Yearly Archives: 2021

Nutrition For Learning Pop Up NEXT WEEK

NUTRITION FOR LEARNING POP-UP SNACK SCHEDULE

 

Once again, Nutrition for Learning will be providing free food and snack packages during the April break when the schools are closed. Please feel free to stop by any of the school sites below to pick up a free food package. Below is the schedule as to where the trucks will be making their stops from April 12-April 16. Click on the ‘Nutrition for Learning’ link and go to Spring Break.

Letter to Parents from the Principal

April 9, 2021

Dear parent/guardian,

Thank you for continuing to follow the public health and safety measures that have kept schools open and safe for students and staff. It is our collective effort that continues to ensure your children can learn in the classroom.

As per recent announcements, the province has implemented a provincewide shutdown for four weeks in response to worsening trends in key health indicators across the province.

The mental health and well-being of children continues to be a key government priority and schools will remain open for in-person learning through the Provincial Emergency and Stay at Home Order. The spring break will continue as planned, from April 12th to 16th, and schools will reopen for in-person learning on April 19th.

In light of the recently announced measures, it is more important than ever that we continue to follow health advice over the Spring Break to do our part to keep schools open, for in-person student learning.

At this critical point in the pandemic, the following  public health measures are crucial to help prevent and limit the spread of COVID-19:

  • Socialize with your own household.
  • Stay home and get tested if you feel ill.
  • Participate in the targeted testing offered by your school board.
  • Screen every day, including during spring break, for COVID-19 symptoms before attending child care (theCOVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool is available to assist families with symptom screening).
  • Practice good hand hygiene habits, masking, and physical distancing.
  • Refer to ca/covidresponseto learn what public health measures are in place in our community.
  • Refrain from travelling.

During the spring break, students in Grades 1-8 can continue to engage in their own learning through supplemental, curriculum-linked activities available at TVO Learn and TFO IDÉLLO, apprendre à la maison. These rich, engaging opportunities allow students to keep up with their learning and interests. Secondary students can continue to access TVO’s Independent Learning Centre (ILC) Open House and Portes ouvertes pour les cours TVO ILC in French-language. Mathify (English) and Eureka! (French) are also available to provide one-on-one online tutoring services for elementary and secondary students. Mathify covers online math tutoring in English for Grades 6 to 10 and Eureka! supports all subjects for French-language students in Grades 1 to 12.

For the week of April 12-18, pharmacies that currently offer testing and assessment centres across the province will accept appointments from students and education staff for asymptomatic testing. The Ministry of Education will be working with school boards to offer school-based clinics. Parents are encouraged to take advantage of this testing capacity to have their children tested to support a safe return to school on April 19. Children attending child-care, and child-care staff, will also be eligible to access this testing.

As a reminder, before coming back to school on April 19th, you must screen for COVID-19 symptoms, each and EVERY DAY. If your child or anyone in your household is ill, stay home and follow the guidance in the School Screening Tool.

By following public health advice, we can all enjoy a safe spring break and continue to support in-person learning in our school.

Have a safe, fun and restful break.

Sincerely,

Susan Sawyer

Temp Principal

St. Paul’s School

 

Important Spring Break Message from our Director

 

April 8th, 2021

 

 

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community,

 

I sincerely hope this email finds you well and having enjoyed a safe and hope-filled Easter weekend.  Today I am writing to you with some updates as we prepare for our much anticipated April Break.  It is absolutely essential that we follow the guidance of Public Health and the province in order to ensure a safe return to learning by all.

 

As you know the province is now in a province-wide shutdown.  For you and your family during the break, this means only socializing within your own home, taking advantage of testing opportunities, screening everyday for symptoms and staying home if you or anyone in your family feels at all ill.  Please take this very seriously as part of our collective responsibility to each other.

 

As of the writing of this letter, we are expecting to be back to in person learning on April 19th.  That said, we know the landscape continues to evolve so we will send students home with Chromebooks for those who require them.  Similarly, we encourage students to take home personal belongings so school cleaning can be facilitated.  We will certainly be in communication if anything changes about our status for return on April 19th, 2021.

 

Yesterday we were able to communicate that a small portion of our staff, specifically our special education staff can begin vaccination.  This is a hopeful sign and it has energized us for the journey forward.   This is a critical time.  The end is in sight, but we must do our utmost to follow all guidance at this critical time so that we can have a safe, happy and healthy return to school for all.

 

Please reach out to us if you need help or guidance, and remain confident that we are here to support you, as we walk together as a hope-filled community.  #InThisTogether 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Loretta Notten

Director of Education

Bottle Drive this weekend POSTPONED!

Due to ‘new’ Regional COVID restrictions, we will be postponing the Panther Family Fund Bottle Drive scheduled for this weekend April 9th and 10th. We appreciate all the interest shown and have tentatively booked Friday, May 28th and Saturday, May 29th, pending restrictions being lifted at that time.  Please continue to save your bottles and cans and look for further information in May.

 

Thanks,

Staff at St. Paul’s School

Week At A Glance April 6- 9, 2021

Message

Happy Easter St. Paul Families!  I hope that everyone was able to ‘safely’ celebrate Easter this past weekend.  I have heard a few stories of how creatively people celebrated their Easter.  Our family was a Zoom Call that brought great joy in seeing and sharing ‘remember when’ stories.  We will all eventually get back to a more normal way of interacting with each other. I can’t help but think that the Pandemic has taught us a lot about patience, waiting, and having a concise routine to keep safe with sanitizing, distancing, and using PPE.  We are all feeling a little deflated in our energies and motivation, but I am proud of what I see at St. Paul School; students wearing their masks, keeping their hands sanitized and playing at a safe distance with their friends. Thank you parents for instilling in your children the importance of following protocol. We WILL eventually be in a better place.

Wishing all of you a Blessed Easter Season.  May the joy of the Risen Christ be your light to better days.

 

When a COVID case is identified in someone from the school:

When a COVID case, confirmed or probable has been detected in a staff member or student from the school, a letter prepared by Public Health gets sent to the St. Paul Community via Messenger or Newswire.  These letters are sent as a courtesy to the wider St. Paul community, and to help remind you of the importance of following strict Safety Protocol and use of PPE.  I want to assure you, as parents, that the steps a school takes to handle a case is very precisely followed.  The classrooms and all common areas in which a student or staff member had been present are thoroughly sanitized and sterilized. The vacant rooms remain empty until the isolation period is over. Letters go home to the classes and staff members affected as well as the staff at school. We as a school continue to follow safe practices and disinfect all areas in the school regularly. Staff ensure they eat their lunch and take their breaks so that they are spacing apart safely with no more than 3 in an area at a time.  Every room has sanitizer so that staff wipe all contact points which they have touched.  There are hand sanitizer stations throughout the school for students to use when they enter a room or the building. There are arrows throughout the school guiding people to walk safely apart in the halls. And as you know, parents and visitors are not allowed in the school; they must buzz and wait at the front door to collect their child or deliver their message. You also know that students are required to complete the Self-Screening BEFORE school, and, all staff members must complete their Self-Screening EACH DAY before they come to work.  These are a few highlights to show you how we make St. Paul’s safe. If you have any questions about our protocol you can can either talk to your child’s teacher or call the school.  As of this weekend, I am pleased to inform you that the 2 most recent Probable Cases, March 22 and 24th were negative, which means there was not a risk of exposure for any of our staff and students. Thank you for your patience and understanding in helping each other to process all of this information.

 

 

Dressing for Spring Weather

Kermit the Frog wrote: “I’m ready for the rest of this week!  I have my umbrella, my flip flops, my mittens, my sunscreen, my winter coat, my sunglasses, my thermals, my iced tea and my hot chocolate” 🙂

It is that time of year when Mother Nature gives us warm days, then she turns down the heat and the next day it is cold, sometimes with flurries and often with rain! Make sure your child (ren) check the weather each day before heading out the door to ensure they are dressed and equipped properly for the changing temperatures and weather conditions.

 

APRIL UMBRELLA PROJECT FOCUS: SELF-EFFICACY

Welcome to April at the Umbrella Project! Last month we focused our attention on showing Kindness and this month we are adding the skill of Self-efficacy!

What is Self-Efficacy?

Self-efficacy is a skill and takes practice! Self-efficacy is:

  • the belief that you can succeed at something
  • the feeling that we have control over the events that affect our lives
  • trust in our ability to manage different situations
  • an individuals’ confidence in their motivation, skills and the course of action needed to complete a goal

Why Does Self-Efficacy Matter? How Does it Help Us?

Our self-efficacy determines which goals we strive for, how much energy we put towards our goals and the likelihood that we achieve them. If we don’t think we can do something, we are unlikely to give the task a lot of our time and energy and we are therefore unlikely to succeed at that task. Self-efficacy is a big part of our motivation to try something, and this skill gets stronger the more we overcome difficulties and challenges related to our goals. As our self-efficacy increases, we feel a greater sense of control over our lives, and we are more likely to achieve our dreams.

 

 

April Break is April 12-16.  Please enjoy safely. Remember to practice all Safe COVID protocols when the kids are home.

 

Bottle Drive

A reminder to the St. Paul Families to save your empties for a good cause. The school will be doing a bottle drive and we will take your cans and bottles. Our bottle drive will be Friday, April 9th, 3:10 until 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 10th, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Money collected will go towards our Panther Family Fund and continue to support many of our St. Paul families.

Please bring all of your empties to the school parking lot April 9th and 10th.

All COVID procedures will be followed so please remember to wear your masks and practice social distancing.

A friendly reminder

Parents/Guardians are asked to wear masks when dropping off/picking up their children. As well, we ask that parents do not congregate with each other at the beginning or end of the day, in order to help us continue to be safe by following Public Health guidelines.

Students are permitted to have the following items/equipment outside during recess breaks, provided that the following public health guidelines are followed:

  • Masks are worn and physical distancing (2m/6 feet) is being maintained
  • Students bring their own basketball, soccer ball, skipping rope from home
  • Equipment is sanitized before and after each recess, and kept in the student’s backpack during the times outside of recess
  • Soccer balls may be kicked between students – no hand contact and students cannot play a soccer game
  • Basketballs – one per student and only 2 students at each net
  • Skipping ropes – one per student
  • Other balls/equipment such as football, tennis balls, frisbees etc are not permitted.

School Activities/Events this week

Wed–  Spirit Wear (wear Spirit wear or red/black) to school today.

Fri-Character/Cartoon Spirit Day (dress as your favourite book/comic/tv/movie character)

-Bottle Drive, bring empty bottles and cans to the parking lot 3:10-6:00 p.m. Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday.

 

Parish Bulletin

https://stfrancisofassisikw.files.wordpress.com/2021/04/easter-bulletin-april-4-2021.pdf

 

 

St Paul CES Annual Bottle Drive

St. Paul Families! Save your empties for the start of Spring Break. The school will be doing a bottle drive and we want your cans and bottles. Our bottle drive will be Friday, April 9th, 3:10 until 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 10th, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Money collected will go towards our Panther Family Fund and continue to support many of our St. Paul families.

 

Please bring all of your empties to the school parking lot April 9th and 10th.

All COVID procedures will be followed so please remember to wear your masks and practice social distancing.

Week At A Glance-March 29 – April 1, 2021

Dear St. Paul Families,

 

Allow me to introduce myself. I am Susan Sawyer, Acting Principal replacing Cheryl Casselman as of last Monday.  Mrs. Casselman and I are both retired Principals that have worked closely together for years.  We enjoy helping schools out when needed, and we are both happy to have been given the opportunity to support the St. Paul Community in the absence of your Principal Mr. Krauss.  I will be here for the next while leading the school in the same manner as Mrs. Casselman.  I must share that it is easy to see that you have a really nice community here and I am enjoying and most happy to be helping out.  Getting to know and support your children and the staff is my main priority.  Thank you to YOU the parents for entrusting St. Paul to provide the best for your children.

We start this Holy Week together with an impending sense of  hope and a new beginning.  We are entering our Easter Season for a second year in a row during unprecedented times. It’s been a very difficult journey for all.  As Jesus would reveal, Easter brings renewed promise, and we have to hope that we are in a much better place than a year ago, even though we are still in a holding pattern.  There is light at the end of the tunnel. I want to take this time to wish you and your families a Blessed Easter. Let Easter be your light.  With restrictions in place, I hope that you can find a way to join with family members, whichever way that might look like.  Happy Easter to you and your families; may the Risen Christ bring you light and joy and new hope.

Mrs. Sawyer


BOTTLE DRIVE

St. Paul Families! Save your empties for the start of Spring Break. The school will be doing a bottle drive and we want your cans and bottles. Our bottle drive will be Friday, April 9th, 3:10 until 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 10th, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Money collected will go towards our Panther Family Fund and continue to support  many of our St. Paul families.

Please bring all of your empties to the school parking lot April 9th and 10th. All COVID procedures will be followed so please remember to wear your masks and practice social distancing.

 

A friendly reminder

Parents/Guardians are asked to wear masks when dropping off/picking up their children. As well, we ask that parents do not congregate with each other at the beginning or end of the day, in order to help us continue to be safe by following Public Health guidelines.

Students are permitted to have the following items/equipment outside during recess breaks, provided that the following public health guidelines are followed:

  • Masks are worn and physical distancing (2m/6 feet) is being maintained
  • Students bring their own basketball, soccer ball, skipping rope from home
  • Equipment is sanitized before and after each recess, and kept in the student’s backpack during the times outside of recess
  • Soccer balls may be kicked between students – no hand contact and students cannot play a soccer game
  • Basketballs – one per student and only 2 students at each net
  • Skipping ropes – one per student
  • Other balls/equipment such as football, tennis balls, frisbees etc are not permitted

Thank you in advance for your continued support and assistance in helping to keep our St. Paul students and staff safe!

Water Bottles – Please check your child(rens) backpack daily to ensure that they have their refillable water bottle.  Our water fountains have the water bottle filling station feature ONLY, not a drinking feature.  Water is very important to children to have throughout the day!

 

APRIL UMBRELLA PROJECT FOCUS: SELF-EFFICACY

Welcome to April at the Umbrella Project! Last month we focused our attention on showing Kindness and this month we are adding the skill of Self-efficacy!

What is Self-efficacy?

Self-efficacy is a skill and takes practice! Self-efficacy is:

  • the belief that you can succeed at something
  • the feeling that we have control over the events that affect our lives
  • trust in our ability to manage different situations
  • an individuals’ confidence in their motivation, skills and the course of action needed to complete a goal

Why Does Self-efficacy Matter? How Does it Help Us?

Our self-efficacy determines which goals we strive for, how much energy we put towards our goals and the likelihood that we achieve them. If we don’t think we can do something, we are unlikely to give the task a lot of our time and energy and we are therefore unlikely to succeed at that task. Self-efficacy is a big part of our motivation to try something, and this skill gets stronger the more we overcome difficulties and challenges related to our goals. As our self-efficacy increases, we feel a greater sense of control over our lives, and we are more likely to achieve our dreams.

School Activities/Events this Week

This is HOLY week. Due to COVID protocols we are able to provide only an on-line Penitential Liturgy to our students on Wed, not the traditional Holy Thursday Stations of the Cross. We hope you are able to share talking about the traditions of Holy Week and the Easter Season with your child(ren) in the days leading up to Easter.

Wed- Spirit Wednesday (wear St. Paul clothing/red/black) ; Penitential Liturgy in p.m.

Thurs- Holy Thursday

Friday- Good Friday; students are not at school today and classes resume Tuesday April 6.  Enjoy the Easter Weekend.

St. Francis of Assisi Parish Bulletin

 

 

 

Week at a Glance – Week of March 22-26

HELLO Spring!!!!! We certainly hope that all of our St. Paul families were able to spend sometime outside this weekend enjoying the bright sunshine and warmer temperatures!! This coming week is the 5th week of Lent and also our final week of our School Tiny Home Lenten Project. Please know that the generosity of everyone has continued to “help us help others” and the tally of donations continues to grow! Stay tuned for a final tally to be announced later this week.

With the nicer weather, here are some reminders for all students and parents:

Please remember that dogs are not permitted on school property/the schoolyard.

Parents/Guardians are asked to wear masks when dropping off/picking up their children. As well, we ask that parents do not congregate with each other at the beginning or end of the day, in order to help us continue to be safe by following Public Health guidelines.

Students are permitted to have the following items/equipment outside during recess breaks, provided that the following public health guidelines are followed:

  • Masks are worn and physical distancing (2m/6 feet) is being maintained
  • Students bring their own basketball, soccer ball, skipping rope from home
  • Equipment is sanitized before and after each recess, and kept in the student’s backpack during the times outside of recess
  • Soccer balls may be kicked between students – no hand contact and students cannot play a soccer game
  • Basketballs – one per student and only 2 students at each net
  • Skipping ropes – one per student
  • Other balls/equipment such as football, tennis balls, frisbees etc are not permitted

Thank you in advance for your continued support and assistance in helping to keep our St. Paul students and staff safe!

School Activities/Events this Week:

Wed. Mar. 24 – “Dress Like OR Dress Up” Your Teacher, Extra Recess (Tiny Home Lenten Project Activities)

Fri. Mar. 26 – Beach Spirit Day

St. Francis of Assisi Parish Bulletin

Week at a Glance – March 15 to 19

 

Happy Sunny Friday to all of our St. Paul Panther Families!! Here are a few reminders and some information for the coming week:

March Break shift to April

Just a friendly reminder that March Break which was to be held next week has been postponed to the week of April 12 – April 16, 2021

Daylight Saving Time

This weekend, we “spring forward” and turn our clocks ahead by 1 hour for some daylight saving time.

NEW MASKS for ALL STUDENTS!

Please know that all St. Paul students will be provided with a new 3-layer fabric face mask from the Ministry of Education. These were distributed to classroom teachers for their students today, as an additional mask for students to use when changing masks during the day. These new masks are adjustable, and come with handling and washing instructions (no dryer please). We recommend that parents label their child(ren)’s mask(s) when they are brought home.

Tiny Homes Lenten Project Update

A BIG thank you to the entire St. Paul school community. The generosity of those who have donated has helped us reach our initial GOAL of $3000!!! AMAZING!!

Still a few more weeks to go… we are still accepting donations for those who are able to “help us help others”. We truly appreciate your support!

WCDSB Virtual School Survey

There will be a Virtual School Survey on the Board Website – March 15 through to March 19 for families who wish to have their child(ren) attend Virtual School next school year. Please visit the board website to access the survey link.

 

School Events for the Week:

Wed. March 17th – St. Patrick Spirit Day (Wear Green and/or LUCKY items)

Wed. March 17th – Tiny Home Lenten Activity (Movie Day)

 

St. Francis of Assisi Parish Bulletin

 

 

Time for Spring Cleaning???

Hello Panther Families,

The season of spring is on the way, and many of you may be starting to do a little spring cleaning and sorting through some clothing items that your children have outgrown and no longer need.

If you are looking for a place to donate, please know that at St. Paul, we always have a need for items such as jogging/track pants, socks and mittens. Mrs. KG’s Boutique often assists students who temporarily need a dry pair of pants, socks or mittens.

Items can be placed in a bag and sent to school with your child. Please know that COVID protocols will be followed and all items will be washed.

Thank you in advance for your support.

 

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