Monthly Archives: December 2019

St Paul Bottle Drive in January

St. Paul Families! Save your empties this holiday season. The school will be doing a bottle drive early January and we want your cans and bottles.

Money collected will be going back and supporting many of our St. Paul families.

More details will follow after the Christmas Break! Thank you for all of your continued support!

As we head into the holidays – there are a few reminders for this week

WE ARE OPEN ON WEDNESDAY!

AND OUR FAMILY CHRISTMAS CONCERT FOR GRADES JK – 6 WILL TAKE PLACE BEGINNING AT 9 AM.

If you are driving – for student safety – please park on nearby streets and walk up to the school – we do not have space in the school parking lot!

  1. Popcorn sales continue this week – all students can purchase any day!
  2. Please see the attached information regarding ordering school year pictures for this year    Lifetouch pictures reminder
  3. PLEASE remind your children to bring home all winter clothes on Friday – the school will not be open to students or parents over the holidays

 

Our school is OPEN on Wednesday!

The potential one day strike announced by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) will not affect WCDSB elementary and secondary schools.

Our school will be open as usual on Wednesday and running on a normal schedule.

Panthers’ WAG – December 16 – 20, 2019

Monthly Theme: Cognitive Flexibility

Week 3 – Joy

Dear Jesus, help us focus on you during this busy season. May we stay aware of the joy you bring into our lives. We want to find you in the everyday moments and come with hearts of gratitude to your manger on Christmas. Amen.

Please enjoy the following video to help us stay in the spirit of Advent! O What a Glorious Night

 

FAMILY CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Our Family Christmas Concert for students in grades JK – 6 will be on December 18th in the morning from 9 – 11 am.  Here is the tentative schedule for the morning – these are approximate times for the student performances at this Wednesday’s Family Christmas Concert, please plan for both delays and things moving faster than expected: 

9:00 – 9:45 – Kindergarten and Grade 1 classes

9:45 – 10:15 – grades 2, 3, 3/4 and 4/5

10:15 – 10:45 – grades 5 and 6

 

MARTIAL ARTS AT ST PAUL

What a fantastic week of learning with  Justin Snowden from Breakthrough Martial Arts! Classes received two lessons during their weekly gym time to learn more about martial arts! Special thanks to Breakthrough Martial Arts for choosing our school to work with!

OLD CELL PHONES

Have you recently replaced your cell phone and now have an old cell phone lying around the house? We are looking for cell phones to use with some of our new learning devices. If you have one and would like to donate it to the school, please drop it off in the main office. 

 

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Please see the message from our director, Loretta Notten: 

It gives me great pleasure to share with you The Director’s Annual Report from Waterloo Catholic DSB.  https://annual.wcdsb.ca  It is a proud reflection of all of the incredible, inclusive, faith-filled work that characterizes our system day in and day out.  It celebrates our many accomplishments against our articulated goals from our Multi-Year Strategic Plan, which was renewed and launched in January of 2019.  It bears witness to our strong relationships with parishes, parents and our community. 

We hope you will take a few minutes to journey through the report and to enjoy the many accomplishments of our #WCDSBAwesome staff and students!  It is a privilege and an honour to work with the staff and broader community at Waterloo Catholic. Our students are indeed well positioned to realize their full potential to transform God’s world.  #CalledToBelong

https://annual.wcdsb.ca/

 

UMBRELLA SKILLS – Cognitive Flexibility

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. 

Check out this website for more information!

Cognitive Flexibility

 

CHRISTMAS ANGEL TREE AND FAMILY CHRISTMAS FUND

Thank you for your incredible generosity once again! Both our Angel Tree donations and our Family Christmas Fund have received numerous donations and many St Paul Families will be directly supported as a result. As a reminder – Sunday, Dec 15th is the last day to donate through Cash Online to our Family Christmas Fund. 

We will continue to collect Angel Tree items until Tuesday, February 17th. Thank you again. 

The draw for the Kitchener Rangers Tickets for any families who donated more than $10 online will be completed  later this week

 

POPCORN SALES!

Popcorn Sales will continue this week! 

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

 

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. 15, 2019

 

CHRISTMAS MATH CHALLENGES:

 

 

 

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

Monday: 

  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight

Tuesday:

  • Junior Craft Morning
  • 10:15 – Family Christmas Celebration in Ms Delooze’s class
  • Hackergals Pizza lunch

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Day
  • Family Christmas Concert (grades JK – 6) in the morning – please see the schedule above

Thursday:

  • Mad Science at Lunch for students who signed up
  • Christmas Concert for students and staff only – due to space issues, no family members please

Friday:

  • Last Day before Christmas holidays
  • Santa’s Helper Spirit Day

 

On behalf of the St Paul staff, we wish your family a Blessed Christmas season filled with joy, time with family and friends and time to relax.

We look forward to seeing everyone in January and hearing about their holidays. 

 

Have a great week Panthers!

Lost and Found

Tomorrow, Friday, December 13th, is the last day to pick up items from our Lost and Found. We will be sending any items remaining to local charities for redistribution. Please drop in to take a look or have your children check it out to pick up any missing coats, shoes, pants, hats, mitts, etc!

Panthers’ WAG – December 9 – 13, 2019

Monthly Theme: Cognitive Flexibility

ADVENT

 

  Week 2 – Peace

This Sunday marks the second week of Advent.

Dear Jesus, you entered our world on Christmas as the Prince of Peace. This Advent, as we strive to become the-best-version-of-ourselves, fill us with a deep and abiding peace. Help us share that peace with everyone we encounter, especially those who need it most. Amen.

 Please enjoy the following videos to help get into the spirit of Advent! Advent in 2 Minutes 

 

CHRISTMAS ANGEL TREE and 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 15th. These funds will be used to purchase Gift Cards at local businesses to assist parents in providing for their children. 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. 

Families are also welcome to donate toys, gift cards, warm clothes, cash, and books to our Angel Tree and it all goes to children and families in our community!

Donations will be accepted for the Angel Tree running from December 2nd to 17th. You can  Remember, no donation is too small! Please help our cause and donate today!

 

POPCORN SALES!

Thank you for all your support with our popcorn sales. Sales will continue this week – 

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.

 

LOST AND FOUND

Please have your child check our Lost and Found table in the Hall by the Main Office, or drop in yourself to check for lost items – we will be sending any unclaimed items to the St Vincent de Paul later this week. 

 

HALLOWEEN DANCE-A-THON PRIZES

All Fundraiser prizes have now been awarded – thanks to all for your continued support. With the funds raised we will be providing support to each classroom for resources, adding to our Kindergarten/ primary reading program, upgrading our technology options for classrooms, supporting the grade 8 graduation and providing agendas to students. Thank you to our Catholic School Advisory Council for their leadership and support of Student Learning at St Paul!

 

 

 

SAVE THE DATE – FAMILY CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Our Family Christmas Concert for students in grades JK – 6 will be on December 18th in the morning from 9 – 11 am.  A more specific schedule will follow later this week so you can plan your morning.

 

 

MARTIAL ARTS AT ST PAUL

Exciting news Panthers!! Next week, Justin Snowden from Breakthrough Martial Arts, has offered to provide our students with FREE introductory lessons to martial arts!! Each class will receive two lessons during their weekly gym time! We are so excited to have this opportunity to learn more about martial arts! Special thanks to Breakthrough Martial Arts for choosing our school to work with! We can’t wait!

UMBRELLA SKILLS – Cognitive Flexibility

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 Mix up your routine for a more flexible brain 

Does your child thrive on routine? Do you and the school go out of your way to make the world predictable for them? While I’m all for a good bedtime routine, sometimes we can take this too far and prevent our children minds from building the confidence to deal with uncertainty. We see many kids who struggle with stepping outside their comfort zones and the natural tendency is to alleviate anxiety by keeping things the same and creating routines that the childs’ brain can predict. While this may work to reduce anxiety in the short term, it doesn’t help them navigate the inevitable uncertainty waiting for them in the future. 

To overcome this, start a brain training program. Much like upping the weights at the gym, start with small manageable changes to the routine that make them flex this part of their brain. Move the furniture around more often, drive to school a different way, send them to a new summer camp or generally just shake things up. The more times your child sees that different is safe, the more new pathways they will build and the more flexible their brain will get. 

Let your kids in on the plan. It’s more fun when they can see their successes and these should be celebrated. Even if your child isn’t struggling with anxiety now, help them proactively build this skill in advance of needing it. There’s nothing wrong with liking routine but make sure it is a point of pride in your family to be ok with the unfamiliar too

 

SWAP AND SHOP

THANK YOU! Our Swap and Shop was a great success – many families came in to drop off items and pick up a few things for their families. The kids also had a great time shopping for siblings (and sometimes themselves!)

 

CHRISTMAS MATH!

                              

 

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. 8, 2019

 

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

Monday: 

  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight
  • Breakthrough Martial Arts will be here for all PE classes this week
  • Candy Jar Guessing continues throughout the week

Tuesday:

  • 10 am  – Grade 4 Bible Celebration

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Day
  • HackerGal in the Library Learning Commons 

Thursday:

  • Mad Science at Lunch for students who signed up

Friday:

  • Crazy Jolly Christmas Sweater Spirit Day
  • Eco Club ‘Turn Down the Temperature’ Day – we will be lowering the temperature in the school by a few degrees to allow for comfortable sweater-wearing – please ensure kids are dressed appropriately

 

Have a great week Panthers!

Our Catholic Schools are OPEN on Wednesday

As you may have heard, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) has announced plans for a one-day strike on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

OSSTF does not represent any staff working in our elementary and secondary schools, therefore all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be open and running on their normal schedules tomorrow.

WCDSB teaching staff are represented by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), and negotiations with the province are still on-going. We are hopeful the two sides will reach a fair and respectful collective agreement.

However, OSSTF does represent some staff working at our St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres, and the one day strike will result in the following programs and services being CLOSED on December 4:

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at all campuses.
  • Language Instruction for New Canadians (LINC) classes at all campuses.
  • Literacy Basic Skills (LBS) classes – also known as CorE classes – at all campuses.
  • Spots for Tots childcare and LINC Childminding sites at both the both the Downtown Kitchener Main Campus and the Highland Road campus.

 

PLEASE NOTE: All other St. Louis programs will be running on normal schedules.

POPCORN SALES ARE BACK ON!

We will be receiving a new shipment of Popcorn tomorrow, so our sales are back on for this week. Please see below for the schedule:

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

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