Monthly Archives: September 2019

Panthers’ WAG – September 30 – October 4, 2019

Monthly Theme: EMPATHY

LUNCH HOUR SUPERVISOR

We are looking for a new Lunch Hour Supervisor – this is a paid position with the WCDSB and involves 1 hour per day (from 11:05 – 12:05). If you are interested or know someone who might be interested, please contact the main office.

 

ONGOING LABOUR NEGOTIATIONS – CUPE

As you may be aware from media reports, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing education workers across the province, has announced plans to begin a province-wide “Work-to-Rule’ campaign beginning on Monday, September 30, 2019.

CUPE has indicated that they are planning to withdraw specific services that they would normally perform.  Employees represented by CUPE provide many important services within our schools and board, and despite our best efforts the withdrawal of these services will cause some disruption. We will not be able to completely eliminate all impacts. Despite the impact of the withdrawal of services, we know that our schools will remain welcoming Christ centred environments.

We are aware that bargaining between the union and government is planned to continue throughout the weekend. We respect collective bargaining and are hopeful that a freely negotiated agreement will be reached soon.

Regardless of the outcome of this weekend’s bargaining, all of our schools will remain open, and CUPE staff will report to work as usual. Student instruction will continue in our classrooms and, as always, the safety and well-being of students will continue to be our top priority.

As a Catholic school board, we value all of our staff as dedicated, caring professionals, and we respect labour laws that affirm the legal rights of our unionized employee groups to engage in job actions. We know that all sides are working hard to reach agreements, and we are hopeful that a new central agreement will soon be reached with our CUPE education workers.

Where to Find Information Updates

As new information becomes available it will be posted to the WCDSB website at: https://www.wcdsb.ca/about-us/labour-updates/

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this period of uncertainty.

 

PIZZA ORDERS THROUGH CASH ONLINE

Due to the current uncertainty regarding the CUPE negotiations, we will be CANCELLING OUR PIZZA DAY THIS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2. We will continue to re-evaluate on a week by week basis. Once the CUPE job action is concluded we will either refund those who have already purchased pizza for this week or apply funds to a future pizza day

 

ORANGE SHIRT DAY – Monday, September 30th

Orange shirt day is an annual event that started in 2013 to recognize the legacy of Residential school system for First Nations, Metis and Inuit families and communities. It is a show of support and understanding of the history of the school system that impacts many First Nations, Metis and Inuit people today. 

The phrase “Every Child Matters” reminds everyone that children are such an important and integral part of our communities and that they are our future generations of changemakers. By wearing an orange shirt, we have an opportunity to bring awareness to the history of residential schools and to stand up against other injustices that may impact our children/students. 

This link gives the story of Phyllis Webstad, who started the campaign http://www.orangeshirtday.org/

Background information on Orange Shirt Day – Every Child Matters

https://www.ictinc.ca/blog/what-is-orange-shirt-day

http://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/national-orange-shirt-day-promotes-healing-and-reconciliation-1.2782559

http://www.etfo.ca/BuildingAJustSociety/FNMI/Pages/OrangeShirtDay.aspx

 

UMBRELLA PROJECT  

This month our focus is on building Empathy. All the Umbrella Skills can be built with practice and this month we are working to build the empathy piece of your child’s umbrella of wellbeing
skills.

What will empathy do for my child? CREATE STRONG SOCIAL NETWORKS.

Empathy is the ability to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes and understand what they may be feeling. It is a key ingredient to successful relationships with our friends and family. High levels of
empathy result in lower levels of conflict, better problem-solving. It also helps us make new friends, keep the ones we have and build a stronger social network. Having a strong social network helps us live longer and is one of the best predictors of our health and happiness.

Each week we will add one simple step you can use at home to build your child’s umbrella skills.

EMPATHY TIP #1
Help your child recognize and label their own feelings. Understanding what you are feeling in a given situation helps children learn to empathize. When we ignore or suppress feelings it’s difficult to understand them in others. At home, make sure your child understands that all of their feelings are okay, including sadness, anger, frustration and how to recognize those feelings. Help them give these feelings a label. Then set clear boundaries about what is and isn’t okay to do with the feelings. For example, it is normal to feel angry at a sibling but not okay to hit them as a result. This simple step helps children learn to calm themselves, cope better with life’s ups and downs and empathize with others

 

PICTURE DAY IS COMING ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15.

After Picture Day, order your pictures on mylifetouch.ca using your Portrait ID and Access Code which can be found below or on your Picture Day order form .

St Paul Elementary School

Picture Day Date: Tuesday, October 15

Picture Day ID: QX109245QP

 

WCDSB “CALLED TO BELONG” TWILIGHT RETREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS

Our Board’s theme for this year is: Called to Belong!  The experience will be facilitated by Fr. Joseph de Viveiros, C.R., the Spiritual Animator for the Board.  Come and discover more about the spiritual journey upon which our staff and students have embarked. All are welcome to come and learn and pray around the awesome mystery of God’s universal love!

 You may join us at the location that is most convenient to you.  All retreats begin at 7:00 p.m. and are 2 hours in length. Please sign up at this link:

“Called to Belong” Twilight Retreat”. Light Refreshments will be served. 

 Kitchener – Wednesday October 9th – St. Anthony Daniel Parish (29 Midland Dr, Kitchener, ON)

 

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 Sept. 29, 2019

 

MATH AT HOME

 

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

Monday: 

  • Orange Shirt Day – Every Child Matters
  • Science Outreach in the grade 3 classes
  • Nutrition for Learning begins this week

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

 

  • NO PIZZA THIS WEEK

 

Thursday:

  • MADD Presentation for Intermediate students

Friday:

 

Have a great week Panthers!

Important Message re Ongoing Labour Negotiations – CUPE

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you may be aware from media reports, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing education workers across the province, has announced plans to begin a province-wide “Work-to-Rule’ campaign beginning on Monday, September 30, 2019.

We are aware that bargaining between the union and government is planned to continue throughout the weekend. We respect collective bargaining and are hopeful that a freely negotiated agreement will be reached soon.

Regardless of the outcome of this weekend’s bargaining, all of our schools will remain open, and CUPE staff will report to work as usual. Student instruction will continue in our classrooms and, as always, the safety and well-being of students will continue to be our top priority.

As a Catholic school board, we value all of our staff as dedicated, caring professionals, and we respect labour laws that affirm the legal rights of our unionized employee groups to engage in job actions. We know that all sides are working hard to reach agreements, and we are hopeful that a new central agreement will soon be reached with our CUPE education workers.

Where to Find Information Updates

As new information becomes available it will be posted to the WCDSB website at: https://www.wcdsb.ca/about-us/labour-updates/

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this period of uncertainty.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Which WCDSB employees are represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees?

A: The following WCDSB positions are represented by CUPE:

  • Education Assistants
  • Personal Support Workers
  • Child and Youth Care Workers
  • Early Childhood Educators
  • Lunch Hour Supervisors
  • Administrative Assistants
  • Payroll and Accounting Associates
  • Computer Technicians
  • Library Technicians
  • Communicative Disorders Assistants

Q: What does “work to rule” mean?

A:  CUPE has indicated that they are planning to withdraw specific services that they would normally perform.  Employees represented by CUPE provide many important services within our schools and board, and despite our best efforts the withdrawal of these services will cause some disruption. We will not be able to completely eliminate all impacts. Despite the impact of the withdrawal of services, we know that our schools will remain welcoming Christ centred environments.

Terry Fox Walk!

​St. Paul’s Terry Fox Walk happens tomorrow afternoon! Our entire school will be showing our support by walking to remember Terry Fox’s dream of raising money for cancer research.  If you haven’t already brought in your “Toonie for Terry”, please do so tomorrow! The two classes that raise the most money will win a free class pizza party!! Remember to wear red tomorrow to show your St. Paul spirit and support!

Catholic School Council Meeting

Are you interested in volunteering to help make St Paul a vibrant place to learn?

Our first Catholic School Council meeting is this Thursday, September 26th at 6:30 in the Library Learning Commons!

All parents/ guardians are invited to come and be a part of this important work!

Panthers’ WAG – September 23 – 27, 2019

Monthly Theme: BELONGING

NUTRITION FOR LEARNING

We are in need of a new volunteer to coordinate our Nutrition for Learning Program. If you are interested, please contact the Main Office. This would involve between 2 – 5 hours per week and is very flexible. 

 

SCHOOL SAFETY DRILLS

We completed our first two Safety Drills for the school year. Both went well, but a little more practice is still needed. We will be holding a few more safety drills in the coming days to make sure our Panthers are able to get out of the school safely and quickly. 

ORANGE SHIRT DAY

Orange shirt day is an annual event that started in 2013 to recognize the legacy of Residential school system for First Nations, Metis and Inuit families and communities. It is a show of support and understanding of the history of the school system that impacts many First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people today. 

The phrase “Every Child Matters” reminds everyone that children are such an important and integral part of our communities and that they are our future generations of changemakers. By wearing an orange shirt, we have an opportunity to bring awareness to the history of residential schools and to stand up against other injustices that may impact our children/students. 

This link gives the story of Phyllis Webstad, who started the campaign http://www.orangeshirtday.org/

Background information on Orange Shirt Day – Every Child Matters

https://www.ictinc.ca/blog/what-is-orange-shirt-day

http://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/national-orange-shirt-day-promotes-healing-and-reconciliation-1.2782559

http://www.etfo.ca/BuildingAJustSociety/FNMI/Pages/OrangeShirtDay.aspx

 

 

WCDSB “CALLED TO BELONG” TWILIGHT RETREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS

Our Board’s theme for this year is: Called to Belong!  The experience will be facilitated by Fr. Joseph de Viveiros, C.R., the Spiritual Animator for the Board.  Come and discover more about the spiritual journey upon which our staff and students have embarked. All are welcome to come and learn and pray around the awesome mystery of God’s universal love!

 

You may join us at the location that is most convenient to you.  All retreats begin at 7:00 p.m. and are 2 hours in length. Please sign up at this link:

“Called to Belong” Twilight Retreat”. Light Refreshments will be served. 

 

Cambridge – Wednesday September 25th –  St. Mary of the Visitation Parish (16 Cooper St, Cambridge, ON)

Waterloo –  Thursday September 26th – St. Michael Parish (80 University Ave W, Waterloo)

Kitchener – Wednesday October 9th – St. Anthony Daniel Parish (29 Midland Dr, Kitchener, ON)

 

TERRY FOX

Thursday, September 26th marks a special day for our students. Once again, we will be celebrating Terry Fox and his tremendous accomplishments by participating in the Terry Fox National School Run. Our entire school will be showing our support by walking in the afternoon, to remember Terry Fox’s dream of raising money for cancer research. Students are encouraged to bring $2.00 or more, to help raise funds for Cancer Research and to carry on Terry Fox’s dream. Last year we raised $1269.00, and our goal is to match that again! So, Panthers please start saving your toonies! With each donation, your child will receive a paper shoe, which will be displayed around the halls of St. Paul School. The top 2 classes that raise the most money will win a free pizza lunch – one class from JK- Gr3 and one class from Gr4 – 8!! Remember to wear red that day to show your St. Paul spirit and support! Keep Terry’s spirit and hope alive during the month of September and help us make a difference!

 

HALLER CRAFT SALE

Please the information below regarding the Monsignor Haller Craft Sale

Haller Fall Craft & Market

 

PIZZA ORDERS THROUGH CASH ONLINE

When ordering Pizza for your child, please ensure that you are ordering for the proper day/ week. 

The week that you are ordering for is in the title of the item. You must order each pizza day separately according to the date in the title of the item. For those who have ordered in advance, please check your receipts to ensure you have ordered for each week separately.

 

SCHOOL COUNCIL

Are you looking for a meaningful way to get involved in your child’s school? School Council works with the St Paul staff to improve student learning. Please join us on September 26th at 6:30 for our first School Council meeting of the year.

 

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 Sept. 22, 2019

 

Numeracy Tip of the Week

As a parent, you can help your child be a whiz at math, even if it wasn’t your best subject.  Some tips include:

Be positive about math.  Express confidence in your child’s ability to do math.  Don’t stress 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 the side of the house to the garden.
  • Let your child figure out how many miles you’ll be driving on your next trip by using the information on a map.
  • Sort silverware by knives, forks, and spoons.  Sort cards by suit 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 number 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: 

  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight

Tuesday:

  • Mrs Rodgers and Ms Ciesarik’s classes at Safety Village

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Day
  • Intermediate Boys and Girls 3 Pitch Tournaments at RIM in the afternoon

Thursday:

  • Wear Red Spirit Day
  • Mrs Aicken adnMrs Walker’s classes at Safety Village
  • Terry Fox Walk in the afternoon

Friday:

  • Opening Mass at St Francis Parish in the morning
  • Junior Coed Soccer at RIM in the afternoon

Have a great week Panthers!

Panthers’ WAG – September 16 – 20, 2019

Monthly Theme: BELONGING

MEET THE TEACHER 

Please join us on September 19, 2019, from 5:00 – 6:30 for our Pizza and Meet the Teacher Night. Educators will be in their classrooms from 5:00 – 6:00 to meet families and informally discuss the curriculum for the year. At 6:00 classrooms will be closed and families will be invited to socialize in the gym and blacktop. We will be selling pizza and water on the blacktop for $1 each.

 

WCDSB “CALLED TO BELONG” TWILIGHT RETREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS

Our Board’s theme for this year is: Called to Belong!  The experience will be facilitated by Fr. Joseph de Viveiros, C.R., the Spiritual Animator for the Board.  Come and discover more about the spiritual journey upon which our staff and students have embarked. All are welcome to come and learn and pray around the awesome mystery of God’s universal love!

 You may join us at the location that is most convenient to you.  All retreats begin at 7:00 p.m. and are 2 hours in length. Please sign up at this link:

“Called to Belong” Twilight Retreat”. Light Refreshments will be served. 

 Cambridge – Wednesday September 25th –  St. Mary of the Visitation Parish (16 Cooper St, Cambridge, ON)

Waterloo –  Thursday September 26th – St. Michael Parish (80 University Ave W, Waterloo)

Kitchener – Wednesday October 9th – St. Anthony Daniel Parish (29 Midland Dr, Kitchener, ON)

 

TERRY FOX

Thursday, September 26th marks a special day for our students. Once again, we will be celebrating Terry Fox and his tremendous accomplishments by participating in the Terry Fox National School Run. Our entire school will be showing our support by walking in the afternoon, to remember Terry Fox’s dream of raising money for cancer research. Students are encouraged to bring $2.00 or more, to help raise funds for Cancer Research and to carry on Terry Fox’s dream. Last year we raised $1269.00, and our goal is to match that again! So, Panthers please start saving your toonies! With each donation, your child will receive a paper shoe, which will be displayed around the halls of St. Paul School. The top 2 classes that raise the most money will win a free pizza lunch – one class from JK- Gr 3 and one class from Gr 4 – 8!! Remember to wear red that day to show your St. Paul spirit and support! Keep Terry’s spirit and hope alive during the month of September and help us make a difference!

 

TIM HORTON’S SMILE COOKIES

Once again Nutrition for Learning is the charity of choice for our local Tim Horton’s Smile cookie campaign! In Kitchener / Waterloo Nutrition for learning shares the proceeds of smile cookie with Kidsability. At St Paul we rely heavily on the Nutrition for Learning Program to provide added snacks throughout the day for many of our students. KidsAbility has also been an incredible support for many of our families and the early learning needs of their children. Please consider supporting our local charities!

 

BOOMERANG LUNCHES

In order to continue to promote environmentally friendly practices St Paul school is a Boomerang Lunch school. This means that all students will take home all items that they bring in their lunches, including plastics and organics. Boomerang lunches promote the first tenet of the 3 Rs  – to Reduce our consumption. To assist with this practice please consider sending lunch items in reusable containers instead of single-use containers. This also has the added benefit of providing students with a container for their organic food waste. A boomerang lunch also provides parents with first hand knowledge of the eating habits and preferences of the child. By bringing home the leftovers you will see what’s been eaten or not. Schools that do not practice Boomerang Lunches see a huge amount of uneaten food go into the garbage day after day. This is not only wasteful but expensive.

 

PIZZA ORDERS THROUGH CASH ONLINE

When ordering Pizza for your child, please ensure that you are ordering for the proper day/ week. 

The week that you are ordering for is in the title of the item. You must order each pizza day separately according to the date in the title of the item. For those who have ordered in advance, please check your receipts to ensure you have ordered for each week separately.

 

SCHOOL COUNCIL

Are you looking for a meaningful way to get involved in your child’s school? School Council works with the St Paul staff to improve student learning. Please join us on September 28th at 6:30 for our first School Council meeting of the year.

 

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 Sept. 15, 2019

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

Monday: 

  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight

Tuesday:

  • Bus Patrol Training in the morning at Budd Park
  • CARE presentation for Intermediate students

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Day
  • Intermediate Boys and Girls 3 Pitch Tournaments at RIM in the afternoon

Thursday:

  • WE Day for Social Justice Team students
  • 5:00 – 6:30 – Meet the Staff Open House

Friday:

  • PD Day – No school for students; NO EXTENDED Day

 

Have a great week Panthers!

Panthers’ WAG – Sept 9 – 13, 2019

Monthly Theme: Belonging

Welcome to Week 2!

SCHOOL CASH AND REGISTRATION FORMS

You will have received your return to school registration forms through Cash online. Please complete them ASAP and submit through School Cash – these forms are not to be printed and returned to school – teachers will review online. 

It is important that we have these forms as they provide accurate information regarding contacting you and ensuring your child’s safety. 

 

MEET THE STAFF: 

Please join us on September 19, 2019 from 5:00 – 6:30 for our Pizza and Meet the Teacher Night. We will be selling pizza and water on the blacktop for $1 each. 

 

 

 

ATTENDANCE

Please be sure to call into the school (519-743-4401) prior to 8 am if your child is going to be absent or late. If we do not hear from you and cannot contact you we are required to contact the police to ensure the safety of all children. If you are signing your child(ren) out early, please send a note in the school agenda as teachers check these daily and it will ensure that your child(ren) is ready when you arrive.

Have you ever stopped to think about the cumulative effects of lates and absences?  Every Day Counts!

 

PARKING LOT – PLEASE HELP KEEP EVERYONE SAFE!

If you are driving your children to school, please remember the rules of the Parking Lot:

  • the speed limit is 5 KM/HR
  • the ring around the centre parking spaces is one way – counter-clockwise going past the portables first
  • there is NO PARKING along the sidewalk in front of portables – if you need to come into the school or want to walk your child(ren) to the play area or door, park in one of the spaces in the centre or along the grass side – OR BETTER YET 
  • Please consider parking on a nearby side street and letting your kids walk or walking with your child(ren) for the last few blocks – it is a great early morning exercise to help wake up and charge their brains for learning!
  • the three spots closest to the Blacktop are for the YWCA Child Care ONLY – Do Not Park There! They have been marked with orange cones – please respect these spaces

 

SAFETY DRILLS

It is our goal to continue to provide a warm, welcoming and safe learning environment for all.  The entire school community will be participating in various safety drills this upcoming week including both fire and lockdown drills.  Please continue to talk to your children about the importance of safety in a school environment. We take a lot of pride to ensure that we offer a safe environment and will continue to support students through this lens. Dates have not been set, but 3 fire drills and 1 Lockdown will take place in the fall and the same in the spring. 

 

TERRY FOX RUN

Thursday, September 26th marks a special day for our students. Once again, we will be celebrating Terry Fox and his tremendous accomplishments by participating in the Terry Fox National School Run. Our entire school will be showing our support by walking in the afternoon, to remember Terry Fox’s dream of raising money for cancer research. Students are encouraged to bring $2.00 or more, to help raise funds for Cancer Research and to carry on Terry Fox’s dream. Last year we raised $1269.00, and our goal is to match that again! So, Panthers please start saving your toonies! With each donation, your child will receive a paper shoe, which will be displayed around the halls of St. Paul School. The top 2 classes that raise the most money will win a free pizza lunch – one class from JK- Gr3 and one class from Gr4 – 8!! Remember to wear red that day to show your St. Paul spirit and support! Keep Terry’s spirit and hope alive during the month of September and help us make a difference!

 

PIZZA ORDERS THROUGH CASH ONLINE

THERE IS NO CASH PAYMENT FOR PIZZA – ALL ORDERS MUST BE COMPLETED BY MONDAY AT MIDNIGHT THROUGH CASH ONLINE

When ordering Pizza for your child, please ensure that you are ordering for the proper day/ week. 

The week that you are ordering for is in the title of the item. You must order each pizza day separately according to the date in the title of the item. For those who have ordered in advance, please check your receipts to ensure you have ordered for each week separately.

 

SCHOOL COUNCIL

Are you looking for a meaningful way to get involved in your child’s school? School Council works with the St Paul staff to improve student learning. Please join us on September 26th at 6:30 for our first School Council meeting of the year.

AGENDAS

Our Agendas have arrived and were sent home with students in grades 1 – 8 this past week – please continue to use to communicate with classroom teachers! Thank you to our amazing Catholic School Council for providing these agendas free of cost for students!

 

DRESS FOR THE SEASON!

What do you need to send with your child? 

All students should have weather appropriate clothing for outside play – this includes a rain jacket/ splash pants as we will be going outside for recess when there is light rain. 

 

OCTOBERFEST PARADE

Please see the attachment for a volunteer opportunity for our Intermediate studen

School Contact Letter_19(1)

 

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 Sept. 8, 2019

 

Just a little reminder…

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

Monday: 

  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight
  • Umbrella Assembly in the afternoon

Tuesday:

  • Terry Fox Run Kick off Assembly in the Afternoon
  • Gr 7 Confirmation Meeting at St Francis Parish at 7 pm

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Day

Thursday:

 

Friday:

 

Have a great week Panthers!

Panthers’ Week at a Glance – September 3 – 6, 2019

Monthly Theme: We Are Called to Belong

WELCOME BACK! 

It’s hard to believe that this is my 49th back-to-school September (and my fourth at St Paul!) and I get excited each time! We have a number of new staff to St Paul and though we will miss old friends, I am very excited for you to meet the new staff and to learn and grow with them! On behalf of the staff, I  would like to extend my warmest welcome to the new families who have joined the St. Paul’s family and, welcome back all returning families to the 2019 – 2020 school year.  We are all excited to see you and to continue our learning together. I hope that you have had a restful and wonderful summer with time spent with family and friends. This new school year will continue to build on the many positive aspects at St. Paul School in order to provide the best Catholic education for our students.

September brings another school year filled with engaging learning opportunities in and out of the classroom, and community building activities for our students.  We are excited to work with you and your children this year, and our wish is to work cooperatively together so that we ensure the best interests of our children always remain first and foremost.  If you have a concern, please do not hesitate to let us know. Early and ongoing communication can help us deal with problems before they become serious.

Please visit our website regularly for information concerning the school, and sign up for our electronic newsletters at https://stpaul.wcdsb.ca. Also, follow us on the St Paul Twitter account, @wcdsbStPaul.

We are very fortunate to work with the staff of St. Francis Parish. This relationship allows our students to connect directly with the Church and our faith. We are looking forward to working under the guidance and direction of Father Tim Uniac, Father Raphael  Ma as our pastors, and Ruthann Fischer as our parish minister. Our students at St. Paul School will have many opportunities to realize their full potential to transform God’s world.

In order to “nurture hope in every learner” and ensure “success for each and place for all”, we strive to be a safe and inclusive school where we protect the dignity of all individuals.  We look forward to supporting our staff, students, and families this new school year. Our wishes and prayers are with everyone this year, as we continue to live our motto “Together We Can Make a Difference”.

2019 – 20 STAFF

JK/SK  – Mrs. Ambeau, Mrs. Elash, and Ms. Tavares

ECEs – Mrs. Grygorashyk, Ms. MacLelland, Mrs. Robinson, Ms. Toader

Gr 1 – Ms. Delooze, Ms. McDonald

Gr 2 – Mrs. Haynes, Ms Tassone (Mrs. Mealing)

Gr. 3 – Mrs. Aicken, Ms. Ciesarek

Gr 3/4 – Mrs. Rodgers

Gr 4/5 – Mrs. Walker

Gr. 5 – Ms. Knopinska

Gr 6 – Mrs. Stott 

Gr 6/7 – Mrs Kowalski

Gr 7/8  – Mr. Cangiano,

Gr 8 – Mr. Litschgy

Special Education – Mrs. Kuenzler-Gutknecht

FSL – Mme Laciok, M. Breton

ESL – Ms. Schroeder

Planning Time – Mrs. Ferguson, Mrs. Kim, Mrs Kennedy

CYCW – Ms. Cobb

Education Assistants – Ms. Bulyaki, Mrs Harris, Mrs. Little, Mrs. Macedo, Mrs. Sutherland,

Health – Mrs. Borho-Harris

Music – Mr. Maley, Mr. Huybens

Librarian – Mrs. McCrea

Lunch Hour Supervisors – Mrs. Qaqish, Mr. Bernard

Custodians – Mr. Mitchell and Ms. Kytka

Administrative Assistant – Mrs. Pieczewski

Principal – Ms. Santomero

 

SCHOOL CASH AND REGISTRATION FORMS

You will have received your return to school registration forms through Cash online. Please complete them prior to September 6/19 and submit through School Cash – these forms are not to be printed and returned to school – teachers will review online. 

There are some forms that will come home in paper form on Tuesday – please review, complete as needed and return prior to Friday, Sept 6th

 

MEET THE STAFF OPEN HOUSE: 

Please join us on September 19, 2019 from 5:00 – 6:30 for our Pizza and Meet the Staff Open House. We will be selling pizza and water on the blacktop for $1 each. More details will follow

 

PIZZA ORDERS THROUGH CASH ONLINE

When ordering Pizza for your child, please ensure that you are ordering for the proper day/ week. 

The week that you are ordering for is in the title of the item. You must order each pizza day separately according to the date in the title of the item. For those who have ordered in advance, please check your receipts to ensure you have ordered for each week separately. Our first week for Pizza will be next week – September 11, 2019.

 

UMBRELLA PROJECT

This school year, your child will be participating in The Umbrella Project. The Umbrella Project is a curriculum designed to help your child learn the skills of emotional wellbeing.  This year we will be focusing on Empathy, Growth Mindset, Cognitive Flexibility, Authenticity, Purpose, Kindness, Self-Efficacy, Optimism and Lifestyle. Developing these skills will help your child lead a happier, more successful life. Learn more on the umbrella of emotional wellbeing on their website here: http://www.umbrellaproject.co 

 

SCHOOL COUNCIL

Are you looking for a meaningful way to get involved in your child’s school? School Council works with the St Paul staff to improve student learning. Please join us on September 26th at 6:30 for our first School Council meeting of the year. Elections for Executive positions will be held at this time

 

AGENDAS

There has been a printing issue with Premier Agendas affecting over 800 schools. We happen to be one of these schools. Agendas will be sent home with students in grades 1 – 8 as soon as they arrive. 

 

SCHOOL SUPPLIES

What do you need to send with your child? 

  • lunch bag and reusable bottle for water
  • indoor running shoes that remain at St Paul 
  • all students should have weather appropriate clothing for outside play – this includes a rain jacket/ splash pants as we will be going outside for recess when there is light rain. 

All necessary learning supplies are provided by the school. In some cases, teachers may suggest supplementary items for purchase that may enhance learning, but they are not required. 

 

OCTOBERFEST PARADE

Please see the attachment for a volunteer opportunity for our Intermediate students. 

Octoberfest Volunteer Letter

 

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

Monday: 

  • Labour Day – enjoy the long weekend!

Tuesday:

  • First Day back – all students and families are invited to join us for O Canada and opening Liturgy on the Blacktop at the back of the school at 8:20

Wednesday:

Thursday:

Friday:

  • All online and paper (sent home) forms are to be completed and returned to class teachers

 

Have a great week Panthers!