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
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
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.
MATH AT HOME
Here’s what is happening at St Paul CES this Week:
- Orange Shirt Day – Every Child Matters
- Science Outreach in the grade 3 classes
- Nutrition for Learning begins this week
- NO PIZZA THIS WEEK
- MADD Presentation for Intermediate students
Have a great week Panthers!