Monthly Archives: November 2019

Panthers’ WAG – December 2 – 6, 2019

This Sunday marks the first week of Advent. 

Week 1, Hope

Dear Jesus, you are the hope in our messy world. This Advent, help us slow down, listen to your voice, and focus on what’s really important. We place our hope in you as we prepare our hearts to celebrate your birth on Christmas. Amen.

Please enjoy the following videos to help get into the spirit of Advent!

Advent: More than a Chocolate Calendar 

What is Advent Again?  

 

 

UMBRELLA SKILLS

This month our focus is on building cognitive flexibility. What will cognitive flexibility do for my child? Life doesn’t always follow a predictable pattern; cognitive flexibility helps our children navigate this uncertainty and feel like they have more options when faced with challenges. As things change around them, they need to change in order to maintain their wellbeing. With cognitive flexibility your child will be better able to change strategies when faced with new and unexpected situations, make sense of the unfamiliar and thrive in uncertainty. 

Cognitive flexibility is important for innovating, coming up with new ideas and solving problems, and is essential to creativity. It will also help them understand people and situations that are different from theirs and improve their relationships. This month we can’t wait to walk you through this cool skill and help you find ways to flex this part of your child’s brain.

 

COGNITIVE FLEXIBILITY TIP #1 Success isn’t all about getting serious 

Positive mood has been found to enhance creative problem solving and focus at school. How does this happen? Cognitive flexibility! The handy dandy skill can be increased just by using a little humour. Use this month to focus on having some good family laughs before getting started on homework or trying new things. It’s easy to get really serious about our child’s future success and what they need to accomplish in order to get there. Unfortunately, the stress of this approach can actually move them in the opposite direction of the success they were hoping for. This month, laugh a little more as you help your child through the struggles of picky eating, examtime or learning a new skill. Try telling a few jokes back and forth to set the tone for learning. You may find this approach makes everybody more flexible.

 

SWAP AND SHOP

On December 2, from 3 to 6 pm in the gym we will be having a ‘Swap and Shop’ Event. This is an opportunity for you to bring in any gently used winter clothes and toys in to the school for others, and to ‘shop’ for any items that have been brought in by others. It is a great chance to clear out some space as we head into the holiday season, and to do some early shopping for those things you or your children have needed or wanted! Please bring in any items you would like to donate to the Sacred Space on Monday then drop by after school to get some great deals!

 

CHRISTMAS ANGEL TREE – A MESSAGE FROM OUR SOCIAL JUSTICE CLUB

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Guess what time of year it is? It’s Christmas which means St.Paul School will be holding a gift drive. Donations will be accepted for the Angel Tree running from December 2nd to 17th. You can donate toys, gift cards, warm clothes, cash and books and it all goes to children and families in our community!  Remember, no donation is too small! Please help our cause and donate today!

Thank you, The Social Justice Club

 

FAMILY CHRISTMAS FUND

Once again this year we are reaching out to our families who are able and interested in supporting some of our families that are currently experiencing some hardships and are unable to access food and gifts for their children/ family during the upcoming Christmas season. We will be collecting donations through Cash Online up to December 9th. These funds will be used to purchase Gift Cards at local businesses to assist parents in providing for their children. Details will follow in a letter home this week. 

New this year – all families who donate $10 or more will be entered into a draw to win Kitchener Rangers tickets (including transportation to and from St Paul) for a child and adult for the January 19th game against the Guelph Storm. 

 

POPCORN SALES!

Thank you for all your support with our popcorn sales. This week we will only have enough popcorn left for our JK/K and grade1 classes on Monday. 

More popcorn has been ordered – we will let you know when sales for the older students will resume

Flavours include Sweet and Salty, White Cheddar, Dill Pickle and Butter and Salt

So, bring in your loonies Panthers and enjoy a tasty treat.

 

SAVE THE DATE – FAMILY CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Our Family Christmas Concert for students in grades JK – 6 will be on December 18th in the morning.  A more specific schedule will follow.

 

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 Dec. 1, 2019

January 2020

February 2020

 

Family Math Connection

Does your family have an Advent Calendar? Why not try these Advent Math Calendars? There are 24 Math activities for your kids to try – once for each day of Advent!

ADVENT Math Calendar – Younger kids

ADVENT Math Calendar – Older kids

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

Monday: 

  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight
  • Ms Tassone and Mrs Haynes classes at Laurel Creek
  • 3 – 6 pm – Swap and Shop in the gym 
  • 6:30 Catholic School Advisory Council meeting in the Library Learning Commons

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Day
  • Some Gr 6 students attending the Science Olympics at Resurrection
  • Umbrella Assembly

Thursday:

  • Mad Science at Lunch for students who signed up
  • Dance-a-thon Movie Day Reward Day

Friday:

  • PD Day – Spiritual Development Focus

 

 

Have a great week Panthers!

Last Call for Panther Spirit Wear

The Panther Online Spiritwear Store will be open for one last day! If you did not get your order in, you can still do so!

The Store will be open until midnight tonight! It’s a great Christmas present

Panthers’ WAG – November 25 – 29, 2019

Monthly Theme: Growth Mindset

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” – Nelson Mandela

 

EXBEATS

Great news Panthers! We are very fortunate to have the ExBeats Kit this week at St. Paul School! ExBeats is very similar to Drumfit, where students move and drum on exercise balls while in the gym. It addresses students’ physical, emotional, and intellectual needs, making fitness easy to teach and a blast to learn! Each class will have the opportunity to use the ExBeats Kit twice throughout the week! We are looking forward to getting started!

 

SWAP AND SHOP

On December 2, from 3 to 6 pm in the gym we will be having a ‘Swap and Shop’ Event. This is an opportunity for you to bring in any gently used winter clothes and toys in to the school for others, and to ‘shop’ for any items that have been brought in by others. It is a great chance to clear out some space as we head into the holiday season, and to do some early shopping for those things you or your children have needed or wanted! Please bring in any items you would like to donate to the Swap and Shop on November 29th. 

 

CHRISTMAS ANGEL TREE – A MESSAGE FROM OUR SOCIAL JUSTICE CLUB

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Guess what time of year it is? It’s Christmas which means St.Paul School will be holding a gift drive. Donations will be accepted for the Angel Tree running from December 2nd to 17th. You can donate toys, gift cards, warm clothes, cash and books and it all goes to children and families in our community!  Remember, no donation is too small! Please help our cause and donate today!

Thank you, The Social Justice Club

 

FAMILY CHRISTMAS FUND

Once again this year we are reaching out to our families who are able and interested in supporting some of our families that are currently experiencing some hardships and are unable to access food and gifts for their children/ family during the upcoming Christmas season. We will be collecting donations through Cash Online beginning later this week and up to December 6th. These funds will be used to purchase Gift Cards at local businesses to assist parents in providing for their children. Details will follow in a letter home this week. 

New this year – all families who donate $10 or more will be entered into a draw to win Kitchener Rangers tickets (including transportation to and from St Paul) for a child and adult for the January 19th game against the Guelph Storm. 

 

POPCORN DAY IS COMING TO ST. PAUL SCHOOL!!!!

On Monday, November 25th , St. Paul School will be selling popcorn before the lunch hour. All popcorn is provided by From Farm to Table and is peanut free and gluten free. Each bag will be sold for $1.00 and comes in delicious flavours including, light butter salt, white cheddar, dill pickle, salt and vinegar and spicy sriracha! All proceeds will go towards school initiatives. 

Popcorn sale days will be as follows:

Monday – Mrs. Ambeau, Mrs. Elash, Ms. Tavares, Mrs. McDonald and Ms. Delooze

Tuesday – Mrs. Haynes, Ms. Tassone, Mrs. Rodgers and Mrs. Walker

Wednesday – Mrs. Knopinska, Mrs. Stott and Mrs. Kowalski

Thursday – Mrs. Aicken, Ms. Ciesarik, Mr. Cangiano and Mr. Litschgy

So, bring in your loonies Panthers and enjoy a tasty treat.

 

WINTER CLOTHES

Please check your children’s winter clothes to ensure they are bringing home the correct snow pants! We have many students with similar black snow pants – please be sure to label all clothes

 

SAVE THE DATE! – CHRISTMAS CONCERT

On Wednesday, December 18th in the morning our Kindergarten, Primary and Junior Classes invite you to attend our Family Christmas Concert. More details to follow.

 

CPIC NIGHT

Please consider joining parents from across the Waterloo Catholic DSB for this informative evening

 

FUNDRAISER PRIZES

Congratulations Panthers! Your hard work has paid off and we have several school wide prizes to be awarded this week!

Monday – Gum Day (gum will be provided by the school and given out at the teachers’ discretion)

Tuesday – Beyblades/ Pokemon cards – students who bring these items will be invited to the gym at lunch to play

Friday – Extra recess for everyone

Next Thursday, December 5 will be our Movie Day – movies will be watched in class, or by division. 

 

UMBRELLA PROJECT

This month our focus is to build a growth mindset. To briefly summarize, in a fixed mindset we believe that our intelligence and talent are something we are born with and can’t change. This leads us to the false assumption that talent alone, without hard work, will lead to success. Extensive research has shown that children with this mindset give up easily and often avoid challenges. In a growth mindset, we see ourselves as growing and developing. We believe we can build any skill with effort and this can help us create a love of learning and an excitement around new challenges. We see the brain like a muscle, the more effort we put in, the bigger it grows. 

Attached is an article that will help you build a Growth Mindset with your kids:

https://www.mother.ly/child/how-to-build-a-growth-mindset-in-kids

 

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 Nov. 24, 2019

Advent Penitential Services insert 2019

 

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

Monday: 

  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight
  • ExBeats in our Gym classes all week
  • Fundraiser Prize – Gum Day (at teacher’s discretion)

Tuesday:

  • UW Aviation in JK/SK room 103
  • Fundraiser Prize – Beyblades/ Pokemon cards at Lunch

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Day
  • Mrs Walker and Mrs Stott’s classes to Resurrection to see The Little Mermaid
  • 6:30 – 8:00 – Grade 8 Information Night at Resurrection

Thursday:

  • UW Aviation in JK/SK rooms 102 and 104
  • Intermediate Girls’ Basketball Tournament at Resurrection in the afternoon

Friday:

  • Fundraiser prize – extra recess in the afternoon

Have a great week Panthers!

Panthers’ WAG – November 18 – 22, 2019

Monthly Theme: GROWTH MINDSET

FAMILY CHRISTMAS FUND – Community is Family

Once again this year we are reaching out to our families who are able and interested in supporting some of our families that are currently experiencing some hardships and are unable to access food and gifts for their children/ family during the upcoming Christmas season. We will be collecting donations through Cash Online beginning later this week and up to December 6th. These funds will be used to purchase Gift Cards at local businesses to assist parents in providing for their children. More details will follow in a letter home this week. 

New this year – all families who donate $10 or more will be entered into a draw to win Kitchener Rangers tickets (including transportation to and from St Paul) for a child and adult for the January 19th game against the Guelph Storm. 

 

LIFETOUCH PHOTO RETAKE DAY – Wednesday, November 20, 2019 in the afternoon 

Please see the attachment for further details on how to order pictures

Lifetouch pic reorder

 

BOOK FAIR A ‘READING SUCCESS!’

Thank you St. Paul’s Community, for your generous support of the book fair! Students, parents, grandparents all enjoyed their visit to the fair. Great reading will be had by all! Funds raised by the fair will be used to update some of our well loved resources in the library.

Congratulations to Cooper P. and Ms. Rodgers! They were the winners of the ‘Family Event’ draw this year.

 

ATTENDANCE MATTERS!

Do the Math – Do the Math Handout

 

SWAP AND SHOP

On December 2 we will be having a ‘Swap and Shop’ Event. This is an opportunity for you to bring in any gently used winter clothes and toys in to the school for others, and to ‘shop’ for any items that have been brought in by others. It is a great chance to clear out some space as we head into the holiday season, and to do some early shopping for those things you or your children have needed or wanted! More details will follow regarding where and when to bring the items.

 

UMBRELLA PROJECT

This month our focus is to build a growth mindset. To briefly summarize, in a fixed mindset we believe that our intelligence and talent are something we are born with and can’t change. This leads us to the false assumption that talent alone, without hard work, will lead to success. Extensive research has shown that children with this mindset give up easily and often avoid challenges. In a growth mindset, we see ourselves as growing and developing. We believe we can build any skill with effort and this can help us create a love of learning and an excitement around new challenges. We see the brain like a muscle, the more effort we put in, the bigger it grows. 

GROWTH MINDSET TIP #4 Build In Time For Regular Self  Reflection 

Reflecting regularly on what we have learned both from our successes and failures is a great way to improve the growth mindset. This regular reflection allows us to course correct quickly, recognize small wins and opportunities for improvement, and reduces how overwhelmed we feel. 

A great exercise to do at the dinner table is to have everyone share one thing they did great that day and one growth opportunity (an area you could improve). 

Here are some examples: 

Great things today: I have committed to exercising more and I made it to the gym today. I said something nice instead of negative about a friend I have been struggling with. I focused in math class instead of getting distracted by my friends. 

Growth opportunities: Making a bit more time in the evening to prep a healthy lunch instead of choosing fast food. Working on scheduling my day better tomorrow so that I don’t leave my homework until the last minute. Making a better choice when my friends are not paying attention in class. 

FRIENDSHIP WEEK – CALLED TO BELONG

In a community where students believe they belong, we can prevent/reduce/defeat bullying type behaviours. Going forward, as a Catholic school board we will promote this annual week in conjunction with our Pastoral Plan. Please help us celebrate a week of BELONGING in the Waterloo Catholic District School Board! Throughout this week classes will celebrate ways we have helped each other to have a sense of belonging and have helped to build community.

DRESSING FOR THE WEATHER

As a reminder – students are outside for two 15 minute recesses, plus 40 minutes at lunch, and we go outside in light rain and cold weather (as cold as -19 including wind chill). Please ensure that your child is dressed for the weather – including splash pants, rain jackets, hats, and water-resistant mitts or gloves so they can enjoy their time outside. 

Please also consider sending a change of clothes (especially pants, underwear and socks) in case your child falls during recess so we do not have to contact you at work to bring in dry/clean clothes.

 

NOVEMBER AND INCLEMENT WEATHER PROCEDURES

It’s hard to believe that we are already in November and have had our first (although minimal) snowfall! At this time we would like to remind our families about the Inclement weather procedures: 

 If weather conditions or other emergencies warrant the closing of school, notice will be available by checking on the following sites: 

 1) Check our school website  stpaul.wcdsb.ca and click on the Delays & Cancellations button. One click will tell you if your bus is cancelled and/or if your school is closed. 

2) Check the WCDSB web site www.wcdsb.ca and the RED cancellation button. One click will tell you if your bus is cancelled and/or if your school is closed. The GREEN light means everything is open and buses are running. 

3) Listen to your local Waterloo Region radio station for cancellations  

4) The Before and After School Program(s) will also be closed if the school is closed. 

Please note that if school buses are cancelled in the morning they will not be sent out later in the day regardless of changes or improvements in the weather. Families who choose to drive their children to school will be responsible for picking them up at the end of the day.

 

SPIRITWEAR!

This is the last week that Spiritwear will be available for purchase online – the ‘store’ closes on November 24! All orders are completed through the following website: 

https://stpaulsw2019.itemorder.com/ 

 

 

 

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 Nov. 17, 2019 (1)

MATH AT HOME

Try to solve this Math Riddle: 

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

Monday: 

  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight

Tuesday:

  • Intermediate Boys Volleyball tournament at Rez in the afternoon

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Wednesday
  • Mrs Kowalski, Mr Cangiano and Mr Litschgy’s classes at WLU Hockey game
  • Life Touch Photo re-takes in the afternoon

Thursday:

  • Mad Science for students who registered through Mad Science

Friday:

  • Mass at St Francis Parish in the morning (Mass starts at 9:30) – please join us if you are able

Have a great week Panthers!

Panthers’ WAG – November 11, 2019

Monthly Theme: GROWTH MINDSET

A PRAYER FOR REMEMBRANCE DAY

Ever-living God, 

We remember those whom you have

gathered from the storm of war

into the peace of your presence;

may that same peace calm our fears,

bring justice to all peoples

and establish harmony among the nations.

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen 

 

HALLOWEEN DANCE-A-THON

Congratulations Panthers on an amazing Dance a thon and Fundraising Campaign! We are just over $200 away from reaching our goal and earning the final school wide prize – an electronics day! We will continue to collect any final donations until Wednesday, Nov 13th to try to reach our goal. 

Congratulations to our Division Prize winners – each of these classes has won a pizza party (classroom teachers will communicate the date of the party)

Kindergarten – Mrs Ambeau and Ms MacLellan’s class

Primary – Mrs Haynes’ grade 2 class

Junior – Ms Knopinska’s grade 5 class

Intermediate  – Mr Cangiano’s Gr 7/8 class

Individual Winners – the following students have each won $25 Gift cards as the top fundraisers in each division: 

Kindergarten Classes- Yandel T

Primary Classes – Jackson M 

Junior classes – Nora F 

Intermediate Classes – Olivia M

Grand Prize Winner – Francisco R in Gr 6

 

NOVEMBER AND INCLEMENT WEATHER PROCEDURES

It’s hard to believe that we are already in November and have had our first (although minimal) snowfall! At this time we would like to remind our families about the Inclement weather procedures: 

 If weather conditions or other emergencies warrant the closing of school, notice will be available by checking on the following sites: 

 1) Check our school website  stpaul.wcdsb.ca and click on the Delays & Cancellations button. One click will tell you if your bus is cancelled and/or if your school is closed. 

 2) Check the WCDSB web site www.wcdsb.ca and the RED cancellation button. One click will tell you if your bus is cancelled and/or if your school is closed. The GREEN light means everything is open and buses are running. 

 3) Listen to your local Waterloo Region radio station for cancellations  

 4) The Before and After School Program(s) will also be closed if the school is closed. 

Please note that if school buses are cancelled in the morning they will not be sent out later in the day regardless of changes or improvements in the weather. Families who choose to drive their children to school will be responsible for picking them up at the end of the day.

 

 DRESSING FOR THE WEATHER

As a reminder – students are outside for two 15 minute recesses, plus 40 minutes at lunch, and we go outside in light rain and cold weather (as cold as -19 including wind chill). Please ensure that your child is dressed for the weather – including splash pants, rain jackets, hats, and water-resistant mitts or gloves so they can enjoy their time outside. 

Please also consider in sending a change of clothes (especially pants, underwear and socks) in case your child falls during recess so we do not have to contact you at work to bring in a change of clothes. 

ATTENDANCE MATTERS!

There are 194 school days in a given year. Missing a “few” might not seem like a big deal, but “a day here and a day there” can add up to a substantial amount of opportunity lost.

Why Attendance Matters chart

 

UMBRELLA PROJECT

This month our focus is to build a growth mindset. To briefly summarize, in a fixed mindset we believe that our intelligence and talent are something we are born with and can’t change. This leads us to the false assumption that talent alone, without hard work, will lead to success. Extensive research has shown that children with this mindset give up easily and often avoid challenges. In a growth mindset, we see ourselves as growing and developing. We believe we can build any skill with effort and this can help us create a love of learning and an excitement around new challenges. We see the brain like a muscle, the more effort we put in, the bigger it grows. 

GROWTH MINDSET TIP #2 Be Honest With Your Children 

It can be hard for our children to come in second place, lose a big game or fail to meet their own expectations on a test but protecting your child from disappointments by being dishonest, while making them feel better in the short term, doesn’t help them learn how to be honest with themselves and benefit from the feedback. Tell your child the truth gently. Give them honest constructive feedback about their performance and avoid externalizing the loss or sugar coating. Help them think about what tools will help them succeed where they are struggling. 

Keep these principles in mind when talking to your child about failures: 

  • Be empathetic but tell them the truth 
  • Don’t externalize the loss 
  • Don’t let them rely on ability alone, hard work is needed for mastery 
  • Help them recognize what can and cannot control ie. Their attitude vs the referee’s decision
  • Focus on improving something and areas of potential growth 
  • Don’t judge, we are all learning

 

 

PINK SHIRT CONTEST

 

HALLOWEEN CANDY

Do you have leftover Halloween Candy that you would like to get out of the house?  Please consider donating the candy to the school our December fundraising Candy Raffles. 

SPIRITWEAR!

Spiritwear is now available again! All orders are completed through the following website: 

https://stpaulsw2019.itemorder.com/ 

 

CONGRATULATIONS Gabriela G!

Gabriela Grigoriu, a grade 8 student at St. Paul Catholic School and her sister Crina Grigoriu who attends Resurrection Secondary School, recently participated at The World Championships of Martial Arts (WMO) that took place in Blackpool, England. Gabriela won three medals: two golds in Team Form and Creative Form and one bronze in Traditional form. She placed fourth in combat at point sparring. Her sister Crina won 5 medals: one gold in Team Form, and 4 silver medals in Traditional, Creative, Weapon and Extreme forms. They both were representing Canada along with other 13 members of Team Canada. In all, the Team Canada brought back 64 medals. 

Gabriela and Crina started karate 4 years ago with the legendary Danny Griffith, 15 times world champion in Martial Arts, in Montreal. They moved to Kitchener in August, and continue practicing Kung Fu and Karate Shotokan stile at “Kitchener Kicks”, as well as extreme at “Hotshot Athletics” in Cambridge. 

They are strongly motivated to train hard and be part of the team Canada again next year at the championships in Greece. 

 

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 Nov. 10, 2019

 

MATH AT HOME

Try to solve this Math Riddle: 

Leon works at the aquarium. When he tries to put each turtle in its own tank, he has one turtle too many. But if he puts two turtles per tank, he has on tank too many. How many turtles and how many tanks does Leon have?    

 

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

Monday: 

  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight
  • Remembrance Day Assembly in the morning  
  • Wear Red Spirit Day

Tuesday:

  • Emergency Bus Evacuation Training for all students in the morning

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Wednesday

Thursday:

  • Mad Science for students who registered through Mad Science
  • Pink Shirt Spirit Day

Friday:

  • PD Day – no school for students

 

Have a great week Panthers!

Parent/Teacher/ Student Conferences

A reminder to parents and guardians that on Thursday, November 7th we will be having our Parent/ Teacher/ Student conferences between 3:20 and 8:30 pm.

Scheduled times were sent home on Tuesday with your child’s report card – we look forward to seeing you and to continuing our partnership in your child’s education.

 

Our Book Fair will be open to parents for  shoppin!!

 

Panthers’ WAG – November 4 – 8, 2019

Monthly Theme: GROWTH MINDSET

NOVEMBER AND INCLEMENT WEATHER PROCEDURES

It’s hard to believe that we are already in November and have had our first (although minimal) snowfall! At this time we would like to remind our families about the Inclement weather procedures: 

 If weather conditions or other emergencies warrant the closing of school, notice will be available by checking on the following sites: 

 1) Check our school website  stpaul.wcdsb.ca and click on the Delays & Cancellations button. One click will tell you if your bus is cancelled and/or if your school is closed. 

 2) Check the WCDSB web site www.wcdsb.ca and the RED cancellation button. One click will tell you if your bus is cancelled and/or if your school is closed. The GREEN light means everything is open and buses are running. 

 3) Listen to your local Waterloo Region radio station for cancellations  

 4) The Before and After School Program(s) will also be closed if the school is closed. 

Please note that if school buses are cancelled in the morning they will not be sent out later in the day regardless of changes or improvements in the weather. Families who choose to drive their children to school will be responsible for picking them up at the end of the day.

 

UMBRELLA PROJECT

This month our focus is to build a growth mindset. To briefly summarize, in a fixed mindset we believe that our intelligence and talent are something we are born with and can’t change. This leads us to the false assumption that talent alone, without hard work, will lead to success. Extensive research has shown that children with this mindset give up easily and often avoid challenges. In a growth mindset, we see ourselves as growing and developing. We believe we can build any skill with effort and this can help us create a love of learning and an excitement around new challenges. We see the brain like a muscle, the more effort we put in, the bigger it grows. 

GROWTH MINDSET TIP #1 Praise Your Child For Effort Instead of Talent

The most important thing we can work towards as parents is to praise our children for effort, not talent. Our words tell children how to think about themselves and with best intentions when we say things like, “Great job, you got perfect without even trying. You’re so smart!” we send our child the message that trying hard means you aren’t as smart. Research shows that children praised for outcome will choose easier tasks to prove they are smart and gain our approval. Praising children for effort on the other hand, is what leads them to choose harder tasks because they know we value effort. This is why children with a growth mindset ultimately reach higher levels of success. To support the growth mindset of our St Paul community, please give praise freely for these growth mindset builders: 

  • Things accomplished through practice: studying, use of effective strategies, perseverance, and concentration. 
  • Choosing challenging projects. 
  • Trying different strategies. 
  • Making improvement. 
  • Passion 

 

When your child does something very quickly and easily, recognize that the task didn’t challenge them and say “Sorry about that. I guess that was too easy. Next time let’s choose something that will really help you grow.” Try to avoid praise that judges their intellect, talent and speed rather than effort. Praising these qualities unintentionally has an adverse effect when our child faces difficult tasks, as it can create a fear of failure, increased procrastination and cause our children to quit when things get difficult. 

 

HALLOWEEN DANCE-A-THON

Once again our Dance a thon was a wonderful success – final fundraising amounts will be announced later this week, as well as the Individual, Class and School Fundraising Prizes. 

A very special thank you goes out to our Catholic School Advisory Council members for the hard work that went into organizing the dance-a-thon and ensuring the day was well organized and fun for all!

Thank you to our families and staff for your generosity – we had over 100 raffle prizes awarded on Thursday! 

 

REPORT CARDS AND INTERVIEWS

Progress Report cards will be coming home on November 5th.  The Elementary Progress Report Card provides students, teachers and parents/guardians with an opportunity to reflect upon progress early in the fall of the school year, and to discuss plans to promote future success.

The Elementary Progress Report Card is designed to show:  a student’s development of six learning skills and work habits during the fall of the school year, as well as  a student’s general progress in working towards the achievement of the curriculum expectations in all subjects. The check marks under “Progressing Very Well,” “Progressing Well,” and “Progressing With Difficulty” are used to indicate a student’s general academic progress during the first part of the fall term. The Elementary Progress Report Card does not contain letter grades or numeric marks. At the end of the first term (in February) parents/guardians will receive a Provincial Report Card, which will report on achievement of the curriculum expectations and which will contain letter grades or numeric marks. 

 

HALLOWEEN CANDY

Do you have leftover Halloween Candy that you would like to get out of the house?  Please consider donating any Nut free candy to the school our December fundraising Candy Raffles. All donations can be brought to the office or to Mrs Elash. 

 

SPIRITWEAR!

Spiritwear is now available again! All orders are completed through the following website: 

https://stpaulsw2019.itemorder.com/ 

 

DRESSING FOR THE WEATHER

As a reminder – students are outside for two 15 minute  recesses, plus 40 minutes at lunch, and we go outside in light rain and cold weather (as cold as -19 including wind chill). Please ensure that your child is dressed for the weather – including splash pants, rain jackets, hats and water resistant mitts or gloves so they can enjoy their time outside. 

Please also consider in sending a change of clothes (especially pants, underwear and socks) in case your child falls during recess so we do not have to contact you at work to bring in a change of clothes. 

 

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 Nov. 3, 2019

 

MATH AT HOME

Make each equation true using the four basic math operations – add, subtract, multiply and divide

 

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

 

Monday: 

  • Book Fair all week in the LLC 
  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight

Tuesday:

  • Mrs Walker and Mrs Stott’s classes at Laurel Creek – please dress for being outside!

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Wednesday
  • KW Hydro presentation for students in Ms Knopinska and Mrs Walker’s classes
  • Grade 8s at Resurrection

Thursday:

  • Umbrella Skills Assembly
  • Mad Science for students who registered through Mad Science
  • Parent/ Teacher/ Student Interviews 3:30 – 8:30 (times have been assigned and sent home

Friday:

  • Book Fair Shopping ends at 10:30

 

Have a great week Panthers!

Scholastic Book Fair!

 

The amazing Scholastic Book Fair is happening November 4th to 7th in the library.

The fair will be open for your shopping convenience:

Mon. Nov. 4        8:30 – 2:45

Tues. Nov.5        8:30 – 2:45

Wed. Nov.6        8:30 – 2:45

Thurs. Nov.7      8:30 – 8:00 Family Event Day during interviews!

The fair is closed over the lunch hour and at recess.

Come and shop for the latest books at the Scholastic Book Fair.

Funds raised by the fair will be used to support the Library Learning Commons!