Monthly Archives: March 2019

Panthers’ WAG – April 1 – 5, 2019

Monthly Theme: Intrinsic Motivation

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 Climate Survey

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) is committed to providing safe, caring and inclusive places for everyone in our schools.Parents/ Guardians are also be invited to complete a survey during the same time period. Please follow this link to complete. St Paul Parent School Climate Survey 

 

The Umbrella Project

Dr Jen will be speaking at two of our Resurrection Family schools during April. If you missed the opportunity to attend the St Paul evening in October or you would like to connect again with Dr Jen’s message regarding the importance of each child developing his or her own Umbrella Skills this is a great opportunity.

April 11 at Holy Rosary – Umbrella project flyer – Holy Rosary

April 23 at St Dominic – details to follow

 

Murals in the Washrooms!

Hopefully you have already heard your children talking about the changes to our washrooms! Throughout March an artist has been at St Paul painting messages of hope and inspiration in our washrooms. The concept behind the initiative comes from Erika Gmeindl. For more information, please see the article from the Waterloo Chronicle: https://www.waterloochronicle.ca/community-story/9172092-positivity-in-the-bathroom-school-art-project-spreads-message-of-kindness-positivity-for-students/

 

 

Lunch Hour Supervisors

Are you interested in being a part of the St Paul community in a new way? Or do you know someone looking for part-time work? We are in need of people for our Lunch Hour Supervisor position, as well as our LHS supply list. The position is daily from 11:05 – 12:05 and involves supervising students while they eat lunch, and then outside during their 40-minute recess. If you are interested, please bring a resume to the school, or contact the Office for more details.

 

Spring Weather!

Spring has arrived, and with it, the mud on the fields!.  With the spring thaw happening the outside will become wet and mucky.  Our hope is that all children benefit from the nice weather, but we also realize that shoes, pants and other items will become wet.  As to not disrupt parents at work or during the school hours we ask that ALL children (kindergarten to grade 8) pack an extra pair of pants and socks in their backpacks and keep them in that backpack until the end of the year.

All students need to have both indoor and separate outdoor footwear.

 

 

Grad Picture Day is Re-scheduled!

On April 5th 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.

 

 

Standardized assessments

Every year students in grades 3, 4 6 and 7 participate in standardized assessments. These assessments provide students and their teachers with valuable information regarding their academic progress, and learning strengths and areas for improvement as compared to other students in the same grade. Below are the dates for each assessment. Please try to ensure that students are present during their assessment times.

Grade 3 – EQAO – May 21 – June 4

Grade 4 – CCAT – April 8 – April 15

Grade 6 – EQAO – May 21 – June 4

Grade 7 – CAT-4 – April 23 – April 30

 

Kindergarten Registration

Calling all eligible Kindergarten students! 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).

 

Are you moving?

It is important that we have accurate records for our staffing procedures. Please let us know asap if you plan to move outside of the St Paul Boundaries before September.  If you are leaving our boundaries, we can help you register your children at their new school for September.

Kitchener Minor Boys Softball

Please see the information attached if you are interested in having your son play softball this summer Kitchener Minor Softball

 

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 March 31, 2019

 

Math Matters:

To celebrate the beginning of the baseball season we have some Baseball inspired math challenges! Go Jays Go!

 

 

 

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

 

Monday:

  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight
  • Environmental Awareness presentations for Junior and Intermediate classes

 

Tuesday:

  • World Autism Day – Wear Blue
  • Immunizations for students in grade 7
  • Umbrella Assembly

 

 

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Day

 

 

Thursday:

  • Mrs. Aicken’s class at Swim to Survive in the morning

 

Friday:

 

  • Grad pictures for students in SK and Gr 8

 

 

 

Have a great week Panthers!

 

False Fire Alarm at St Paul

Good afternoon Parents and Guardians,

This afternoon at approximately 12:10 this afternoon, a student in the YWCA Child Care Centre accidentally pulled a fire alarm. As a result, we had to evacuate the building for approximately 10 minutes. The Fire Department was called and did come to the school, but were informed that it was a false alarm and they returned to their Station House.

I would like to commend all students on their quick reaction and evacuation time, even though that meant many ended up outside without their coats for a short time.  We followed our Safety Plans exceptionally well!

Panthers’ WAG – March 25 – 29, 2019

Monthly Theme: Autonomy

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/ 

 

Lenten Message

As we await Jesus’ Resurrection on Easter Sunday, please take the time to discuss Lent with your family. A great resource to start the conversation is in the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xo1mjuy1NA0&t=1s

Busted Halo is a great site to visit for many helpful and informative videos about our Faith.

 

The Umbrella Project: Autonomy

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 March, we will be exploring the theme of Autonomy. 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 Autonomy.

https://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/how-parents-can-foster-autonomy-encourage-child-development-0704184

 

Spring Weather!

With the nice weather upon us and spring around the corner, the snow and ice on the school yard has begun to melt.  With the spring thaw happening the outside will become wet and mucky. Our hope is that all children benefit from the nice weather, but we also realize that shoes, pants and other items will become wet.  As to not disrupt parents at work or during the school hours we ask that ALL children (kindergarten to grade 8) pack an extra pair of pants and socks in their backpacks and keep them in that backpack until the end of the year.

All students need to have both indoor and separate outdoor footwear.

 

Grad Picture Day is Re-scheduled!

On April 5th 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).  

 

Parents/ Guardians are also be invited to complete a survey during the same time period. Please follow this link to complete.  Parent School Climate Survey 

 

Standardized assessments

Every year students in grades 3, 4 6 and 7 participate in standardized assessments. These assessments provide students and their teachers with valuable information regarding their academic progress, and learning strengths and areas for improvement as compared to other students in the same grade. Below are the dates for each assessment. Please try to ensure that students are present during their assessment times.

Grade 3 – EQAO – May 21 – June 4

Grade 4 – CCAT – April 8 – April 15

Grade 6 – EQAO – May 21 – June 4

Grade 7 – CAT-4 – April 23 – April 30

 

Kindergarten Registration 

Calling all eligible Kindergarten students! 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).

 

Are you moving?

It is important that we have accurate records for our staffing procedures. Please let us know asap if you plan to move outside of the St Paul Boundaries before September.  If you are leaving our boundaries, we can help you register your children at their new school for September.

 

 

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 March 24, 2019

 

It’s March Madness! Try this Basketball Challenge!

 

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

 

Monday:

  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Day

Thursday:

  • Mrs. Aicken’s class at Swim to Survive in the morning
  • Officer Chen visiting the grade 7/8 classes

Friday:

  • Silly Sock Day Spirit Wear Day – Wear your silliest socks!
  • Earth Hour observance – 1:40 – 2:40

 

Have a great week Panthers!

 

 

School Climate Survey for Parents/ Guardians

School Climate Survey for Parents/ Guardians: As you may know, the WCDSB has a Ministry requirement to conduct a School Climate Survey every 2 years for students, staff and parents/ guardians. Students will be completing their survey at school. Parents and Guardians are asked to follow the instructions included in the link below to complete their survey. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact the school.

The Survey will be available for parents and guardians to complete from March 18 – April 5, 2019

 Parent School Climate Survey

Monthly Theme: Autonomy

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/ 

 

THE UMBRELLA PROJECT: AUTONOMY

This month’s Umbrella theme is Autonomy. Throughout the month we will be examining what it means to be autonomous.

WHAT IS AUTONOMY?

Autonomy is a skill and takes practice! Autonomy is:

  • Our ability to make decisions and have a say in the direction of our lives
  • Thinking for ourselves and confidently making choices when faced with uncertain situations
  • The feeling that our life and its activities are self-chosen and self-controlled
  • Our independence
  • Our ability to gather relevant information and make decisions

MOMO Challenge

The thoughts of what your child might come across online can be worrying. Some of you may have heard recently about the Momo Challenge. In the letter below are some tips and internet safety advice to help make sure going online is a positive experience for you and your child.

Parent letter – digital citizenship

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 Re-scheduled!

On April 5th 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).  

Parents/ Guardians will also be invited to complete a survey during the same time period

Standardized assessments

Every year students in grades 3, 4 6 and 7 participate in standardized assessments. These assessments provide students and their teachers with valuable information regarding their academic progress, and learning strengths and areas for improvement as compared to other students in the same grade. Below are the dates for each assessment. Please try to ensure that students are present during their assessment times.

Grade 3 – EQAO – May 21 – June 4

Grade 4 – CCAT – April 8 – April 15

Grade 6 – EQAO – May 21 – June 4

Grade 7 – CAT-4 – April 23 – April 30

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 the 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 March 3, 2019

 

Math Matters:

Using area model challenge questions is a great strategy for getting kids to think visually about mathematics, which is the approach that Mathematical Mindsets author Jo Boaler recommends most for improving math understanding.

Here’s how area models work: an area model is a visual aid that represents the product of two numbers. The model acts like a bingo board where each box represents the product of it’s corresponding row and column.

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:

  • Shrove Tuesday – celebrations will occur in individual classrooms

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Day
  • Gr 2 Intramurals (1st recess)
  • 10:15 – Ash Wednesday Mass at St Paul

Thursday:

Friday:

 

  • St Patrick’s Day Spirit Wear Day – Wear Green
  • Gr 3 Intramurals (1st recess)
  • 2:50 – Dismissal to March Break

 

 

Have a great week Panthers!