Monthly Archives: May 2019

Time to Sign up for the Kindergarten First Rider Program!

Time to Sign up for the Kindergarten First Rider Program!

 

If your child is starting Kindergarten in September and is eligible for transportation, join Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR) on June 5, 2019.

The First Rider Program introduces new riders to the school bus and teaches them how to be a safe and responsible rider. Families will learn how to board, ride, and get off the bus safely and become familiar with transportation procedures for Junior and Senior Kindergarten students.

Register for this free event on the STSWR

For times and locations, please click the following link:  First-Rider-Poster-2019

Panthers’ WAG – May 27 – 31, 2019

Monthly Theme: Integrity

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: Integrity

How are you using the Umbrella Skills at home?  Umbrella Skills contests are due by May 30, 2019

Click Umbrella Skills Home Contest to learn more about our contest –

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 May, we will be exploring the theme of Integrity. 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 Integrity.

https://www.rootsofaction.com/integrity/

 

Track and Field

Monday, May 27th is our Track and Field Day at Resurrection for students in grades 4 – 8. Students will leave St Paul at 8:45 on buses and will return to St Paul at approximately 2:00. The following information was sent home with your children on Friday. Please note that the scheduled times are approximate as we are sharing the track with Holy Rosary CES and we are estimating times for each event.  

Track and Field Schedule May 2019

TRACK and FIELD 2019

Dress Code

Please take some time to review our Dress code with your children to ensure it is being followed.

Dress Code Spring 2019

Medication:

If you have medication at the school for your child, please consider coming to pick it up in the next few weeks to take them home for the summer and update any prescriptions/expired medications.

 

Student Attendance

You are reminded that when your child is absent from school we require that a parent/ legal guardian contact the office to let us know prior to the start of the school day. We cannot accept messages sent in through siblings or friends.

 

Biking to school?

Please ensure that your children are wearing helmets if they are riding their bikes to school – it is the law. Students are also reminded that they are not to ride bikes, scooters or skateboards on school property. Once they arrive at school students are to get off and walk to ensure all remain safe.  

 

EQAO

Congratulations to our Grade 3 students for completing the EQAO assessment this past week. We are excited to learn how well you were able to demonstrate your learning!

This  week our grade 6 students will be completing the EQAO 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. Please try to ensure that students are present during their assessment times.

Grade 6 – EQAO – May 28 – June 3

 

 

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 May 26, 2019

 

Math Matters:

Can you move only three coins to turn the triangle upside down?

 

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

Monday:

  • Track and Field for students in grades 4 – 8
  • Field trip in the morning for Ms Delooze’s class
  • Mad Science at lunch for students who registered
  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Day
  • grade 8 Trip to WLU for Cannabis Education Workshops

Thursday:

  • Superhero Spirit Day

Friday:

  • PD Day – no school for students

Upcoming Events:

May 27 – Grade 4 – 8 Track and Field at Resurrection CSS

May 28 – June 3 – Grade 6 EQAO

May 31 – PD Day

June 5 – Cross Country for grades 3 – 8 at Bechtel Park

June 7 – 7Up Day at Resurrection for our Grade 7 students

June 11 – 11:15 am – Volunteer Appreciation Social

June 14 – Mission Day in the afternoon

June 21 – Year End Mass at St Francis (including Kindergarten students)

June 25 – Grad Mass at 9 am at St Francis; Graduation Ceremony at 6:00 pm at St Francis

June 28 – Last Day of School – ‘Canada Day’ at St Paul

Panthers’ WAG – May 20 – 24, 2019

Monthly Theme: Integrity

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: Integrity

Click Umbrella Skills Home Contest to learn more about our contest – How are you using the Umbrella Skills at home?  More information will be sent home this week with your children

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 May, we will be exploring the theme of Integrity. 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 Integrity.

https://www.parentcircle.com/article/how-to-teach-your-child-integrity/

 

Students from Colombia

We had the pleasure of welcoming some international students from Colombia this week. Five grade 5/6 students from the Montessori School have joined us at St. Paul. All students are learning from each other and expanding their horizons due to this amazing adventure. Make sure to say hi if you have the pleasure of coming into contact with any of our international visitors!

Dress Code

Please take some time to review our Dress code with your children to ensure it is being followed.

Dress Code Spring 2019

 

Student Attendance

You are reminded that when your child is absent from school we require that a parent/ legal guardian contact the office to let us know prior to the start of the school day. We cannot accept messages sent in through siblings or friends.

 

Biking to school?

Please ensure that your children are wearing helmets if they are riding their bikes to school – it is the law. Students are also reminded that they are not to ride bikes, scooters or skateboards on school property. Once they arrive at school students are to get off and walk to ensure all remain safe.

 

Jump Rope for Heart

We had a fantastic Jump Rope for Heart day! Thanks to all the students (and families) who helped fundraise! You can continue to pledge funds using the link found on this page: Jump rope for heart.jpg

Settlement Worker for New Canadians

For community information, there will be a settlement worker available at St. Paul school on the following mornings from 8:30-11:30:

Thurs. May 23rd

If you would like to make an appointment, please contact Martha by email: martha.kahsai@ckw.ymca.ca  OR Mrs. Helen Schroeder at Helen.Schroeder@wcdsb.ca

EQAO

This week our grade 3 students will be completing the EQAO 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. Please try to ensure that students are present during their assessment times.

Grade 3 – EQAO – May 21 – May 24

Grade 6 – EQAO – May 28 – June 3

 

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 May 19, 2019

 

Math Matters:

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

Monday:

  • VICTORIA DAY – No School
  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight

Tuesday:

  • Ms Major’s class trip to KWAG

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Day
  • 6:00 – 7:00 pm – Welcome to Kindergarten Night

Thursday:

  • Grade 8 Toronto Trip

Friday:

  • KWAG in Ms Major’s class in the morning
  • Freezie sales at lunch

 

Upcoming Events:

May 27 – Grade 4 – 8 Track and Field at Resurrection CSS

May 28 – June 3 – Grade 6 EQAO

May 30 – Umbrella Skills Home Contest forms due

May 31 – PD Day

June 5 – Cross Country for grades 3 – 8 at Bechtel Park

June 11 – 11:15 am – Volunteer Appreciation Social

June 14 – Mission Day in the afternoon

June 21 – Year End Mass at St Francis (including Kindergarten students)

June 25 – Grad Mass at 9 am at St Francis; Graduation Ceremony at 6:00 pm at St Francis

June 28 – Last Day of School – ‘Canada Day’ at St Paul

 

 

 

 

Have a great week Panthers!

 

 

Jump Rope for Heart

Our Jump Rope for Heart day is quickly approaching! All students will be skipping this Friday, May 17th in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Jump Rope for Heart encourages kids to get active by skipping rope while they collect pledges for heart disease and stroke research. Last year St. Paul School raised an amazing $7751.00!!! Keep collecting those pledges Panthers!! All pledge forms are due back to the school on May 17th– the day of our event……and remember to wear RED too!! We’re looking forward to another fun-filled day of being active!!

Panthers’ WAG – May 13 – 17, 2019

Monthly Theme: Integrity

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 Mother’s Day

We hope this weekend provides you with the opportunity to spend time with and remember the mothers and children in your lives who have inspired you.

Catholic Education Week

What an amazing week! We began this week with a Liturgy lead by our incredible Kindergarten classes, followed up with a school-wide Living Rosary lead by our grade 1 class, and ended with our Easter Mass, lead by our grade 7/8 class. We also kicked off our Mission Fundraising efforts with our Prayers for Change and Freezie sales. In between, we celebrated student achievements with our Coding Arcade, the Folk Dance festival and our grade 7/8 and JK/SK drive-in movie! What an incredible demonstration of the learning and engagement for all our students, as well as the ongoing dedication of our staff to celebrate all students. 

 

Students from Colombia

Each year the WCDSB hosts International students in our schools. This year, St Paul was selected to be one of the schools to welcome students from COlombia. The students (in grades 5 and 6) will arrive on May 13th and will be with us until June 6. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn more about other countries and cultures and to create new friendships.

 

The Umbrella Project: Integrity

Watch for our upcoming contest – How are you using the Umbrella Skills at home?

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 May, we will be exploring the theme of Integrity. 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 Integrity.

https://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/spiritual-growth-for-kids/character-development-integrity/how-to-train-kids-to-have-more-integrity

Big Ideas for Integrity

Use integrity-based quotes to spark conversations about integrity. You can approach this by reviewing integrity-related dilemmas that are seen in your kids’ favourite shows or books. Like autonomy, integrity is a skill with many associated dilemmas. Very often, small acts of integrity are not recognized or rewarded, as Oprah identifies for us:

“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” Oprah Winfrey

It’s in our little day-to-day choices that we act within our integrity. It’s often much easier for us to ‘fudge’ the truth a little bit, perhaps to make ourselves look better or gain extrinsic rewards.

 

Student Attendance

You are reminded that when your child is absent from school we require that a parent/ legal guardian contact the office to let us know prior to the start of the school day. We cannot accept messages sent in through siblings or friends.

 

Biking to school?

Please ensure that your children are wearing helmets if they are riding their bikes to school – it is the law for anyone under the age of 18!

Students are also reminded that they are not to ride bikes, scooters or skateboards on school property. Once they arrive at school students are to get off and walk to ensure all remain safe.  

 

Jump Rope for Heart

Our school believes in kids helping kids. That’s why we’re participating in Jump Rope for Heart! We’re practicing healthy habits every day to protect our heart and brain health, and fundraising for Heart & Stroke to make a difference in the lives of other kids too. Your support will fund research and education that gives kids across Canada the best start to a healthy life.

Your child will come home with a parent letter (also see attached Jump rope for heart.jpg) and pledge envelope last week. Follow the steps to start online fundraising right away.

Our Jump Rope for Heart Day is May 17th.

 

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 – May 24

Grade 6 – EQAO – May 28 – June 3

 

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 May 12, 2019

bulletin insert may 2019

 

Math Matters:

Try some fun balancing activities with your kids (this is a lead in to understanding algebra!)

https://solveme.edc.org/mobiles/

 

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

Monday:

  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight
  • Lunch time – Mad Science for student who signed up

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Day

Thursday:

  • Intermediate Soccer Tournament in the afternoon at RIM Park

Friday:

  • Jump Rope for Heart – wear Red
  • Ms Dejaegher and Mrs Aicken’s Field Trip
  • Freezie sales at lunch

Have a great week Panthers!

Panthers’ WAG – May 6 – 10, 2019

Monthly Theme: Integrity

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/ 

 

Catholic Education Week

This year’s Catholic Education Week theme is “Living as Joyful Disciples.

The 2019 theme was inspired by three sources: Renewing the Promise, The Pastoral Letter on Catholic Education from the Bishops of Ontario; Gaudete et exsultate, the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis on the Call to Holiness; and Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment, the October 2018 Synod of Bishops. Mindful of the Synod on Youth, the theme is very much directed to the young people in our schools, especially in their growth in holiness and their formation as disciples of Christ. In the section of Renewing the Promise entitled, “A Community that Forms Joyful Disciples,” we read, “Our Catholic schools help to form joyful disciples as hearts and minds are opened to the transforming love of God and to the flame of faith in action. On a daily basis, Catholic schools demonstrate the joy of believing and witness the Good News to the communities that they serve.”

 

The Umbrella Project: Integrity

Watch for our upcoming contest – How are you using the Umbrella Skills at home?

We continue to explore the Umbrella themes each month and students are continuing 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 May, we will be exploring the theme of Integrity.

All About Integrity

Share the importance of integrity with children.

Integrity is regarded as the number one character strength in a leader. For children who want to rise to a leadership role, integrity and bravery are essential skills. Both allow people to trust that your actions match your words.

Quote: “The two may go hand in hand. Integrity is needed when deciding what action should be taken. Bravery is needed to take actions that might be unpopular […] But the most vital of the two character strengths at the top was integrity.”

It’s easy to see celebrities, politicians, and other public figures demonstrate breaches of integrity. It is important to identify that you do not have to compromise your integrity to rise to positions of power, however.

 

First Communion

Congratulations to our grade 2 students who celebrated their First Holy Communion this weekend and last! We are so proud of all of you!

 

Jump Rope for Heart

Our school believes in kids helping kids. That’s why we’re participating in Jump Rope for Heart! We’re practicing healthy habits every day to protect our heart and brain health, and fundraising for Heart & Stroke to make a difference in the lives of other kids too. Your support will fund research and education that gives kids across Canada the best start to a healthy life.

Your child will come home with a parent letter (also see attached Jump rope for heart.jpg) and pledge envelope last week. Follow the steps to start online fundraising right away.

Our Jump Rope for Heart Day is May 17th.

 

Dress Code

Now that the warmer weather has arrived (we hope!) please take some time this weekend to review our school dress code with your children to ensure they are arriving each day with school appropriate clothing, ready to learn.

Dress Code Spring 2019

 

Class Lists

As we approach the end of another successful school year, preparations have slowly begun to ensure that our class structures are in place for September. Preparing class lists is a process that involves hours of work, on behalf of all staff, to ensure that the needs of all our students are met. Lists are fluid documents that may be changed and revised several times from now until the beginning of school in September.

Each new school year is a tremendous opportunity for students to meet new friends and expand their circle of acquaintances. Our goal is to place a child where they will achieve the most success academically while trying to balance their social development. A balanced class reflects the diversity and needs of our school community and all our students.

A great deal of thought and reflection goes into the placement of each child. Many factors are considered in student placement including academic abilities, social groupings, and gender ratio. In addition, we consult Board and Ministry of Education guidelines.

The teachers and administration take great care to ensure, to the best of our ability, that all students’ needs are met. Since it is very difficult to honour requests from parents as well as make the most prudent decisions for all students in our care, we will not be accepting classroom requests for the 2019-2020 school year.

We ask that you trust that the staff will continue to make professional decisions on placements that are in the best interests of all the students at St. Paul.

Students from Colombia

Each year the WCDSB hosts International students in our schools. This year, St Paul was selected to be one of the schools to welcome students from COlombia. The students (in grades 5 and 6) will arrive on May 13th and will be with us until June 6. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn more about other countries and cultures and to create new friendships.

 

EQAO

Every year students in grades 3 and 6 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 – May 27

Grade 6 – EQAO – May 28 – June 3

 

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 May 5, 2019

Math Matters:

It’s May the 4th! And that means it is time for some Star Wars Themed math activities

 

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

Monday:

  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight
  • Catholic Education Week Liturgy in the afternoon

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Day
  • Mr. Litschgy’s class – Old Growth Forest Project Field Trip
  • Coding Arcade in the Library

Thursday:

  • The Living Rosary

Friday:

  • School Mass at St Francis
  • Wear Your Colour House Colour Day

 

 

Have a great week Panthers!