47% of the time.

“We found that people are substantially less happy when their minds are wandering than when they’re not, which is unfortunate considering we do it so often. Moreover, the size of this effect is large—how often a person’s mind wanders, and what they think about when it does, is far more predictive of happiness than how much money they make, for example.”

Watch this TED Talk by Matt Killingsworth: Want to be happier? Stay in the moment

 

Big Idea #2: Remember that we are expecting stress, not just for some children but for everyone, adults included. *This is a core concept of the Umbrella Project.*

Mindfulness provides some very practical in-the-moment tools. It helps us to notice feelings as they start, accept them, and breathe to reset our nervous system.

Research shows that people who expect stress are actually less stressed. When we step away from the idea that things will always be easy and our day will generally go as planned, we are more prepared to handle the unexpected challenges that life likes to throw at us.  

Let your kids know their stress is an entirely normal reaction to a challenge. It’s not their fault or something they’ve done wrong. And the best part? There are lots of things they can do about it in order to feel better!

 

Headspace, a meditation app, has created some wonderful videos on mindfulness! Here are two examples (the second is more for teens and older children):

Meditation helps this teen lead on and off the court

How Rich Roll uses meditation to run and run and run

(Adapted from Jan 29, 2019 Umbrella Project email)

 

Extended Day

Please see the attached flyer regarding the Extended Day Pre-registration. PLease note that our ability to offer the extended day programs relies heavily on your pre-registration.

Extended Day Program flyer 2019-20

 

LAUNCH

Please see the information below regarding an enrichment opportunity for students for students aged 8 – 12

on  Saturday, Feb. 9th at Westmount P.S.

Work closely with STEAM coaches and compete in teams to design and build the highest, fastest, farthest launch for your chance to go home a champion in LAUNCH Waterloo’s first-ever STEAM tournament.

Parents must register participants in advance at launchwaterloo.ca.

 

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).

 

Games

Do you have any extra, unused games at your house? We are looking for games that have all the pieces to be available for indoor recesses.

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.

 

 

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 Feb. 3, 2019

 

Confirmation

Congratulations to many of our grade 7 students as they celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation this Sunday (February 3rd) at 3:00 at St Francis Parish.

 

Math Matters:

 

 

 

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)
  • Grade 8s at Mount Mary

Tuesday:

  • Grade 8s at Mount Mary

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Day
  • Spiritwear Day
  • Gr 2 Intramurals (1st recess)
  • Grade 8s return from Mount Mary

Thursday:

  • John Howard Society here – grades 1 – 8

Friday:

  • John Howard Society here – grades 1 – 8
  • Gr 3 Intramurals (1st recess)
  • Field trip for Mrs. Stott and Ms. Sieczkowski’s classes

 

Have a great week Panthers!