Monthly Archives: January 2020

Panthers’ WAG – January 27 – 31, 2020

Monthly Theme: Authenticity

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

Do you know any families in our boundary who have children that will be Kindergarten age in September 2020? 

Year 1 and Year 2 registration will be held beginning on February 10, 2020, for children born in 2016 (eligible for Year 1) or born in 2015 (eligible for Year 2) who have not attended Year 1.

Extended hours for registration will be on Wednesday, February 12th, from 4 – 7 pm. Please go online to register (https://www.wcdsb.ca/our-schools/register-for-school/)  and then call the office to make an appointment to complete your registration(519-743-4401).

 

RAISE A FOOD LOVER

Thank you to the amazing staff at the Beechwood Zehrs! the Yogurt Parfait breakfast was a great success. Your support of our students is greatly appreciated. 

 

BELL LET’S TALK DAY

Many people living with a mental illness report that negative stereotypes about mental illness, and the resulting potential for discrimination, cause them more suffering than the illness itself. As a result, two thirds of those suffering from mental illness are too afraid to seek the help that they need.

 Mental illness affects people of all ages and from all walks of life. It can take many forms, including depression, anxiety and schizophrenia. Most individuals find ways to live with their illnesses but how they are treated by others often proves to be more of a challenge than the illness itself.

 That’s why we are joining the conversation around mental health on Bell Let’s Talk Day, January 29th. This year WCDSB’s theme for Bell Let’s Talk is “It’s the Little Things,” celebrating the small gestures (at home, at school, in the community) that we can do to build one another up, show kindness, and express gratitude.

Stigma surrounded many diseases in the past, but concerted efforts to confront these attitudes resulted in change for the better, including better treatment, more funding for research, and greater understanding from family, friends and colleagues. The goal is to achieve the same level of acceptance and understanding regarding mental illness.

 On Bell Let’s Talk Day, for every applicable text or call made on the Bell network, tweet using #BellLetsTalk, social media video view, or use of the Facebook frame or Snapchat filter, Bell will contribute 5 cents more to Canadian mental health programs.

 You can download the Bell Let’s Talk toolkit to begin your own conversation about mental health at home, school or in the workplace, and also learn more about the five simple ways to end stigma.

Join us as we work together to break down the stigma that surrounds mental illness.

 

BOTTLE DRIVE

Thank you St. Paul Families! Thanks to your generosity we raised over $250 with our Bottle drive. Funds will be used to directly support student needs in the school. 

Keep saving your empties – we are looking to do another Bottle Drive in May!

 

WINTER WALK TO SCHOOL DAY

February 5th is Winter Walk to School Day – all students are encouraged to Walk at least partway to school – to the bus stop or even a few blocks rather than being driven into the parking lot! 

 

 

 

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AUTHENTICITY TIP #4  Stop focusing on perfection 

Remind your child often, and in as many ways as you can, that the goal of life isn’t development to perfection. 

This important conversation builds almost every skill in your child’s umbrella, and authenticity is no exception. We dove into this in November when we discussed growth mindset and it’s worth a mention again as we work towards developing a child who feels comfortable being themselves. 

We are all climbing a mountain in life that doesn’t have a top and when we imagine that there is a summit to climb, it can lead to a life of struggle trying to get somewhere that doesn’t exist. Striving for perfection can create a set of unattainable standards and this often leads to covering up imperfections with a false exterior instead of being comfortable with who we are as humans, imperfections and all. 

Start by normalizing life’s challenges for kids: relationships have bumps, sometimes we do poorly on tests, get injured and have tough days. When your child truly believes that these things are a  difficult (but normal) part of life that everyone experiences, their authentic selves will have a chance to shine. Set goals for small incremental improvements instead of trying to get as close as possible to perfection. 

Parents of high achieving kids take note: these are the kids I’m seeing most in my practice for anxiety. Remember that just because your child can achieve at a level of excellence now doesn’t mean they won’t face challenges down the road. As these kids hit harder and harder challenges they will often sacrifice all other aspects of their wellbeing to continue to achieve success including sleep, friendships, and relationships with their loved ones. We know that these are critical to wellbeing and their absence takes a toll. 

Make sure your children really understand that they don’t need to maintain a high level of success at all times for love, acceptance or self-esteem. This false belief can become deeply ingrained in their minds and cause a lot of anxiety when they can’t hit a desired target; so teach self-acceptance now, in advance of these challenges. 

Mistakes are an important part of learning and the fear of making mistakes might just be what is holding your child back from being their true selves. 

See this blog for a more detailed look at coaching children through the challenges of building authenticity: https://umbrellaproject.co/category/authenticity/ 

 

POPCORN SALES!

Popcorn Sales will continue this week! 

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.

 

40000 JOURNEYS

There are more than 40,000 students and staff learning and working in Waterloo Regions’s Catholic schools – and they all have their own unique stories to tell. 

So we’re very proud to be launching a new website feature called – 40,000 JOURNEYS

Here is our introductory VIDEO.

Be sure to bookmark the page and check 40,000 Journeys frequently. You’ll see why learning and working in Waterloo Region’s Catholic schools really is the journey of a lifetime! 

 

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.

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MATH AT HOME

Here are some fun Math activities for you to try with your family (answers are included – try not to peek!)

penguinpuzzler 

penguinparade

pascalspenguins1

pascalspenguins2

 

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

Monday: 

  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight
  • John Howard Classroom Visits 

Tuesday:

  • John Howard Class visits continue
  • Mrs Walker’s class at Google

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Day
  • Bell Let’s Talk Day – Join the Conversation!
  • Spiritwear Wednesday – all Panthers are invited to wear their Spiritwear on Wednesdays

Thursday:

Friday:

  • Shadow Spirit Day – wear black and white

 

Have a great week Panthers!

St Paul at the Kitchener Rangers Game!

Today several members of the St Paul Community will attend the Kitchener Rangers Game vs the Guelph Storm.

If your family won tickets to the game (either at our Halloween Dance a thon or through our Christmas Family Fund initiative), you are reminded to be at the school before 1:15 to Board the bus to the game. The Bus will bring everyone back to the school immediately following the game.

GO RANGERS!

Bus 170 Schedule Change

IMPORTANT NOTICE

If your child(ren) ride on Bus 170 – beginning on Monday, January 20th the Bus schedule is changing slightly – pickups will be 5 minutes earlier!

Please ensure your children are at their bus stop at least 5 minutes earlier than the previous pick up time.

After school drop off times will remain the same

Panthers’ WAG – January 20 – 24, 2020

Monthly Theme: Authenticity

 

OECTA JOB ACTION

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Tuesday, January 21. The decision affects all Catholic district school boards in Ontario. 

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and Secondary schools will be closed on January 21.

All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7 am to 6 pm)for students currently registered in the program. 

Secondary School credit courses offered at the WCDSB’s St Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centre campuses will be canceled on January 21, but all other St Louis programs will be open and running on their normal schedules.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

OECTA’s previously announced administrative job actions will remain in effect before and after January 21.

As before, we remain hopeful the two sides will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

 

KITCHENER RANGERS GAME!

If your family won Kitchener Rangers Hockey Tickets for Sunday’s game against the Guelph Storm – please be at the school before 1:15 on Sunday – the bus taking us to the game will leave at 1:15, and will return to the school immediately following the end of the game- 

 

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

Do you know any families in our boundary who have children that will be Kindergarten age in September 2020? 

Year 1 and Year 2 registration will be held beginning on February 10, 2020  for children born in 2016 (eligible for Year 1) or born in 2015 (eligible for Year 2) who have not attended Year 1.

Extended hours for registration will be on Wednesday, February 12th, from 4 – 7 pm. Please go online to register (https://www.wcdsb.ca/our-schools/register-for-school/)  and then call the office to make an appointment to complete your registration (519-743-4401).

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. 

 

RAISE A FOOD LOVER

On January 22nd staff from the Beechwood Zehrs is once again returning to St Paul to provide a healthy breakfast for all students in the school. We thank Zehrs for their partnership with us in providing students with a healthy breakfast. 

Please note – this breakfast will not begin until 8:45, classes will be called to the gym individually to get their breakfast – so please ensure your child still has at least a light breakfast at home – for many, this will not be consumed until snack time or later. 

 

40000 JOURNEYS

There are more than 40,000 students and staff learning and working in Waterloo Regions’s Catholic schools – and they all have their own unique stories to tell. 

So we’re very proud to be launching a new website feature called – 40,000 JOURNEYS

Here is our introductory VIDEO.

Be sure to bookmark the page and check 40,000 Journeys frequently. You’ll see why learning and working in Waterloo Region’s Catholic schools really is the journey of a lifetime! 

 

BELL LET’S TALK DAY

On January 29th, 2020 we will join in the conversation again and celebrate Bell Let’s Talk Day!  This year WCDSB’s theme for Bell Let’s Talk is “It’s the Little Things,” celebrating the small gestures (at home, at school, in the community) that we can do to build one another up, show kindness, and express gratitude.

 

BOTTLE DRIVE

St. Paul Families! Save your empties this holiday season. The school will be doing a bottle drive on January 23rd and 24thin the morning (the PD Day) – please drop off your empties on one of these days to the school. Money collected will be going back to students and supporting many of our St. Paul families.

 

 

WINTER WALK TO SCHOOL DAY

February 5th is Winter Walk to School Day – all students are encouraged to walk at least part way to school – to the bus stop or even a few blocks rather than being driven into the parking lot! 

 

 

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AUTHENTICITY TIP #3 Is there a grain of truth? 

Let’s face it – it often feels easier to shift the blame to someone or something else, rather than looking inside and owning up to our mistakes. In reality, the situations we find ourselves in are much more complex than that. There is often more than one factor involved in our mistakes/conflicts and almost always, some piece of it that we can accept responsibility for. The ability to do this is a big part of a healthy relationship-building for your child. 

The next time your child is facing a conflict, ask them if they can pick out a grain of truth in the situation: something little that they can take ownership and responsibility for. This can be especially effective for sibling conflicts, as well as peer and parent relationships. 

This strategy will help them start with small, manageable things and eventually to owning bigger pieces of their mistakes. The strategy shows your child the relief that comes with ownership and telling the truth. 

Does your child often get upset at the suggestion that they may have something to do with the conflict they find themselves in? Working towards owning up to mistakes is a great way to build their authenticity, help them learn from those mistakes and prevent them from having to carry the burden of that mistake long-term. 

This can be a difficult skill for some to nurture, so make honesty the easiest option for your child by praising them every time they are able to find their piece of responsibility in the situation.

 

POPCORN SALES!

Popcorn Sales will continue this week! 

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.

 

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 Jan. 19, 2020

MATH AT HOME

Here are some fun Math activities and games for you to try with your family on this wintery weekend! (Answers are provided at the end of each challenge – so be careful when providing the information to your children!)

kochsnowflake

gingerbreadhouse2

grabthecandy

winterpaths

howmanysnow

 

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

Monday: 

  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight
  • John Howard Classroom Visits 

Tuesday:

  • OECTA Job Action – Schools are closed unless a Contract agreement is reached

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Day
  • Zerhs – Raise a Food Lover Breakfast
  • Spiritwear Wednesday – all Panthers are invited to wear their Spiritwear on Wednesdays
  • KWAG in Portables 1 and 2 in the morning

Thursday:

  • St Paul Feast Day Mass at St Francis Parish – students in grades 1 – 8 will be walking to Church

Friday:

  • PD Day – Assessment and Evaluation focus

Have a great week Panthers!

Labour Updates

One-day Strike Notice

January 17, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Tuesday, January 21. This decision affects all Catholic district school boards in Ontario.

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on January 21.

All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program.

Secondary school credit courses offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres campuses will be cancelled on January 21, but all other St. Louis programs will be open and running on their normal schedules.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

OECTA’s previously announced administrative job actions will remain in effect before and after January 21.

As before, we remain hopeful the two sides will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

Panthers’ WAG – January 13 – 17, 2020

Monthly Theme: Authenticity

OECTA JOB ACTION

As part of the ongoing central bargaining process involving the Ontario government and education workers across the province, the association representing our teachers – the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) – has indicated that if a collective agreement isn’t reached today or over the weekend, that starting Monday, January 13, 2020 teachers will no longer be performing a variety of administrative duties.

 A list of specific duties being withdrawn can be found at:

 http://www.catholicteachers.ca/OECTA/media/pdfs/News/2020/jan/NR_2019-018.pdf

 This withdrawal of services will not impact the safety of our school and, with the exception of preparation for EQAO testing, direct services provided to our students will be unaffected.

 Co-curricular activities (clubs, field trips, special events, etc.) will not be impacted by this withdrawal of services at this time.

 We do remain hopeful the two sides can come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

 

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

Do you know any families in our boundary who have children that will be Kindergarten age in September 2020? 

Year 1 and Year 2 registration will be held Beginning on February 10, 2020  for children born in 2016 (eligible for Year 1) or born in 2015 (eligible for Year 2) who have not attended Year 1.

Extended hours for registration will be on Wednesday, February 12th, from 4 – 7 pm. Please call the office to make an appointment to register (519-743-4401).

 

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. 

 

RAISE A FOOD LOVER

On January 22nd staff from the Beechwood Zehrs is once again returning to St Paul to provide a healthy breakfast for all students in the school. 

 

BELL LET’S TALK DAY

On January 29th, 2020 we will join in the conversation again and celebrate Bell Let’s Talk Day!  This year WCDSB’s theme for Bell Let’s Talk is “It’s the Little Things,” celebrating the small gestures (at home, at school, in the community) that we can do to build one another up, show kindness, and express gratitude.

 

BOTTLE DRIVE

St. Paul Families! Save your empties this holiday season. The school will be doing a bottle drive on January 23rd and 24th (the PD Day) – please drop off your empties on one of these days to the school. Money collected will be going back and supporting many of our St. Paul families.

 

WINTER WALK TO SCHOOL DAY

February 5th is Winter Walk to School Day – all WCDSB students are encouraged to walk at least part way to school – to the bus stop or even a few blocks rather than being driven into the parking lot! More details to come about how we will be celebrating this day!

 

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AUTHENTICITY TIP #2 Help your child shape their authentic self 

Your child is crafting the story of their identity – listen closely. As children become more aware of themselves and their position in the world, they start to crave something we all want, a sense of unconditional belonging. Each experience a child has builds on their sense of identity, and they slowly start to develop the story of who they are. Who we are is in fact a story that is pretty open to interpretation. Some of the most formative experiences in our story are the ones that made us feel accepted or on the other side, isolated. 

As your child’s story emerges, start to look for conditions of worth. Conditions of worth are the things that we feel will give us value to others. These can range from being pretty, smart, funny, strong, to never getting upset, never losing etc. While these aren’t bad qualities, we don’t want our children’s self esteem to be tied to these, creating anxiety every time they can’t fully meet the expectation. This can cause a mix up in their authentic story and starts to create a social mask that they need to put on to feel accepted. Ever wonder why your funny friend doesn’t seem to know when to turn it off? It’s likely that they have created a condition of worth around being funny. Unfortunately, what this mask actually does is prevents them from ever feeling unconditionally accepted. 

When you recognize these conditions of worth in your child, counter this message with two key parenting strategies: 

1. Unconditional love and respect (harder than it sounds) -While most parents can say that they love their children unconditionally, it is not the message we give but the message they receive that is most important. To learn more about this, read this blog post: http://www.umbrellaproject.co/2017/10/04/what-does-it-mean-conversations-with-your-kids/

To streamline the message you are trying to give with what they are actually receiving, try not to tie good behaviour with love and connection and bad behaviour with anger. This subtly tells kids that your affection does in fact have conditions and that they are less lovable when they aren’t doing what you want them to. Instead, try to keep anger out of discipline and love out of praise. Avoid phrases like “I love you…you’re so kind” when your child is doing well at their condition of worth. Praise them without tying it back to your love for them. When discipline is necessary, try to zoom in a little and see the feeling – sadness, anger, jealousy, frustration. It will help you keep your cool and not bring anger into the equation. Remember their feelings are normal and suppressing them with anger doesn’t make that feeling go away; but it can lead to a child who has trouble sharing their true feelings. 

2. Parent in the grey zone – Help your kids find the normal exceptions to their conditions of worth in the grey zone. The more black and white our view of the world is, the easier it is to get caught up in our conditions of worth. In the black and white world we are either one way or another – smart or not, kind or not, funny or not (read more in our Growth Mindset blog series). We can’t be any of these things all the time and this is a clear set up for never feeling comfortable with your imperfections. This is especially true if, each time you fail at one of your conditions, you feel less loved or accepted. The permission to be imperfect and human like everyone else is a great way to alleviate anxiety and the Grey Zone is where this permission lives. 

It’s almost impossible to live an authentic life if you can’t take ownership for your mistakes; however, ownership can be difficult for children. In fact, many of the adults I know struggle with this skill too.

 

POPCORN SALES!

Popcorn Sales will continue this week! 

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.

 

MEDICATION AT SCHOOL

As a reminder, if your child needs to take any medication (over the counter and prescription) at school, the medication must be stored at the main office. Please confirm with your family physician that the medication must be taken at school (can the times be adjusted so it is given before and after school?) There are also two mandatory forms that must be completed prior to any medications being administered at school. A copy of the required forms can be downloaded here: 

Oral Medication Consent 1 

Oral Medication Information Form – 

Please complete these forms and send in with the medication. 

Please note, all students will go outside for recesses. Any child who is too sick to go out for recess, should be at home. We do not have the supervision available for students to remain inside during recess times. 

 

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 Jan. 12, 2020

 

MATH AT HOME

Have you heard about the “Principles of Counting ” in math before?  These 8 principals are critical for mathematics success AND they begin to develop in children as young as 6 months old — all the way through elementary school.

See the attachment for the Counting Principles, along with explanations of each:

Principles of Counting – summarized

You can check out The Guides to Effective Mathematics Instruction for games you can try at home to practice the counting principles at home.

These are amazing resources you can use at home to support what your child is learning at school!  Is it usual that children practice what they learn from school at home? YES!! This is the time children have to process their learning from a busy day, in a safe, quiet, supportive environment with a parent.

We are partners parents!  What you do to help at home is very appreciated and only serves to assist your children in their educational success!!

 

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

Monday: 

  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight
  • John Howard Classroom Visits begin this week
  • Science Outreach in the Kindergarten Classes

Tuesday:

  • Scientists in Schools in Rooms 104 and 103 today
  • Resurrection Guidance Department visiting with the Grade 8s in the afternoon

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Day
  • Spiritwear Wednesday – all Panthers are invited to wear their Spiritwear on Wednesdays
  • Grade 3 trip to KWAG in the morning

Thursday:

  • Grade 7 immunizations
  • Scientists in Schools in room 102 in the afternoon

Friday:

Have a great week Panthers!

Possible Job Action – Update Regarding OECTA

As part of the ongoing central bargaining process involving the Ontario government and education workers across the province, the association representing our teachers – the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) – has indicated that if a collective agreement isn’t reached today or over the weekend, that starting Monday, January 13, 2020 teachers will no longer be performing a variety of administrative duties.

A list of specific duties being withdrawn can be found at:

http://www.catholicteachers.ca/OECTA/media/pdfs/News/2020/jan/NR_2019-018.pdf

This withdrawal of services will not impact the safety of our school and, with the exception of preparation for EQAO testing, direct services provided to our students will be unaffected.

Co-curricular activities (clubs, field trips, special events, etc.) will not be impacted by this withdrawal of services at this time.

We do remain hopeful the two sides can come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

Panthers’ WAG – January 6 – 10, 2020

Monthly Theme: Authenticity

WELCOME BACK AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Happy New Year and welcome back to school! We hope that everyone was able to spend some quality time with family, friends and loved ones over the break. Students will undoubtedly be excited to return to school, to see their friends and share their holiday stories. We will be working on re-establishing routines as we get back on track with learning. Term 1 will be quickly coming to an end, and teachers will writing the first term report cards throughout the month of January. We wish you all the best in 2019!

THE SPIRIT OF GIVING

Thank you to the many families who helped support our Christmas Family fund. With your support, over $1500 was raised, along with over 100 toys and gifts to be distributed. This is truly heartwarming and a clear indication of the generous spirit of the St Paul community. What is perhaps most exciting however is how this modelling of giving has been noticed and repeated by our own students. Throughout December we witnessed many acts of kindness and generosity among our students as they reached out to each other in the spirit of Christmas. 

Kitchener Rangers Hockey Tickets!

Each family who donated at least $10 to our Christmas Family Fund was entered into a draw to win 2 Rangers Tickets.

Congratulations to the following students – you have won 2 tickets (one adult and one student), plus transportation to the Jan 19th Rangers Hockey Game. Tickets will be handed out to students this week at school: 

Colton W – gr 3

Erica R – Gr 5

Hope L – gr 2

Jason W – Gr 7

James W – SK

Evan C – gr 1

Alex P – gr 7

Chase A – gr 6

Alison S – Gr 3

Caleb C – SK

Samuel F – gr 6

Ainsley H – JK

Christian K – Gr 6

Quinn M – SK

Lois I – Gr 8

 

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/

 

RAISE A FOOD LOVER

Beechwood Zehrs is once again returning to St Paul later this month to provide a healthy breakfast for all students in the school. Details will follow

 

BELL LET’S TALK DAY

On January 29th, 2020 we will join in the conversation again and celebrate Bell Let’s Talk Day!  This year WCDSB’s theme for Bell Let’s Talk is “It’s the Little Things,” celebrating the small gestures (at home, at school, in the community) that we can do to build one another up, show kindness, and express gratitude.

 

WINTER WALK TO SCHOOL DAY

February 5th is Winter Walk to School Day – all students are encouraged to walk at least part way to school – to the bus stop or even a few blocks rather than being driven into the parking lot!

 

BOTTLE DRIVE

 

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 used to support student learning and our St Paul families.

 

UMBRELLA SKILLS -AUTHENTICITY

We are excited to kick off this month with a new skill that will help your children feel good about who they are, boost their confidence and stand up for their beliefs. That skill is authenticity! 

How will authenticity help my child? 

Authenticity is the ability to be our genuine selves, staying true to our values and beliefs even under pressure, while still adapting to the world around us.Authenticity comes from having actions that match the words we say and not trying to be someone else to impress others. It’s very difficult to feel unconditionally loved and accepted without this critical skill. 

Research shows that authenticity helps kids stand up for what they think is right, which reduces bullying and social stress. As parents, we can do a lot this year to work against the concerning trends in childhood mental health just by helping kids embrace and feel confident in their true selves. With increased authenticity also comes increased self-confidence and trustworthiness, characteristics that will help your children create strong and lasting friendships which we know to be critical to their long-term wellbeing. 

AUTHENTICITY TIP #1 Tap into your curiosity 

We all want our children to be happy. In fact, we often want this so much that our own parent anxiety about their happiness takes over and leads us to push our kids into achievement in areas they may not care about. This pattern is usually done with the child’s’ best interests at heart but often leads to increasing anxiety and a loss of that child’s’ true passions and interest. 

Start the new year by slowing down and listening to your child with the purpose of understanding what it is like to be them. Look out for their strengths and interests and really check that you know them on an authentic level. Notice what games they are drawn to, what subjects catch their interest, where they invest their free time. Kids naturally want to please their parents, friends and teachers and it’s easy for them to lose a sense of what they really care about in exchange for all of this pleasing. 

Try to avoid having your child build their persona around what others want them to be and instead help them feel good about who they are.

POPCORN SALES!

Popcorn Sales will return this week! 

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.

 

COLD WINTER DAYS

With the winter months approaching, winter safety is an important consideration. Children should always come to school dressed appropriately for the outside each day. Even in extreme cold when they might be kept inside, there is always the consideration of coming to and from school, as well as the risk of an emergency procedure where we must evacuate the building. When the snow hits the ground, students are going to be tempted to play in it. There will be no throwing snow or ice. Snow must be left on the ground. Students should also follow the direction of the supervision staff about playing on snow piles. Sometimes these piles will be deemed off-limits. School winter safety policies are designed to protect everyone on school property from injury.

During periods of severe weather your best sources of information about possible school closing and/or school bus cancellation are the School Board Website ww.wcdsb.ca or a local radio stations. Please do not call the school.

MEDICATION AT SCHOOL

As a reminder, if your child needs to take any medication (over the counter and prescription) at school, the medication must be stored at the main office. Please confirm with your family physician that the medication must be taken at school (can the times be adjusted so it is given before and after school?) There are also two mandatory forms that must be completed prior to any medications being administered at school. A copy of the required forms can be downloaded here: 

Oral Medication Consent 1 

Oral Medication Information Form – 

Please complete these forms and send them in with the medication. 

Please note, all students will go outside for recesses. Any child who is too sick to go out for recess, should be at home. We do not have the supervision available for students to remain inside during recess times. 

 

MATH IS NOT A MYSTERY!

Is that 16 oz can of tomatoes a better deal than the 12 oz can? We make dozens of calculations every day – from balancing checkbooks, to figuring out how much time you need to get across town for the hockey game to adjusting recipe ingredients. This is all math at work. 

As a parent, you can help your child be a whiz at math, even if it was not your favourite subject. Here are a few tips on how:

Be positive about math. Express confidence in your child’s ability to do math. Don’t stress to your children 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 it will take to shovel the driveway? How many passes with the shovel will it take to clear the sidewalk? How much snow is on the driveway? Estimate how many steps it will take to finish shovelling, then compare it with your fitness tracker…
  • Let your child figure out how many kilometres you will be driving on your next trip by using the information on the map
  • Sort silverware by knives, forks and spoons. Sort cards by suits 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 numeration 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. The have them colour the different shapes, making a work of art. 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 can amuse a child for hours while teaching capacity and volume.

 

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-jan.-5-2020

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

Monday: 

  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight

Tuesday:

  • Umbrella Assembly in the morning

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Day
  • 7:00 pm at Resurrection CSS – Spanish Exchange 2020 Information Session for students currently in grade 7

Thursday:

Friday:

  • Pajama Spirit Day

 

 

Have a great week Panthers!

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